THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT MARCH 30, 2014 When Jesus sees the blind man, he says, While I am in the world, I am the light of the world. Once the blind man is healed, the people ask, Isnt this the one who used to sit and beg? They betray their own blindness: man sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the heart. The blind man answers using words that Christ uses of himself; he says, I am. Is this a coincidence? The man was born blind so that the works of God might be made visible through him. Light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth. The Light who is Christ produces a goodness in us by which we come to resemble Christ himself. We beg for the ability to look into the heart of each person we meet and to see the reality the way God does. I came into this world to divide it, to make the sightless see and the seeing blind (John 9:39). The parables of Jesus propose the paradox of a faith perceived by the simple and disregarded by the wise. // Under the gaze of Christ, the light of the world, people choose either for or against him. Some pretend to see and know him. But they keep to their limited views, and it is by the measure of their narrow wisdom that they gauge the works of the divine envoy. If they refuse to believe in him, they can base their case only upon the blindness of their hearts: We have no idea where this man comes from (John 9:29). // The healed blind man knows only one thing: the man who opened his eyes must come from God. For him and for us, all of life depends upon this humble certitude. In spite of opposition, the newly sighted must look beyond the man and the prophet to the Son of God and the Lord. Only the totally free initiative of Jesus will allow this personal vision of faith: You have seen him; he is speaking to you now (John 9:37). // Through baptism the sinner is reborn from native darkness to the light of Christ. But the sinner must learn to see all things anew through the eyes of faith. Thus the whole Christian life is catechumenal: a slow climb through the shifting visions of this world, from the light received and imperfectly seen up to the total clarity of the day of Christ. ST. MATTHEW THE EVANGELIST PARISH MINERSVILLE, PA Rectory Office Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM Phone: (570) 544-2211 Fax: (570) 54-2317 SAINT MATTHEW THE EVANGELIST WELCOMES ALL No matter what your present status in the Catholic Church; no matter what your current family or marital situation; no matter what your past or present religious affiliation; no matter what your personal history, age, background, race, ethnicity, etc.; you are Invited, Welcomed, Accepted, Loved and Respected at Saint Matthew the Evangelist Parish! SAFE ENVIRONMENT COORDINATOR: Sr. Meg Cole (610-866-0581x19) VICTIM ASSISTANCE COORDINATOR: Wendy S. Krisak (1-800-791-9209) WEEKDAY MASS AT 8:00 AM MON John C. Rodgers by Diane C. Simons TUE John C. Rodgers by Ronald Straiges WED Harold Thomas (Birthday) by Sylvia and Mary THU John Logan by Brother, Joseph and Wife, Rita FRI Living and Deceased Members of the Parish Memorial Society SAT 4:00 PM Thelma Bonk (Annv) by Daughter, Carleen and Fred SUN 8:30 AM Michael and Anna Orlosky 10:30 AM Jean Doran by Ellen Doran and Family ******************************************************************************************************************************************** REQUIESCAT IN PACE:May Jesus, who suffered and died for our sins, welcome to His eternal Realm MARY E. KLEIN, a former member of the former St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish, and a member of our Parish, who died Friday, March 21, and was buried from our Parish Wednesday, March 26. May Mary, Mother of Sorrows, obtain comfort from Jesus, Her Son, for Marys family and friends! ******************************************************************************************************************************************* THE WEEKLY CALENDAR: Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her./ Be joyful, all who were in mourning;/ exult and be satisfied at her consoling breast. (Cf. Is 66:10-11) THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT, March 30SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: 8:00 AM and 10:15 AM. Dont