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Archive for February, 2011

For Mass readings go to http://www.usccb.org/nab/ and click the date desired on the calendar.

Gospel, Matthew 7:21-27 In most parts of the Negev, the hot southern region of Israel, annual rainfall is less than 8 inches.  You might not think of such an area as a place of floods, but the rocky sun-baked landscape can’t absorb water very quickly.  Rainwater runs off into gullies.  A half-inch of rain can send a wall of water several feet high surging down a normally dry wadi (the Jewish term for gully) with a force capable of knocking a truck or bus off a highway where the wadi opens out on a plain.  During the flooding in Australia a few months back, we saw news videos of houses being lifted from their foundations and swept downstream.  Such would have been the case for a house constructed in the wadi.  At first glance, the wadi seems like a better place for a home than up on the rockier surfaces.  The bottom of the wadi is shaded, cooler, and closer to water and vegetation.  It is easier to build on the sand that collects in the wadi than on the rocky surfaces above.  When the rains come, however, the wisdom of building on the less-appealing rocky surfaces above becomes clear.

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Please join me in welcoming a new member to our parsih family. 
 
Baby Ally Hausen was baptized at the 5 PM Mass last Saturday accompanied by all kinds of nice people. 

Her parents Leah and Nate and brother Kyle who is 3 and a half were there to help her start her journey as a new member of the faith.
 
Both of her parents grew up in Northfield and graduated from Northfield High School. Her mother, the former Leah Hilde, works in Apple Valley at Wings Financial Credit Union and her father Nate works at College City Beverage here in Northfield. They will be taking great care of her and her big brother.
 
Welcome, Ally!

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Essay contest question:  What does it mean to “respect life”?    How can you encourage respect for life?

Suggestion #1:  Look up definitions for “respect”, “life” and “encourage” in the dictionary.

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 How have people shown respect for your life?

Just thinking of the question set off dozens of answers in my head.  How about  you?

Hopefully, there isn’t a negative side to this question for you, also.  Have there been people or times when there was not respect?  Maybe we can learn from those as well.

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How have you shown respect for others?  For their life? 

Are there other ways you could do this?

Are there times when you wish you had shown respect but did not for some reason?  What was that reason?

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The bulletin for February 27, 2011 has been published and can be found here: http://churchofstdominic.org/cluster/bulletin

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Consider what the parable of the Good Samaritan tell us about how Jesus wants us to respect life.

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