FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this Sunday, the Sunday after Easter, is designated DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY. When St. Pope John Paul canonized Sr. Faustina in 2002 (making her St. Faustina), he also, on the same day, surprised the entire world by establishing Divine Mercy Sunday (the feast day associated with the message) as a feast day for the entire Church. The feast day falls on the Second Sunday of the Easter season. On that day, John Paul II declared, "This is the happiest day of my life." 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 all the graces of His mercy can only be received by our trust. The more we open the door of our hearts and lives to Him with trust, the more we can 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.
I was waiting for a few weeks before giving you an UPDATE OF OUR CATHOLIC MINISTRIES DRIVE. As of this typing, we have 262 pledges totaling $108,960.00 towards our goal of $148,316.00. We are $39,356.00 short of meeting our assessment. I just want to take this time to THANK all of you who are participating in this Drive. Remember, the monies collected throughout the diocese goes to fund all the out-reach programs sponsored by the Diocese. Against what you might hear, no money collected goes to pay off any abuse settlement or items outside of the ministries supported by the diocesan Church. I am very pleased at the amount received so far and I am confident that we will achieve our goal and surpass it. The good news, as you know, is that any amount over the goal comes back to the church to be placed in our ordinary operating budget to satisfy ordinary bills, etc. I cannot thank you enough for your kindness and generosity shown to all who will benefit from our Diocesan programs. May God bless you all and thanks so much.
Next Sunday at 3:00 PM, OLV will celebrate the SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION. Our 11th graders will be receiving the “Spirit of Witness” to now live more closely with the Lord and in His presence. Please keep them in your prayers as they take another step in their spiritual journey to the Kingdom of God. Congratulations young men and women.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – MORE RULES FOR CHOCOLATE:
- If calories are an issue, store your chocolate on top of the fridge. Calories are afraid of heights,
and they will jump out of the chocolate to protect themselves.
- Money talks. Chocolate sings.
- Chocolate has many preservatives. Preservatives make you look younger.
- Why is there no such organization as Chocoholics Anonymous? Because no one wants to quit.
- Put "eat chocolate" at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you'll get one
- Chocolate is a health food. Chocolate is derived from cacao beans. Bean = vegetable. Sugar is
derived either from sugar beets or cane, both vegetables. And, of course, the milk/cream is
dairy. So, eat more chocolate to meet the dietary requirements for daily vegetable and dairy