FROM THE PASTOR….MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, even though our EASTER DAY CELEBRATIONS end with the second Sunday of Easter, I hope and pray that all of us will continue to carry within our hearts the joy of the Risen Lord. Just think for a moment how the presence of the Risen Jesus changed lives forever. This change does and can continue to this very day. It would be a shame to let what we prepared for over 40 days fade and evaporate in our lives. May we continue to celebrate the presence of the Risen Lord in our lives every day. Remember, “HE IS NOT HERE….HE IS RISEN….”
The Sunday after Easter has been designated by soon to be St. Pope John Paul II as DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY. From the diary of a young Polish nun, named Sr. Faustina Kowalska, a special devotion to the mercy of God spreads throughout the world. The message is nothing new, just a reminder of what the Church has always taught: that God is merciful and forgiving and that we too must show mercy and forgiveness. But in this devotion, the message takes on a more powerful focus, calling people to a deeper understanding that God’s love is unlimited and available to everyone – especially the greatest sinners “The greater the sinner, the greater the right he has to my mercy.” Devotion to the Divine Mercy involves a total commitment to God as Mercy itself. It is a decision to accept His mercy with thanksgiving, to trust completely in Him, and to be merciful as He is merciful. And so asking for the Lord’s mercy, trusting in His mercy, and sincerely trying to live His mercy in our lives we can be assured that we will hear the wonderful promise, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed this Sunday, April 27 at 6:15pm in the Church.
I want to CONGRATULATE OUR SECOND GRADE FIRST COMMUNION CLASS for making their first Communion this coming Saturday. It is truly a milestone in their lives and I am very proud of all of them. Please keep them in your prayers this week as they make final preparations for this special moment in their lives – receiving Jesus for the first time. God bless and congratulations.
I want to take this time to THANK Kathleen Taylor and all those who helped make and sell pierogies this Lenten season. I truly appreciated their work and effort’s in giving of their time to the Church. It was a very successful project and I am grateful to them for all the hard work performed. May God bless you for your loving kindness to OLV.
I also want to thank all those who are making our ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL very successful. The totals to date can be found in another place in the bulletin. I am very grateful to all who sacrificed by contributing to this annual appeal. I do encourage those who have not yet contributed to please do so. Remember, all money over the goal comes right back to us to continue the work being done around our parish plant. God bless and thanks again.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Father O'Malley answers the phone. "Hello, is this Father O'Malley?"
"This is the IRS. Can you help us?"
"Do you know a Ted Houlihan?"
"Is he a member of your congregation?"
"Did he donate $10,000 to the church?"