wait until Holy Week to make a good Confession. THE FAMILY PRAYER CHALICE FOR VOCATIONS(FPC): Jesus told us to ask the Harvest Master to send laborers into his harvest. May the prayers of our participating families bear fruit. Our thanks to DENNIS FRANK FAMILY for hosting the Family Prayer Chalice for Vocations this week. Sign up in Church Vestibule for May or call 570-399-5056. FAMILY PERSPECTIVE: Failure to forgive blinds us to anothers goodness. Lent provides an opportunity to wash away our blind-spots in the pool of forgiveness. Listen to Jesus in todays gospel: Go wash and see. PRO-LIFE REFLECTION: If we are not part of the solution, we are part of the problem. As we sleep and eat with our enemies and patronize entertainment venues that fund this killing giant (Planned Parenthood), the innocent and defenseless babies pay the ultimate price with their lives. On judgment day we will have to give a full account. Join pro-life today. STEWARDSHIP: Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7. How often do we invest our time, talent and treasure in creating an appearance that does not matter at all to God? We strive to impress with our clothing, home, career, possessions, car and other marks of distinction. But none of these illusions of greatness will impress God. Instead, He will look into our hearts to see how much we loved Him, how much we loved others and how we showed that love by the way we used our time, talents and treasure here on earth. LAST WEEK YOU CONTRIBUTED: Sunday: $3,073; Capital Improvement: $394; Expenses: $3,470.63 (ordinary); $7,842 (Diocesan Assessments); $4,500 (school subsidy). Thank you! Pastoral Note: We withdrew $12,400 from Parish savings to meet these ordinary expenses. We need your generous support! LENTEN CHARITIES: (1) ST. VINCENT DE PAUL FOOD PANTRY Your donation of all TYPES OF MEALS IN A BOX will allow The SVDP Society to aid the needy of our area. Volunteer to help our SVDP Society Outreach and Gods Bountiful Table. Call 570-5442739. (2) OPERATION RICE BOWL This week, CRS Rice Bowl invites us to enter into solidarity with the people of Malawi. We are encouraged to reflect on the Catholic social teaching principle, Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers, and reminded that, just as He labored to create the universe, God sanctifies and calls us to work. Let us pray this week for our brothers and sisters in Malawi and all around the world, that we work with joy for Gods greater glory. Our Parishs ORB Contributions: Third Sunday of Lent: $665.80. (3) SISTERS LENTEN GIVING TREE Select a cross and donate the suggested item. Your gift will be forwarded to elderly and retired Women Religious whose congregations have served our Diocese. Return your gifts by Palm Sunday, April 13. (4) YOUR PERSONAL LENTEN SELF-DENIAL FOR OUR PARISH Your Lenten sacrifices for your Parish will be collected during Holy Week. There is a special LENTEN ENVELOPE in your boxes. Please be supportive! LENTEN VOTIVES: (1) SANCTUARY: IMO Thelma Bonk (Annv) by Daughter, Carleen and Fred. (2) ALTARS: BVM: For the Health of George Homa and Special Intention by Wife and Family; IMO Harold Thomas (Birthday) by Sylvia and Mary. (3) OTHER: ST. ANNE: IHO Millie Magic by Francis and Dolores Leister. ST. FRANCIS: IMO George Honyara by Daughter, Judy and Joe Sabados. ST. JOSEPH: Special Intention. REREDOS NICHE: IMO Fr. Joseph F. Reilly by Parents. Call 570-544-2211 to memorialize votives. MONDAY, March 31 EASTER (APRIL) VISITATION OF THE SICK: Father Leo will bring Holy Communion and hear Confessions for the sick and shut-in of our Parish beginning today. Call 570-544-2211 to add someone to our list.. THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS: 5:00 PM, last Monday of each month, Our Ladys Chapel of St. Patrick Church, Pottsville. Veneration of a First-Class Relic of Saint Pauline Visintainer to follow. Call 570-622-1802 for information. TUESDAY, April 1 ST. MATTHEW THE EVANGELIST RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, the Good Shepherd Building. Call our coordinator of Religious Education, Rosalie Novack (570-544-2211), with questions. ABSENCES MUST BE REPORTED! WEDNESDAY, April 2 DEVOTIONS TO ST. PEREGRINE: 8:00 AM Mass. Ask St. Peregrine to help cancer patients/caregivers. LENTEN