SJA CONCERT SERIES
Steve Angrisano - February 24th, 7 pm
We are very excited to announce that Steve Angrisano will be leading a night of praise at St. Joan of Arc.
A veteran musician, composer and youth minister who has been featured at 7 World Youth Days, served as Emcee for ’05 ’07 ’09 and ’11 National Catholic Youth Conference, Steve Angrisano is undoubtedly one of the most effective and versatile ministry leaders in the Church today. Those who are young (and young at heart) embrace the passionate message of faith, hope and love woven throughout his music and storytelling. Always rooted in a spirit of humility and faithfulness, Steve has a keen intuition regarding the needs of any audience and engages them with his unique blend of humor, song, story and interaction. This makes him both a natural and popular choice for diverse parish, diocesan, national and world-wide events.
PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE> | Tickets are also available for sale in the Parish office.
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THIS WEEKS TABLE TALK - 1st Sunday of Lent (Feb 22)
- Letter from Father Gabriel about Lent (read below)
- Feast Day | Chair of Saint Peter (Feb 22)
- #ShareJesus | Be part of this social media experience and do something big for Lent this year!
- Lenten Reflections | Sign up for Father Barron's Daily Lenten Reflections>
- Simple Lenten Traditions for Families | 40 great activities from Catholic Icing>
- Lenten Activities for Kids | Many fun Lenten activities for you and your family>
- Join Holy Heroes Lenten Adventures for Kids | Sign up now...
- Lenten Project - SJA Religious Formation | Mary's Meals - read & watch videos to learn more about this mission
- ART | Watch the video commentary to reflect on paintings for 2nd Sunday of Lent
- Recipe | Baked Talapia - said to be the actual fish caught by St. Peter
- Recipe | Rock Fish - after all, Peter is the 'rock'
- Lenten Soup Suppers at SJA | Lenten Soup Suppers are back! Each Friday at 5:45 in the Parish Center.
- Recipe | Pretzels - Did you know pretzels are the official food of Lent? They symbolize praying.
- Recipe | Simple Fish Meal - Enjoy these simple recipes for Fish during Lent.
- The 1st Sunday of Lent (Feb 22nd) - Jesus is tempted in the desert by Satan.
- Preparing for Sunday: The 2nd Sunday of Lent (Mar 1) - Jesus is transfigured in the presence of Peter, James, and John.
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FEAST DAY | Chair of Saint Peter (Feb 22)
Virtual Tour > | This feast celebrates the unity of the Church founded upon Peter, its Rock. This day is a perfect day to set aside some time to reflect on the role of the pope in the life of the Church.
In the apse at the end of the central nave in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, surmounted by Baroque embellishments created so long ago by Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini, stands a chair. Supported by four gigantic statues of early Doctors of the Church – St. Ambrose, St. Athanasius, St. John Chrysostom and St. Augustine – this piece of furniture, overlaid in bronze, has been venerated for centuries as the Chair of St. Peter.
On Feb. 22, it will emerge from the shadows and bask in the glow of 110 candles as the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter is celebrated once again. It’s a time to pray for pontiffs past and present and for our bishop who represents the teaching authority of the Church in our own diocese. This feast brings to mind the mission of teacher and pastor conferred by Christ on Peter, and continued in an unbroken line down to the present Pope. Read more >
ART | St. Peter's Baldacchino, by Bernini, marks the site of St. Peter's tomb
St. Peter's Baldachin is a large (~100 feet tall) Baroque sculpted bronze canopy, technically called a ciborium or baldachin, over the high altar of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City, the papal enclave surrounded by Rome, Italy. The baldachin is at the centre of the crossing and directly under the dome of the basilica. Designed by the Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini, it was intended to mark, in a monumental way, the place of Saint Peter's tomb underneath. Under its canopy is the high altar of the basilica. Commissioned by Pope Urban VIII, the work began in 1623 and ended in 1634. The baldachin acts as a visual focus within the basilica; it itself is a very large structure and forms a visual mediation between the enormous scale of the building and the human scale of the people officiating at the religious ceremonies at the papal altar beneath its canopy.
