I started off by visiting St. Joseph in Neier. I attended the 10 am Mass on Sunday, March 6, 2011.
The music was accompanied by an organ in the choir loft.
Opening: Let Us Go to the Altar
Offertory: Only This I Want
Communion: We Remember (It's a song??!?? I thought it was a Memorial Acclamation. Ooops)
Gloria: by Judy Hylton
Father wove the recent severe weather into his homily. To weather storms, the Good News is pretty clear cut and fundamental about what you need to do. To endure the storms in our lives, we must have a strong foundation, a foundation in Christ. There are many storms in our lives. There is nowhere to escape the storms of life. This is why we need Lent. Lent is not a time of pain, suffering and misery. It is a tonic to strengthen us for the storms of life.
What will Lent mean for you? Self-denial. If you aren't sure why you need self-denial, see Charlie Sheen. Self-denial is not about punishment. It helps us recognize good things and fully appreciate these things and gifts. Alms-giving. You should give without expecting something in return. Prayer. Try the Divine Office. There is an App for that (Seriously....there are! Recommend your favs in the comments) Try the Prayer Before Meals as a family. Come to Mass 10-15 minutes early to pray. These things reinforce the foundation of our lives. Father then mentioned that we need God's help. To believe we don't need God's help for salvation is Pelagianism and is a heresy.
After the Prayers of the Faithful, a Prayer for Community was prayed by the parish. Father used Eucharistic Prayer III and there were bells. There were also patens at Communion.
St. Joseph - Neier
View from the Back Pew!
Mary and Joseph
Symbol for St. Mark
Symbol for St. Luke
VIII: Jesus Speaks to the Weeping Women
Information from the Archdiocese
Pictures from Rome of the West
FYI: Lent starts Wednesday! Get Your Ashes.
So...what should I do for Lent?
I have no clue.