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March 18th, 2019 - 2nd Week in Lent
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
When God speaks to Abraham, he tells him: “I am God Almighty, walk before me, and be blameless” (Gen 17:1). In order to be blameless, as he would have us, we need to live humbly in his presence, cloaked in his glory; we need to walk in union with him, recognizing his constant love in our lives. We need to lose our fear before that presence which can only be for our good.

-Pope Francis, Gaudete et Exsultate (n. 51)
UPCOMING EVENTS
PARISH PENANCE SERVICE
March 25: 7pm in the Church

As we prepare for Holy Week and continue our Lenten journey, we are called to confess our sins... Join us Monday, March 25 at 7pm for our Lenten Penance Service.
LIFE IN THE EUCHARIST RETREAT
March 29: 6:30pm–9 pm - March 30: 8:30am–5pm

Are you seeking a deeper understanding of the Eucharist? Do you really comprehend the statement from the Catholic catechism that states, "the Eucharist is the source and summit of our Christian life?” Are you looking for an invigorating parish retreat to renew you and prepare you for Easter? REGISTER TODAY!
LITURGY
HOLY THURSDAY - FOOT WASHING

On Holy Thursday, we remember, through the washing of feet, the great command of humble service illustrated by Jesus as he cleansed the feet of the Twelve Apostles. As we did last year, while still maintaining the beauty and simplicity of the institution of the Eucharist on Holy Thursday, the Liturgy Committee has opted to have a smaller representative number of people participate in the foot washing ceremony. If you would like to serve as a representative of our parish community by having your feet washed on Holy Thursday, please register by contacting Lisa Weis at (407) 647-0726 or lisa@stmargaretmary.org.
ADORATION ON FRIDAYS DURING LENT

Want to spend some quality time with your best friend in Lent? It isn’t time with your friends Mary or Susie, Frankie or Joe. It’s a chance to spend quality time with Jesus. This quiet time is called “Adoration”, and means spending time in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, either an hour, a half hour, or 10 minutes. However much time you spend in Christ’s presence, your life will be blessed. READ MORE
CHRISTIAN SERVICE
SHOPPING FOR THOSE IN NEED

  • Diapers size 3 & 6; wipes & pull-ups
  • The Farmworkers of Apopka are in need of vegetable oil, tortillas, salsa, chopped canned tomatoes, dry pasta, rice & beans, as well as any of the buy one-get one specials

Leave donations on pantry cart in the parish hall before and after Mass and during office hours on weekdays.
FEEDING THOSE IN NEED

First Wednesday of the month, cooking starts at 8am. We prepare hot meals and desserts. At 2:15pm, volunteers gather to make PB&J sandwiches. Items are delivered to the Coalition, providing a hot, healthy dinner and a snack for a later meal. To volunteer, contact Colleen at 407-647-2579 or Colleen@stmargaretmary.org.
VICTIM SERVICE CENTER
Courtyard, April 6-7, after all Masses

The VSC of Central Florida plays an important role in the healing process for victims of crime and violence. The Center does everything possible to ensure that each victim feels comfortable and safe. In order to do this, the Center provides brand new clothing because clothing is often taken for evidence collection. READ MORE
ADVOCACY & SOCIAL JUSTICE
PRAY. STAY CONNECTED. TAKE ACTION.

Parishes across the state are engaging in efforts to promote the Florida Catholic Advocacy Network (FLCAN). This initiative of the bishops of Florida provides Catholics across Florida with the opportunity to fulfill the responsibility to faithful citizenship. Through FLCAN, parishioners can stay connected and informed on the issues of the day. SIGN UP TODAY
LENTEN CALENDAR

A calendar of daily suggestions for prayer, reflection & activity based on our Beatitude of the month, the call to make a preferential Option for the Poor & Vulnerable, and the call to Family, Community, and Participation. The calendar also highlights parish events through which we can respond to our call to holiness. VIEW THE CALENDAR
LENTEN ALMS

This year SMM will collect donations for JMJ Pregnancy Center for our Lenten Alms project. JMJ aims to support all individuals who are in need of services before, during and after a pregnancy. A majority of their clients are women who are experiencing an unexpected pregnancy, are scared and are looking for information and resources to help them with their challenges. READ MORE
POVERTY IN OUR COMMUNITY
Sunday, March 31st 10:45am, Parish Hall

When we donate food for the food pantry where does it go? Come for coffee, snacks, & discussion with the case manager from the Christian Service Center, parish volunteers to the center & a representative from the Winter Park housing authority to learn more about the face of poverty in our community. READ MORE
ADULT FAITH FORMATION
WOMEN'S LENTEN FAITH SHARING
March 21 and 28, April 4 and 11 - 9:30am in the Damascus Room

We will gather to pray, and reflect on the Sunday Lenten readings using FORMED and the book, At Home with the Word. The cost of the book is $5. Please contact Kristie@stmargaretmary.org if you would like to attend.
LENTEN FILM SERIES
April 1st: Entertaining Angels - The Dorthy Day Story

Come for a simple soup supper at 6:30pm followed by a film chosen to help us reflect on the call to holiness in our lives. Film begins at 7pm. This is the life of Dorothy Day, her adult conversion to the Catholic faith, & her work establishing houses of hospitality for the poor in New York & the Catholic Worker newspaper. SEE MORE FILMS
4th ANNUAL CATHOLIC MEN'S CONFERENCE
Saturday, March 23 at Holy Family Catholic Church

This will be an opportunity for Catholic men to gather together and learn ways to live out their responsibilities for family, job, community, and Church. Justin Fatica and Fr. Ben Lehnertz will be delivering inspiring talks. Lunch is included for a suggested donation of only $20. For information go to orlandodiocese.org/riseup
SUPPORT
SPECIAL NEEDS MINISTRY
Thursday, March 28, 1:00-2:30 at Panera on Park Ave.