Letter about Lent from Father Gabriel
This Wednesday, February 18, 2015, the Church will, once again, invite us into the holy time of Lent. Some of us may still be retiring Christmas decorations and finishing the cookies or candies that have lingered through these weeks just in time for this season that had, as its ancient Latin name, Quadregesima Ieiunium – Forty day period of fasting.
The symbolism of the forty day fast is derived from the forty days of fasting that Jesus spent in the desert immediately after his baptism. Distinct from its religious significance however, fasting was not always an ascetical practice that was freely chosen. In earlier cultures fasting was necessary for survival because as winter prolonged itself, the food supply in towns and villages could become dangerously low. We tend to forget that the methods of food production and preparation that allow us to eat freely at any time of the year are relatively recent. Before such methods, people stored the autumn harvest in the hope that it would be sufficient for the perilous months of winter. Often times, food had to be rationed for if some members of the community took more than their share, others could die of starvation. Thus fasting was a means of survival that equalized the citizens blurring the distinctions of ―rich and poor,‖ ―haves and have nots.‖
Today we undertake fasting voluntarily for numerous reasons, e.g., to discipline our senses and regain some measure of self control, to be in solidarity with the poor and hungry throughout the world, to embrace a spirit of penance in preparation for the great Feast of Easter, and for some, a most welcome method of losing those added pounds that resulted from our holiday revelry.
Of course, fasting is only one of the three practices that the church invites us to undertake during Lent, the other two being Almsgiving and Prayer. These disciplines support each other forming a tripod that helps us avoid extremes and achieve a more balanced spiritual approach. In preparing for Lent it is useful to examine each of these tools (Fasting, Almsgiving, Prayer) and decide how they can be used as means to an end that is always a deeper friendship with God.
In Alaska, as people prepare to welcome the inevitable and brutal months of winter they wish each other Bon Hiver -- French for ―Have a Good Winter.‖ It is a hopeful wish that wintertime will not be too challenging or destructive. Implied in this greeting is also the conviction that in the midst of winter’s hardship, there can be tremendous personal growth. I would draw the same parallel with the Liturgical Season of Lent that, like winter, can also be daunting. So as we prepare to welcome Quadregesima Ieiunium this Wednesday when we are signed with ashes – remnants of destroyed palm branches –let us wish each other ―A Good Lent‖ so that when Easter comes we may rise from whatever is ash in our lives to rejoice in the victory that Christ has won for us.
Father Gabriel, O.S.B.
#ShareJesus - Do Something Big for Lent this Year
LENTEN PROJECT | Mary's Meals
The SJA Relgious Education students (grades 1-8) have selected Mary's Meals as their Lenten project. Watch this incredibly moving video about the Story of Mary's Meals. Mary’s Meals began by feeding just 200 children in famine-struck Malawi in 2002. Today, the charity provides a life-changing meal to over 822,000 children every school day in 16 different countries around the world. More information can be found on their official website -- www.Child31Film.com
ART | Transfiguration of Christ (2nd Sunday of Lent)
Francesco Zuccarelli invites us into the Transfiguration of Christ in his painting. Present in the scene are the key characters of the Gospel story: Peter, the bearded elder whose symbolic keys rest on the grass in front of him, John the youngest in the middle of the Apostles, and James, arms thrown upward. Christ himself is luminous in the cloud, flanked by Moses to the left and Elijah to the right—symbols of the Law and the prophets. Read Further>
Reflect further on the painting and Gospel by watching to the video commentary below:
# 2 RECIPES | COMMIT TO 2 FAMILY MEALS
RECIPE | Tilapia - the fish
If you’re looking for an entrée to serve on the feast day of the Chair of St. Peter, there’s an actual fish – tilapia – and a real fish story about it that will delight children of all ages. For many centuries, this fish has been known as St. Peter’s fish because of the account in Matthew 17:24-27, which tells us that Jesus asked Peter to cast his line into the lake to take the first fish that he caught, pull a coin from its mouth and then pay the required Temple tax.
