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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Saturday, 2018-03-17:

  • St. Patrick, Bishop 2018:


    Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12

    1Then he brought me back to the door of the temple;and behold, water was issuing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east);and the water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar. 2Then he brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me round on the outside to the outer gate, that faces toward the east;and the water was coming out on the south side. 3Going on eastward with a line in his hand, the man measured a thousand cubits, and then led me through the water;and it was ankle-deep. 4Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water;and it was knee-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water;and it was up to the loins. 5Again he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen;it was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through. 6And he said to me, "Son of man, have you seen this?" Then he led me back along the bank of the river. 7As I went back, I saw upon the bank of the river very many trees on the one side and on the other. 8And he said to me, "This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah;and when it enters the stagnant waters of the sea, the water will become fresh. 9And wherever the river goes every living creature which swarms will live, and there will be very many fish;for this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh;so everything will live where the river goes. 12And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing."


    Psalms 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9

    1God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;4There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. 5God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;God will help her right early. 7The LORD of hosts is with us;the God of Jacob is our refuge. [Selah] 8Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has wrought desolations in the earth.


    John 5:1-16

    1After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Beth-za'tha, which has five porticoes. 3In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed. 5One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be healed?" 7The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me." 8Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your pallet, and walk." 9And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked. Now that day was the sabbath. 10So the Jews said to the man who was cured, "It is the sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet." 11But he answered them, "The man who healed me said to me, `Take up your pallet, and walk.'" 12They asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, `Take up your pallet, and walk'?" 13Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. 14Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse befall you." 15The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. 16And this was why the Jews persecuted Jesus, because he did this on the sabbath.


    Time of Lent.


    Jer 11:18-20

    I knew their plot because the LORD informed me;
    at that time you, O LORD, showed me their doings.

    Yet I, like a trusting lamb led to slaughter,
    had not realized that they were hatching plots against me:
    “Let us destroy the tree in its vigor;
    let us cut him off from the land of the living,
    so that his name will be spoken no more.”

    But, you, O LORD of hosts, O just Judge,
    searcher of mind and heart,
    Let me witness the vengeance you take on them,
    for to you I have entrusted my cause!


    PS 7:2-3, 9bc-10, 11-12

    R. (2a) O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge.
    O LORD, my God, in you I take refuge;
    save me from all my pursuers and rescue me,
    Lest I become like the lion’s prey,
    to be torn to pieces, with no one to rescue me.
    R. O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge.
    Do me justice, O LORD, because I am just,
    and because of the innocence that is mine.
    Let the malice of the wicked come to an end,
    but sustain the just,
    O searcher of heart and soul, O just God.
    R. O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge.
    A shield before me is God,
    who saves the upright of heart;
    A just judge is God,
    a God who punishes day by day.
    R. O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge.


    Jn 7:40-53

    Some in the crowd who heard these words of Jesus said,
    “This is truly the Prophet.”
    Others said, “This is the Christ.”
    But others said, “The Christ will not come from Galilee, will he?
    Does not Scripture say that the Christ will be of David’s family
    and come from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?”
    So a division occurred in the crowd because of him.
    Some of them even wanted to arrest him,
    but no one laid hands on him.

    So the guards went to the chief priests and Pharisees,
    who asked them, “Why did you not bring him?”
    The guards answered, “Never before has anyone spoken like this man.”
    So the Pharisees answered them, “Have you also been deceived?
    Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him?
    But this crowd, which does not know the law, is accursed.”
    Nicodemus, one of their members who had come to him earlier, said to them,
    “Does our law condemn a man before it first hears him
    and finds out what he is doing?”
    They answered and said to him,
    “You are not from Galilee also, are you?
    Look and see that no prophet arises from Galilee.”

    Then each went to his own house.

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