Friday, February 12
Stations of the Cross
5:30pm Saturday Vigil
7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am,
1:30pm (En Español), 5:30pm, 9:00pm
5:30pm - St. Jude Mass
8:00am - Mass with Morning Prayer
In the Gospel of John, Jesus summarizes his life’s mission: “I have come that you might have life and have it more fully.” The life that Jesus promises is ours when we are connected together as a community. So being a parishioner is not just a matter of filling out a registration form, but about joining a spiritual family.
I am delighted that you have come to our website. St. Dominic’s and I invite you to enter fully into the life and blessings of our family. The best way to experience the joys of our parish is to get involved! In a parish as diverse and dynamic as ours, there is something for everyone.
This is a special time for our Dominican family because we're entering a jubilee year to mark the 800th anniversary since the founding of the Dominican Order in 2016. We invite you to join our celebration.
- Fr. Michael Hurley, O.P., Pastor
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February 7, 2016 - First Sunday of Lent
Open your heart wide to God’s Mercy!
When he opened the Jubilee Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica this past December, Pope Francis officially launched the Year of Mercy. For hundreds of years, the Church has made use of Holy Doors as the symbol of conversion and transformation by God’s grace. Pilgrims and penitents pass through it as a gesture of leaving the past behind and crossing the threshold from sin to grace, from slavery to freedom, and from darkness to light. Often these rituals are associated with prayer, pilgrimage, sacrifice, confession, and indulgences. But a Holy Door finds meaning only when the believer associates the door with Christ. Jesus is the Door! In the words of Pope Francis, “There is only one way that opens wide the entrance into the life of communion with God: this is Jesus, the one and absolute way to salvation. The Holy Door represents Christ as a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instils hope.” The Vatican Holy Door is not the only place where one may connect with this sacramental ritual. Every cathedral (the Church of the local the bishop) also has a Holy Door. Since as Dominicans we are celebrating our 800th anniversary, Pope Francis has also given us permission here at St. Dominic’s to open a Jubilee Holy Door. At the beginning of each Mass celebrating the first Sunday of Lent, the front doors of the Church will be blessed as Jubilee Holy Doors. Those who pass through them during this 800th anniversary (which concludes January 21st, 2017) have the opportunity to receive the outpouring of God’s powerful mercy. As we open these Jubilee Holy Doors, we are reminded that God opens His heart wide to us.
In order to receive from the abundance of God’s heart, our minds and hearts have to be open. The Holy Doors are not magical. It is not simply a matter of muttering the right words and making the correct gestures which activates God’s blessings. On this First Sunday of Lent, we see how Christ himself prepared his heart for His Father’s blessings. Before beginning his public ministry, Jesus enters into the desert to fast, pray and give himself to the preaching of the Kingdom. The devil’s three temptations try to thwart Jesus’ preparation for his witness. As we enter into the 40 days of the Lenten desert, we too are encouraged to face the temptations and struggles of our life using these same three spiritual tools: Fast. Pray. Give.
Fast. When we think about fasting, our thoughts immediately focus on meatless Fridays, giving up chocolate and other dietary disciplines. Fasting through giving up various foods and spices during Lent is not simply meant to be a sort of 40-day “Catholic diet,” but rather, it is means by which we open our hearts to God by learning to let go. Giving up chocolate might not be easy, but the reason we do it is to open our hearts to let go of more difficult things in our lives, such as harboring resentment, anger and jealously towards others. We cannot move forward unless we are willing to let go. Fasting strengthens the “letting go” muscle of our heart.
Pray. Just as fasting opens our hearts by “letting go,” prayer opens us up by “connecting with.” When we pray, we are in communication with the source of our life and happiness. Certainly, most of us recognize that we ought to pray more than we do, or at least our prayer time could use a refocus and refreshment. Yet our good intentions towards prayers are often left by the wayside, if we are not practical about it. Failing to plan is planning to fail. Some practical ideas for this season include making use of the little Lenten Books made available by the parish. Also for those who traffic online, two resources that are part of my daily routine are Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire reflections at www.lentreflections.com and the short, powerful videos at Matthew Kelly’s work at www.dynamiccatholic.com/bestlentever. We could all use a fresh start in our lives. Planning to connect with God in prayer is the most effective way of activating the new beginning of God’s presence in our life.
Give. The Holy Doors open both ways. As we come to receive God’s mercy when we enter, so too we are sent forth to be God’s mercy to others. The Catechism of the Church says: “The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently. The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead. Among all these, giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God.” (CCC 2447) During our 800th year of Jubilee, in conjunction with the opening of the Holy Doors, I have also opened a “Mercy Room” to the left of the vestibule. In this sacred place, you will find the picture of the Divine Mercy as an image of prayer. Also, I have placed Jubilee prayer cards, a copy of the Pope’s letter and various literature about the works of Mercy in which we might engage in during this Holy Season. Every day God gives us the opportunity to give of ourselves, to be his mercy in the world. Let us open the doors of our hearts to let go, connect with and give the Mercy which we receive from the font of God’s love!