First Sunday of Lent – Year B

Genesis 9:8-15

All of creation is given a new beginning, a new opportunity to live in the harmony that God intended.  God brings about a new covenant which is a newly-restored relationship between God and God’s creatures.  God enters into this covenant even though the flood has not cleansed the human heart from sin.

 

1 Peter 3:18-22

Peter wants to assure his readers that they are indeed the church, a new ark rising and falling with the waters of adversity, yet proceeding toward the day of peace when chaos around them would recede and a new world would be established.

 

Mark 1:12-15

Jesus was not ready to proclaim the coming reign of God until he had personally stood the tests against all the temptations of Satan.  He would only preach to others what he had experienced himself in the wilderness.

 

 

Universal Prayers

 

  1. May those who are being tested by illness be given the courage and patience to endure. We pray to the Lord.

  2. May those who are being tested by poverty be given the courage and patience to endure. We pray to the Lord.

  3. May those who are being tested by depression be given the courage and patience to endure. We pray to the Lord.

  4. May those who are being tested by temptation be given the courage and patience to endure. We pray to the Lord.

  5. May those who are being tested by oppression be given the courage and patience to endure. We pray to the Lord.

  6. May those who are being tested by loneliness be given the courage and patience to endure. We pray to the Lord.

MASS OFFERINGS

If you wish a Mass to be offered for the deceased or a special intention on a particular date, please ensure you submit the request well in advance.  Masses are offered when the next free day is available, and the Mass may not be able to be offered for a week or two.  So, for a particular date for an anniversary or other significant event (eg birthday) please plan in advance to avoid disappointment.