Pastor’s Reflection for April 23, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

This Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday. The image of Divine Mercy shows Jesus with white and red rays radiating from His heart. The rays remind us of the blood and water that came from the side of Jesus when He was pierced with the sword as He hung upon the cross. The white rays symbolize the water of Baptism and the red the blood of the Eucharist. This pouring out of the blood and water is the source of the sacramental life of the Church. Divine Mercy Sunday is a reminder that our salvation is a gift of God’s Mercy.

On the cross Jesus paid the price of salvation. He satisfied the justice of God for the wages of sin is death. We, in turn, received His mercy, the forgiveness of our sins and the hope of eternal life. We are loved by God unconditionally. Let us respond to this love by giving our love to Jesus. We will celebrate Divine Mercy this Sunday with prayer and adoration, and the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It is the sacrament of God’s mercy since our sins are forgiven and washed away. The schedule is listed on page 5 in this week’s bulletin.

Thank you to all who contributed to our Easter celebration. Thank you to Anne Grant who, along with the cantors, choirs and musicians, provided beautiful music for our liturgies. Thank you to the liturgy committee for providing all that was needed for our liturgies. Thank you to the ministers, altar servers and ushers for your service. Thank you to Gregory Florist who decorated the sanctuary. Thank you to Steve Zolud, Michael Olivo and their helpers for providing us with the video projections of the music and prayers, and Barbara Stepasiuk, who put the visual together during the reading of the Passion. I also thank the RCIA Team for leading our candidates to the reception of the sacraments. Also, thank you to all who sent cards and gifts.

Next Sunday, April 30, the Second Grade class at St. Joseph School will be receiving their First Holy Communion at the 11 a.m. Mass.

Thank you for giving to the Easter Clergy Collection which supports our active and senior diocesan priests. We received $ 20,967.

May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.

God love you,