March, 2014 - Overview for the Month
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The Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of March 2014
General: That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women.
Feasts for March
The feasts on the General Roman Calendar celebrated during the month of March are:
3. Katharine Drexel (USA), Opt. Mem.
4. St. Casimir; Fat Tuesday, Opt. Mem.
7. Perpetua and Felicity, Memorial
8. John of God, Opt. Mem.
9. First Sunday of Lent, Sunday
16. Second Sunday of Lent, Sunday
17. Patrick, Opt. Mem.
18. Cyril of Jerusalem, Opt. Mem.
19. Joseph, husband of Mary, Solemnity
23. Third Sunday of Lent, Sunday
25. Annunciation of the Lord, Sunday
30. Fourth Sunday of Lent, Sunday
Focus of the Liturgy
The Gospel readings for March are taken from St. Matthew and St. John. All are from Year A, Cycle 2.
March 2nd - 8th Sunday of Ordinary Time
In this Gospel Jesus tells us to trust God to provide for us.
March 9th - 1st Sunday of Lent
Jesus is tempted by the devil in the desert.
March 16th - 2nd Sunday of Lent
The Gospel relates the story of the Transfiguration of our Lord on Mt. Tabor.
March 23rd - 3rd Sunday of Lent
This Gospel is about the Samaritan woman meeting Jesus at the well.
March 30th - 4th Sunday of Lent
The Gospel tells the story of the blind man at the Pool of Siloam.
Highlights of the Month
As we continue our journey "up to Jerusalem" during the month of March, three prominent ideas are proposed for our contemplation by the liturgy of Lent: the Passion and Resurrection of Christ, baptism, and penance.
The Solemnity of St. Joseph (March 19) is a special landmark this month in which we will celebrate the great honor bestowed upon the foster father of Jesus. Also the Solemnity of the Annunciation (March 25) when we ponder Our Lady's fiat. And if you are Irish (who isn't), St. Patrick's feast is another cause for a joyful celebration.
The saints that we will focus on this month and try to imitate are St. Katharine Drexel (March 3), St. Casimir (March 4), Sts. Perpetua and Felicity (March 7),St. John of God (March 8), St. Patrick (March 17), St. Cyril of Jerusalem (March 18).
The feasts of St. Frances of Rome (March 9) and St. Toribio de Mogrovejo (March 23) are superseded by the Sunday liturgy.
A Time of Penance and Promise
Here and there in the stark March landscape, a few plants and trees are beginning to give evidence of the new life that winter’s frost and chill had concealed from our eyes. The Church’s vibrant new life has been obscured, too, by the austerity of the penitential season of Lent. But that life is indisputable, and it will burgeon forth on Easter as Christ coming forth from his tomb!
At the beginning of this month we will embark on our journey to the cross by receiving ashes and donning the purple of penance.We will reflect on our mortality ("Remember man thou art dust") and the shortness of life ("and to dust thou shall return"). We will heed the call, "Now is the acceptable time, now is “the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).” Just like Our Lord's earthly life every moment of our lives is leading up to the last moment—when for eternity we will either go to God or suffer the fires of hell.
Let us not .......