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  • 4th Sunday of Lent March 31, 2019

    Parish Office (863) 453-4757 Fax (863) 453-2620

    Parish Office Hours Monday through Friday

    9 AM to 2:30 PM

    Pastor Fr. Nicholas McLoughlin

    Assisting Clergy Fr. Leo Frechette

    Fr. Gerald Grogan Retired

    Deacon Dan Hoppe

    Schedule of Masses

    Saturday Confession

    3:30 PM English 6:30 PM Spanish

    Vigil Mass 4 PM English 7 PM Spanish

    Sunday 8 AM and 10:30 AM

    Holy Days

    Vigil Mass 5:30 PM 8 & 10:30 AM Daily Mass

    Monday-Friday 8 AM First Friday

    Mass and Holy Hour 8 AM

    Visit us on the web! www.ologap.org

    Lent Communal Penance Services Wednesday, April 3, Our Lady of Grace, Avon Park, 6 p.m.

    Wednesday, April 10, St. James, Lake Placid, 6 p.m.

    Thursday, April 11, St. Catherine, Sebring, 6 p.m.

  • Page 2 Our Lady of Grace

    What Gift? Confession - The treasure of God’s friendship.

    Most of you have read a book or seen a Disney movie about “Aladdin and his

    wonderful lamp.” Aladdin worked in a shop that exchanged new lamps for old ones.

    Aladdin’s job was to polish the lamps and make them look new. One day as he was

    polishing a lamp, a genie came out of the lamp and promised to grant Aladdin

    anything he wished. With the help of the genie, Aladdin gained great wealth and

    won the love of a beautiful princess.

    If an Aladdin like lamp was brought into church today, what three wishes would you ask for? Our

    Gospel story today (Luke 15: 13 – 35) tells us about a young man who made three wishes.

    What were his three wishes?

    ➢ He wanted his inheritance - a lot of money – now.

    ➢ He wanted to travel to foreign countries and see the world.

    ➢ He wanted to do his own thing and be his own boss.

    The young man got his three wishes, but they were not granted to him by a genie out of a lamp. The

    young man went to his Father, whom he knew loved him, and asked him, a very wealthy man, for

    his inheritance. His request was somewhat unusual. He wanted it now. Even though the Father was

    sad that his young son wanted to leave home, he gave him his share of the family fortune.

    The young stud left home and travelled around the world – In the U.S. it would be to Disney world,

    Universal, Magic Kingdom, Busch Gardens, etc.… And, on a spending spree on the latest style

    clothes and sneakers – Abercrombie & Fitch, Aeropostale; Nike, Adidas, Converse, etc.… He ate at

    the best restaurants and drank with his friends at popular ‘hangouts.’. Money was no object. He had

    loads of friends.

    Then the story takes a sudden downturn. The young man ran out of money… and friends. Even

    worse, there were no jobs available. Things got so bad, he took a job with a pig farmer. He had to

    live in the pig pen. The only food available was the food he was feeding the pigs.

    Hard knocks have a way of bringing dreamers to their senses. The pig pen reminded him of the

    mess he had made of his life. He also reminded him of his father and the comfortable home he had

    left behind. He said to himself, “Even a servant in my father’s house lives better than this.” The

    young man continued, “I will return to my father and tell him that I am sorry for the way I treated

    him and ask him to take me back, not as his son, but as one of his hired servants.”

    In the interim, the Father was pining for his son’s return. He accepted him back, not as a servant,

    but as his son. He called his servants and told them to get ready for a big feast and celebrate,

    “because this son of mine was lost and now is found.”

    Who are these people in the story?

    The Father is God – such a loving merciful Father. The young son is anyone one of us who sin –

    man or woman, young or old. Then, there is the self-righteous, dutiful older son who refuses to

    forgive. There is something of both sons in all of us. In the Sacrament of Penance, God is the

    welcoming, forgiving, merciful Father. The younger and older sons both need to be forgiven for

    different reasons.

    If I was Aladdin today, I would ask for one wish, the treasure of God’s friendship. We can have

    that treasure by going to Confession – Wednesday, April 3, 6 p.m. OLG Lent Penance Service.

  • 4th Sunday of Lent Page 3

    Three Lenten Practices (Matthew 6: 1 – 18)

    Prayer – Mt. 6: 1- 4

    Fasting – Mt. 6: 5 - 15

    Almsgiving – Mt. 6: 16 – 18

    Prayer (Mt. 6: 5 – 15))

    Daily morning Mass – 8 a.m.

