Parish eNews: The Power of Fasting
The Power of Fasting
How is your
going? Fasting is one of the most significant aspects of this Lenten period. But why is it so recommended and indispensable to observe it? Fasting has three remarkable benefits (perhaps more but let us focus on 3). Fasting leads us to
. If you notice, in the Bible Jesus fasts
before his public ministry. When the Apostles sent people for missions they “
prayed and fasted.
” Fasting prepares our spirits and minds for important events (crisis, challenges, decisions, projects). When exorcists (yes, those holy priests who fight the devil, they do exist) are working on an exorcism, they must pray and fast in preparation for that challenging ministry. Therefore, when you know you have to face a serious situation in your life, in your work, in your family, it is important to fast and be prepared.
Fasting also helps us to be in
. When we fast we come to recognize that we are not only biological bodies, but also spiritual beings. Remember,
“Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
When we are able to manage the desires of the body and mind (food, eroticism, thoughts, etc) we are able to focus on what is really important and holy.
And finally, fasting gives us a sense of
. When we fast we become more aware of the suffering of our brothers/sisters who are experiencing extreme poverty or critical health conditions. Fasting makes us more compassionate people as we share (for a moment) their pain and suffering. So don’t take it for granted. Fasting is an important observance that will lead you to spiritual growth and (of course) to a higher level of sanctification.
Tonight, April 5
(5th Friday of Lent) 7:00 pm at Assumption,
led by Deacon Marcelo.
My loving Lord,
it's so hard to love the world sometimes
and to love it the way Jesus did seems impossible.
Help me to be inspired by his love and
guided by his example.
Most of all, I want to accept that I can't do it alone,
and that trying is an arrogance of self-contentedness.
I need you, dear God,
to give me support in this journey.
Show me how to unlock my heart
so that I am less selfish.
Let me be less fearful of the pain and darkness
that will be transformed by You into Easter joy.
[Creighton Online Ministries]
Sunday Supper at Assumption:
Sunday, April 7
Please join us for the 6:00 pm Mass with music led by our new contemporary ensemble. Everyone is invited to join us for a pizza supper to follow.
Before the 6pm Mass, drop
any type of salad to share.
The Liturgy Committee will provide pizza & beverages.
Night Service of the Seven Words
7:00 pm, April 19 at Church of the Assumption
Join us for a very special Good Friday Prayer. Experience the death of Jesus in a different way as we meditate on the final moments of Jesus on the Cross and his burial in the tomb.
Have you donated to this year's Catholic Ministries Appeal yet? Both of our parishes are currently short of the goals we are assigned by the Diocese of Rochester. There will be a special collection this weekend to help close the gap. You can also donate
or even by text (look in this weekend's bulletin for those instructions). Thank you for your continued generosity.
Good Friday Blood Drive
10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Great Hall at the Church of the Assumption
Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit
to set up your appointment in advance. Walk-ins always welcomed.
Please take note of the special Mass times for Easter Sunday.
Friday, April 12:
Assumption's Adult Enrichment invites all adults to join us for our Lent version of MAPS we're calling
On the second Friday of April
we'll meet up at the Fish Fry at St. John of Rochester at 5:30 pm (note new time). After dinner together, we will head to Assumption for Stations of the Cross at 7:00 pm, followed by fellowship & fun in the Youth Room downstairs.
Bible Study -- Starting Wednesday, May 1
6 weeks, 5:45-6:45 pm in the Assumption Living Room
Learn more & sign up
on our webpage
Coming Soon: Men's Night
sponsored by Assumption's Adult Faith Enrichment Team
We invite all men over 18 to join us on May 18 for pizza, a movie, and an evening of fellowship.
See flyer for details.
This beautiful painting depicts this Sunday's Gospel reading,
The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle.
The episode of the woman caught in adultery is a powerful story. We have perhaps all felt as the woman has at some point in our lives, surrounded by those who would condemn us. The beauty of Christ's mercy at the end is clear...and a welcome relief as we all struggle to be good and holy people. But have we ever imagined ourselves on the edge of the circle? Have we pictured ourselves in the sea of dusty robes? Perhaps, we hope, we're hovering at the edge of the circle of judgment. But we've all been there.
How easy it is to be righteous when someone else's reputation is at stake. When the small child is acting up in the grocery store or on the plane. When another company has a scandal break or a major error sets back their profits. Could it be easy to pick up the stone and feel its weight and heft in our hands? Because if we've got a stone in our hands, our own righteous category is clear. Our judgment is our insurance that we won't be on the receiving end of the criticism. If we can point out a wrong, surely we are firmly in the right.
'Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her'... they went away one by one.
" This Lent, not only are we invited to receive God's mercy, but to show God's mercy. As the season begins to wind to a close, consider those in your life you tend to judge the most harshly. What is one concrete way you can drop your stone?
[Liturgical Publications Inc.]
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