FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, hopefully the EASTER CELEBRATIONS have not worn thin in your lives. As we celebrate the final day in the Octave of Easter I want to remind you that the Easter Season runs till Pentecost. The church extends this joyful celebration for 50 days, to allow the followers of Jesus time to revel in the joyful news that Jesus is Alive! The presence of Jesus in our lives should be our strength every day of the year, not just on Easter or Christmas. Even though we may suffer some doubts, like Thomas did in this weekend’s gospel, we like Thomas should also take the next step of faith and affirm Jesus as “My Lord and God.” What beautiful words those are; how strengthening they can be; what consolation they bring. May this Easter Season be one of joy and peace for all who profess Jesus is Lord, not with lips alone, but from the heart.
This weekend St. Pope John Paul II declared that it be named DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY. The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us – all of us. And, 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. The Divine Mercy message is one 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. This 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 and devotional practices proposed in the Diary of Saint Faustina are completely in accordance with the teachings of Church and are firmly rooted in the Gospel message of our Merciful Savior. Properly understood and implemented, they will help us grow as genuine followers of Christ. Spend time to learn more about the mercy of God, learn to trust in Jesus, and live your life as merciful to others, as Christ is merciful to you.
I want to THANK all those who sent Fr. Antony and me Easter Blessings through cards or baked goods. As I have always said, it is so nice to know that the priests are appreciated. May God bless all those who thought of us.
As time marches on and things change, I do want to inform the parish that our DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, EVA, will be leaving us at the end of this school year in July. Eva has served OLV faithfully over the years she has been with us and now she returns to her home state of Indiana to begin a new chapter in her life. I am sure we all wish her well and we send her off with God’s blessings and our prayers. In her place taking over the DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM WILL BE JIM HOY. Jim has been with us for many years teaching at OLV School. He will continue to teach the religious education classes in the Middle School as well as now directing the religious education program on Sunday mornings. Jim is very capable, has a great love for the church and I am sure he will do a fine job for us. Welcome Jim and God bless.
The training session for parishioners interested in the possible use of the HEART DEFIBRALATOR will be held this Tuesday evening at 6:30pm in the baptistery area of the church.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – Actual travelers complaints upon returning from vacation:
• “We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers, they were all Spanish.”
• “We booked an excursion to a water park but no one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels. We assumed it would be included in the price.”
• “The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room.”
• “We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white, but it was more yellow.”
• “No one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared.”