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3  MARCH 12-13, 2011  ISSUE 10

Welcome to

Catholic Church at Fort Gordon, GA

First Sunday of Lent
Scripture  the serpent said to the woman: "…you will be like gods who know what is good and what is evil." (Genesis 3:4,5)  Through one man sin entered the world…through one righteous act, acquittal and life came to all. (Romans 5:12,18)  Give me back the joy of your salvation, and a willing spirit sustain in me (Psalm51: 14)  Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted …He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry. (Matthew 4:1,2) Reflection  How are you tempted?  Is admitting a weakness the first step to healing?  What part of your spiritual well being would you like to change?  How may God help you? St. Patrick’s Prayer This day I call to me: God’s strength to direct me, Gods wisdom to guide me, God’s vision to light me, God’s ear to my hearing, God’s word to my speaking, God’s hand to uphold me, God’s pathway before me, God’s shield to protect me, God’s legions to save me.1
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Parish Staff and Ministries
Pastor: Fr. Damian Ilokaba (706) 791-4307 Co-Pastor: Fr. Samuel Aniekwe (706) 791-4307 Contract Priest: Fr. Michael Roverse (706) 791-2945 NCOIC: Sgt. Sheronda Williams (706) 791-4308 Chapel Clerk: Vacant (706) 791-2945 Deacons: - George Foster (706) 860-2379 - Mike Marchek (706) 855-2107 - David Kriegel (706) 869-9781 PLC: VACANT Music Director: VACANT (706) 791-2945 MCCW: Dede O’brien

dedems@yahoo.com
Knights of Columbus: Ricardo Ruiz Jr. (706) 863-3435 or ruizrjr@knology.net Lectors: Tom Dean (706) 860-6946 Ushers: Ron Shannon (706) 868-5960 Flowers Ministry: Sherry Wodicka swodicka24@gmail.com Editor: Lola Rivera (706) 860-0604 lolarivera@ymail.com

from St Patrick’s Breastplate, an eighth century Irish prayer tradition attributes to St. Patrick.
Retrieved from For the Ride Home by Ted Bergh ParishVision LLC 2011

QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Q: No Baptisms during Lent? A: Canon 856 of the Code of Canon Law says that, although Baptism may be celebrated on any

Pastoral Council
MIKE RIVERA, PRESIDENT riveralejos@yahoo.com BILL HOLT, VICE-PRESIDENT wilbil56@aol.com LOLA RIVERA, SECRETARY lolarivera@ymail.com TINA RABY, FINANCIAL ADVISOR gritstwo@yahoo.com

day, it is commendable to celebrate it ordinarily on Sunday or, if possible, at the Easter Vigil. The Code also encourages Baptism during the celebration of the Eucharist so that the relationship between Baptism and Eucharist will be clearly seen. The Baptism ritual says much the same thing. And pastors are told that, in the case of adult Baptisms, they should ordinarily arrange it so that the Rite of Election (enrollment in the catechumenate) begins on the First Sunday of Lent and Baptism (and the other Sacraments of Initiation) be celebrated at the Easter Vigil.
Retrieved from http://www.americancatholic.org/

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Lenten Schedule
Stations of the Cross Friday March 18 at 1800 hrs (6PM) followed by soup. Adoration
We have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament during each Wednesday of Lent at 6:30pm. Join us to spend an hour of prayer with the Lord. Palm Sunday April 17. 8:30am and 10am Holy Thursday April 21 , 6pm Good Friday April 22, 3pm Holy Saturday April 23, 6:30pm Easter Sunday April 24, 8:30am and 10am

Ministries Sponsoring Stations of the Cross
The following Ministries will sponsor our Stations of the Cross during Lent. March 18 (Knights of Columbus) March 25 (MCCW) April 1 (Ushers) April 8 (RE) April 15 (Youth) Parishioners are welcome to bring their soups any day during Stations of the Cross.

Lenten Recipes
Share their Lenten recipes with the parish. Please submit them at lolarivera@ymail.com.

