FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this Sunday we celebrate DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY. From the diary of a young Polish nun, a special devotion began spreading throughout the world in the 1930s. The message is nothing new, but is a reminder of what the Church has always taught through scripture and tradition: that God is merciful and forgiving and that we, too, must show mercy and forgiveness. But in the Divine Mercy devotion, the message takes on a powerful new focus, calling people to a deeper understanding that God’s love is unlimited and available to everyone — especially the greatest sinners. The message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God’s mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread. The message of mercy is that God loves us — all of us — no matter how great our sins. He wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy. It is a message we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC. A — Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world. B — Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us. C — Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive. And as we grow in God’s mercy then our holiness will surpass that of the Scribes and Pharisees. As you know the Pharisees were very devoted to the prayers, rules, and rituals of their religion; but over the years, these outer observances had become so important in themselves that their real meaning had been lost. The Pharisees performed all the prescribed sacrifices, said all the right prayers, fasted regularly, and talked a lot about God, but none of it had touched their hearts. As a result, they had no relationship with God, they were not living the way He wanted them to live, and they were not prepared for the coming of Jesus. When we look at the image of the Merciful Savior are these things drawing us closer to the real sacramental life of the Church and allowing Jesus to transform our hearts? Or have they just become religious habits? In our daily lives are we growing more and more as people of mercy? Or are we just giving "lip service" to God's mercy?
Therefore we will have the RECITATION OF THE DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET at 11:00 AM on Sunday, the 12th. Hopefully this announcement will not be too late for many to attend.
AN UPDATE ON THE ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL – We are almost there. As of this typing, the total for our ACA is $121,938.55. Our goal is $138,976.00, a difference of $17,037.45. I am very grateful to all those who have pledged so far. The amount to date is wonderful since we are only 4 weeks into the campaign. I am also confident that we will reach our goal over the next few weeks and hopefully go over so that the remaining funds might go to replace the church and rectory roofs. As you have noticed, we do have a perpetual waterfall on the wall near the sacristy and a few other springs of water throughout the church, captured by the buckets. The waterfall continues into the rectory in my room with a few of my books being ruined by the water. So I do ask you to please consider giving to the Campaign as it helps fund the many ministries of the diocese as well as helping us replace the leaking roofs.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A fellow was very much in love with a beautiful girl. One day she told him that the next day was her birthday. He told her he would send her a bouquet of roses... one for each year of her life. That evening he called the local florist and ordered twenty-one roses with instructions that they be delivered first thing the next morning. As the florist was preparing the order, he decided that since the young man was such a good customer, he would put an extra dozen roses in the bouquet. The fellow never did find out what made the young girl so angry with him.