The Flower Sacrifice
My mother taught me to say the Flower Sacrifice prayer when I was feeling low or had a burden I wanted to lift away. Later, I learned to use it for happy occasions and when I had a special request I wanted to make of God. Like all mothers, she could always tell when something was bothering me. She’d say to me, “Alright, Jo, I think it’s time you went outside and find yourself a Sacrifice Flower. It’s time you get your burden lifted from your heart and give it to God.
So, I’d go looking for a flower. Sometimes Mother would go out with me to help me with my flower or talk about what was bothering me. Sometimes, too, she had something weighing on her heart and she would find a Sacrifice Flower of her own. The flower was supposed to be special, one that meant a lot to me. As a girl, I picked dandelions, hollyhocks, and daisies. So, I usually picked one of them. In addition, Mother said I was to be very careful with the flower because it had been selected for a holy purpose. I lovingly cupped it in my hands so nothing would happen to it.
When I got home, I did as my mother instructed and told the flower what burden I wanted lifted and taken to God. How was the flower to do this? Remember, this was a Sacrifice Flower, one that was going to die. The idea was that as life went out of the flower, it would carry my prayer to God.
That meant, of course, the flower was not to be placed in water. I had a shelf in my room that I liked to use for my Sacrifice Flower because it was sort of private and yet I could see it as I went in and out. Every time I saw the flower, I could see it giving its life for me and I could imagine my prayer being carried to the Lord. That was true even when I was elsewhere and was just thinking about the flower. Either way, I had a strong sense my prayer was being heard. My flower and I were in union.
Sometimes it took a few days, sometimes a couple of weeks. When the flower finally died, I would take it outside, say goodbye to it, and thank it for giving its life for me and for delivering my prayer. Then I would bury it so it would have a chance at a new life, and I always hoped it would come back as an even nicer flower. In this simple, graphic way my mother taught me how uplifting prayer can be. And, in the process, she taught me about life, too–how basic both dying and rising are to living and how important it is that we become Sacrifice Flowers for each other.
Consoling the Heart of Jesus
Please join us for a 10 week, small group in-house retreat that will open discussion into the simplicity and grandeur of Consoling Spirituality. This retreat is based on the popular book by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, consoling the Heart of Jesus. Our journey through discovery on the insights into the keys Consoling Through Jesus, to the Great Sanctity of the Saints and Blessed will be on Tuesday nights at 7PM in the Fr. Marino Hall, all men are welcome to join us on our fantastic, enlightening journey.
WEEKEND OF Feb 28/Mar 1, 2015
Saturday, February 28, 2015
5:00 p.m. Lector: A. McElhone
Servers: D. Bambino / Alex & Adrian Lozada
Sunday, March 1, 2015
8:00 a.m.. R. Russo
Servers: Anthony. Santora / Dylan & Logan Bastian
10:00 a.m. Lector : J. Curtis & C. Manno
Servers: Joseph Graziani
11:30 a.m. Lector: M. Gotlibowski / S. Snow
Servers : N. Drummond / M. Reynolds/ j. Ford & J. Paez
5:00 p.m. Lector: G. Parkinson
Servers: C. Toth / J. Badaes / C. Alletto
This week’s collections: $4,884.
Thank you for your generosity and support!
Church Projects 2014
Electrical, PA System & Bell System
Richard Frizell 500
Still Need $ 2,375
LET US PRAY:
Please remember the souls and all the deceased Veterans and all the faithful departed.
We also pray for all those who are ill:
Gianna Andolina, Carmen Beltrante, Sean Barker, John Bender, Sr. Maria Benedict, Vicki Bueno, Nick Carlozzi, Dorothy Ciocca, Giuseppe Cirianni, Joe Coreno, Maria Costanzo, Fannie Costanzo, Francis Costanzo, Jimmy Craciun, Judith Cullen, Anthony DePolo, Charlotte De Santo, Pat DiBello, Mark Di Donato, Benny Donofrio, Giuseppa Di Stefano, Mary Fogliano, Justina De La Garza, Judith Gillen, Chester Glica, Martin J. Glica, Enrique Gonzalez, Angela Isabella, Cindy Jontony, Ray Jontony, Michael Laughman, John Mazzarella, Ann Mulgrew, Karen Ohlin, Joseph Parente, Josephine Parente, Tom Pienkowski, Jeannine Rini Elizabeta Romano, Beverly Rodriguez, Mark Rudolph, Antonio Ruggiero, Rosa Ruggiero, Betty Scaia, Mary Shofariu, Anton Smuk, Ann Thomas, Diane Viccarone, Nicole Viccarone, Tony Viccaro, Bill Walers, Michael Weiskittel,.
