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THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

Jesus said to them in reply, "Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!" - Lk 13:2-3

Call to the Diaconate: Class of 2015!

The Diocese of Springfield is proud to announce the formation of their twelfth class of Deacons. Men, ages 31 and up, who are interested in the Diaconate Program should plan to attend an Informational Meeting on Sunday, March 14, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at St. Joseph Church, North Chapel, 414 North Street, in Pittsfield. If you are interested in the Diaconate Program but are unable to attend the meeting, please contact:

Deacon John Leary 413-498-5065 deaconjohnleary@gmail.com or Deacon Leo Coughlin 413-452-0674 diaconate@diospringfield.org

Married Couples! Marriage erodes when we take each other for granted. Hear more about the choices to love that keep marriage strong. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends in New England are March 19-21, April 23-25 and May 21-23. For more information call

Ralph & Jane Becker at 1-800-710-WWME webpage at www.wwmeMA.org

or

visit

their

Please pray for the following this week:

Sunday - Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday -

Thursday

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Friday

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Saturday

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Bishop Joseph Maguire Msgr. Mike Shershanovich All Women Religious Father James Joyce Our Deacon Candidates Our Retired Priests Father William Cyr

MARCH 7, 2010

Pregnancy Support Services is requesting the following items: approved cribs (no recalls, please), strollers and high chairs, infant clothing, diaper coupons, self help

books,

and

monetary

donations.

Please

check

for

these

items

at

upcoming

tag

sales!

Thousands

of

young

women

have chosen life for their unborn babies. Your through the years has enabled our agency to give support. For pick up, please call 443-7351.

generosity them vital

8th Annual Catholic Men’s Conference:

next Saturday, March 13th, at Cathedral High School from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. In addition to the renowned Raymond Arroyo, we have Patrick McCaskey, the co-owner of the Chicago Bears. He will give a dynamic testimony of faith. We are pleased to have Mr. McCaskey with us in addition to

our other speakers who will inspire your faith. are available at the doors of the church.

Brochures For more

information, please call 413-452-0811 or contact the website at www.diospringfield.org/mensconf.html.

“Our Lights Are On For You” The churches in Berkshire County, including Sacred Heart, will be open every Wednesday evening from 6:30 – 7:30 PM during Lent for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

2010 Annual Catholic

Helping

Neighbor).

To

make

envelopes available at the doors of

Appeal (Neighbor a donation, there are the church or call (413)

452-0670.

Fasting during Lent!

In the fifth century, St. Peter Chrysologus wrote:

“Fasting is the soul of prayer, mercy is the lifeblood of fasting. So if you pray, fast; if you fast, show mercy; if you want your petition to be heard, hear the petition of others. If you do not close your ear to others, you open God’s ear to yourself.”

We take the initiative during Lent to curb our desires and exercise an opportunity to put aside what we may want so that we can be reminded of God. Every time we desire that from which we are fasting, we are reminded of why we chose to give it up: to think about God. And, when we give something up, we have more to give away, to help a brother or sister in need because we are not using something for ourselves. Our Lenten fast is intimately connected to our Lenten sharing.

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