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Happy Easter day #7 (Saturday) and day #8 (Sunday)!
our parishes are going through some fun events, I would like to share a few
this weekend is called Sunday of Divine Mercy.Here is a quick quotation from EWTN: “This Feast,
which had already been granted to the nation of Poland and been celebrated
within Vatican City, was granted to the Universal Church by Pope John Paul II
on the occasion of the canonization of Sr. Faustina on 30 April 2000.In a decree dated 23 May 2000, the
Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments stated
that ‘throughout the world the Second Sunday of Easter will receive the name
Divine Mercy Sunday, a perennial invitation to the Christian world to face,
with confidence in divine benevolence, the difficulties and trials that mankind
will experience in the years to come.’"
to grow with your relationship with Jesus Christ during the last octave (eight)
days and seven more weeks during the Easter season.
we will be having a fun garage sale at 2000 Spruce Street next weekend.Check it out on Friday and Saturday, as
there will be a lot of stuff to be sold.I mean, imagine the bits and pieces that can come out of the huge house
that we are selling!
St. Thomas Aquinas School will be offering an entertaining event: “The 30th
Annual Live and Silent Auction—Under the Sea”.Please buy your tickets and enjoy the occasion to support
please continue to pray for our buy/sell process for our house.
You may have read the article in
our newspaper: “Board discusses relocation of center” with the opportunities
for Northland Counseling Center to buy our building.Currently, the “old house” may be transferred to them on May
On the other side, we now have a
purchase agreement for a “new house”.I will share more news in the future!
Please pray to God for His will to
be done for the gifts He has given us.
one of our parishioners said a powerful statement: “We haven’t seen these young
families at Mass for many years.”
believe that both St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Columban are a family, and it is
growing again.This family is
together through the youngest to the wisest and several generations that walk
with Jesus Christ.
this Easter season, I would like to personally invite you to consider your
relationship with Jesus Christ.I
have seen different dynamics to assist many new families.
have had several conversations with parents like this:
·“Father, we haven’t been to church for some
time, but we/I would like our/my child(ren) to be baptized”;
·“I haven’t been confirmed, how would this happen?Could I be confirmed?”;
·“I didn’t know that you have scholarships for my
children to go to this school.I
never even thought about that option.How could we look into this?”;
·“We are married, but we haven’t been blessed
through the Church.Can this
No matter your age or your history,
here are some quick answers: YES, YES, YES and YES!
Know that I will pray for you, no
matter where your life is.Know
that you can begin a conversation with me, our employees, our volunteers, our
brothers and sisters in our family and God Himself.
Jesus Christ died and rose
again.He has opened the gates to
heaven and offers a friendship with each of us sinners.He shows us love, mercy, compassion and
Our parishes want to welcome you to
come back to a larger family.As
we continue to strive to grow our family, know that as much as we want to seek
Jesus Christ, our God is already seeking us.“For God so loved the world that
he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but
might have eternal life.”
I hope that each of you have a
wonderful Easter season and that you will take small steps to grow with our
Today we listen to
the best chapter of our story through humanity: The Resurrection of Jesus
“May this flame be found still burning
by the Morning Star: the one Morning Star who never sets, Christ your Son, who,
coming back from death’s domain, has shed his peaceful light on humanity, and
lives and reigns for ever and ever.”
·Disciples began with terror, they were scared
and cowardice after Jesus died
·Then they went out to share the Good News
then gave their mission: to preach the Messiah: Jesus Christ
·Many were killed, which only grew God’s family
·Now we have 2 billion people!
How can you grow in
the Good News of Jesus Christ?
·“Then the angel said to the women in reply,
"Do not be afraid!I know that you
are seeking Jesus the crucified.He is not here,
for he has been raised just as he said.Come
and see the place where he lay.Then go quickly
and tell his disciples,'He
has been raised from the dead…”
·Having a relationship with Jesus Christ
the good news!
·Each of you—baptized brothers and sisters
priests, prophets and servers
·We can not be lukewarm—there is a line in the
sand—either with Jesus Christ, or against Jesus Christ
we must have the courage to introduce Jesus Christ who is the way, the truth
and the life
you want your child to be baptized?
you want to have your child receive his or her first communion?
you want to receive forgiveness, peace and mercy through your sins?
you want to be confirmed?
you want to be married in God’s house?
you want a loved one to receive the anointing of the sick?
This is one of the
most important steps
received each of these through God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit
these gifts through the only person in history who defeated death itself
Jesus Christ showed a
new path: resurrection
·“For if we have grown into union with him
through a death like his,we shall also
be united with him in the resurrection.”
·Which gives us the best gift to us: resurrection
at the end of our lives, to watch the gates of heaven
·How many people in our history (50,000 years
ago) have died
·107 billion people!
·94% of humans have died
The fact is, each of
us will die
·Whether natural causes, heart disease,
cancer, accidents, strokes, etc. we will be gone here on earth
·God has the ace in the hole…death
But let us think
about one individual…one person out of
114 billion people, who did conquered death: Jesus Christ
·And he didn’t do so wanting his own
·He did so to save us
And he didn’t do it
in a peaceful death
·He did so through crucifixion, one of the most brutal death
·And he did for us
“Yet it was our infirmities that he
bore, our sufferings that he endured, while we thought of him as stricken, as
one smitten by God and afflicted.”
“In the days when Christ was in the
flesh, he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to the
one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his
23:46: “Father, into your hands I
commend my spirit.”
If the story through our Triduum, the Bible, our history,
was closed with death, this story would be brutal
·Praise God, we each have another chapter
·John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that
whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
And thank you, Jesus Christ, our King, our friend, our
brother, our shepherd:
you ever thought about the donkey from Jesus’ passion?I mean, we always remember the palms
for Palm Sunday, but how often do we consider the donkey that carried our King
to enter Jerusalem?
I have been curious about this
interesting animal and want to share some key notions for its important—though
simple—job.Today I will use two
statements: one from a dictionary and one from the Bible.
the first definition of a donkey can be found in a dictionary: “a
domesticated hoofed mammal of the horse family with long ears and a braying
call, used as a beast of burden; an ass.”
the donkey is in the horse family, is it fast?Nope.Do kings sit on a donkey?Nope.Do children typically draw a donkey or
a horse?Usually the latter.
A donkey is usually funny for us as it has “long ears” and a
“braying call”.I remember using a
braying call as my youngest brother ate as a baby and I also called him a
donkey!Even today many people
play a game called “pin the tail on the donkey” at birthday parties but in a
different game, we call it horse not
donkey (a shooting game in
how does this animal come in Jesus’ passion?
Luke 19:29-31 states, “When [Jesus] drew near to
Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the
disciples, saying, ‘Go into the village opposite, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat; untie
it and bring it here.If any one
asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this, ‘The Lord has need of it.’”
savior chose a donkey.He, our
King, was the only person that sat on thisdonkey, a “beast of burden”. He said that “The Lord has need of it.”
think that Jesus Christ showed this animal through his humility, his service,
his offer and salvation for each of us.He offered his life, not as the popular, powerful, rich, general warring
or worldly kings but following his mission to give his own life on a unadorned
we do the same?Yes!Should we serve our Christ through tough work?Yes!Does Jesus need each of us?Yes!
If a donkey is
called to carry Jesus Christ, you must listen for your job too.As this donkey was the only animal in
all of history, you must remember that you are the only person through all of
Our savior taught all
of his disciples to use our simple jobs for him, for sinners, for our neighbors
and for the poor.No matter what
he calls us, let us quickly do our job!