DEVOTIONS: EUCHARISTIC HOLY HOUR AND CONFESSIONS FOLLOWED BY STATIONS OF THE CROSS AND BENEDICTION: Exposition and Confession begin at 4:00 PM. Stations of the Cross at 6:00 PM. Please attend! THURSDAY, April 3 SOUNDS OF THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY CHOIR REHEARSAL: Call 570-544-2355 for rehearsal times. COMMUNITY HEALTH ARAWRENESS TALKS: 6:00 PM, Wall Auditorium, Schuylkill Medical Center East. Topic is: Varicose Veins, Diagnosis and Treatment Options. Program is free of charge. Refreshments served. Call 570-621-5108 to register. FRIDAY, April 4 SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: 7:45 AM. Pastoral Note: All who have reached their 14th year are bound to abstain totally from eating meat today and every Friday of Lent (Day of Abstinence). LENTEN ROSARY: 7:40 AM. We will pray the Sorrowful Mysteries each Friday of Lent. Please join us! EUCHARISTIC HOLY HOUR: Immediately following todays 8:00 AM Mass, there will be Eucharistic Exposition, Adoration, and Benediction. Come and pray for vocations to the Priesthood and Consecrated Life from our Parish and Diocese. APRIL 4 GODS BOUNTIFUL TABLE LENTEN SOUP SALE: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Fr. Ricapito Annex. TAKE-OUTS ONLY. COLD QUARTS ONLY. PRE-ORDER BY 4:00 PM WEDNESDAY.Call 570-544-6484 or 570-544-2211.Soups: Cabbage, Lima Bean, Spicy Potato, White Clam. Macaroni and Cheese, Stewed Tomatoes (pints) too. Prices, $3 to $7 per quart. Home baked goods would be appreciated for our dessert

table. Bring to the Annex Wednesday,Thursday or Friday, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. LAST SALE TODAY. Proceeds go for Annex utilities. ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST LENTEN DINNERS: Every Friday in Lent in the Russell Building, Pottsville. Full course includes New England Clam Chowder, Full Salad Bar, choice of Macaroni and Cheese, Baked or Mashed Potatoes, Choice of Vegetables, Homemade Dessert, Beverage, and your choice of Fish or Crab Cake. Prices, $8 to $16. Call 570-622-5470. SEAFOOD DINNER: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Mahanoy City. Deviled Crab, Breaded Fish, Breaded Shrimp, Combo Meals. Entre served with french fries, green beans, coleslaw and dessert. Eat-in or take-out. Call 570-773-2771. SATURDAY, April 5 SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: 3:30 PM. Prepare for Easter. Make a good Confession! NATIVITY BVM YARD/FOOD SALE: Opens 8:00 AM. Call Diane (570-294-0551) for drop off or pick up times of your donations. FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT, April 6 SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: 8:00 AM and 10:15 AM. THE FAMILY PRAYER CHALICE FOR VOCATIONS (FPC): CHARLES AND PATRICIA FORNEY (4:00 PM) will host the FPC this week. Call 570-399-5056 or sign-up in the Church Vestibule. We need host families for May. ST. MATTHEW THE EVANGELIST ANNUAL HAM BINGO: 2:00 PM in The Good Shepherd Building Cafeteria. Tickets are $3.00 each. 20 games, specials and raffles! Food and beverages will be available. Call Theresa (570-544-4316) or Roseanne (570-5445304). PLEASE HELP US WITH A $20 DONATION TO PURCHASE HAMS. Non-perishable Grocery Items (canned goods, paper products, household cleaning items, etc. are also needed and can be dropped off in the boxes in the Church Vestibule. THANK YOU! COMMUNITY CONFESSIONS: 6:00 PM, our Church. At least 4 Priests will be available for Confessions. Please take this opportunity to prepare spiritually for Easter by making a good Confession! Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel! SECOND COLLECTION ENVELOPE: (1) UTILITIES: Your donation will help pay for light, water, sewer, heating tapes, and the maintenance of all parish heating units, etc. (2) OPERATION RICE BOWL: Please place your ORB envelope in the Second Collection all Lenten Sundays including Easter Sunday. All other Parish and Diocesan envelopes should be placed in the First Collection. Thank you! (3) Please check your Sunday Church Envelope Boxes for the envelopes you might have missed. Kindly catch up! (4) Please write the amount of your donation on your envelope. Do not staple or scotch tape it shut . SIMPLY SEAL WITH A LICK AND A