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April 8, 2018

posted Apr 6, 2018, 11:53 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.


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 is extended to all those who exercised their ministries in our church – ushers, lectors, Eucharistic ministers, altar servers and greeters.  My thanks is 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 extended to me, Fr. Antony and Fr. Jonathan their Easter Blessings through cards and goodies that came into the rectory.  I cannot tell you how much 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.


Next Sunday at 3:00 PM, we will CELEBRATE THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION for our 11th graders with Bishop Mark.  Parishioners are invited to attend this celebration with the Bishop.  If you do come to the Confirmation Mass, understand that it does count for your Sunday obligation.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Exercise For Seniors

· Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side.

· With a 5-lb. potato sack in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides, and hold them                           there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, then relax.

· Each day, you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.

· After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb. potato sacks.

· Then 50-lb. potatoes sacks, and eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb. potato sack in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute.

· After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each of the sacks; but be careful.