Why does Mary have a special role in helping us?
As the Mother of God, the Virgin Mary has a unique position among the saints, indeed, among all creatures. She is exalted, yet still one of us.
Redeemed by reason of the merits of her Son and united to Him by a close and indissoluble tie, she is endowed with the high office and dignity of being the Mother of the Son of God, by which account she is also the beloved daughter of the Father and the temple of the Holy Spirit. Because of this gift of sublime grace she far surpasses all creatures, both in heaven and on earth. At the same time, however, because she belongs to the offspring of Adam she is one with all those who are to be saved. 31
Mary embraces God's will and freely chooses to cooperate with God's grace, thereby fulfilling a crucial role in God's plan of salvation. 32 Throughout the centuries, the Church has turned to the Blessed Virgin in order to come closer to Christ. Many forms of piety toward the Mother of God developed that help bring us closer to her Son. In these devotions to Mary, "while the Mother is honored, the Son, through whom all things have their being and in whom it has pleased the Father that all fullness should dwell, is rightly known, loved and glorified and . . . all His commands are observed." 33 The Church honors her as the Mother of God, looks to her as a model of perfect discipleship, and asks for her prayers to God on our behalf.
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1. Catholic Relief Services: This collection helps to fund six Catholic organizations that improve the quality of life and protect human dignity. Each gift will support agricultural development to strengthen economies and create food sustainability, provide outreach services to survivors of human trafficking, and supply pastoral care and advocacy for immigrants and refugees. This collection is scheduled to be taken up the weekend of March 18th & 19th, 2023.
2. Fr. Ly Chu’s Vacation: Fr. Ly will be on vacation from March 20 -Apil 1. Will be NO Masses Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Annunciation of the Lord.
Weekday mass: There will be no Mass on Tuesday March 21st and 28th. Thank you.
3. Lenten Message 2023 of Pope Francis: Lenten message 2023 of the Holy Father Francis is at the back of church. Please take home to read for reflection.
4. Rice Bowls: This Lenten season, don’t forget to keep filling your containers with cash for our brothers & sisters around the world in need of food and water. Pick one up if you haven’t started yet.
5. Stations of the Cross: Each Friday through the Lenten season, we will have Stations of the Cross at 7:00 PM. in Vietnamese and/or English.
6. Lenten Retreat 2023: Our parish will sponsor a Lenten Retreat for both Anglos & Vietnamese on Saturday – Sunday, March 25-26, 2023. Details are posted on the bulletin. Please come and be with us in this special time so we can preprare our spiritual life in this coming Holy Lent.
7. Kitchen Closed Today: Please join us for coffee and donuts in the hall.