IGNITE - Bulletin for Sunday, February 21st, 2021
Sunday, February 21st - The First Sunday of Lent
CHEERS! - A MESSAGE FROM THE
Well, Lent has begun! I’m actually writing this on Ash Wednesday morning; so for me it’s just barely begun, but when you are reading this it will be the Saturday after Ash Wednesday or the First Sunday of Lent. From the crowd at the 7:30 a.m. Mass today (again, Ash Wednesday morning), I expect that we will have had large crowds all day: — sadly, too large as all the Services and Masses were signed up FULL and we will have turned away any who showed up without pre-registering!
Now, you know that the Diocese has allowed us to go to 35% capacity and the State of Nevada up to 50% capacity IF we maintain six feet of social distancing. We must follow the Diocesan rules before the State: but although 35% of our capacity of 1,700 seats would be 595, we cannot accommodate that number of attendees without breaking the social distancing rule of six feet. In fact, when we were allowed to go to 25% (which technically would be 425 attendees), we lowered it to 400. We must use only every other pew (the ones marked on both ends with “Reserved”signs) in order to keep six feet apart from those in front of or behind those attending. We suggest that persons sit only at the ends of the shorter pews and a few in the middle of the longer pews; but this can throw the statistics off depending on if it’s one person at the end or middle of the pew or a family of five, for example.
The decision for now is to keep it at only 400 persons as long as six feet remains the standard for social distancing. Our next big challenge will be Easter Sunday. By the way, since we have the largest Catholic parish church building in Clark County, we also have the largest number of allowed attendees at 400!
Remember to take advantage of the Lenten activities this week: daily Lenten reflections, “Les Miserables” Bible Study and Stations of the Cross. Check elsewhere in this bulletin for more details.
Have a good Lent! God bless you!
NEWS FROM THE
Church seating capacity remains at 400 people even with the governors increase in overall percentage. To maintain social distancing of 6-feet between households, 400 total people at Mass will remain the capacity.
The dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass has been extended to April 4th, 2021.
All Masses still require registration.
When attending Mass, please make sure you/your family are 6-feet away from other people/families.
Weekly Mass signups are emailed out each week on Wednesday at 7pm. Signups can also be accessed through our website.
We are here to serve you. Please offer any other suggestions by placing a comment to this email as to what you would like to see in this bulletin.
GIFTS OF THE
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from the Lenten Book "Here I Am, Lord" posted on Facebook, YouTube, and the website.
(Book available in the Gift Store)
"Les Miserables" Bible Study
with Fr. Bill in the Church + Live Stream
Every Wednesday, 7pm - 8pm
Stations of the Cross
Every Friday 6:00-6:30pm in the Church
with St. Karen -
February 20th 9am - 3pm
Taize Prayer with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
February 23rd & March
23rd at 7pm
Lenten Reconciliation Night
Thursday, March 11th at 6pm
"Drive-Thru" Fish Frys
March 5th and March 26th 5pm - 7pm
Stuff the Truck!
Saturday, March 6th & Sunday, March 7th
On Saturday and Sunday, February 27th & 28th
, after all the Masses, we will be passing out grocery bags for a special Food Drive to assist Catholic Charities. Please return your groceries the following weekend, March 6th & 7th.
Catholic Charities feeds between 650 and 700 families a week though their “Hands of Hope Community Food Pantry”. Due to the pandemic, their needs have grown substantially and they can really use our help. The following is a list of much needed food items they have requested. Of course you can donate any non-perishable food items.
Boxed cereals Pancake Mix
Canned chicken Pasta
Canned fruit Pasta sauce
Canned tuna Peanut butter & Jelly
Macaroni & cheese Spam
Drop off times will be:
Saturday, March 6th from 8:00am-4:00pm and
Sunday, March 7th from 7:00am-5pm
Feel free to bring cases of food items as well!
MOMENT OF THE
Throughout this month, children from our SOAR "BLESSED" program are receiving their First Reconciliation. As with anything we now do, social distancing regulations were followed, yet the Sacrament was still received and celebrated. Pray for these young people as they continue their journey to First Communion which will be celebrated in April.
What is your favorite Friday of Lent meat-less meal?
Fish & Chips
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Simple Soup & Bread
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Grilled Cheese Sandwich
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'Beyond Meat' or Vegetarian Tacos
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Feel free to add your opinions, feedback, and suggestions in the comments section.
Last weeks (February 14th) Question Results: #1 Focus on Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving
FAITH, HOPE, & LOVE
In his message for Lent 2021, Pope Francis calls on the faithful to "renew our faith, draw from the living waters of hope, and receive with open hearts the love of God."
Pope Francis relates the virtue of hope to the 'living water' that Jesus promises the Samaritan woman at the well. This is not the physical water the woman is expecting, but rather the Holy Spirit who is given through the Paschal Mystery.
Although hope may seem challenging in fragile and uncertain times, "Lent is precisely the season of hope, when we turn back to God."
"Hope is given to us as inspiration and interior light" through "recollection and silent prayer." The experience of hope in Lent, he says, "means receiving the hope of Christ, who gave His life on the Cross and was raised by God on the third day."
