April 19, 2015
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
This weekend, I invite you to join me in front of the convent, following both the 8:30 and 11:00 am Masses, for our Tithe the Tithe Information Fair. Eighteen organizations that you support through our Tithe the Tithe funds want to meet you, the generous people of St. Mary’s, to share with you their gratitude and the wonderful stories of their work which you have been supporting. Hospitality, beverages and snacks, will be available outside along with a “Legacy Bake Sale,” hosted by our 7th Grade PREP class to benefit our Legacy Fund.
Please join me next weekend following the 11:00 am Sunday Mass, or 12:15 pm for those not attending this Mass, for our Enduring Legacy Campaign Kickoff Celebration in our parish gym, the second floor of our Old School Building. You really don’t want to miss this critical event in the life of our parish. You will be treated to a great meal, key information to our parish’s plan for the future, an “Enduring Legacy” keepsake and a wonderful time with fellow parishioners. I look forward to seeing you there! No doubt, God has great things in store for those who love Him. And we do love Him!
Following our Kickoff Celebration, we will begin our Annual Eucharistic Devotions with a procession to the church for those who would like to spend a little time in adoration on Sunday afternoon. Fr. Pistone will be our guest homilist each evening, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, for evening prayer and a Eucharistic blessing beginning at 7:00 pm. Please join us on these three nights as Fr. Pistone leads us through reflections on the lives and teachings of Pope Francis, St. Francis Xavier and St. Francis of Assisi. Adoration will start following the noon Mass on Monday and Tuesday.
What a glorious passage we have this weekend from the Gospel according to Luke. The two disciples who had recognized Jesus in the breaking of the bread in Emmaus have arrived back in Jerusalem to the upper room to report to the other disciples what they had seen. At this very moment, Jesus stands in their midst saying those beautiful healing words, “Peace, be with you.” Of course they struggle to believe their eyes. Is He a ghost, a figment of their imagination? So he asks for something to eat… ghosts don’t eat. Now they begin the next stage of their spiritual growth; now is the time of enlightenment as He opens their minds to understand the Scriptures. Now also is the time for us to have our minds opened up, to sit at the feet of Jesus like Martha’s sister Mary who chose the better way. The Risen One wants to speak to your heart. If you haven’t been meditating, practicing Lectio Divina or saying the rosary, now is the time. May the Season of Illumination begin in us.
Catechism Question of the Week: True or False? The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are different, but their manner of offering is the same. (see CCC 1367)
With family, friends and those you meet, please discuss the following Question of the Week: Is there anyone or anything that I would lay my life down for?
In Christ’s Peace,