    Stations of the Cross – Friday, 5:00 p.m.

    Personal & Family Prayer in Home

    Read the Gospels, especially Luke’s Gospel

    Fasting (Mt 6: 1 – 4)

    Abstain from meat on Friday

    (those 14 and older)

    Modest Rice Bowl Meal once-a-week

    (Place savings from meal in Rice Bowl)

    Place daily limits on use of technology and

    Television

    Almsgiving (Mt 6: 16 – 18)

    Support the Church Service Center

    Support Meals on Wheels for elderly home

    bound people.

    Support the 2019 Catholic Faith Appeal

    Support Operation Rice Bowl

    (place Savings from meal in Rice Bowl)

    Stations of the Cross, Friday, 5:00 p.m.

    The Stations of the Cross is a uniquely

    Lent Prayer devotion. It begins with the

    trial and condemnation of Jesus by

    Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor, and

    continues Jesus’ sorrowful journey to

    Calvary and to his Crucifixion.

    K of C Fish Bake – Friday, 5:30 p.m.

    The Knights of Columbus provides a 3

    course Fish Bake, consisting of Salad,

    entre, desert and drinks, in the Grogan

    Center on Friday at 5: 30 – 7:00 p.m. All

    are welcome.

    OLG High school Graduates Scholarship

    applications available in parish office & online

    2019 High School Graduates Scholarship

    applications are available online and in the

    Parish Office. They must be returned with

    IRS Returns, High School Grade transcript &

    completed application form before April 1.

  • Page 4 Our Lady of Grace

    Parish Scholarship golf tournament a success –

    ‘Thank you” Dennis Kellner, Terry O’Leary

    and team of volunteers.

    OLG High school Graduates Scholarship

    applications available in parish office & online 2019 High School Graduates Scholarship

    applications are available online and in the

    Parish Office. They must be returned with

    IRS Returns, High School Grade transcript &

    completed application form before April 1.

    Warming up’ with friends before playing in

    the Parish Scholarship Golf Tournament at

    Pinecrest Golf Course on March 2, 2019.

    Tim & Matt Devlin, Cruiser & Terry Hancock

    Good turn-out for OLG Scholarship Tournament

    A good turn-out of ladies at Parish Tournament

    Participants enjoying lunch after tournament

  • 4th Sunday of Lent Page 5

    First Friday Mass & Exposition – April 5th, 2019

    Friday of this week, April 5th, is the

    first Friday of the month. The 8 a.m.

    Mass will be followed by Exposition of

    the Blessed Sacrament, which will

    conclude with Benediction at 9 a.m.

    For those who make the First Fridays,

    Jesus made what St. Margaret Mary

    Alocoque (1649 – 1690) referred to as

    the “Great Promise” which was the last

    and greatest of the Twelve Promises of

    the Sacred Heart of Jesus .

    “I promise you in the unfath­omable

    mercy of my heart that my omnipotent

    love will procure the grace of final

    penitence for all those who receive

    communion on nine successive first Fridays of the month; they will not die

    in my disfavor [the grace of final

    repentance], or without having received

    the sacraments, since my divine heart

    will be their sure refuge in the last

    moments of their life.”

    1st Saturday Mass & Confession – April 6, 2019 Saturday of this week, April 6, is the

    first Saturday of the month. The 8 a.m.

    Mass will be followed by Confessions at

    8:30 a.m.

    The intention at the First Saturday 8

    a.m. Mass is for deceased benefactors

    of Our Lady of Grace Parish . They

    include: Sarah McDonald, Frances &

    Audrey Peffer, Orlando Nardone, Maria

    Guerrero, Mary Litwinski, Norma

    George, Fred Bruno, Loumella Faust,

    Paul Brazinski, Donald McCormack,

    Lester Reinbolt, John Lacenski, Mary

    Ann Bland, William & MaryAnn

    Patterson, Mrs. Lane.

    The practice of the First Saturday

    devotion was requested by Our Lady of

    Fatima, who appeared to three shepherd

    children in Fatima, Portugal, multiple

    times starting in 1917. She said to

    times starting in 1917. She said to Lucia,

    the oldest of the three children:

    “I shall come to ask . . . that on the First

    Saturday of every month, Communions

    of repar

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