ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH: FEBRUARY 28, 2021

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 PAGES 1. & 2…BULLETIN; SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT.

 PAGE 3…………THEME, THE ESSENCE OF TRUE SACRIFICE

                           BY REV. FR. ANSELM CHIGOZIE AMADI.

 

 

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February 28, 2021

Second Sunday in Lent

 

 

 

 

MASS INTENTIONS:

 

2/28/21 thru 3/5/21

 

   SUNDAY:

 

   ENGLISH MASS:

   9:00am. Lee Aragon (In Hospice) requested

                Eva Orona Family.

 

   SPANISH MASS:

   11:00am.

 

WEEKDAY MASS INTENTIONS:

 

   MONDAY:

   9:00am. Special Intention of Eva Orona (req. by

                   Eva Orona).

 

   TUESDAY:

   9:00am. Special Intention of Eva Orona (req. by

                Eva Orona).

 

   WEDNESDAY:

   9:00am. Special Intention of Niall Kearney.

 

   THURSDAY:

   9:00am. Special Intention of Marina Kearney.

 

   FRIDAY:

   9:00am. Special Intention of Margaret Murray.

 

   SATURDAY:

   +Brother David O’Neill.

 

 

   FINANCIAL REPORT FOR WEEK 2/21/21

 

YOUR GIFTS TO THE LORD:

 

 

   Sunday Offering………………………….$2497.52

   Children’s Fund……………….……..……$00.00

   Capital Fund……………..….……………..….$70.00

   Mass Stipends…………………………….…$120.00

 

                            EXPENSES:

 

   General Fund.……………………..…………$00.00

   Capital Fund.…………………….……………$00.00

   Children’s Fund.…………………………….$00.00

 

The Quarterly Financial Report is Available in

The Church Office for Review

 

 

Church Secretary; Yvonne Schneider

Office Telephone: 928-333-4423

 

 

PRAYER TREE:

 

Please contact Monica Boehning at 333-5539 for prayer requests. Leave a message if no answer, include your name and phone number, with info.

 

THIS WEEK PLEASE PRAY FOR:

 

Family of +Antonio Romero.

Sandy Rogers, Bernice Chavez, Lilly Hill,

Nancy Golightly, Clara Archuleta, Corbin Becker, Denia Duncan, Liz Ketring, Jason Pittman, Eileen Tyrrell,

Rebeka Talbot, Roxanne Chavez, Ricky Barraza, Susie Apodaca, Richard Pena, Victor Rubalcaba, Maria Morales, , Judy Bragg, Margie Tapia, Juanito Quevedo, Krystyna Kocol, Confie Lesuer, Lydia Gonzalez, Eva Orona, Sophie Montoya, Joe Tapia.

 

 

GIFT SHOP:

 

   Gift Shop is open every Sunday after the

   9:00 am Mass or Contact;

   Dean Smith at 928-853-6307

 

NEW OFFICE HOURS

 

Monday,  Wednesday,  &  Friday

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

 

Closed on Tues., Thurs., Holidays &

Holy Days of Obligation

 

 

CALENDAR OF WEEKLY EVENTS:

 

 

WEEKLY EVENTS:

 

Weekly Events

Currently Suspended

Due to COVID

 

Baptism Preparation Classes to be Determined.

 

 SUNDAY:

 Rosary before 9:00am mass.

 Sacrament of Reconciliation, 8:00am – 8:50am.

 Rosary before Mass.

 CCD classes after 9:00am Mass.

 

 MONDAY:

 Office hours; open 9:00am/1:00pm

 C.C.D. Classes 4:00pm.

 RCIA Classes: 7:00pm.

 

 TUESDAY:

 Office hours; Closed on Tues., Thurs., Holidays &

 Holy Days of Obligation.

 Church Cleaning.

 Spanish Choir Practice, 7:00pm 8:30pm.

 

 WEDNESDAY:

 Office hours; open 9:00am/1:00pm

 6:30pm English Choir practice in church

 

 THURSDAY:

 Office hours; Closed on Tues., Thurs., Holidays &

 Holy Days of Obligation.

 7:00pm Baptism classes in Spanish, 2nd Thursday

 of the month.

 

 FRIDAY:

Office hours; open 9:00am/1:00pm

 Eucharistic Adoration; First Friday of the Month.

 

 

   ST. HELENA PARISH, ALPINE, AZ.

 

  SATURDAY:

  Confessions, 3:30pm

  Mass 4:00 pm

 

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PASTORAL STAFF

 

   Pastoral Administrator Rev. Fr. Anselm Amadi

Rectory Telephone: 928-333-4707

Emergencies Only; 505-906-8421

 

   Deacon: Rev. Mr. Jorge Campos 928-245-5638

 

 

Pastoral Council:

Chairperson:

         Vacant

Secretary:

          Esmerelda Ontiveros         - (928) 812-0049

 

Building Committee:

Chairperson:

Jackielyn Harrington

 

Finance Council:

Chairperson:

Jackielyn Harrington

Finance Secretary:

Ed Fritz - (928) 333-5919

 

PARISH MINISTRIES:

 

Altar Servers: Tasheena James…….

