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the Kingdom of God is at hand 18 FEBRUARY 2018 FIRST SUNDAY

Academic Year Liturgy Schedule Weekend 4p | Saturday 9:30a • 11:30a • 9p | Sunday Worship Hall

Lent Coming Up

Dance Marathon WELCOME TO ALL VISITORS Project Haiti Spaghetti Dinner ST. ANDREWS Spring Break SPECIAL MASS SCHEDULE

Feb 16–18 Feb 26 Mar 3–11




8:55a Morning Prayer | 9:15a Mass Holy Family Chapel PATERNO CATHOLIC CENTER MON–THU 5:05p Mass Eisenhower Chapel PASQUERILLA SPIRITUAL CENTER FRI 9:15a Mass followed by all-day Adoration 5:15p Benediction / Communion Service Meditation Chapel PASQUERILLA SPIRITUAL CENTER WED–THU 4–5p Confessions • Meditation Chapel MON–THU



Fr. David Griffin OSB

Deacon Laszlo Ivanits



Phillip Torbert Spanish Mass Sundays at 1p JAN 21 • FEB 18 MAR 18 • APR 8 & 29 PATERNO

Korean Mass Saturdays at 4p BI-WEEKLY



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Irene Wells

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The mission of the Catholic Campus Ministry at Penn State is to give witness to a Catholic Presence in University Life and to promote and sustain the well being of the whole Catholic Person. We welcome students, faculty, staff, resident community members, and alumni. Grounded in the tradition of the Church, Catholic Campus Ministry provides an environment and fellowship that challenge members to encounter the Living Christ and be transformed by His Spirit. Liturgies, retreats, service projects, Bible studies, prayer groups, programs for Catholic critical thinkers, and other activities nurture our faith and open our hearts to hear God’s message for us today.

First Sunday of Lent

Gospel Reflection


Today, we read the classic story of Jesus enduring harsh temptation in the desert for 40 days. We, too, are tempted by the devil to renege on the sacrifices or life-improvement resolutions that we made going into Lent. We tend to forget sometimes that the devil is still about making it seem right to take the easy and popular way through life. But, of course, he is leading us away from God. The devil can make the easy way seem so appealing that we find ourselves succumbing to temptation before we even realize what is happening. How often do you give into your temptations? Are you tempted to cheat on your Lenten observances when they get too hard? How hard do you resist temptation set before you in your daily life? Take some time to pray for strength in the face of temptation and for the courage to stay on the path that will lead to Heaven.

Today we begin the season of Lent. Like Advent, it is a season of preparation. During Advent, we prepared for a joyous celebration of the birth of Jesus. During Lent we prepare for our celebration of renewal in Holy Week when we recall Jesus' agonizing, lonely death and unexpected (to his disciples) resurrection. The reading from Genesis today reminds us of what it is like to lose almost everything and then to have it restored to us. Peter takes the flood that destroyed the earth and its creatures and transforms it into the baptism by water that saves each one of us. Mark tells us that even Jesus was given forty days to prepare, not in a flood but in a desert, for what was to be asked of him. So we begin this Sunday by being reminded of the importance of preparation and that it takes many forms. Whatever form our preparation takes, we must begin.

Mark 2:12–15


Driven By the Flood Into the Desert The readings today begin with God's promise to Noah after the destruction of everything by rushing, flooding waters. That water is transformed into the life-giving water of our baptism. We expect, as we start this season of Lent, to be reminded of being stripped by the flood of everything; of being in the desert, with nothing, and tempted. What we may not expect is to be reminded of the abundance and extravagance of God's love and kindness, God's compassion and guidance. After the flood, the earth and its creatures are restored. After the desert, Jesus is ministered to and restored to life with a new understanding of what is essential. Jesus preaches that this is the time and the kingdom of God is at hand.

