Centering Prayer Every Wednesday of Lent at 7:10am (except Ash Wednesday)we will meet in the Sanctuary of St. Leo's Church for Centering Prayer. Centering Prayer is a method of prayer, which prepares us to receive the gift of God’s presence, traditionally called contemplative prayer. It consists of responding to the Spirit of Christ by consenting to God’s presence and action within. It furthers the development of contemplative prayer by quieting our faculties to cooperate with the gift of God’s presence. Centering Prayer facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer - verbal, mental or affective prayer - into a receptive prayer of resting in God. It emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God. At the same time, it is a discipline to foster and serve this relationship by a regular, daily practice of prayer. It is Trinitarian in its source, Christ-centered in its focus, and Ecclesial in its effects; that is, it builds communities of faith.
A Lenten Day of Prayer for the Grand Island area with Fr. Scott Harter Saturday, February 27, 2016 at St. Leo’s Church from 9am to 3pm
“Encountering God’s Mercy” This day will include teaching, reflection and prayer. Come encounter God’s Mercy. A meal will be served around noon. There is no charge but a free will offering will be accepted to help defray any costs.
Blessed Sacrament presents Fr. David Korth Native American Flute Artist
Saturday, February 13 at 5:30pm Mass and an Hour Long Concert immediately following
Come enjoy an hour long concert by Fr. David Korth, Native American Flute Artist and Director of the St. Augustine Indian Mission, Winnebago, Nebraska. Fr. Dave will preside at Mass, and after Mass will perform some songs for us on his many Native American flutes. Fr. Dave’s newest CD is entitled “Praying Our Goodbyes.” Fr. Dave is going to do a presentation around the topic of praying through our grief. A quote from the Vigil Service of the Christian Order of Funerals states the, “We believe that all the ties of friendship and affection which knit us together as one throughout our lives do not unravel with death.” This sentence was the inspiration for the song titles on his new album. This is an event you don’t want to miss. Refreshments will be served.
LUNCH WITH MOTHER TERESA Blessed Mother Teresa recently has been declared a Saint in the Catholic Church. We await her canonization this coming September. For any number of years, Teresa has been a source of inspiration for the many. Throughout the Fridays of Lent, beginning February 12 and concluding March 18, Noon to 1pm, Resurrection will offer a study and a reflection of the book, Mother Teresa, Essential Writings. Lunch (vegetable broth, bread and water) will be provided, as well as an opportunity to contribute a free-will offering for the work of the Missionaries of Charity here in the United States. If interested, please register with either Father Mike381-6033 or with the church office382-8644 in order that sufficient copies of the text can be purchased and lunch prepared. Please come and pray Lent with one another.
LentenBrown Bag Talks St. Mary’s Cathedral Square 12 -1 pm (Talks begin at 12:10 and end at approx. 12:50) Enjoy your lunch while being spiritually nourished. Coffee and water will be provided. (Free Will Offering)
February 17Bishop Joseph Hanefeldt “The Communion of Saints” February 24 Fr. Scott Harter “Sin and Repentance” March 2Fr. Richard Piontkowski “Saint Peter” March 9Deacons Bill Buchta & John Willmes “The Permanent Diaconate” March 16 Fr. Don Buhrman “The Cross and Crucifixion”
A Book Study for Lent will be offered, at St Leo's, meeting numerous times during the weeks of Lent and the beginning of Easter season. Starting Sunday, February 14 or Wednesday February 17, The Holy Year of Mercy, A Faith-Sharing Guide with Reflections by Pope Francis will be offered on either Wednesdays or Sundays. Groups will meet for about an hour in the Gathering Room, unless otherwise instructed, at 9:40am or 5pm on Sundays and again at 9:40am or 5pm on Wednesdays. If you are interested in this Lenten book study please sign up for the specific day and time you prefer on the sheets in the Gathering Space or at the main office. Take advantage of this opportunity to grow in your understanding of God’s precious gift of Mercy. The book is simple, easy-to-use study guide that challenges and is thought provoking. It is divided into eight sessions, each focused on a particular insight into God’s mercy. Participants will be expected to read the Scripture taking time necessary to meditate on it. Then move to the commentary from Pope Francis pondering his words and reflect on God’s mercy. Each session contains two sets of questions; to help understand the Scripture and its relevance to life. Questions of “Understanding!” and to “Grow!” as well as questions of “Reflect!” and “Acts” will offer suggestions to help you respond concretely to the passages. The sessions will open with a prayer. Group participants will be expected to contribute to the discussions, realizing that there are more than one answer to the questions. Confidentiality is extremely important for the dignity of everyone. The session will end with a prayer and assignment of the next chapter.
The Shroud & Your Lent A presentation on the Shroud of Turin is coming to St. Mary’s Cathedral Squareat 7:00 pm on Monday, Feb. 22 . It will consist of a 60 minute presentation by Jim Bertrand (M. Ed), an affiliate of the Turin Shroud Center of Colorado Springs, CO. The content will include the most comprehensive summary of scientific information known on the Shroud, including new information from 2015. There will be ample time for questions afterward. An actual size replica of the Holy Shroud (8 cubits x 2 cubits / 14'3" x 3'7") will be available for viewing. All are invited to attend.
In case of snow or bad weather, the showing will be rescheduled to 7:00 pm Feb. 29 at the same location.
Contact Information: St. Mary’s Cathedral Office, (Attn: Michael Kube); 112 S. Cedar, Grand Island, NE, 68801; firstname.lastname@example.org; 308-384-5423.
Blessed Sacrament Church Parish Mission featuring: Fr. Richard Gielow March 12 - 16 Fr. Richard will discuss Conversion and Reconciliation and the celebration of the Eucharist.