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April 28, 2019

posted Apr 26, 2019, 7:41 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  the Sunday after Easter was designated by St. Pope John Paul II as 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.  The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed after the 9:30 Mass this Sunday.


May 12, the nation REMEMBERS OUR MOTHERS, on this day, MOTHER’S DAY. We all should stop and thank our moms (if they are living) for the very life that they gave us and for all the things they have done for us.  We need to say "thanks" before the time comes when we will not be able to say it to them while on this earth.  As we always have done, our mothers will be remembered on their day at the altar during the Masses.  If you would like your mother remembered, whether living or with God, please return the envelopes found at the entrances of the church.  They will be placed in the sanctuary for the remaining weeks of May after Mother’s Day.


I would like to THANK all those who made our Holy Week and Easter celebrations so spiritually uplifting for the parish.  I thank Joe, Mary and the choirs for their musical support and beautiful assistance in our prayer.  Thanks are extended to all those who exercised their ministries in our church – cantors, ushers, lectors, Eucharistic ministers, altar servers and greeters.  My thanks are given to those who decorated the church and to those who arranged the reception in the Activities Center after the Easter Vigil Mass.  Big thanks to those who contributed to the priest's reception after our Penance Service.  If I have forgotten anyone, please forgive me.  As your pastor, I am so very grateful that we have such an active and alive parish with many who are willing to give of themselves for the good of all.  God bless.


ON A PERSONAL NOTE – I want to THANK all parishioners and friends who extend to me, Fr. Antony and Fr. Jonathan their Easter Blessings through cards and goodies that came into the rectory.  I cannot tell you how good iced cookies and chocolate tasted after not having them for 40 days.  As always, it is heartwarming to know how much parishioners do care about their priests.  May God bless you all.


SO CLOSE….YET, NOT THERE! The totals for the CATHOLIC MINISTRIES DRIVE are as follows:  we have 370 pledges with $138,152.00 in pledged money.  We are $ 9,804.00 away from our goal with about 1900 pledge cards still outstanding.  I thank you for your generosity and ask those who have not contributed to please consider doing so.  Remember, all monies over the goal will be going to complete the school safety/improvements project.  I am very humbled by the response so far.  May God continue to bless us as we reach out to help His children.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – One day, a house worked-challenged husband decided to wash his sweatshirt.  Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he shouted to his wife, “What setting do I use on the washing machine?”  “It depends,” she replied.  “What does it say on your shirt?”  He yelled back, “We Are…Penn State.”