April 2013 Schedule April 4, 2013 – Movie night - 6:30pm–8:00pm Choir – 8:00pm – 8:30pm April 7, 2013 – Divine Mercy Sunday Mass – 11am followed by the Chaplet April 11, 2013 – Classes – 6:30pm–8:00pm Choir – 8:00pm – 8:30pm April 14, 2013 – Group Mass featuring the Children’s Choir – 9am April 18, 2013 – Classes – 6:30pm-8:00pm Choir 8:00pm – 8:30pm April 25, 2013 – Classes – 6:30pm-8:00pm Choir 8:00pm – 8:30pm April 27, 2013 – 1st Confession – 8am Mass
Upcoming Events Join us for Divine Mercy Sunday! We celebrate Mass at 11:00am and after Mass we will sing the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Jesus gives us the gift of His mercy. What a gift to receive!!
DID YOU KNOW…….. Saint Faustina was born in Poland in 1905 to a poor family and only had a third grade education when she became a nun. She was choosen by Jesus to be His secretary and to spread His mercy to the world. Saint Faustina died in Poland in 1938. She was 33 years old. Blessed Pope John Paul II mandated in 2000 that we celebrate Divine Mercy on the Sunday after Easter. (By the way, he did this the day he canonized Maria Faustina a saint).
A WORD FROM THE DIRECTOR Jesus is Risen!!! Our Lenten journey has come to an end. Was it a good journey? How is your relationship with God now that Lent is over? Have you grown closer to Jesus? It’s important to remember that we must continue to strengthen our relationship with God even though Lent is over. This is ongoing, just like a relationship with a friend or family member. You wouldn’t stop talking to a friend just because it’s summer vacation. You would still make plans to spend time with your friends, call or text. It’s the same with Jesus. We still need to make plans to visit Him in church or at Adoration. We still need to talk to Him or learn more about Him through reading the Bible. Jesus is always giving things to us. He is always giving us opportunities to grow our relationship with Him. For instance, He died on the cross so we have the opportunity to go to heaven and if that weren’t enough He has given us the gift of His Divine Mercy. He told Saint Faustina that everyone has access to His Mercy and that all we have to do is ask. On Divine Mercy Sunday, if we attend Mass, make a good confession, and venerate the picture of Divine Mercy, Jesus promised all sins are forgiven and all punishment for those sins is gone. We get the chance to start fresh. Jesus is so great!! Look at all He does for us. This Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday and I hope everyone will take advantage of this tremendous grace. I learned about Divine Mercy from my mother in law who lives in Italy and I can’t thank her enough because I now have access to this wonderful gift from Jesus. Even though sometimes we neglect our relationship with Him, He still continues to want to be with us. Jesus is always working on a relationship with us, giving us gifts, and loving us. Are we using those gifts to move closer to Him? Are we returning that love? May God bless you and I hope to see you on Divine Mercy Sunday. Crystal
Easter Sunday is one of the most beautiful times of the year. It’s spring and Jesus is Risen! A nice thing to do as a family is to plant a tree somewhere. Trees bring life. They clean the air and provide shade. Plant one in honor of all Jesus has done for you, especially His death and Resurrection.
The Mass Explained The Eucharist Prayer “Do this in Memory of Me” – Luke 22:19
Do you know how much Jesus loves you? He’s about to show you. Keep your eyes on the priest!! This is a holy moment; Consecration is about to begin. This is the moment in the Holy Mass where the priest turns bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus! Watch closely, when the priest holds the Host up, the bread has been changed into the Body of Jesus and when he holds up the chalice, the wine is now the Blood of Jesus. Only a priest can do this. We are about to receive the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus!
We have a new Pope! Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Argentina to parents that emigrated there from Italy. He became a priest in 1969. He was became Arch Bishop in 1998 and was created cardinal by Blessed John Paul II in 2001. He participated in the conclave that elected Pope Benedict the XVI in 2005. On February 28, 2013, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis! Pope Francis is known for being humble and for helping the poor. He chose the name of Francis because Saint Francis 6000was humble and gave away all he had and helped the poor. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful Pope. The Pope needs all of our love and support. Mostly, he needs our prayers.
Divine Mercy “I demand from you deeds of mercy which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse yourself from it”. The Diary of Saint Faustina (Diary, 742)