The Bible did not describe the fish in question in any detail or give it a name, but the blue tilapia is native to the Sea of Galilee and has been known to carry its young in its mouth until they were large enough to leave. When the babies leave, the fish is known to fill the vacancy with small pebbles or even – in modern times – shiny, coin sized, bottle caps!
RECIPE | Sauted Rock Fish with Beurre Blanc Sauce
See Recipe> | Upon meditating on the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, this rockfish recipe comes to my mind. It seems so appropriate to make fish today and since the name Peter means "rock" it would be the obvious choice for today. :-)
"Rockfish fillets are placed on a bed of fresh spinach, seasoned with dill, lemon pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper and topped with lemon, onion, and baked for a great-tasting, one-dish meal."
Pretzels During Lent | Did you know pretzels are the traditional food of Lent?
See Recipe for Homemade Pretzels > | When early Christians would pray, they would cross their arms and touch each shoulder with the opposite hand. They also fasted very strictly during lent, making their bread with only water, flour, and salt. A monk shaped this in the form of praying arms for children, and the pretzel was born! To read more about the religious history of the pretzel and for the pretzel prayer, check out Catholic Culture’s pretzel page. See also this recipe for Whole Wheat Pretzels>
Recipes | Simple Fish Recipes for Lent
See Recipe> | This recipe, for Lenten Fasting and Abstinence, was submitted by Amelia. She says that it is "a very simple one that we normally do during Lent any days cause growing up in the Philippines we always have Fish or any sea food on Fridays." Thank you Amelia!
#3 GET TO KNOW THE GOSPEL
Activities in Preparation for This Week in the Liturgical Year
God establishes a covenant with Noah, giving a rainbow as its sign.
A prayer praising God for his covenant
1 Peter 3:18-22
In our baptism, we are saved through Christ's death and Resurrection.
Jesus is tempted in the desert by Satan.
Background on the Gospel Reading
On the first Sunday of Lent, the Gospel reading in each Lectionary cycle is about Jesus' temptation in the desert. This event in the life of Jesus is reported in each of the Synoptic Gospels—Matthew, Mark, and Luke—but it is not found in John's Gospel. This year we read Mark's account of this event.
Compared to the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, the details throughout Mark's narrative are sparse. This is evident in Mark's account of Jesus' temptation in the desert. Mark tells us only that Jesus was led into the desert by the Spirit and that for 40 days he was tempted by Satan. The Gospels of Matthew and Luke explain that Jesus fasted while in the desert, that Satan presented him with three temptations, and that Jesus refused each one, quoting Scripture. Only the Gospels of Matthew and Mark report that angels ministered to Jesus at the end of his time in the desert.
In each of the Synoptic Gospels, the temptation of Jesus follows his baptism by John the Baptist. In Mark's Gospel, we are told that Jesus went into the desert immediately after his baptism, led by the Spirit. Jesus' public ministry in Galilee begins after his temptation in the desert. Mark's Gospel makes a connection between the arrest of John the Baptist and the beginning of Jesus' ministry. Jesus' preaching about the Kingdom of God is in continuity with the preaching of John the Baptist, but it is also something new. As Jesus announces it, the Kingdom of God is beginning; the time of the fulfillment of God's promises is here.
The fact that Jesus spent 40 days in the desert is significant. This recalls the 40 years that the Israelites wandered in the desert after being led from slavery in Egypt. The prophet Elijah also journeyed in the desert for 40days and nights, making his way to Horeb, the mountain of God, where he was also attended to by an angel of the Lord. Remembering the significance of these events, we also set aside 40 days for the season of Lent.
