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The health committee hosted this week’s soup supper between the English and Spanish versions of the Stations of the Cross at the Church of St. Dominic’s.

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John 9:1-41 In ancient times, cities of importance in hilly territory were built on the highest ground in the area and surrounded with strong walls for protection.  The downside of such placement, of course, is that springs, which such cities needed for their water supply, tended to be on lower ground in valleys.  One of the easiest ways to defeat an enemy was to cut them off from their water supply.  To better fortify Jerusalem against an expected siege by the Assyrians in 701 B.C., King Hezekiah extended the city walls to the southeast and had a 1/3 mile-long tunnel cut through solid rock to channel water from Gihon Springs outside the city walls to a pool inside the city walls. Access to Gihon springs was covered over with boulders to prevent enemies from poisoning the water supply. The terminus of Hezekiah’s tunnel was the newly constructed Pool of Siloam, still used today as a source of drinking water for the poor Arab neighborhood in that vicinity of Jerusalem.  Jesus sent the blind man to wash off his mud-covered eyes in that pool.

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

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A pledge to respect our sexuality – to be read together by families 

Respect for life includes a respect for sex.  Let us, as a community, make a pledge to respect our sexuality.

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On Sunday mornings between the 8 AM and 10:30AM Masses, Ginny will be in the lower level of the church at Jeff Cavins’ Great Adventure Bible studies series #4, Acts, The Spread of the Kingdom.  Here she is looking over the materials prior to class.  She also facilitates an evening class in the series.

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The main committees at St. Dominic meet monthly, generally on the fourth Tuesday of the month: a list of those committees can be found on the parish website – churchofstdominic.org.

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Step one:  register for the contest giving your name, a secret code such as your birthdate and your grade level

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The education and respect life committees  provided the complimentary soup supper on the second Friday of Lent at 6:30 PM between the English and Spanish stations.  There were about 80 people there, somewhat fewer than the previous week when the Hispanic community provided the food.  We wish more of them had been at the supper; it was our chance to return their wonderful hospitality.

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Why might it be appropriate to have our essay due on the same day as our income tax forms are due?

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John 4:5-42 Jacob had purchased land on the outskirts of Shechem (Genesis 3:19), probably the same town identified in this reading as Sychar.  Jacob and sons moved their sheep around, apparently free to graze in uncultivated areas in the hills.  To avoid conflict with local groups over water rights and places of encampment, however, Jacob had purchased the plot of land and dug the well.  Women generally came out to draw water from a well in the morning before the heat of the day set in.  This woman goes out at midday, most likely to avoid contact with the other women who probably looked down on her and verbally put her down for having lived with so many different men.  Having learned to put on a shell or tough exterior to protect herself from the inevitable harsh and judgmental talk of the village women, she maintains a tough exterior with Jesus at first.  Jesus gradually softens her with “life-giving waters”.  From her initial confrontational attitude, she advances to intellectual theological discussion about differences between Jewish and Samaritan beliefs, and then to discussion of her personal life.  She is given such life through her interaction with Jesus that she goes and initiates contact with her neighbors to tell them about Jesus, even noting her own sordid history in doing so, and invites them to come to see him.  She is a true example of sinner converted to believer and then evangelist whereby even one’s lower or darker moments in life become transformed into instruments for deeper faith in Jesus.

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