Eucharistic Ministers:

Charles Rand………………………….…..….(928) 333-3541

Church Cleaning: Susan Ely………….

Funeral Director: Diane Fritz…………(928) 333-5919

Lectors: Mary DiFilippo……….…………(928) 333-3338

Maintenance: Vacant.

Music Director: Bob Dyson………….…(928) 333-2809

Prayer Tree: Monica Boehning………(928) 333-5539

RCIA: Deacon Jorge Campos…………(928) 245-5638

Religious Ed. Devon Ditmore…………(928) 245-5382

Sacristans: Elizabeth Ketring..……...(928) 245-6992

St. Vincent De Paul Org………………….(928) 333-4879

Ushers: Jim Morrison……………………..(928) 333-0928

 

 

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MINISTRY SCHEDULES FOR MARCH 7th.

 

 

Altar Servers:

 

   9:00am. No Servers Assigned

                  Due to Covid Phase One

                  Reopening.

 

 

Lectors:

 

  9:00am. Mary DiFilippo.

11:00am. To be appt.

 

 

Eucharistic Ministers:

 

   9:00am. No Eucharist Ministers

                  Assigned Due to Covid

                  Phase One Reopening.

 

 

PLEASE JOIN US IN OUR STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM OF

TIME, TREASURE & TALENT, VISIT OUR WEB AT, www.stpeterchurch-az.com

 

 

 

POPE FRANCES UNIVERSAL PRAYER INTENTION:

 

FEBRUARY / FEBRERO

 

 

We pray for women who are victims of violence, that they may be protected by society

and have their sufferings considered and heeded.

 

Recemos por las mujeres que son víctimas de la violencia,

para que sean protegidas por la sociedad y para que su sufrimiento sea considerado y escuchado.

 

 

TIME, TREASURE and TALENT

 

 

  • FAITH IN ACTION TODAY - Bishop’s 2021 Annual Appeal, a second collection will be taken up on March 7th, 2021. There are envelopes available for you now if you prefer to mail it in, or you can go online see attached flier for details. Please take an envelope along with the flyer.

 

  • STATIONS OF THE CROSS: during Lent will be on Fridays at 5:00pm.

 

 

OUR COMMUNITY

 

 

·        PLEASE DONATE A FEW HOURS for PRO-LIFE: Living Hope Center of Springerville needs your help!  Almost 1,600 LHC newsletters must be folded and stuffed into envelopes on this coming Friday 3/5  &  Saturday 3/6, from 10:00am  to 3:00pm, at Jesus First Baptist Church’s Fellowship Hall (log cabin style building at 138 N. Hwy 180, near the Rodeo Grounds).  Most help is needed on Friday please.  All materials will be provided, and snacks too!  Wear a mask &/or plenty space is available there for social distancing. Come and go as you like, lunch on your own.  Please join us to help as you can.  Many hands make light work.  What an EASY way to GIVE to CHARITY DURING LENT!   Questions? - call Monica at 928-333-5539.

 

  • COVID-19 VACCINATIONS:  Apache Co. Health Services in Springerville is making appointments by phone to receive a COVID shot - for Apache County residents only, age 65 and older. If you qualify, call 928-333-2415, Monday thru Thursday 7:00am-5:00pm to make your appointment.

 

  • ROUND VALLEY FOOD BANK: Distribution of food every Thursday 9:00am-11:00am for the needy, at the Round Valley Cares location in east Springerville.

 

  • NEED A RIDE?: Transportation to the Show Low Area is available the 1st and 3rd FRIDAY of each month. The fee is $15.00 for the round trip.  Free vouchers are available for low-income riders. Call 333-2516, ext. 224 in advance.  Local transportation is also available within Springerville/Eagar City Limits MONDAY thru THURSDAY for $5 round trip.  Cash or check only, driver does not carry change.  Make all reservations by calling 928-245-2528. This service is provided by the Town of Springerville Community Services Department and the Round  Valley Senior Center.

 

 

 

 

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THE SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT: YEAR B.

(Gen. 22:1-2, 9, 10-13, 15-18; Rom. 8:31-34; Mk. 9:2-10)

THEME: THE ESSENCE OF TRUE SACRIFICE

BY REV. FR. ANSELM CHIGOZIE AMADI

 

 

INTRODUCTION: God’s covenant with Abraham came in three stages (Gen. 15, 17 and 22). They do not signify three covenants but progressive stages of the one covenant, which was finally ratified and solemnized with an oath on mount Moriah. Since every covenant is ratified with a sacrifice, the near-sacrifice of Isaac counts as one; hence: “since you did not withhold from me your only beloved son.” Again, it anticipates the essence of true sacrifice namely, spiritual sacrifice. The transfiguration of Christ reveals his glory and foresees the glory of resurrection. The sacrifice of Calvary is a necessary prelude to this glory. So, the transfiguration prepared the apostles to face the scandal of the Cross.

