Easter message from Fr. Karl.

Greetings all!

As Easter Glory fills the skies!
Alleluia! Alleluia!

I want to say how much I appreciate and love our Oll community. This morning we had an incident in our church which, thank God no one was hurt and no structural damage was done but it meant that we had to celebrate Easter in our Parish Hall. I was so amazed and touched by the response of our community and everyone willingness to help, it surely was a witness that ‘He has truly Risen’!

May we share the glory of His Resurrection!

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.

Journey through Lent with OLL!

Our Lady of Lourdes has many opportunities for you to grow closer with Jesus this Lent:

We have Devotional Books for daily reading to increase spirituality in the Church.

As we fast and offer ourselves and our desires up, we have Rice Bowl boxes to take the monetary value of those sacrifices and feed others in need.

Adoration is available from 9am until 6pm each Wednesday to take time to just be present with Our Lord.  Remember at least two must be present when the Sacrament is Exposed.

The Parish is accepting non-perishable food donations to help fill the local food pantries.  Please feel free to drop them off in the baskets in the Narthex.

Please Remember to pray for those in RCIA who will be entering into the Catholic faith at Easter.

Our Lady of Lourdes has many opportunities for you to grow closer with Jesus this Lent:

 

Ash Wednesday, Feb 14, and Good Friday, Mar 30, are days of fast and abstinence. For more information about fasting and abstinence click Here.

All the Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.

Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer are the three traditional disciplines of Lent. The faithful and catechumens should undertake these practices seriously in a spirit of penance and of preparation for baptism or of renewal of baptism at Easter.

Stations of the Cross

Every Friday

2:30 pm  and 7:00 pm

Important Dates:

Symbols of the Church Feb 27th 6:30-8pm

Penance Service March 5th, 7:00 pm

School Penance Service March 20th, 9:00 am

Annulment Advocate for OLL!

Marriage Annulment Advocate . . . Sister Lucy Vazquez, O.P. will serve as a Marriage Annulment Advocate for our parish beginning this week.  Sister Lucy has worked with the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal since 1978 and will be happy to assist any parishioner who is interested in seeking a church annulment and have his or her marriage situation addressed by the church.  We encourage you to call the parish office to set up an appointment with her.

ANULACIONES MATRIMONIALES

Comenzando esta semana Sister Lucy Vazquez, O.P. va a trabajar en nuestra parroquia ayudando a las personas que necesitan una anulacion matrimonial por la iglesia.  Sister Lucy ha trabajado con el Tribunal Matrimonial de la Diocesis de Orlando desde 1978 y esta dispuesta a ayudar a cualquier miembro de nuestra parroquia que necesite una anulacion matrimonial.  Por favor comuniquense con la oficina parroquial para hablar con ella.

Souper Bowl of Caring

This is an initiative to raise non-perishable goods for the needy on Super Bowl Sunday.  Please bring canned goods and other non-perishables to Mass with you the weekend of Feb 3rd and 4th to be distributed by Daily Bread to those in need.