The Holy Eucharist is exposed from 3:00 pm to 5:45 pm, every Thursday, with Benediction. Come and spend some time with Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament.
Readings for the Week of March 1, 2015
SUNDAY: Gn. 22:1-2,9a,10-13,15-18 / Rom.8:31b-34 / Mk. 9:2-10:
MONDAY: Dn. 9:4b-10 / Lk. 6:36-38
TUESDAY: Is. 1:10,16-20 / Mt. 23:1-12
WEDNESDAY: Jer. 18:18-20 / Mt. 20:17-28
THURSDAY: Jer. 17:5-10/ Lk. 16:19-31
FRIDAY: Gn.37:3-4,1 2-13a, 17b-28a / Mt.21:33-43,45-46
SATURDAY: Micah 7:14-15, 18-20 / Luke 15:1-3,11-32.
NEXT SUNDAY: Ex. 20:1-17 / 1 Cor. 1:22-25 / St. Jn. 2:13-25.
Save the Dates!!
Saturday February, 28th
Our annual Alumni “Viva Italia” night of dinner and dancing event will take place on Saturday, February 28th, 2015, in the St. John XXIII Hall.
Tickets are $35.00 each.
Join us for a night of fun, food, prizes, and great music.
For tickets, contact the Rectory, 216-651-5043
Feast of St. Joseph
The Feast of St. Joseph, is being held on Thursday, March 19th. There will be a special Mass at 6:00pm, in Italian, celebrated by our own Fr. James Mayer, O. de M. Following the Mass, the Traditional Table in honor of St. Joseph, will be celebrated in our school cafeteria.
All are invited to participate, by attending the Mass and bringing your favorite family Italian dishes and specialties, with servings for at least eight people, for St. Joseph Table. “Carmelina” will be joining us that evening to provide some great fun and entertainment.
Esperanza Threads, a 501C3 foundation, that trains young adults to learn a trade in sewing, is having a fundraiser in our church hall. Please, help support their great cause:
March 26th, from 7pm to 10pm
Join us for Appetizers, great Desserts, and Beverages
Donation: $40.00 per person
February 28th—Alumni “Viva Italia”
March 19th—Feast of St. Joseph
April 11th—Annual Reverse Raffle
July 8th through July 12th—90th Italian Festival
August 29th—OLMC School Gala
All the Fridays, during the Season of Lent, are days of abstinence from meat. Good Friday is included in those days of abstinence from meat, and it is also a day of Fast, limiting us to a single full meal for the day.
Father Marino Endowment
Everyone has now received, in the mail, an envelope for our parish endowment. Please return your envelope in the Sunday collection basket.
Thank you for your support!!
Catholic Charities’ Annual Appeal, 2015
The Catholic Charities’ funds drive for our Diocese, has begun! This program provides health and human services to the poor in our Cleveland Community. Envelopes are located at the end of each pew for donations. For over 100 years, Catholic Charities’ has been helping people in our community. Please give generously.
At the 11:30, Sunday Masses, during Lent, we will be enjoying the sharing of our faith journey with several of our parishioners. We did this last year during Lent and received much positive feedback. This week, Don & Kathy Miller will be sharing their faith journey with us, and how their faith help their marriage and family. Thank you, Antonio Medina for sharing your journey with us last week.
Join us for a Lenten Journey with our Blessed Mother.
We will use the book by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, “33 Days to Morning Glory,” to guide us on this Lenten retreat. This simple book reminds us of Mary’s desire to bring all of us into the merciful Heart of Jesus. The daily reading take about 15 minutes. We will meet six consecutive Fridays, during Lent, at 7:00pm, immediately following the Stations of the Cross. We will meet in the Mercy Room.
Hope to see you there!!