We Are Not Alone We begin Lent with stark contrasts between life and death, good and evil, water and desert. God's response is equally strong. God's covenant is with everyone and everything. Nothing is outside the reach of God's love. God's covenant is limitless. We set out on our own journey of preparation today but we are not alone. However we choose to use this time to prepare ourselves for the death and resurrection that is to come, we are accompanied by the same Spirit that compelled Noah to build the Ark to preserve life on earth. We are accompanied by the same Spirit that drove Jesus into the desert to face temptation. It is that Spirit that makes our journey through Lent possible. Who could face such floods of temptation alone? No one, not even Jesus, as we will hear during Holy Week, faces death alone. Gn 9:8-15; Ps 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9; 1 Pt 3:18-22; Mk 1:12-15

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Treasures From Our Tradition The Holy Father usually marks the solemn opening of the Lenten fast with a procession and Mass on Ash Wednesday evening. He walks from the Benedictine monastery, San Anselmo, down the Aventine hill to the Dominican monastery of Santa Sabina. This very old tradition was revived by Pope John XXIII in the late 1950s. Have you ever wondered who gives the pope his ashes? It's the cardinal who has been given the "title" of the church of Santa Sabina. The pope's homily at this Mass states his theme for Lent. Santa Sabina dates from the fifth century, and is one of the most beautiful churches in Rome. One of the panels on its main doors features the Crucifixion, a scene not normally depicted in art until much later. In the year 1219 the pope gave the church to Saint Dominic for his new religious order, the "Order of Preachers," commonly called the Dominicans, and it remains their world headquarters to this day. That pope, Honorius III, was a member of the Savelli family, and this church was their personal family chapel. Sabina was a wealthy Roman lady who became a Christian and was martyred, and whose home became a place of prayer. Later, the church built on that spot was dedicated to her memory.

We are not in our power, but in the power of God. ST. PERPETUA

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Upcoming Events FEB


Enjoy all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner and support Project Haiti and the Maison Fortuné Orphanage in Hinche, Haiti! Tickets: $5 in advance (see PH members or come to the office) / $6 at the door

Spaghetti Dinner 5–7:30P ST. ANDREWS

Your ways, O LORD, make known to me; teach me your paths.

PSALM 25:4

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Lenten Lunches 12:15P



Stations of the Cross 12:15P 6:15P



Guidelines for Abstinence Abstinence ALL FRIDAYS No meat; 14 years old and older are bound to abstain.

Msgr. Michael Becker and Fr. Dennis Kurdziel from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown will be leading a pilgrimage this May 16–26. Total cost of $3,850 (double occupancy) includes all round-trip travel costs from Altoona to Tel Aviv, with three nights in Nazareth and five nights in Jerusalem, accompanied by an English-speaking guide. Most meals are included. Mass will be celebrated daily. Informational meetings Feb. 6 at 7pm • St. Benedict (Johnstown) Feb. 7 at 7pm • St. John the Evangelist (Altoona) MORE INFO

Msgr. Becker at 814.942.5503 Jim Roccio (Festival Travel) at 814.467.8024

O P E R AT I O N R I C E B OW L We are participating in Catholic Relief Service's Operation Rice Bowl again this Lent. The cardboard banks are available in the lobby, or download the iOS or Android app.



Job Opportunity • SJCA Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy seeks a qualified individual to lead the campus ministry program and teach theology classes for the 2018–19 academic year. Candidates must have a background/education in Theology or Religious Studies. MORE INFO Jean Kozak at

Student Volunteers Needed

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Julian Calendar Lent [Presidents' Day] Lv 19:1-2, 11-18; Ps 19:8-10, 15; Mt 25:31-46 MON


Is 55:10-11; Ps 34:4-7, 16-19; Mt 6:7-15 WED St. Peter Damian Jon 3:1-10; Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19; Lk 11:29-32 THU Chair of St. Peter the Apostle [Washington's Birthday] 1 Pt 5:1-4; Ps 23:1-3a, 4-6; Mt 16:13-19 FRI St. Polycarp [Abstinence] Ez 18:21-28; Ps 130:1-8; Mt 5:20-26 SAT

Dt 26:16-19; Ps 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8; Mt 5:43-48

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