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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time THE

February 3, 2008 “BE”

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, T
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” I
— Matthew 5:3 T
University Catholic Center E

February 3 -- The Feast of St. Blase (bishop, Another Good Stop

martyr +316) Father Bob Scott, CSP has agreed to
Blase was the bishop of Sebaste in Armenia. He return to Horseshoe Bay to serve as
was martyred during the persecution of pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Church
Christians by the Roman emperor Lucinius. Blase is said to effective this Wednesday. As you may
have been a physician as well as a bishop. A legend tells that remember, Father Bob served as pastor
Blase saved the life of a boy who was choking on a fish bone. of Horseshoe Bay from 1995 to 1999. In
Blase is now the patron saint of all who have diseases of the fact, it was Paulist Father Walter Dalton
throat. On his feast day in many parishes of the United States, who founded the parish in 1982. This will mean that we won’t
people have their throats blessed. It's no surprise that this be seeing Father Bob around the UCC very much. We will
custom coincides with the peak of the sore throat and flu miss his energy, positive attitude and warm smile. In his fifty-
season. Years ago, wintertime illnesses were very dangerous. eighth year of ordained ministry, he continues to respond with
Before the discovery of penicillin, a person could die from a hearty “Here I am, Lord” whenever he is called upon to
complications of a sore throat. serve. Let’s keep him in our prayers, and learn from his
The tradition of blessing throats began at a time when the generous spirit. I think you’ll agree with me – Father Bob is
church's calendar was filled with blessings for the saints' days. one amazing man. – Father Dave.
Many of these are no longer practiced, but somehow, the
custom of blessing throats survived. Two candles are tied in SAVE the DATE! The UCC Lenten Renewal
the shape of a cross, and the candles are touched to our necks. Workshop will be Friday, February 8 and Saturday,
We can think of the blessing of our throats as a sign of God's February 9. This two day workshop is open to the
care for every part of us. entire UCC community. Paulist Fr. Paul Robichaud will be
our presenter and facilitator. Father Robichaud is the Paulist
Ash Wednesday Feb. 6 Historian and also serves as the Postulator for the Cause of
12:00 pm Mass Father Isaac Hecker, the Paulist founder. The cost for the two-
3:00 pm Mass day Lenten workshop which includes 3 meals will be $10. For
5:00 pm Mass registration information please check at the front desk.
7:00 pm Ecumenical Prayer Service
9:00 pm Liturgy of the Word
All services include the distribution of ashes. Our Gifts to God
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast (ages 18 -
59) and abstinence (no meat, ages 14 and up). On a fast day
the two smaller meals should not be greater than the one main $4,500
meal - no eating between meals. All Fridays of Lent are days $3,843
of abstinence. $4,000

