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10:27AM

Easter Blessings!

From an Easter homily by Melito of Sardis, bishop
The Easter praise of Christ

We should understand, beloved, that the paschal mystery is at once old and new, transitory and eternal, corruptible and incorruptible, mortal and immortal. In terms of the Law it is old, in terms of the Word it is new. In its figure it is passing, in its grace it is eternal. It is corruptible in the sacrifice of the lamb, incorruptible in the eternal life of the Lord. It is mortal in his burial in the earth, immortal in his resurrection from the dead.

The Law indeed is old, but the Word is new. The type is transitory, but grace is eternal. The lamb was corruptible, but the Lord is incorruptible. He was slain as a lamb; he rose again as God. He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, yet he was not a sheep. He was silent as a lamb, yet he was not a lamb. The type has passed away; the reality has come. The lamb gives place to God, the sheep gives place to a man, and the man is Christ, who fills the whole of creation. The sacrifice of the lamb, the celebration of the Passover, and the prescriptions of the Law have been fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Under the old Law, and still more under the new dispensation, everything pointed toward him.

Both the Law and the Word came forth from Zion and Jerusalem, but now the Law has given place to the Word, the old to the new. The commandment has become grace, the type a reality. The lamb has become a Son, the sheep a man, and man, God.

The Lord, though he was God, became man. He suffered for the sake of those who suffer, he was bound for those in bonds, condemned for the guilty, buried for those who lie in the grave; but he rose from the dead, and cried aloud: Who will contend with me? Let him confront me. I have freed the condemned, brought the dead back to life, raised men from their graves. Who has anything to say against me? I, he said, am the Christ; I have destroyed death, triumphed over the enemy, trampled hell underfoot, bound the strong one, and taken men up to the heights of heaven: I am the Christ.

Come, then, all you nations of men, receive forgiveness for the sins that defile you. I am your forgiveness. I am the Passover that brings salvation. I am the lamb who was immolated for you. I am your ransom, your life, your resurrection, your light, I am your salvation and your king. I will bring you to the heights of heaven. With my own right hand I will raise you up, and I will show you the eternal Father.

2:21AM

Holy Week & the Sacred Triduum

7:51AM

A Lenten Retreat- March 10-12 at Sacred Heart Cathedral

Tuesday, March 10th through Thursday, March 12th, Bishop Zielinski will be offering an opportunity for prayer, reflection and renewal during this Lenten season at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Parishioners throughout the diocese are encouraged to attend this three day event...one evening or every evening! Confession and Mass will be offered as part of this three day event.

Confessions will be heard 5:30 pm-6:30 pm each evening, with multiple confessors available.

Mass and the retreat will take place concurrently from 6:30-8:00 pm.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to encourage attendance and participation (as well as to free up another confessor) there will be no Mass offerred at St. Nicholas on Wednesday, March 11th!

2:35PM

Lent Begins This Wednesday, February 18th

Our 40-day celebration of the holy season of Lent begins this week with our celebration of Ash Wednesday. Mass will be offered here at St. Nicholas at 9:00 am and 7:00 pm. There will also be a 5:30 pm Mass at the Eielson AFB Chapel. Remember that Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of FASTING AND ABSTINENANCE and that all the Fridays of Lent are days of Abstienance.

From the USCCB website:

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but not to equal a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.

Members of the Eastern Catholic Churches are to observe the particular law of their own sui iuris Church.

If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the "paschal fast" to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.

During this holy season we are called to increase our prayer, penance and alms giving. So how can we do that?

PRAYER

  • Consider attending daily Mass during the week
    • St. Nicholas- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 9:00 am; Wednesday at 7:00 pm
    • Sacred Heart Cathedral- Tuesday-Friday at 5:30 pm
    • Immaculate Conception Church- Tuesday-Friday at 12:10 pm
    • House of Prayer (by chancery)- Tuesday-Friday at 7:30 am
    • Eielson AFB Chapel- Thursday at 11:30 am
  • Pray the Stations of the Cross on your own or with the parish
    • St. Nicholas- Friday at 7:00 pm
    • Eielson AFB- Friday at 5:30 pm
  • Engage in additional spiritual reading and/or studying
    • Read the writings of the early Church Fathers on Lent/Easter
    • Consider attending our Men's group (Mondays at 7:00 pm) or our Women's group (Tuesdays at 7:00 pm)
    • Sign up to view the Symbolon video series on the Catechism for free, here!

PENANCE

  • Get thee to a confessional during Lent!
    • St. Nicholas Confession times:
      • Fridays of Lent after Stations of the Cross, until the last person comes through
      • Saturdays (year round) 4:00-4:45 pm
      • Communal Penance Services
      • Call for an appointment (488-2595) anytime, anywhere (except Monday 'cuz that's Father's day off)
  • Give something up that you don't need in your life...or better yet, work on ridding yourself of a sin that you perpetually struggle with.
    • Here's some suggestions from His Pierced Hands blog site
    • Or how about these unconventional suggestions from LifeTeen...here and here!

ALMSGIVING

  • Place your change in your CRS Ricebowl throughout the season of Lent.
  • Volunteer your time and talent at the Immaculate Conception Soup Kitchen or at the homeless shelter.
  • Make a donation to Love, INC or another charitable organization in the Fairbanks/North Pole area.
  • Go to Golden Valley Electric, or another utilty, and help a random family (or more) who are falling delinquent on their utility bills.
  • Consider becoming a volunteer at the hospital, a school, the literacy center or becoming a volunteer firefighter

10:46AM

Holy Heroes Lenten Adventure---FREE!

Looking for something to do as a family for Lent? Here is a great resource...and it's FREE! Access the website to sign up here!

 

Here’s what you get for FREE:

  • Daily Lenten Activities
    You’ll receive regular emails linking you to daily activities
  • Fun video & audio selections
    View and listen online to an array of Holy Heroes media
  • Activity Downloads
    Print out & enjoy coloring pages, word searches,
    and crossword puzzles
  • Fun quizzes and much more!

INCLUDES ACTIVITIES FOR EASTER AND HOLY WEEK!

Free Ash Wednesday Coloring PageEverything you need to make this your Best Lent Ever!

Sign up above for the emails. It's FREE (and you can unsubscribe at any time if you change your mind).

PLUS, if you'd rather not be tied to the computer for all the activities, we have Lenten Adventure Activities books available below so you can take the fun on the road!