Lenten Reconciliation Services
Our Parish will not provide special reconciliation dates during Lent. Please know that our Pastor is available for reconciliation every Saturday at 4 pm and Sunday at 8:15am. Parishioners are encouraged to use these reconciliation services during Lent. The following are some of the Lenten Reconciliation services in the Augusta area: St. Joseph Catholic Church, March 28th at 7pm. St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church on March 28 at 7pm

LENTEN RECIPE: ELAINE’S SPINACH SALAD
Ingredients: 4 cups spnicha, 1 cup minced fresh mushrooms, 2 medium tomatoes (cut into bite size pieces), 2 celery ribs (chopped), 1 cup canned bean sprouts (drained and rinsed), 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, 1 cup salted sunflower seeds, 1/4 tsp. Salt, 1/4 tsp. Pepper, 1/4 tsp. Garlic salt. Combines all ingredients in a large salad bowl. Dressing: 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup cider vinegar, 1/4 cup chopped onion, 3 Tbsp. Chili sauce, 1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce and 1/4 tsp salt. Combine all ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake well. Drizzle Desired amount over salad and serve immediately. Bon Appetite!!! ——————————— Elaine, thank you for sharing your recipe.——————–———-

OUR COMMUNITY

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Worldwide Marriage Encounter
"So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord". Does your Sacrament of Marriage witness the Sign of God's love? Let Worldwide Marriage Encounter give you tools to increase your Sacramental Sign. The next weekend is June 10-12, 2011 in Columbia, SC. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information or to register online, visit our website at: wwmes4.org or call Tom and Kathy Lensie at (864) 576-0416.

Boy Scouts Learn Values Based Leadership Through an Outdoor Program. Boy Scouts of America is alive and well in our community. The BSA has been around for over 100 years, instilling in our youth: leadership, life and survival skills, respect, faith, and courage. The local Boy Scout Troop out of St Mary on the Hill Catholic Church is actively seeking new membership. Please contact their Scoutmaster, Dave Besel, at owls@troop8augusta.com. You can also visit their website at: http:// sites.google.com/site/troop8augusta

Bible Study for Lent
The Religious Education Center is sponsoring a Bible Study for Lent called ―The Passion of the Christ‖ on Wednesdays beginning March 9th thru April 20th at Bld. 13, 10-11am. Contact Gail Fitzpatrick to register (706) 284-7618.

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MEETINGS

& INFORMATION

Military Council of Catholic Women (MCCW)
MCCW is having a food drive donation for the months of March and April. All non-perishable items will be donated to Catholic Social Services. Please leave your non-perishable food items in the box at the MCCW table located at the back of the church. Thank you! MCCW Faith Study meets every Monday morning at 9:30, at the religious education center building #13. We then meet for Mass at 11:30 at St Michaels. Contact Dede O’Brien if you need childcare. DeDe O'Brien is taking over as interim President for MCCW. You can contact DeDe at dedems@yahoo.com COMING EVENT!!! MCCW will be supporting the Augusta Care Pregnancy Center for Mother's Day. More information to follow in the April bulletin.

Youth of the Parish Join us the first Sunday of each Month at 10 am Mass.
Youth are encouraged to do the readings, serve as Ushers and present the gifts during Mass. Contact our Pastor if you are interested.

April 3rd, 2011 at 10 AM Mass.

Attention Ladies of the Parish
MCCW is currently taking nominations for the new MCCW Executive Board, all women of the chapel are eligible to be nominated or nominate themselves for the following positions; President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. If you are interested in any of these positions and would like to be considered a candidate, please contact, Laura Pizzi @ 706-651-0688 or Barbara Larson @ 706-592 -2220 for a job description.

St. Michael’s Choir is looking for Volunteers
St. Michael’s is looking for volunteers that would like to share their talents and gifts with our choir. Singers and musicians are welcomed! Ask our Pastor if you are interested.

Knights of Columbus
Please know that our meeting in March will be on Monday April 14th, 2011 in Bldg. 13 at 1830. Social and the meeting starts at 1900 hours. Contact the Grand Knight Ricardo Ruiz Jr. if you have any question at ruizrjr@knology.net or (706) 863-3435.

Bible Study!!
Saint Michael’s Bible Study on Tuesdays. The study will be using the Little Rock Scripture Study on the Book of Psalms called ―Psalms for All Seasons‖. The group meets each Tuesday evening in the Chapel Activity Room at 7-9 PM. On evenings when showing the series videos, the group will meet in Blg. 13 at the Religious Education Center. Contact Tom Dean (706) 860-6946.

God and Coffee
Are there questions about your Faith would like to have answers for? Come and ask them. God and Coffee and RCIA on Sundays at 11:30AM. The location where we used to meet is under construction now, so we are using a provisional place at this moment. More information on location during Pulpit Announcements or contact POC Tom Dean (706) 8606946. We truly apologize for the inconvenience.

Religious Education
RE is in session every Sunday in March. Please, contact Father Damian if you have any question/s about our Religious Education program.

LEM and Lector Training
LEM and Lector training will be after Adoration on 23 March 2011. New parishioners and present parishioners wishing to become Eucharistic Ministers or Lectors are encouraged to attend this training.

