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    Our Lady of Sorrows ChurchFebruary 28, 2010

    From the Pastors Desk

    My Dear People:

    St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians that there isfaith, hope and charity and the greatest ofthese is charity. We are told in Lent there isprayer, fasting and almsgiving. Allow me tosay: the greatest of these is prayer.

    There is no substitute for prayer. This is thecommunication wilth God. On one occasion,the apostles struggled with prayer and askedJesus to teach them to pray. From thisrequest Jesus gave us the perfect prayer,starting with addressing God as our Father.He gave us more than the content; He alsogave His followers that relationship with God:God is our heavenly Father, One who loves,cares for us, protects us and forgives uswhen we sin.

    The prayer states Hallow be thy name.What a reminder not to use Gods name invain! We are then told to pray for thefulfillment of Gods kingdom on this earth and

    we pray that His will be done rather than ourown will. We are also to ask for our dailyfood acknowledging how much we dependon Him. Then the phrase which is the kicker:We are to ask to be forgiven the same waywe forgive others. He meant it literally andso after the prayer Jesus said:

    If you forgive men theirtransgressions, your heavenlyFather will forgive you. But if you

    do not forgive men, neither will yourFather forgive your transgressions.

    So what a reminder to forgive others!We are also to pray to be delivered from evil.This is the perfect formal prayer.

    We need vocal prayer and silent prayer. Weneed formal prayer and also personalprayer .

    Personal prayer is sometimes calledexistential prayerprayer that relates to ourexistence in a certain set of circumstances.

    This past week at Mass we had an exampleof personal existential prayer from the OldTestament . It was in the book of Esther.

    The King of Persia had Jews as slaves andwas planning to kill them. He was married toEsther, a beautiful Jewish girl who kept herheritage hidden. When there was a plot tokill her people, she resolved to beg the Kingfor her people and admit her own Jewishfaith. Before she went in to see the King,she knew she was suppose to be called inand not walk in without invitation and sheknew she needed Gods help. The readingthis past week tells us that she prayed. Shelayed prostate on the ground from morningtill evening and prayed over hercircumstances:

    God, help me, who am alone andhave no one to help me but You.I am taking my life in myhandsPut into my mouthpersuasive words in the presence ofthe lion and turn his heart around tothose who hate my peopleandsave us from the hand of ourenemies. Turn our mourning intohappiness; turn our sorrow intogladness.

    Esthers prayer pertained to the danger shewas facing, seeing the king without aninvitation, admitting she was Jewish andasking that the king spare her life and thelives of her people.

    We also pray asking for our personal needs,mentioning these specifically to God. Wepray for the forgiveness of our sins,mentioning our own personal sin orpredominant passions of being jealous orpossessive, giving in to temptations ofdoubting our faith, and failing to take time topray. We beg help for our relatives andfriends by name and for specific needs of ourcountry. We need to compose prayers

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    according to our existence in a particularaspect of life.

    Imagine Esther prostrate from morning tillnight repeating, over and over to God to saveher, stating that God alone could save herfrom her enemies. What a lesson in

    repeating our requests and perseverance inprayer. It is also a lesson of humility as shesaid how only God could help her.

    The older I get, the more I like to prayexistentially realize the circumstances of myage. I pray for the most important day of mylife, the day I pass through the doors of deathand meet Jesus face to face. I pray for thegrace of a happy death.

    Lent means fasting, almsgiving and prayerand the greatest of these is prayer.

    With prayers and blessings,Fr. Muller


    Monday, March 1 Barbara SmithSpec. Int. The Ted Family

    Margi DirgoTuesday, March 2 Special Intention

    Spec. Int. The Manofsky FamilyBill Wiggins

    Wednesday, March 3 Donors to the OLS SchoolFoundation

    Special Intention of E. J. ThorntonFrances Campisi

    Thursday, March 4 Helen LaguaiteWalter Raney

    Special Int. of Tony Ryan FamilyFriday, March 5 Special Intention

    Schuler & Hall Families

    Bill WigginsSaturday, March 6 Joe & Josephine Ragusa

    Connell/Stack FamiliesBill Stephens and the Inten.of the Blessed Mother

    Sunday, March 7th People of the ParishNick Graffeo, Jr.

    R.P. & Ann Mc DavidVirginia Milazzo

    PRAY FOR VOCATIONSThis Lent Jesus invites us to go up on a mountain, to spendextra time in prayer. Dont be afraid of what you mightexperience. Trust that God is leading you to greaterunderstanding. ( Matthew 17:1-9). For those who arepreparing for baptism at Easter.

    First Friday Devotionswill be held on Friday,March 5, at 6:00 a.m.First Saturday Devotions will be held onSaturday, March 6, at 7:15 a.m.