In Mark's Gospel, the desert marks beginning of Jesus' battle with Satan; the ultimate test will be in Jesus' final hours on the cross. In a similar way, our Lenten observances are only a beginning, a preparation for and a reinforcement of our ongoing struggle to resist the temptations we face in our lives. During Lent, we are led by the Holy Spirit to remember the vows of Baptism in which we promised to reject sin and to follow Jesus. Just as Jesus was ministered to by the angels, God also supports us in our struggle against sin and temptation. We succeed because Jesus conquered sin once and for all in his saving death on the cross.
PAINTING - Basilica of St. Mark, Venice, "The Temptation of Christ," 12th century. Enter into a visual prayer experience and listen to the video commentary now: click here>
* PREPARING FOR SUNDAY - The 2nd Sunday of Lent (March 1)
Abraham obeyed God and prepared to offer his son, Isaac, as a sacrifice.
A prayer of faithfulness to God
God's faithfulness is shown in his offering of his own Son for our salvation.
Jesus is transfigured in the presence of Peter, James, and John.
Background on the Gospel Reading
On the second Sunday of Lent in each Lectionary cycle, the Gospel reading proclaims the story of Jesus' Transfiguration. This event is reported in each of the Synoptic Gospels—Matthew, Mark, and Luke. This year, in Lectionary Cycle B, we hear Mark's report of this event.
The context for Mark's Transfiguration story is similar to that found in both Matthew's and Luke's Gospel. The Transfiguration occurs after Peter's confession that Jesus is the Messiah and Jesus' prediction about his passion. After this, in each of these Gospels, there is also a discussion of the cost of discipleship.
In each case, Jesus takes three of his disciples—Peter, James, and John—to a high mountain. While they are there, Elijah and Moses appear with Jesus. In Matthew's and Mark's Gospel, there is reference to a conversation among Jesus, Elijah, and Moses, but only Luke's Gospel includes the detail that this conversation is about what Jesus will accomplish in Jerusalem.
Elijah and Moses are significant figures in the history of Israel. Moses led the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and received from Yahweh the Ten Commandments. In appearing with Jesus at his Transfiguration, Moses represents the Law that guides the lives of the Jewish people. Elijah is remembered as one of the most important prophets of Israel who helped the Israelites stay faithful to Yahweh. Some Jews believed that Elijah's return would signal the coming of the Messiah for the Jewish people. This belief is evidenced in the question posed by Jesus' disciples after they have witnessed the Transfiguration. The appearance of these two important figures from Israel's history with Jesus signifies Jesus' continuity with the Law and with the prophets and that Jesus is the fulfillment of all that was promised to the people of Israel.
On seeing Jesus with Elijah and Moses and having witnessed his Transfiguration, Peter offers to construct three tents for them. Mark reports that the disciples are terrified by what they have witnessed and that Peter's offer is made out of confusion. We also notice that Peter has reverted from his earlier confession that Jesus is the Messiah, calling Jesus rabbi instead. As if in reply to Peter's confusion, a voice from heaven speaks, affirming Jesus as God's Son and commanding the disciples to obey him. This voice from heaven recalls the voice that was heard at Jesus' baptism.
In his Transfiguration, we see an anticipation of the glory of Jesus' Resurrection. In each of the reports of the Transfiguration, Jesus instructs the disciples to keep secret what they have seen until after the Son of Man has risen from the dead. The disciples' confusion continues as they wonder what Jesus means by rising from the dead. The disciples cannot possibly understand Jesus' Transfiguration until they also witness his passion and death. We hear the story of Jesus' Transfiguration early in Lent, but we have the benefit of hindsight. In our hearing of it, we anticipate Jesus' Resurrection, even as we prepare to remember Jesus' passion and death.
PAINTING - And he was transfigured before them, … [and] Elijah appeared … with Moses, and they were conversing with Jesus.
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