KISS. *************************************************************************************************************************************************************** ** MINISTERS AT MASS FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT OFF. PROCESSION LECTORS EUCH. MINISTERS ALTAR SERVERS SAT 4:00 PM Bonk Family Rosalie Novack Dave Fogarty Frank Melenchick Anthony Lutchkus SUN 8:30 AM Orlosky Family Jack Hudock Maria Quinn Emily Purcell Daniel Dougherty 10:30 AM Doran Family Linda Butensky Jason Clark Alexandra Eades Fletcher Eades *************************************************************************************************************************************************************** **** COMING EVENTS: Please be sure to mark your calendar! APRIL 9 GODS BOUNTIFUL TABLE: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, Fr. Anthony Ricapito Annex. APRIL 12 HELPERS OF GODS PRECIOUS INFANTS PRAYER PILGRIMAGE: 8:00 AM Mass at Notre Dame of Bethlehem followed by Rosary after Mass at the AWC abortion facility with The Most Rev. John O. Barres, Bishop of Allentown. NATIVITY H.S. 2014THE CENTURY BENEFIT: Welcoming hour with Dinner, 7:00PM, with induction of the APRIL 17 BVM ST. MATTHEW EVANGELIST PARISH 50/50 DRAWING: $2Bishop each or Barres, 3 for $5.6:00 Call PM; Joe (570-621-8269) or Rectory (570-544golden Cross 2211). Society members. Dancing follows. Schuylkill Country Club, Orwigsburg. $125 per person. Call 570-622-8110 for tickets. PASCHAL FESTIVAL: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, St. Mary Church, Hamburg. Easter and seasonal foods, homemade baked goods, APRIL ST. refreshments, MATTHEWS TRAVELERS MOUNT AIRYbraided CASINO BUSand TRIP: PayCall $25;610-562-7657 Rebate $25.Includes free information. buffet and free Starbucks candy,23soups, crafts, decorated eggs, palm more! for more coffee. APRIL 13 DRAMATIC STATIONS OF THE CROSS PRESENTATION: St. John the Baptist Church, Pottsville. Doors open at 6:30 PM; Prelude at AM; 7:15Quandels PM; Stations begin 7:30 charge; will offering. Call 570-622-5470 for more information. Bus leavesbegins R&J 8:00 in Minersville 8:30PM. AM. No Busadmission departs casino 4:00 Free PM. Call Julie (570-544-5231) or Millie (570-628-5413). APRIL 27 ROAST BEEF DINNER: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, St. Michael Church Hall, Minersville. $10 adult; $5 child. Dinner includes: MAY 1Beef, 31 SPRING FLING CALENDAR DRAWINGS: 31 Days of prizes, cash and gifts. One winner per day. Winners are eligible to win every mashed potatoes, corn, coleslaw or applesauce, roll and homemade dessert. Call 570-544-6853 or 570-544-4741 to get tickets. day 1 THECall EDWARD T. MALESKAS SCHOLARSHIP FUND: Registered members of the former Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, Minersville, PA can request a tuition ofMay the month. Julie (570-544-5231) or the Rectory (570-544-2211). aid/scholarship application for the 2014-2015 school year for Catholic elementary and high school students and students who attend a Catholic or secular college. Applications are available by writing directly to the trustee, Rev. Msgr. Daniel J. Yenushosky, Holy Trinity Rectory, 4102 S. Church St., Whitehall, PA 18052 or e-mail the request to [email protected] Please indicate which application is needed: elementary, high school and/or college. If possible, please e-mail the request. The application will be sent by way of an e-mail attachment. Completed applications are TODAY! +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++ EASTER FLOWERS AND VIGILS: We would appreciate your help in decorating our Church and its Altars with flowers ($10 donation would be helpful) and vigils ($5 offering per candle) for Holy Week and Easter. Flower offerings can be placed in the First Collection ASAP. Remember to write your intentions on the envelope. Vigil arrangements can be made by calling the Rectory (570-544-2211) Monday through Friday. ASSUMPTION BVM PRE-SCHOOL: Now accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 school year. Offering a 2, 3 and 5 day program available for 3, 4 and 5 year olds. Half-day and full-day sessions available. Before and after school care also available. All denominations welcome! Call 570-622-0106 to register or for more information.

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