Mon:  2 Sm 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13; $2,500 $2,318
Mk 5:1-20 $1,811
Tues: 2 Sm 18:9-10, 14b, 24-25a, 30 – 19:3; Mk 5:21-43
Wed: Jl 2:12-18; Ps 51; 2 Cor 5:20 – 6:2; $1,500
Mt 6:1-6, 16-18 $883
Thurs: Dt 30:15-20; Lk 9:22-25
Fri: Is 58:1-9a; Mt 9:14-15
Sat: Is 58:9b-14; Lk 5:27-32 $0
Sun: Gn 2:7-9; 3:1-7; Ps 51; Rom 5:12-19 [12, 17-19]; 12/23 12/30 01/06/08 1/13 1/20 1/27
Mt 4:1-11
Be Someone's Friend
Come join a group of volunteers who make people UCC FUNCTIONS FOR THIS WEEK
happy! On Sunday mornings we carpool to our sister
community at the Austin State School for the Mentally Re- Week of February 3, 2008
tarded. We accompany residents to a Catholic prayer service
•Monday Feb. 4
we hold in the Chapel. Many of these folks are in wheelchairs
∗ 7 pm RCIA HSC
and could not come to church without us. For more informa-
∗ 7:30 pm CLFL MT
tion, please sign up at the front counter or contact Kathy
Hackett at 512.928.1776. Tuesday Feb. 5 St Agatha (M)
∗ 6 pm Anniv. Committee Meeting SMt
Fr. Hecker Quote of the Week: ∗ 7 pm UGAP MT
Do not say that your state in life does not offer the ∗ 7 pm MET SF
means of sanctifying your soul, open your eyes ∗ 7 pm Confirmation BSMT
and dare to meet its duties and responsibilities like ∗ 7 pm Catholicism 101 SMk
a Christian. Wednesday Feb. 6 Ash Wednesday –ashes at all services
∗ 12 pm Mass HSC
Everyone is invited to the UCC Lenten Soup ∗ 3 pm Mass HSC
Suppers which will be held from 6:30-7:30 pm ∗ 5 pm Mass HSC
Fridays during Lent starting Feb. 8. Come join us ∗ 7 pm Ecumenical Prayer Service HSC
for a simple meal, a social justice message and wonderful ∗ 9 pm Liturgy of the Word HSC
fellowship. Please bring a bowl and a spoon, and some bread ∗ 7 pm Men of Virtue (MOV) SMt
to share. We are in need of 3 or 4 cooks each week to make a ∗ 7 pm STRONG Officers SMk
meatless soup, each preparing about 20-30 servings. If you ∗ 8 pm STRONG SF
are interested in preparing a soup for one of the Fridays, Thursday Feb. 7
please contact Michael Burkhart at ∗ 7 pm Compass MT
∗ 7 pm LA-44 BSMT; HSC; KT
Be a part of UCC history! Help us capture the rich history SF; SMk; STML
of the UCC through the restoration of the UCC archives in * 8 pm Adoration HSC
the anniversary scrapbook project. We need volunteers to Friday Feb. 8
help us document, organize, and create scrapbooks of the ∗ 5:30 pm Rosary HSC
history of the Catholic Center. Please contact Vanessa Mena * 6 pm Stations of the Cross HSC
at or 512-476-7351 ext. 23 by * 6 :30 pm Soup Supper ATRM; KT
February 15th to be a part of this team. ∗ 7 pm Lenten Renewal Workshop HSC
Saturday Feb. 9
El Salvador Immersion Trip Thanks You for * 9 am Lenten Renewal Workshop HSC
Your Support! ∗ 2:30 pm LA-44 workday HSC; SMk, SF,
Last weekend the El Salvador Spring Break Trip KT;BSMT
made $918.75 at their Bake Sale and Adopt-A-
Sunday Feb. 10
Missionary. Thank you so much for supporting the
* RE Classes MT, SMt; SMk,
trip financially and with your prayers! If you were
unable to support last weekend, feel free to contribute at the * 7 pm RCIA Dismissal SF
bake sale at St. Austin on Feb. 9 & 10, during the March
Black Bag Mass collection, or by dropping off a check at the
UCC front desk.

Guys--you want to exercise your spiritual muscle? Catholicism 101 is back!

All men are invited to join us as we look at what it means to The next session of Catholicism 101 is back--focusing on the
be Men of Virtue on Wednesdays at 7 pm in the St Matthew sacraments and how we celebrate our Catholic faith.
Room starting this week. As Men of Virue, we're called not Everyone is welcome to join us on Tuesday nights at 7pm in
just to do the "right thing" but really develop an attitude of the the St. Mark's Room upstairs. For more information contact
Gospels. What? You're not perfect yet? Good. Come and Kraft at .
work out with us. Men of Virtue, Wednesdays, 7 pm St.
Matthew Room. Wednesday Carbos for Christ
All are invited for food and fellowship at 12:30
Which of the beatitudes do you consider to be pm on Wednesdays in the Atrium. $3.00 sug-
your strongest? Which is the greatest challenge gested donation. This is such a wonderful meal, it was writ-
for you? How can you continue to grow? ten up in the Daily Texan! You don’t want to miss out.