ABRAHAMIC SACRIFICE: It is evident from the event at Moriah that God does not thirst for the blood of Isaac but demands a supreme sacrifice (which is of the will) to seal his covenant with Abraham forever. Animal sacrifices are not supreme because, though they cost a token, the 'offerer' does not give himself but something else. When God demanded that Abraham should offer his only beloved son, it was about everything Abraham lived for. It took total submission of the will to obey God in this regard. Hence, the sacrifice had already taken place in the will before Isaac was spared by divine intervention. True sacrifice, therefore, is that of the will manifested in total obedience to God: “Obedience is better than sacrifice” (1Sam. 15:22).

It is also probable that Isaac willingly submitted to God’s command revealed to his father. He is a type of Jesus Christ who submitted to his Father’s will saying: “Not as I will but as you will” (Matt. 26:39). This is the essence of sacrifice in the new covenant: “holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight in. Then I said, ‘as written of me in the scroll, Behold, I have come to do your will, O God’“(Heb.10:6-7). When we offer sacrifice of the will in total obedience to God, there will be no need for sin offering. Obedience eradicates sin which made sin offering necessary. Without sin, there is no sin offering.

Another reason why God demanded the sacrifice of Isaac is to establish the supreme love of God in Abraham’s heart. As a jealous God, he does not want anything or person to compete with him in priority. It is consonant with reason that Abraham should love the only son of his old age with great affection. His love for Isaac could rival with that for God. To dethrone Isaac and enthrone divine love, the demand was made. Likewise, God demands from us such a radical demonstration of love for him by sacrificing every other confliction affection (of persons or things).

KINSHIP BY COVENANT: God ratified the covenant with Abraham with a solemn and everlasting oath of blessing, based on the foundation of spiritual sacrifice. There is only one, though renewable covenant. In the New Covenant, Jesus ‘renews’ this one covenant, so that the “blessings of Abraham may come to the gentiles who believe” (Gal. 3:14). That is the promise made to Abraham and his children forever (Luke 1:55).

Worthy of note is the spiritual dimension of Abrahamic kinship. It is kinship by spiritual generation through faith; not by natural descent. Isaac symbolizes the spiritual sons of Abraham since he was begotten when the natural conditions for childbirth had expired. His unnatural birth makes him the prototype of those “who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice, nor by a man’s decision but of God” (Jn. 1:13). Abraham’s seed refers to Isaac and spiritual children of Abraham. Ishmael is disqualified and excluded from both son and seed despite his acceptance of circumcision as a young adult. This is why Paul, in Galatian 3-4, argues that circumcision (which stands for exterior sacrifice) is not sufficient to qualify an adult gentile convert as an heir to the divinely sworn blessings given to Abraham and his seed – (cf. Scott Hahn: Kinship by Covenant p. 125) We perpetuate the blessings of Abraham in our lives by keeping the spiritual sacrifice alive through obedience. The offering of material things should be a sacramental expression of our inner disposition; lest they lose their meaning and relevance.

THE TRANSFIGURATION: In his transfiguration, Jesus gives vent to the glory of his divinity only hitherto veiled by the flesh of his human nature. The man Jesus is also the second person of the Trinity. The glory of his divinity dwelt as in a tent in his human body. Hence John says: “The Word took flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn. 1:14). As he instructed his apostles not to tell anyone about this until after the resurrection, Jesus means the glory will be made manifest after the consummation of the cross. The apostles having seen the glory of the resurrection to come would not fear the shame of the cross

Like Jesus, we have in us the seed of glory. We carry this treasure in the earthen jar of our mortal bodies. We could be likened to the jar of Gideon with a bright torch within it (Judges 7:16). The light shines bright but enclosed within the jar. Eventually, when the jar is broken the light shines out. The breaking of the jar could imply the sacrifice that subdues the operation of the flesh and eventually make the glory of the children of God manifest. As Jesus radiates the glory of his divine nature through his human flesh, the weakness of the body should not be allowed to bury the seed of glory in us. Instead, through the sacrifice of lent, we subdue the flesh and make it a medium of God’s glory in the world.

CONCLUSION: The chronicler identifies Mount Moriah as the site of Solomon’s temple (see 2Chr. 3:1). This identification is very significant. The very spot Abraham sacrificed a ram became a place for daily sacrifices of lamb in the temple. Today, the temple of Jerusalem is no more alluding to the prophecy: “the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth” (Jn. 4:23). We are the temple of God in the spirit where true sacrifice is offered to the Father. By doing the will of God we offer him the true sacrifice of the spirit.