Virtue of the Week – Peace

A state of harmony which results from justice.  It is the sign of love in action, offering the freedom that comes from trusting God and respecting all people.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  Not as the world gives do I give it to you.  Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.  – John 14:27

Holy Spirit, free my words and actions from anger or violence.  Let your peace settle in my heart and find expression in all I say, do, think, breathe and believe.  Amen

Jesus Day 2018

Our first communion students spent a day in retreat to prepare to receive their sacrament.  They made bread, toured the church and created banners to get ready for Jesus.

Message from Fr. Karl

 

 

May, 2018

Greetings from Our Lady of Lourdes as we approach the Feast of Pentecost where God sends forth His Spirit to renew the face of the earth. God’s Spirit has been truly present these past few weeks as we celebrated the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, Baptism, Anointing of the Sick and Marriage. Please God, May 28, I will be at the Ordination of a Seminarian we had here a few Summers ago, Blake Britton. So, I will have covered all seven Sacraments of the Church!

At this time of the year, we approach Graduation Season, the different stages of moving on in life – from kindergarten to elementary school, from middle school to high school, from high school to college, from college to the world; and at the other end, from work to retirement. All moments of moving forward and, please God, moments of gratitude for the blessings that we have received and graces that have occurred. As Christians, we are constantly called to have a grateful heart, full of gratitude and thanks for the blessings, opportunities and graces that we have received. It is our responsibility to use the gifts that God has given us for the enrichment of the building of His Kingdom.

We have a Blessing of all Graduates at all Masses the Weekend of May 19 & 20. In the meantime,

Every good wish & blessing,

Fr. Karl

Happy Easter from Father Karl!

Blessings of Easter to one and all.

The more I contemplate my faith and my ministry here at Our Lady of Lourdes and beyond, I am totally convinced of the great love the Father has for all of us; and today as we celebrate Easter, it is yet again a reminder, a huge reminder, of the Father’s love for us as His children.  As John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life.”  Again, affirming the Father’s love for us and His ultimate desire that we all be with Him in everlasting glory.

Our parish participation has grown tremendously.  We have many new families, we have many families that visit in the winter months and every weekend, we have people who visit the area, coming to worship.  As a leader in this community, it is gratifying to see people come together to worship as a community, building the Kingdom of God.  To me it is a reminder of God’s presence in our midst.

In these days, I pray that you find peace, strength, courage and the presence of God the Father in many different ways; in the gentle smile of a friend, in the encouraging words of a work colleague, in the kind gesture of a stranger – all acts of kindness, sharing His love.

May the Good Lord continue to bless you and yours.

Every good wish,

Fr. Karl

Passion Play

This Friday, Good Friday, at 7 pm in our church, we will have a reenactment of the Passion of our Lord, Jesus Christ, by members of our community.  Please join us for this moving experience and a way to join Jesus in his sacrifice for us.

Virtue of the Week: Sacrifice

“. . . Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 2:5

Blessed Jesus, you sacrificed your own life for us.  Help me to offer up something each day to show my love for you and for the good of others.

Is the willingness to offer something up to God, or dispose of one’s goods or service in charity and kindness for the good of another.

Holy Week at OLL!

Holy Week is upon us.  Our journey through Lent is almost over.  Please join us for one or all of these Paschal Liturgies.  

Palm Sunday is Sunday, March 25th.  All Masses will have a blessing of the palms and start outside.

Holy Thursday, March 29th, Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7 pm followed by a Eucharistic Procession and Adoration until 11 pm

Good Friday,  March 30th we have the Passion Liturgy at 3 pm, and a Passion Reenactment at 7 pm.

 

Holy Saturday Easter Vigil, March 31st.  Mass will be at 8 pm and will include our RCIA candidates being initiated into the Catholic Church.  Don’t miss this beautiful celebration.  No Confessions offered nor 4 pm or 6 pm Masses

Easter Sunday, April 1st we will have services at 8:00 am, 10:30 am, and 1:00 pm (Spanish) We will not have a Mass at 6m on Easter Sunday.

Garden Of Hallows Stations of the Cross

Friday, March 9th at 7 pm.  Prayer Leader: Rev. Ben Berinti, C.PP.S., Pastor, Immaculate Conception Church, Melbourne Beach This unique Lenten evening prayer experience invites us to inhabit seven events surrounding the crucifixion of Christ, while contemplating seven original charcoal images of these events, created by Rev. Jan Richardson, pieces of artwork crafted from ashes, similar to those we donned at the start of our sacred Lenten sojourn.

Good Friday Ecumenical Walk

Join us as we share in Scripture, prayer, and song as we process through downtown Melbourne, stopping at different sites where we are reminded of the many ways that Jesus, identifying with the poor and voiceless, suffers today…places such as the railroad tracks, calling to mind international refugees and the cold night shelter, reminding us of those without a home.
Many Churches in Melbourne participate in this ecumenical event.  The walk starts at Our Lady of Lourdes on Friday, March 30th at 9 am.