2011 Roman Missal Changes
The Third part of the Interactive DVD series on ―Changes to the Roman Missal‖ will be after Adoration on 30 March 2011. Contact Deacon Kriegel if you have any question (706) 869-9781.

Altar Servers
We are always in need for Altar Servers. Let us know if your son or daughter is considering to become one. Candidates need to be in 4th grade or higher, and have made their First Holy Communion. Please, contact our Pastor if you are interested.

DESIGNATED OFFERING
There will be a designated offering on March 26-27, 2011 for St Vincent de Paul Good Samaritan Respita Center Health Clinic for the Homeless. Please know that this offering is directed by the office of the Chief of Chaplains. Parish Council Financial Advisor, Tina Raby

Christian Principles
Lent: A Season of Christian Fasting and Self-Sacrifice
For those in the Christian faith, the Season of Lent is typically considered to be the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, and is often characterized by abstention from certain kinds of food or activities. The period is most commonly thought of as a symbol of the 40 days and nights Jesus spent struggling with the devil in the wilderness. The History of Lent The practice of Lent likely has its origins in practical reasons. In agricultural societies (as most Christian cultures were, in the fourth and fifth centuries, when Lent is first mentioned in historical context), winter crops were often scarce. Correspondingly, a period of fasting may have been a spiritual response to a physical need. The excesses and revels of Shrove Tuesday (also known as Mardi Gras), the day before Ash Wednesday, were, in all likelihood, a response to the same phenomenon, as people wanted to consume perishable goods (like meats, eggs, dairy products, and sweets) before they spoiled. As the practice of Lent evolved, it began to take on the added significance of a preparation of new church members for the baptism of Easter Sunday. In the spirit of Christianity as a community of living faith, this period of fasting and preparation was eventually embraced by all Church members. Additionally, Lent was once referred to as quadragesima, which is Latin for the fortieth day before Easter. The word "Lent" itself is thought to come from a Germanic root, lenct, which initially meant "spring" and, later, "fast." Why 40 Days? Lent's duration is actually 46 days. However, as Sundays represent Christ's resurrection, they are not commonly counted in the tally between Ash Wednesday and the Easter vigil. The primary meaning of the fast is considered to be a way of identifying with the suffering of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels, and of acknowledging his substitutionary death for the sins of mankind. The meaning of the season is further enriched by other biblical occurrences of the number 40 -- Moses and Elias spent 40days in the wilderness, in a similar manner to Christ, the Jewish people wandered for 40 years, as recorded in Exodus, and Jesus spent 40hours in the tomb, prior to his resurrection. Colors and Decorations of Lent For the Lenten season, purple, red and dark violet are often the favored colors, symbolizing the pain of Christ's crucifixion. Gray, the color of ashes, is often used for Ash Wednesday, and this practice is sometimes extended throughout the entire fast. Furthermore, some churches avoid flowers during the season, reintroducing them at Easter (often to great psychological effect) with a flowering cross. Other congregations choose to use a roughly-hewn wooden cross as a focal point throughout the season, symbolizing of Christ's pain and martyrdom. For Christians of all colors, Lent continues to symbolize the self-sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The period of fasting from certain foods, drinks and activities serves as a reminder of the sorrow and joy of the Resurrection and the truly loving and compassionate spirit of the Christian faith.
Written by: Bon Robertson, Retrieved from http://www.sharefaith.com

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LITURGICAL LIFE
Weekend Masses Saturday 17:00 Sunday 08:30 & 10:00 Daily Mass Mon, Wed, Thurs. 11:30 Mon-Friday DDEAMC 11:45 Penance/ Reconciliation Saturday 16:00 Sunday 08:15 (Also by Appointment) Rosary Saturday 16:30 Sunday 08:00 Communion (Sick/Homebound): Deacon George Foster Weddings Deacon George Foster Baptisms Deacon Mike Marchek Liturgy Deacon David Kriegel Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Deacon Mike Marchek Adoration Wednesday 18:30 Religious Education (RE) Sunday 11:30 (RSO and RE Complex)

Pray For Our Military
Please remember in your prayers all those who are deployed and cannot be with their families and love ones. Remember their families and friends during their deployments too. If your love one is one of them, or you know any deployed military personnel send us his or her name, so we can include it in our daily prayers. Send your prayer request to lolarivera@ymail.com.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host— by the Divine Power of God -thrust into hell, Satan and all the evil spirits, who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Bulletin Announcements
Send them to lolarivera@ymail.com must be submitted by COB Sunday 3 PM. Thank you.

SFC Kevin Sabo LTC Karl Strellner Susan Wersal

Kristopher Nichols CPO Ronny Amaya COL Mark Ziemba

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