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Apostolate to the Handicapped for Feb. 25

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Apostolate to the Handicapped for Feb. 25
Apostolate to the Handicapped for Feb. 25
Apostolate to the Handicapped for Feb. 25

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[music] >> in the name of the father, the son and the holy spirit.

>> amen.

>> the lord be with you.

>> and with your spirit.

>> good morning and welcome as we celebrate this second sunday of our lenten journey to the great festival of easter.

Let us prepare to celebrate the sacred liturgy as we call to mind and acknowledge our sins, the times we fail to live the gospel as christ expects of us.

Let us ask for god's mercy.

Lord jesus, you raise us to new life.

Lord have mercy.

>> lord have mercy.

>> christ jesus, you forgive our sins.

Christ have mercy.

>> christ have mercy.

>> lord jesus, you bring light to those in darkness.

Lord have mercy.

>> lord have mercy.

>> may almighty god have mercy on u forgive us from our sins and bring us to life everlasting.

>> amen.

>> and let us pray.

O god who has commanded us to listen to your beloved son, be pleased, we pray, to nourish us inwardly by your word.

That with spiritual sight made pure, we may rejoice to behold your glory.

Through our lord jesus christ, your son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the holy spirit, one god forever and ever.

>> amen.

A reading from the book of genesis god put abraham to the test.

He called to him, "abraham!"

"here i am!"

He replied.

Then god said: "take your son isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of moriah.

There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that i will point out to you."

When they came to the place of which god had told him, abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it.

Then he reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son.

But the lord's messenger called to him from heaven, "abraham, abraham!"

"here i am!"

He answered.

"do not lay your hand on the boy," said the messenger.

"do not do the least thing to him.

I know now how devoted you are to god, since you did not withhold him from me your own beloved son."

As abraham looked about, he spied a ram caught by its horns in the thicket.

So he went and took the ram and offered it up as a holocaust in place of his son.

Again the lord's messenger called to abraham from heaven and said: "i swear by myself, declares the lord, that because you acted as you did in not withholding from me your beloved son, i will bless you abundantly and make your descendants as countless as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore; your descendants shall take possession of the gates of their enemies, and in your descendants all the nations of the earth shall find blessing.

All this because you obeyed my command."

The word of the lord >> thanks be to god.

>> i will walk before the lord in the land of the living.

>> i will walk before the lord in the land of the living.

I believed, even when i said, "i am greatly afflicted."

Precious in the eyes of the lord is the death of his faithful ones.

>> i will walk before the lord, in the land of the living.

>> o lord, i am your servant; i am your servant, the son of your handmaid; you have loosed my bonds.

To you will i offer sacrifice of thanksgiving, and i will call upon the name of the lord.

>> i will walk before the lord, in the land of the living.

>> my vows to the lord i will pay in the presence of all his people, in the courts of the house of the lord, in your midst, o jerusalem.

>> i will walk before the lord, in the land of the living.

>> a reading from the letter of saint paul to the romans brothers and sisters: if god is for us, who can be against us?

He who did not spare his own son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him?

Who will bring a charge against god's chosen ones?

It is god who acquits us, who will condemn?

Christ jesus it is who died, or, rather, was raised, who also is at the right hand of god, who indeed intercedes for us.

The word of the lord.

>> thanks be to god.

Praise to you, lord jesus christ, king of endless glory.

>> praise to you, lord, jesus christ, king of endless glory.

From the shining cloud the father's voice is heard: this is my beloved son, listen to him.

>> praise to you, lord jesus christ, king of endless glory!

The lord be with you.

>> and with your spirit.

>> a reading from the holy gospel according to mark.

>> glory to you, o lord.

>> jesus took peter, james, and john and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.

And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.

Then elijah appeared to them along with moses, and they were conversing with jesus.

Then peter said to jesus in reply, "rabbi, it is good that we are here!

Let us make three tents: one for you, one for moses, and one for elijah."