Any questions, please call 216-337-4314
“2014” Tax Letters
Any parishioners in need of requesting a receipt of their 2014 church contributions for their income taxes, should leave a message on the Rectory answering machine at 216-651-5043
Sunday, March 1, 2015 Second Sunday in Lent
10:00 AM CCD Class in Mercy Room
4:00 PM Doors open at Pope St. John XXIII Hall,
6:00 PM Bingo games start. All are welcome.
Monday, March 2, 2015 * Lenten Weekday
10:30 AM N.A. Meeting in Mercy Room
5:30 PM *Recitation of the Rosary & Litany in Church
6:30 PM * Stations of the Cross in Italian—Church
7:15 PM Italian class meets in Fr. Marino Hall
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 * Lenten Weekday
4:00 PM * Girl Scouts Meeting in Fr. Marino Hall
5:30 PM *Recitation of the Rosary & Litany—Church
8:00 PM AA Meeting in Cafeteria
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 * Lenten Weekday
3PM to 4 PM School Choir
5:30 PM Recitation of Rosary & Litany in Church
Novena to Our Lady of Mercy after the 6:00 PM Mass
Thursday, March 5, 2015 * Lenten Weekday
3:00 to 5:45 PM * Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament,
Recitation of Evening Prayer, Rosary & Litany in Church
Followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Followed By the 6:00 PM Mass
7:00 PM * Leader Meeting—Fr. Marino Hall
7:00 PM * Parish Choir, in Church
8:00 PM AA Meeting in Cafeteria
Friday, March 6, 2015 * First Friday
8:15 AM School Mass in Church
2:00 PM School * Stations of the Cross -Church
5:15 PM Evening Prayer, Rosary and Litany
6;00 PM * Mass Sacred Heart Sodality—Church
6:30 PM *Stations of the Cross—Church
7:00 PM * Sacred Heart Sodality Meeting in Father Marino Hall
10:00 PM * Mass & Nocturnal Adoration
Saturday, March 7, 2015 Lenten Weekday
3:30 to 4:30 PM Confessions in Church
6:00 PM to 11:00 PM Viva Italia in Pope St. John XXIII Gym
Sunday, March 8, 2015 * Third Sunday of Lent
10:00 AM *Holy Name Meeting in Cafeteria
4:00 PM Doors open at Pope St. John XXIII Hall.
6:00 PM Bingo games start. All are welcome.
Mass Intentions for the Week
SATURDAY, February 28, 2015 Lenten Weekday
6:30 AM + Richard Finken by R. Finken
5:00 PM +Francesco Coreno by Family
SUNDAY, March 1, 2015 * Second Sunday of Lent
8:00 AM +Vincenzo & Maria Ruggiero by Blaske Family
10:00 AM +Carlo & Giovanna Costanzo by Costanzo Family
11:30 AM +Assunta Valentino by Scalish Construction Co.
5:00 PM + Fortunato Figliano by Anna Costanzo
MONDAY, March 2, 2015 * Lenten Weekday
6:30 AM + Joanne Kilgarriff by Family
6:00 PM + Margaret Neubert by Dominico Manno
TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 * Lenten Weekday
6:30 AM + Patrick Rigg by Rigg Family
6:00 PM +Deceased Members of O.L. Mt. Carmel Parish
WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 * Lenten Weekday
6:30 AM + Mary D. Clark by Patricia Lucey
6:00 PM + Wilma Pianka by Mr & Mrs Pianka
THURSDAY, March 5,2015 * Lenten Weekday
6:30 AM + Virginia & Anthony Mazzarella and Angela
Mazzarella Krulik by Robert Mazzarella
6:00 PM + Salvatore Raffa by Raffa Famiglia
FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 * First Friday
6:30 AM + Devotees of the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Mazzarella Famiglia
8:15 AM + Rita & John Hartman by Family
6:00 PM + Carmela Bellflower by Jeannine Rini
10:00 PM Special Intention
SATURDAY, March 7, 2015 * Lenten Weekday
6:30 AM + Virginia Mazzarella by Robert Mazzarella
5:00 PM + Tony Prioletti by Dolores and Connie
SUNDAY, March 8, 2015 * Second Sunday of Lent
8:00 AM + Dolores Augustine by Josephine E. Lohn
10:00 AM + Tony DiRenzi by John & Holly Nuebert
11:30 AM + John & Jennie Tortelli by Family
5:00 PM + Anna Kate Leonard by Family