The Weekend of March 14-15
This Weekend at SJTW
Father Tom joins us for the Third Sunday of Lent
Our Third Sunday Social Justice Collection is for our sister parish, St. Therese of the Child Jesus, in Gonaives, Haiti. Donations will be used to assist the parish and school with their ongoing monthly expenses. Thanks so much for your generosity!
After the 8:30 and 11:00 Masses, join us in Martin Hall for coffee and donuts and to get to know your parish family! There will also be crafts for kids!
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
There will be Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 8:30 and 11:00 Masses. All kids between the ages of 5-10 and their guardians are invited to Martin Hall before the First Reading.
Voices on the Journey
Be sure to join us at 4:00pm Sunday afternoon for our Lenten Mission, “Voices on the Journey.” Learn more here.
Knights of Columbus Baby Shower
The Knight of Columbus are holding their 15th Annual Baby Shower. The shower will run from Feb. 29-Apr. 5 here at St. Joseph the Worker. All donations will go to Birthright. Please place donations in the baby crib on display in the back of church. A list of requested items (diapers, newborn outfits, blankets, etc.) is available at the crib. Thank you so much for your generosity!
Preventing the Spread of Germs
The Archdiocese has informed parishes that they are monitoring the situation and best responses to concerns about the Coronavirus. At this point the Office of Worship leaves it up to individual parishes to determine their actions to prevent the spread of germs:
- Communion from the Cup: Due to heightened sensitivity to the perceptions about the transmissibility of disease, we will suspend use of the cup at least until Holy Week. If anyone depends on receiving Eucharist via the Cup, please contact the parish office and we will make accommodations for that.
- Eucharist on the Tongue: For the protection of your fellow parishioners, our Eucharistic Ministers and yourself, please refrain from receiving the Eucharist on the tongue for the time being.
- Sign of Peace: To prevent the spread of germs via physical contact, please refrain from shaking hands during the Sign of Peace. Instead, we invite you to acknowledge those around you with a wave or a friendly nod.
- Holy Water: To prevent the spread of germs, we have removed the Holy Water stoops from next to the doors until further notice. If you would like to take some Holy Water home, there is a tank in the back by the KC Baby Shower Crib. Feel free to pour some into a suitable container to take home.
Thank you for your patience and your cooperation!
In the Readings
First Reading Exodus 17:3-7
The people were very thirsty and complained to Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt? To kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” Moses prayed earnestly to the Lord and said, “What can I do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me.” The Lord said to Moses, “Take some of the leaders of Israel with you, and go on ahead of the people. Take along the stick with which you struck the Nile. I will stand before you on a rock at Mount Sinai. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.” Moses did so in the presence of the leaders of Israel. The place was named Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites complained and put the Lord to the test when they asked, “Is the Lord with us or not?”
Second Reading Romans 5:1-2, 5-8
Brothers and sisters: Now that we have been put right with God through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. He has brought us by faith into this experience of God’s grace, in which we now live. And so we boast of the hope we have of sharing God’s glory!
And this hope does not disappoint us, for God has poured out his love into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to us. For when we were still helpless, Christ died for the wicked at the time that God chose. It is a difficult thing for someone to die for a righteous person. It may even be that someone might dare to die for a good person. But God has shown us how much he loves us—it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us!
Gospel John 4:5-42
In Samaria Jesus came to a town named Sychar, which was not far from the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by the trip, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
A Samaritan woman came to draw some water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink of water.” (His disciples had gone into town to buy food.) The woman answered, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan—so how can you ask me for a drink?” (Jews will not use the same cups and bowls that Samaritans use.) Jesus answered, “If you only knew what God gives and who it is that is asking you for a drink, you would ask him, and he would give you life-giving water.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you don’t have a bucket, and the well is deep. Where would you get that life-giving water? It was our ancestor Jacob who gave us this well; he and his children and his flocks all drank from it. You don’t claim to be greater than Jacob, do you?” Jesus answered, “Those who drink this water will get thirsty again, but those who drink the water that I will give them will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give them will become in them a spring which will provide them with life-giving water and give them eternal life.” “Sir,” the woman said, “give me that water! Then I will never be thirsty again, nor will I have to come here to draw water.”
“Go and call your husband,” Jesus told her, “and come back.” “I don’t have a husband,” she answered. Jesus replied, “You are right when you say you don’t have a husband. You have been married to five men, and the man you live with now is not really your husband. You have told me the truth.” “I see you are a prophet, sir,” the woman said. “My Samaritan ancestors worshiped God on this mountain, but you Jews say that Jerusalem is the place where we should worship God.” Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman, the time will come when people will not worship the Father either on this mountain or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans do not really know whom you worship; but we Jews know whom we worship, because it is from the Jews that salvation comes. But the time is coming and is already here, when by the power of God’s Spirit people will worship the Father as he really is, offering him the true worship that he wants. God is Spirit, and only by the power of his Spirit can people worship him as he really is.” The woman said to him, “I know that the Messiah will come, and when he comes, he will tell us everything.” Jesus answered, “I am he, I who am talking with you.”
At that moment Jesus’ disciples returned, and they were greatly surprised to find him talking with a woman. But none of them said to her, “What do you want?” or asked him, “Why are you talking with her?” Then the woman left her water jar, went back to the town, and said to the people there, “Come and see the man who told me everything I have ever done. Could he be the Messiah?” So they left the town and went to Jesus. In the meantime the disciples were begging Jesus, “Teacher, have something to eat!” But he answered, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” So the disciples started asking among themselves, “Could somebody have brought him food?” “My food,” Jesus said to them, “is to obey the will of the one who sent me and to finish the work he gave me to do. You have a saying, ‘Four more months and then the harvest.’ But I tell you, take a good look at the fields; the crops are now ripe and ready to be harvested! The one who reaps the harvest is being paid and gathers the crops for eternal life; so the one who plants and the one who reaps will be glad together. For the saying is true, ‘Someone plants, someone else reaps.’ I have sent you to reap a harvest in a field where you did not work; others worked there, and you profit from their work.”
Many of the Samaritans in that town believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I have ever done.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they begged him to stay with them, and Jesus stayed there two days. Many more believed because of his message, and they told the woman, “We believe now, not because of what you said, but because we ourselves have heard him, and we know that he really is the Savior of the world.”
Voices: Finding Clarity in the Noise
“Buy this!” “Vote for them!” “Listen to me!”
Every day it seems like we’re exposed to thousands of different voices trying to tell us how we should think and act. But which voices do we listen to? Among all this noise, God is calling out to us with His voice to help each of us live a more meaningful life. Are we listening? Join us this Lent as we learn to listen for God’s voice in our lives!