He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.

Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, "this is my beloved son.

Listen to him."

Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone but jesus alone with them.

As they were coming down from the mountain, he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone, except when the son of man had risen from the dead.

So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what rising from the dead meant.

The gospel of the lord.

>> praise to you, lord jesus christ >> so my friends, as we celebrate eucharist this day, we enter into the second week of our lenten journey, to the great festival of easter, the pinnacle celebration of our faith.

There's an image which perhaps i've shared at other years with you but is helpful for me in this lenten season, is that image of baseball, basic practices, that so many teams are gathering in florida or arizona or whatever it might be, is that they have spring training going on, and so much about that spring training perhaps is like any other sport or music or activity, it's always going back to the basics.

And refreshing and renewing and practice, practice, practice.

And so true with our faith, it's the same kind of reality that we are in this lenten season in a sense in spring training as we move toward the great season of springtime, and new life and new growth which is what easter is very much about.

And if we remember last sunday in the responsorial psalm we prayed, your words, o lord, are love and truth.

Teach me your paths.

A great agenda.

As i mentioned last week, for our lenten journey.

For our spring training.

For us to continue to deepen and to grow and strengthen who we are as god's people, the i'dity and the privilege of our baptism.

Last sunday's gospel, as jesus came out of the desert, having been tempted and having to balance out the real power of the spirit and the lures of satan called all to repent and believe in the gospel, in the good news, and again reminding that jesus christ is good news.

Is the gospel.

So for us continually, praying throughout the season, teach me your ways, o lord, your paths, and that we embrace, repenting and believing more deeply if jesus christ himself.

And so that process of faith the growing as is true with so many other aspects of our lives, is very much part of a slow process many times, and one that is kind of subtle in our learning, in our growing as we experience life.

But also, we all perhaps can remember within ourselves and our communities and our society, transformative kind of moments that were really life changing, that brought new visions and a new approach to how we live and how we move.

Look at that first reading with abraham and that story with isaac and kind of a disturbing story for many, and one that has been a troubling one for scholars throughout the years of really struggling for its total meaning, but the focus is on abraham listening to god and being faithful, being obedient, even if it meant sacrificing his own son.

And so in many ways in tradition, in the early church, it was considered that isaac was a willing victim.

Not just about abraham, but isaac was a willing victim that would be a part of the success of the covenant that god had established with his people.

So we can look at jesus as being isaac, who gave himself, offered himself for the salvation of all.

For the good of all of us, for all humanity.

Maybe we think about even in our own times, people who are lifted up, people who are in the news sometimes who selflessly give up their lives for the good of others, and ways that they sacrifice and heroic kind of ways, and not necessarily think of themselves as heros but being able to selflessly offer themselves for a greater good, for other people.

And so that transformative experience, like abraham had, like so many when we're called to make really serious choices about our lives and difficult choices certainly can be life changing as it was for abraham, certainly i'm sure for isaac, who was then relieved not to be put to death.

And the gospel, that another time in the midst of challenging times that are life changing, transformative, are those mountain top experiences like jesus invited the three disciples to, having just told them that they were on their way to jerusalem, which was going to mean great suffering and death, but he would rise from the dead.

And probably they could guess more about what suffering and death was but by the end of the gospel, they had the question about what this rising from the dead would mean, because it's a whole new concept, but they had this experience that was so transformative for their lives as jesus was transfigured, giving them a vision in the midst of that difficult news of suffering in death of resurrection, and the goodness that would be total low life changing.

So we can well imagine that the disciples with jesus came down the mountain, that was a transforming event for them, giving them a new vision of who jesus christ, son of god, was and is.

And who they would be called to be and to be about in their own lives.

So we have the images of the obedience of abraham, isaac and jesus, whose obedience and selfless giving were advanced, transforming them into the goodness of new life and salvation.

So for all of us, are to ur oh ourselves,personal vefnts that e changed your life, my life in so many ways.