"Love is a leap of the heart," says Pope Francis. "It brings us out of ourselves and creates bonds of sharing and communion."
The Holy Father emphasizes the need for "social love" in building up "a civilization of love."
"Love is a gift that gives meaning to our lives," he says. Love helps us to see all men and women as our brothers and sisters. Charity is multiplied when given with love, as we see not only in the Scriptures, but in our own lives, too, when we give alms "with joy and simplicity."
"To experience Lent with love," says Pope Francis, "means caring for those who suffer or feel abandoned because of the Covid-19 pandemic." He invites us to "speak words of reassurance, and help others to realize that God loves them as sons and daughters."
After reminding us that "every moment of our lives is a time for believing, hoping, and loving," Pope Francis concludes by saying:
"The call to experience Lent as a journey of conversion, prayer and sharing of our goods, helps us - as communities and as individuals - to revive the faith that comes from the living Christ, the hope inspired by the breath of the Holy Spirit and the love flowing from the merciful heart of the Father."
Pope Francis 2021 Lent Message
Read the Readings from this Sunday, the 1st Sunday of Lent
Genesis 9:8-15; Psalm 25:4-9; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark
Use the following discussion/reflection questions in your families, with your spouse, your friends, or even as personal journal questions:
1. Why do you think Jesus went into the desert before preaching about the Kingdom?
2. How do you plan on imitating Jesus this Lent? What will be your “desert”?
3. What do you think Jesus meant when He said, “This is the time of fulfillment”? What was He fulfilling? How does this fulfillment apply to your life, today?
4. Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is at hand.” What does this mean? Why is His proclamation so urgent?
5. Why did Jesus not just say “repent” or “believe”? Why do we need to do both?
“There's hope for the hopeless and all those who've strayed. Come sit at the table Come taste the grace. There's rest for the weary Rest that endures Earth has no sorrow That heaven can't cure So lay down your burdens Lay down your shame All who are broken Lift up your face Oh wanderer come home You're not too far Lay down your hurt lay down your heart Come as you are”
November 28th - December 13th
This year’s Angel Tree project will be a little different. As you are aware several things are different from prior years: We are practicing social distancing and many schools have not reopened. Many families are without jobs through no fault of their own. The agencies are at a disadvantage since they must use fewer volunteers to assist in their Christmas gift giving programs. We are limited in space for storage and the number of volunteers we can use at one time. Therefore, we are asking everyone to try something new this year…
After all the Masses on the weekend of
, volunteers will be handing out a special Angel tag as you leave Mass. Please consider taking one or two to help a child in need this Christmas. If you are unable to attend Mass and watch virtually, we have inserted an Angel tag in the bulletin that you can print, cut out and attach to your stocking. We will also leave some Angels in a basket in the gathering space of the church if you attend morning Mass during the week.
Here is what we are asking:
Please purchase a 16”-18” Christmas stocking and a Target, Walmart, Visa, etc. gift card (minimum $25). Please be sure to write the amount of your gift card somewhere on the card. You may choose the age and gender (newborn - teenagers) of your Angel just be sure to write that information on the back of the Angel. Put the gift card in the stocking and fill the rest of the stocking with little fun items you think your Angel would enjoy receiving. For many children this might be the only gift they will receive this year. After you have purchased the items and filled your stocking attach your Angel tag to the stocking and follow the directions on the back of the Angel tag. It is important that you give your stocking to one of the volunteers either on Wednesdays or on the weekend before all the Masses.
If you are unable to shop or would like us to shop for you, please put your donation (checks payable to Holy Spirit) in an envelope and label it “Angel Tree”. You can also go online to our website
, go to “Give On Line” and select “Angel Tree. Donations in the Poor Box will also assist with this project.
Thank you for rising to this new challenge and making this Christmas special for many deserving children. God bless you!
DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP
Divorce Support Group via Zoom
Safe and Confidential
Discuss strategies for healing and recovery
Explores mindfulness and self-compassion
Helps develop new life plan
For More Information contact:
Barb Fraser email@example.com
or call the parish office @ 702-459-7779
Mondays 7:00 - 8:00pm
This 13-week series is for the following:
: those adults, NEVER BAPTIZED, who wish to join the Roman Catholic Church.
: those adults, ALREADY BAPTIZED in another Christian denomination, who wish to join the Roman Catholic Church.
: those adults who are CATHOLIC, but have never received First Communion and/or Confirmation.
4. Other interested adults:
who wants to deepen their understanding of the Catholic faith.
A Well-Built Faith: A Catholic’s Guide to Knowing and Sharing What We Believe
(This book will be available at the sessions)
February 22nd: Sacraments of Healing
March 1st: Sacraments at the Service of Communion
March 8th: Human Dignity, Sin & Mercy
March 15th: Works of Mercy & Social Justice
Sessions continue in February and March.
These sessions will be Live Streamed. Link on our Website.
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Holy Spirit Staff
Our Business Partners
Below is information about some of our ministries and groups at Holy Spirit. Access this information by clicking on the links below. For additional information, please call our office
Liturgy & Music
Children's Grief Ministry
Marriage Prep Registration
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"Totally love Him, Who gave Himself totally for your love."
St. Clare of Assisi
on Saturday, February 20 at 11:00AM