    St. Ann Guildwill meet this Wednesday,March 3, at 10:30 a.m. in the Sodality Room. Wewill have brunch followed by a meeting. Therewill be no speaker this month, so if you might toattend the noon Mass at the Church. Formoreinformation please contact Martha Masucci at


    Our Lady of Peace Guildwill meet Monday,March 1, after the noon Mass. Please bring yourlunch. Dont forget your beans and rice


    Come watch theClosing

    Ceremonies of theOlympics at youthgroup tonight inthe parish hallfrom 7:00 to 8:45.

    We will provide dinner!

    Spring Break Mission Trip: All high schoolstudents are invited to participate in a springbreak mission trip to Life Teen Covecrest, aCatholic summer camp in the North GeorgiaMountains. The trip will be Monday, March 15,

    through Friday, March 19. Forms are available atyouth group.

    Middle school youth group will meet Monday,March 1 and 22. Come for snacks, games and tomeet friends.

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    Childrens Eucharistic AdorationPlease join us for Childrens EucharisticAdoration on Wednesday, March 3, from 9:00 to9:30 a.m. in the Church. Children of all ages arewelcome including newborns and infants. Thistime is a wonderful opportunity to encourage yourchilds faith and prayer life while fulfilling Christscommand to Let the little children come to me

    (Mark 10:14). For more information please callKim Stephens at 823-8886.


    Chapel of Our SaviorThe Chapel needs permanent CommittedAdorers for:Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. (to share hour)Thursday at 4:00 a.m.Friday at 3:00 a.m.Saturday at 4:00 p.m.Our goal is to have at least two people on each

    hour. These are the hours needed, but do selectan hour that best fits your schedule. Please callIda Wilker at 879-7040 or Mary Claire Brouilletteat 871-2909. The same piety that moves thefaithful to Eucharistic Adoration attracts them to adeeper participation in the Mass! (Congregationof Divine Worship 2001)


    The Parish School of Religionhas joinedthe green movement! We have been trying toreduce the amount of paper we use by sending

    parents emails rather than snail mail. However,we think some of our past emails have gone intoSpam folders. To try to avoid this, please addour email address to your Address Book or SafeSenders list. It is: psr@ourladyofsorrows.com.Thank you!


    VIP Anointing Mass Come join your friendsand neighbors on Tuesday, March 2, at 11:00a.m. for Mass, lunch and bingo. Fr. Muller andFr. Jaya will administer the Anointing of the Sick.

    ___________________________________The OLS Mothers Day Outwill haveregistration for the summer session and the fallsession on Friday, March 5, from 8:30 a.m. until10:30 a.m. Mothers Day Out is for children sixweeks through four years of age. Please call thenursery at 871-3253 for more information.

    FEBRUARY BRIDGE WINNERS1ST Place: Bernie Grundhoefert

    2nd Place: Kathleen Kuehn3rd Place: Fran McDougall


    Scott Hahn, Professor of Scripture andTheology at the Franciscan Universityof

    Steubenvillewill be giving a lecture entitled,Covenant and Communion: Reading the Biblefrom the Heart of the Church, on Wednesday,March 3, at 7:00 p.m. at the Wright CenterConcert Hall on the campus of SamfordUniversity. Admission is free and open to thepublic; however, pre-registration atwww.samford.edu/catholic is requested.


    HABITAT FOR HUMANITYOur Lady of Sorrows Apostles Build 2010

    We will join with other faiths to build a house inpartnership with deserving, low-income families.It is a tangible way for us to put our faith intoaction and reach beyond the walls of the churchto serve. Our Lady of Sorrows Build Day isSaturday, March 6, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.To get involved contact: Chris Alexander atcalexander@bcbsal.org.


    MEMORIAL WALL ENGRAVINGThis OLS Memorial Wall is a permanent

    monument located in the Columbarium Gardens.OLS will laser engrave the name, DOB and DODof a parishioner, a spouse or family member onthe wall. This will be a way to remember andhonor a loved one who has already been calledby the Lord and is interred in another location.The price for each Memorial is $500.00.Available space is very limited. Memorials will besold on a first-come-first-served basis and belocated on the wall from top to bottom in theorder received. Call the office this week forMemorial and Niche applications. Msgr. Muller

    will have final approval on all Memorial and Nicherequests.Our Niche sales have passed seventy-five percent of available space, but there are stillspaces available in the Columbarium Gardens.


    OLS Singleswill meet at the back of the churcheach Friday before 7:00 p.m. for the Stations ofthe Cross. Afterward we will go out for dinner.For transportation or more information call Graceat 323-3000.

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