Think about 9/11, september 11th, 2001, certainly life changing and a whole new vision for our country, for our world.

Perhaps couples who are entering into the goodness of marriage like today on this very -- or yesterday that linda, our elector this morning, and her husband are celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary.

Transformative for them.

Giving wirth to their three sons, over and over, many couples in the same experiences.

Maybe it's personal sickness, or a diagnoses that are life changing, never a plan, very good friend of mine retired two years ago and then found out that she had this very difficult disease that would run the rest of her life in many different ways, and transformative, not exactly the vision of retirement, that she had for herself.

Maybe it's the loss of a loved one.

When all of a sudden somebody who we've spent their lives with in many ways no longer has that person, so that redefinition of life and what meaning is.

So those are all transformative kind of events.

And we're invited on this second sunday of lent and throughout our whole faith-filled experience to really look to god and how we allow god to keep transforming our lives to lift us with a vision that maybe is bigger than we can imagine, and how well do we allow god, allow our faith in jesus christ to really give us a new vision and a bigger picture about life and who we are, who we are called to be, how we view other people, and all those situations we have in our lives, may the lord continue to bless our lenten journey.

So let us profess this great faith of the church.

>> i believe in one god, the father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one lord jesus christ, the only begotten son of god, born of the father before all ages.

God from god, light from light, true god from true god, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the father; through him all things were made.

For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the holy spirit was incarnate of the virgin mary, and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under pontius pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the scriptures.

He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the holy spirit, the lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the father and the son, who with the father and the son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic church.

I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and i look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.

Amen.

Seeking so place our total reliance upon god, we now place our prayers of petition.

>> that through prayer, fasting and alms giving, we may move away from selfishness and pride to a greater love of the lord and our neighbor, we pray to the lord.

The >> lord, hear our prayer.

>> for pope francis, bishop morlino and all ministers of faith communities; may they continue to preach the gospel of life, inspiring all to a deeper conversion from sin, and experience more deeply god's mercy and compassion, we pray to the lord.

>> lord, hear our prayer.

>> for heads of state and elected leaders, may they be led by the holy spirit as they work for justice and peace in our country, and throughout the world, we pray to the lord.

>> lord, hear our prayer.

>> that the lord will embrace those who live with pain, physical and mental disabilities, and grief; may they draw strength from the compassionate love of family and neighbors, we pray to the lord.

>> lord, hear our prayer.

>> may we have the faith and courage to place our hope in him through loving and caring for the spiritual and physical needs of those in our diocese and generously giving to this year's annual catholic appeal, and may we all join together to dare to hope, we pray to the lord.

>> lord, hear our prayer.

>> that those who have died may rest in the peace of eternal life, especially eldon vondra, the special intention of this mass and a loyal member of the apostolate since its foundation at saint james parish in madison, we pray to the lord.

>> lord, hear our prayer.

>> now, as a people of faith, let us in silence present to the lord our own personal needs for them, we pray to the lord.

>> lord, hear our prayer.

>> good and gracious god, thank you for receiving our prayers today.

If it be your gracious will, grant them in the name of jesus christ our lord.

>> amen.

>> blessed are you, lord of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life.

>> blessed be god for ever.

>> blessed are you, lord of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you: fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink.

>> blessed be god forever.

>> pray sisters and brothers that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to god, the almighty father.

>> may the lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy church.

>> may the sacrifice, o lord, we pray cleanse us of our faults, and sanctify your faithful in body and mind for the salvation and celebration of the pascal festivities.

Through christ our lord.

>> amen.

>> the lord be with you.

>> and with your spirit.

>> lift up your hearts.

>> we lift them up to the lord.

>> let us give thanks to the lord our god.

>> it is right and just.

>> it is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, lord, holy father, almighty and eternal god through christ our lord.

