This Week in Prayer, Service & Community - April 20, 2018

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Dear All: 

 

Christ’s Peace!

 

Good for all of us. This is an ordination season for us to celebrate heartily. 

 

Our very own Michael Tabernero (son of Mary and Pete, brother of Maggie and Nick) has been called to Holy Orders and will be ordained a deacon on May 19. Michael will serve as a deacon and preach at the 4:45Mass that very day.

 

Then, on June 9, Deacon Tholitho will be ordained a priest. Deacon Tholitho, who served here in the summer of 2016, will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving here the day after his ordination -- on Sunday, June 10 at 6:00 pm. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 THIS WEEK I N PRAYER 

  • OOPS – Sorry about the typo in last week’s THIS WEEK. The point about “Lord” is that it is sometimes presented as “LORD” (caps) and sometimes as “Lord” (upper and lower case). The underlying theological reasons for using the two forms are the stuff of long, lovely conversation.

  • Mary’s Month of May is just around the corner. Think of starting it off by joining the 8:35 Mass folk for Mass, coffee and carbs, a round of “Happy Birthday” for the May babies, and then a presentation on the “Lourdes Experience” by our own Joanne Carey. It will surely be an informative and prayer-provoking presentation. 

  • Confirmation -- All best blessings for our 75 young people who will be confirmed next Thursday, April 26 by Rt. Rev. Elias R. Lorenzo, O.S.B. We look forward to welcoming Abbot Lorenzo and the friends and families of our confirmandi. 

  • Meeting Christ in Prayer — Continued blessings for all who completed the program and for all who are developing new ways to keep the graces vibrant. Special kudos for the “Monday Early Group” and for the men’s group and its ingenious plan for moving forward.

Sunday’s Homily – “Jesus’ Names, Part 2: Christ”

  • To listen to Sunday’s homily, click here. 

  • To read a summary of it, go to the bottom of this page.

 

THIS WEEK IN COMMUNITY:

  • God continues to bless our parish in marvelous ways with our new parishioners. Please join me in welcoming: 

    • Paul and Maureen Coletti and their son Paul; 
    • Dennis and Cathy Hammer; 
    • James and Roseanne McDonald, and;
    • Lou and Jen Kolomatis and their son Niko
  • Saturday’s COMEDY NIGHT is on Saturday and is all filled up. That means tickets will not be sold at the door. God bless the laughter and the people who are making it possible. 

  • Help us keep it clean! Great thanks to the many parishioners who have already indicated their willingness to help us do a big Spring Cleaning on the morning of Saturday, April 28. Some of the jobs are already claimed. Others, including the edging of several plant beds, could use a few extra hands. And please consider two special requests:

    • Confirmation Service Hours – 7th graders who still need to log service hours can help out with the clean up – as long as they have an adult with them (anybody over 18)
    • Gym Rats and Meat Heads – We have a few projects that require some heavier lifting. Don’t worry, we’re not talking Olympic weightlifting heavy – just some boxes and busted up furniture that needs a ride from the rectory basement and garage to the parking lot dumpster. We also need a few muscle-women and muscle-men to carry chopped up tree parts to the dumpster. There will be a special sign-up sheet in the gathering space this weekend for those who have what it takes!
  • The NEW SOUND SYSTEM for the church is scheduled to be installed the week of May 7. Greatest thanks to all of you who have kept the Parish Council and me aware of the problem and more great thanks to John Jorgensen, Kevin Buist, Frank Viola, Bob Ferretti, and Brian Gilmurray for moving the research and bidding process along. The system will probably go live the weekend of May 19.

  • All of our parish FUNERALS will be held at Mary Mother of God during the week of May 7 -12. The parish staff and I will conduct the funerals but they will be held at MMOG. Great thanks to Fr. Sean and our GREAT pals in Flagtown for being such great neighbors.

  • Stay tuned for more information about updating your parish records. The diocese has adopted a new database management system that allows us to undertake the large and very productive task of updating our records – so the parish can serve all more effectively. CCD families have already updated their files – and report that it takes only a few minutes. 

  • If you work with youth or vulnerable adults at the church (or want to) then you will need to go through the Virtus: Protecting God's Childrencertification. To register for the May 2 session being held at St. Joe's click this link

THIS WEEK IN SERVICE:

  • Expressions of gratitude continue to flow in for our Bluestorm hoopstersand their organizers. The Easter baskets you assembled and distributed continue to elicit great praise from those who received them. Good for you!

  • Our parish is hosting the Interfaith Hospitality Network the week of May 6. The ministry has recently made great strides in automating the signup sheets for the dozens of people required to make the week work. Just a gentle reminder – if you haven’t already signed up, please do so soon. It makes the planning that much easier for the planners.

  • Members of our Youth Group will be making their 30-hour famine in late April to raise money to for some worthy charities including Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen, S.H.I.P. and World Vision. There are multiple ways to support them  1) Fill out a prayer card to pledge prayers on April 27 & 28, 2) Put money into the Poor Boxes this weekend and next 3) Go to the online sponsor page.

Last weekend’s use of the parish hall provided another reminder of how greatly blessed our parish is. Friday night’s painting party for our parishioners with special needs was blessed by the presence of friends from some nearby group homes. The artwork was terrific and the vibe superb. Saturday morning we had the privilege of hosting the funeral luncheon for Ed Herrmann and on Sunday morning CCD students filled the parish hall. Sunday night the youth group made great use of the facility. The activity is vibrant, focused, inspired and inspiring, because of what you do. Thanks for the inspiration.

 

Fr Hank 

 

Summary of this Week’s Homily:

 

Jesus’ Names, Part 2: “Christ”

 

Most references to Jesus are not synonyms - e.g., “Lord” means one thing and “Son of David” implies another. The words “Christ” and “Messiah” provide the major exceptions to that rule. Used as references to Jesus they both mean “The Anointed One.” – the one whom the Father anointed and sent to teach us and rescue us. Sunday’s readings underscore the importance of “Christ.” (N.B. – Curiously, “Lord” appears almost 800 times in the New Testament but Christ only about 500 times.)

 

Sunday’s first reading (Acts 3) uses five different phrases to describe Jesus. Each expression emphasizes the unique connection between Jesus and his Father. The final phrase, “His Christ,” implies that the Father has no other Christ, no other anointed one. Jesus alone is THE Christ.

 

The second reading (1 John 2) comes from the chapter in which John warns of the direst outcomes for “the one who denies that Jesus is THE Christ.” The passage we heard on Sunday uses a more positive tone, reminding us that when we do sin, “we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous one.” Jesus the Messiah, Jesus the Anointed One, is on our side.

 

In Sunday’s gospel (Luke 24), Jesus himself explains to the disciples that he, Jesus, is “the Christ (who) would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day.” He is not one anointed one among many, not one of a dozen messiahs. He is THE Christ.

 

We, as Catholic Christians, know that Jesus alone, of the 110 billion people who have ever lived on our planet, is THE Christ. He is the only Messiah, the only one anointed by the Father to teach us, rescue us and intercede for us. But where do we go with that as we encounter and love God’s many beloved in our neighborhoods, schools, gyms, workplaces, and other places who do not believe that Jesus is THE Christ? What about people when people in our families move away from that conviction, especially when they start to describe themselves as “spiritual, not religious?”

 

Sunday’s gospel gives us an indispensable clue. In his startling appearance to those who had abandoned Him, Jesus’ first word was “Peace.” What’s your strategy? When the moment is right to acknowledge different views of Jesus the Christ, how do you balance the calls to stand firm in your faith while loving the other?