If you or someone you know is involved in the care of a child or adult with special needs, please feel free to join us as we share the joys and challenges of this unique calling on our lives. For more info contact the Family Life Office at 407-645-0284 or email lori@stmargaretmary.org.
CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
Monday, March 18 from 10-11:30am - Family Life Center

We invite you, if you are; a cancer patient, a cancer survivor, the spouse or related to someone dealing with cancer to join us. We are made up of all of the above groups. We listen, support and learn from each other. We welcome all to join our family. For more info call Deacon Bill at 407-647-3392 or bill@stmargaretmary.org
CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesday, March 19 from 10-11:30am - Family Life Center

If you care for a loved one at home or in a facility, consider taking this time to share with those who are experiencing the same situations and emotions. Give yourself the gift of prayer and support by sharing with one another. For more info call Deacon Bill at 407-647-3392 or bill@stmargaretmary.org
OUR CATHOLIC APPEAL
OUR CATHOLIC APPEAL

Please remember to return your commitment envelopes to us or go you can give online at: www.cfocf.org/oca/give. Thank you for you continued support.
FAMILY MATTERS
YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY

Upcoming Events:
  • Marian Mondays, 6:45-7:15pm in the chapel

To RSVP or for more information visit OUR WEBSITE or email Dane Hamilton at danehamilton814@gmail.com.
PRAY THE ROSARY
Tuesday, March 19, (Upper Room)

Join the Elizabeth Ministry and Grace Within as we come together this quarter to pray the Rosary and sign prayer cards. We encourage your attendance and also welcome prayer requests via OUR WEBSITE.
MARRIAGE MINISTRY: APRIL EVENT
Friday, April 12, 6:15-9pm, 2nd Floor, Family Life Center.

Developing A Strong Financial Game Plan facilitated by Katie and Darrell Devaney. For all couples married and dating to gather with engaged and convalidating couples. Catered dinner served at 6:15pm, followed by program from 7-9pm, donation of $20 per couple requested. Childcare is available with RSVP. RSVP TODAY! For more info contact the Family Life Office at 407-645-0284.
PRO-LIFE MINISTRY

Take a Stand! Join us on the Lawn and driveway of Life Choices Medical Clinic, 441 Maitland Ave, Altamonte Springs 32701, next door to All Women's [Abortion] Center. We need people to join in praying a rosary to end abortion. Every Tuesday during Lent, 9-10am. Leave SMM at 8:30am. RSVP to lori@stmargaretmary.org or SIGN UP FOR ANOTHER HOUR
THEOLOGY OF THE BODY FOR PARENTS
Thursday, March 28, 8:30-9:30am, Youth Room

An important time to identify ways to prepare our middle schoolers to face today's tough moral issues. Come to this one-hour session for a short video and helpful family applications to foster meaningful conversations at home. RESERVE YOUR SEAT
 
YOUTH MINISTRY
AMPLIFY: HIGH SCHOOL MINISTRY
Spoken: Amplify Spring/Lenten Retreat
 
Thursday, March 21, 9am-6pm at San Pedro Center. We live in a world of noise and voices that are constantly competing for our attention. How do we hear God’s voice in the middle of this? All high school students are invited to join us for our Lenten retreat: Spoken. Retreat is free, but registration is required! REGISTER TODAY
SOCIAL
SUPPER CLUB
Thursday March 21, 6:00 pm

3-6-9 Chinese Restaurant. 1425 Tuskawilla Road, Winter Springs. Join us for great food, good conversation, and a chance to meet other parishioners. Please RSVP to SupperClubSMM@gmail.com for reservations by March 19. For inquiries call Michelle at 407 998-5659. 
WRITING OUR STORIES
March 27 - May 1, Wednesdays from 10am-noon

Celebrate who you are, where you have been, what and who you love in the written word. Join our group to share your own stories. This is a sharing group, not a class or a critique. There are all levels of writing ability, so there is no reason to be intimidated. We meet for 6 weeks at a time with about a six week break between sessions.
PLAYGROUP
Wednesdays, 10am in the Nursery

This is not a drop off but a great way for moms or dads or caretakers with babies or toddlers to meet other parishioners and play in a safe playful environment. For more information contact Ray at rzeliadt3@msn.com or call the Family Life Office at 407-645-0284. 
TECHNOLOGY
HOMILY REWIND: 2nd SUNDAY IN LENT

How is God trying to wake us today? Deacon Bill explains that sometimes God startles us awake with big life changing moments. At other times, He simply nudges us awake with simple “hints” to remind us of our relationship with Him and to guide us in the right direction to draw us closer. Regardless of how God waking us, the important thing is how we respond. WATCH THE HOMILY
NO STATIONS THIS FRIDAY

No Stations of the Cross this Friday night, March 22, due to the Matthew Kelly event. Please consider praying with the Stations at a time of your choosing with these Catholic apps for iOS and Android: Laudate, Discerning Hearts, or iBreviary.
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