After he had told the disciples of his coming death on the holy mountain, he manifested to him his glory and to show even by the testimony of the law and the prophets that the passion leads to the glory of the resurrection.

So with the powers of heaven we worship you constantly on rt and before your majesty without end, we acclaim.

>> holy, holy, holy lord god of hosts, heaven and earth are full of your glory, hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

>> you are indeed holy, o lord, the fount of all holiness.

Make holy, therefore, these gifts we pray by sending down your spirits upon them like the dew fall so they may become for us the body and blood of our lord jesus christ.

At the time he was betrayed and entered willingly into his passion, he took bread and, giving thanks, broke it and gave it to his disciples saying, take this, all of you and eat of it.

For this is my body, which will be given up for you.

In a similar way when supper was ended, he took the chalice, and once more giving thanks he gave it to his disciples saying take this, all of you and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my blood, the blood of the new and eternal covenant which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this in memory of me.

The mystery of faith.

>> we proclaim your death, o lord, and profess your resurrection until you come again.

Therefore as we celebrate the memorial of his death and resurrection, we offer you, lord, the bread of life and the chalice of salvation.

Giving thanks that you have held us worthy to be in your presence and minister to you.

Humbly we pray that partaking of the body and blood of christ, we may be gathered into one by the holy spirit.

Remember, lord, your church spread throughout the world, and bring it to the fullness of charity together with francis our pope and robert our bishop and all the clergy.

Remember also our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection and all who have died in your mercy, welcome them into the light of your face.

Have mercy on us we pray that with the blessed virgin mary, mother of god, blessed joseph, her spouse, with the blessed apostles and all the saints who have pleased you throughout the ages, we may merit to be co-heirs to eternal life and may praise and glorify you through your son, jesus christ.

Through him and with him and in him, god, almighty father, in the unity of the holy spirit, all glory and honor is yours forever and ever.

>> amen.

>> at our savior's command and formed by divine teaching, we pray: our father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who have trespassed against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Deliver us, lord, we pray from every evil.

Graciously grant peace in our days, that by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our savior, jesus christ.

>> for the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever.

>> lord jesus christ, you said to your apostles, peace i leave you, my peace i give you.

Look not on our sins but on the faith of your church.

And graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will, who live and reign forever and ever.

>> amen.

>> the peace of the lord be with you always.

>> and with your spirit.

>> minister his word of peace to those who are near.

Peace be with you.

>> thanks, linda.

>> peace be with you, jack.

Peace be with you, alex.

>> lamb of god, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of god, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of god, you take away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

>> behold the lamb of god, behold him who takes away the sins of the world, blessed are those who are called to the supper of the lamb.

>> lord, i'm not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

>> the body of christ.

>> amen.

>> let us pray.

As we receive these glorious mysteries, we make thanksgiving to you, o lord, for allowing us while still on earth to be partakers even now of the things of heaven.

Through christ our lord.

>> amen.

>> the lord be with you.

>> and with your spirit.

>> may almighty god bless you.

The father, the son and the holy spirit.

>> amen.

>> our mass has ended.

Let us go in peace to love and serve the lord.

>> thanks be to god.

>> we were led in today's sacred liturgy by monsignor larry bakke the pastor of saint clare of assisi parish in monroe and director of the apostolate for persons with disabilities for the diocese of madison.

Also from st.

Clare of assisi parish, i am linda faessler, and the acolytes today were luis torres and jack garry.

Providing our music ministry this morning was anne loof of saint francis of assisi parish in jefferson.

Enabling the deaf of our television faith community to worship with us by her interpretation was michele guyette of saint dennis parish in madison.

Closed captioning was provided by the apostolate.

The apostolate's weekly television mass is made possible by the generosity, public service, and social concern of the owner, management and staff of wisc-tv for persons of all faiths with disabilities, the homebound, and those in health care facilities.

May the good lord bless you with a beautiful week in your lenten journey, and may you know god's love, compassion, and mercy!

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