Lenten Practices

Lenten Practices LENTEN PRACTICES During this season of Lent, we strive to become more aware of the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ through our own penitential acts.  The “minimum standard” of abstaining from meat on the Fridays of Lent and fasting on Good Friday should be exactly that – the minimum that…

Bulletin: March 19, 2017

  Bulletin: March 19, 2017 Third Sunday of Lent PROVE IT What does it take to convince us of the truth? Some of us need simply to hear from a trusted authority. Others need time to think an argument through for themselves, step by step. Many of us tend to learn the hard way, experiencing life’s…

Bulletin: March 12, 2017

  Bulletin: March 12, 2017 Second Sunday of Lent CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? The Old Testament reading and the Gospel provide two examples of God speaking in plain words that God’s listeners can understand. In Genesis, Abram hears God tell him to leave his family’s land. God makes majestic declarations about Abram’s future and promises…

Bulletin: March 5, 2017

  Bulletin: March 5, 2017 First Sunday of Lent Today is the first Sunday of Lent, the season of repentance, of turning back to the Lord’s plan for us, of preparing for or recalling our baptismal commitment. We can ask God for the grace to see our lives afresh: “Who am I, Lord, and how can…

Church Building Update 02-2017

New Church Update: Financing Options February 2017   Good Shepherd Catholic Parish is moving ever closer to construction of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Visalia. Current efforts may lead to breaking ground on the new building within the next two years.   Two New Committees The parish’s latest efforts include forming two new teams of…

Update: Diocese discusses future of KNXT

Diocesan Communications Network Update Diocese gives insight to today’s news that KNXT may be sold March 2017 Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno Mission Statement As God’s beloved people, we are called in and through the Spirit to live in unity and love and to proclaim the Good News of Jesus, especially amongst the poor and the…

An Ash Wednesday Statement on Immigration

An Ash Wednesday Statement on Immigration From the California Catholic Conference of Bishops Sacramento, CA – Today marks the beginning of the Lenten Season, a time when Christian people devote ourselves more intentionally to the spiritual and corporal works of mercy in an earnest effort to reform our lives in the image of Jesus Christ.…

Lenten Gospel Reflections: Day 1

Lenten Gospel Reflections: Day 1 LENT DAY 1 – ASH WEDNESDAY Wednesday, March 1, 2017 MATTHEW 6: 1-6, 16-18 Friends, today’s Gospel at the beginning of Lent asks us to do three things: pray, fast, and give alms. Let’s focus today on prayer. Studies show that prayer is a very common, very popular activity. Even…