Fourth Sunday of Lent
Humans are, in many ways, odd creatures. We like to “catch people out”, that is, doing something so that we can feel superior or blame them. In today’s Johannine gospel, we find Jesus noticing a man on the path who had been born blind. Imagine, never having seen color, shape, light. Yet, this man was apparently going about doing what it is he did every day (even if it were to sit begging alms). The disciples, repeating the thought of the day, wonder whose sin made the man that way. Jesus replies that it was neither. The man presents an opportunity to show God’s mercy and love. So, as the gospel describes, Jesus cures him of his blindness. Trouble was, according to some, he did it on the Sabbath, when no “work” was to be done. Interestingly, the Pharisees won’t at first believe that the man had ever been without sight. Once they are proved wrong, then is when they focus on Jesus’s blasphemy of working on the Sabbath.
Until April 15, 2023, Mass begins at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday at St. Teresa’s. Please log in at least ten minutes prior to the start so we can let you into the Zoom room. The worship aid for March 19, is here. We will no longer share it on screen, so please print it or have it available on your phone.
Rev. Kate Lehman, OSB
Chrism Mass at St. Matthews ECC in Orange, California. 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, 2023
Holy Thursday, April 6, 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel. Followed by Adoration of the Host. Sacrament of Reconciliation available on request.
Good Friday, April 7, Stations of the Cross, 6:00 on the path from the Education building to the Sanctuary. Mass, 6:30 in the Chapel.
Easter Vigil, April 8, 6:30 p.m. at the bonfire by the sanctuary processing into the Sanctuary.
Mass Time and Day Changes on April 15
Beginning the week after Easter, St. Teresa of Ávila parish will change the day and time of its weekly mass. On Saturday, April 15, join us for mass at 4:30 p.m. We are a small parish and only support one weekly mass at this time. We are a parish where all are truly welcome at the table.
St. Teresa of Ávila is united with many other authentic Catholic faith communities as a member of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC). The ECC is a "community of communities" that share a common theology and liturgical tradition with the Roman Catholic Church, but do not participate in its canon law.
The "ECC Difference" can be seen in the inclusion of all baptized Christians at the Eucharistic table, respect for and recognition that the Spirit is at work in those of other religions, ordination of women and married individuals, offering of the sacrament of marriage to committed LGBT couples and those remarrying after divorce, invitation to follow conscience regarding birth control, and active/equal involvement of the laity in the governance of the Communion.