By Fr. Terry Kerner

We all have things in our lives that don't belong there. Maybe it's the poor way we allow someone to treat us, maybe it's a habitual sin, maybe it's a pattern of thought or attitude that traps us in a cycle of regret, anger, or an inability to forgive. Jesus has bold words for us today: "Take these out of here."

When we hear the story of the Cleansing of the Temple, it can be easy to look down on the animal-sellers and money-changers. However, they set up shop in the Temple for a very practical purpose. People needed to buy animals to sacrifice, they were going to sacrifice them in the Temple: ergo, quite a convenient, successful marketplace! For many of us, the negative influences in our lives don't come out of nowhere. We might have considered them quite practical and reasonable initially. We wanted to keep the peace, so we allowed someone to talk to us disrespectfully. A person hurt us deeply and we weren't prepared to let go of our resentment right away. Over time, these can fester and corrupt our inner life in a way we didn't expect.

The response of Jesus is a strong one. "He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area." God wants us to be whole, healthy human beings. He knows how destructive it is for our souls to be caught up sin -- our own sin and those of others. God's love for us is startlingly fierce. In a few short weeks we will celebrate the culmination of that courageous love as Jesus goes to his death on the cross.

In the meantime, Lent is an opportunity for cleansing and renewal. If we've allowed into our lives things that don't belong, let today be the day we ask Jesus to clear them out. It's not always easy or pretty, but it's necessary for our hearts to function the way they were made. God will turn our tables over if we ask Him to.




                         Saturday 4 PM Sunday 9 AM & 11 AM

WEEKDAYS: Tuesday- Adoration 4 PM—6:30 PM,

                          Novena 6:30 PM,

                          Mass 6:40 PM

                          Wednesday through Friday 9 AM

FRIDAYS OF LENT: Stations of the Cross 1 PM & 7 PM

                           Adoration 1:30 PM-7 PM



                          St. Albert the Great: March 17th, 1 PM

                          Sacred Heart: March 20th, 2 PM & 7 PM

                          St. Kateri: March 24th, 11 AM

                          St. Sebastian: March 26th, 6:30 PM

PALM SUNDAY: March 25th:

                          Palm Weaving 10 AM-12:30 PM

                          Pancake Breakfast 10 AM—12:30 PM

                          Easter Egg Hunt 12:15 PM

HOLY THURSDAY, March 29th:

                          Mass 7 PM (No 9 AM Mass)

                          Adoration following Mass until 10 PM

GOOD FRIDAY, March 30th:

                          Stations of the Cross– Noon

                           Liturgy 1 PM

HOLY SATURDAY, March 31st:

                          Blessing of Easter Baskets- Noon

                          Mass 7 PM (No 4 PM Mass)

EASTER, April 1st:

                          Masses 9 AM & 11 AM


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