Second Sunday of Easter : April 27, 2014
Sunday's Message John 20: 1 - 9
“On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning and saw the stone removed from the tomb”
Easter calls us to realize possibilities that we cannot image in our entombed existence. In the mysterious power of the Risen Jesus, we can transform our lives from fear to hope, from division to community, from darkness to light, from death to life.
There is a certain sense of security and safety in our confinement: in our “tombs” we know the boundaries, we understand the limits, and we have learned how to make life work within our little plots.
But now along comes the Easter Christ to tear down the walls we have erected, to pull us out of our tombs and into the full light of life. This Easter, let Christ grab you out of the plot you have dug for yourself in order to experience life to the fullest, the most enriching, and the most joyful.
I ASKED GOD
I asked God for strength, that I might achieve.
I was made weak, that I might learn to obey.
I asked for health, that I might do greater things.
I given infirmity, that I might do better things.
I asked for riches, that I might be happy.
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men.
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life.
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for -but everything I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among all people, most richly blessed.
“Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”
— John 20:29b
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Deep peace of the running
wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the gentle night to you.
Moon and stars pour their healing light on you.
Deep peace of Christ, of Christ the light of the world to you.
Deep peace of Christ to you.
FEAST OF DIVINE MERCY
This Sunday, April 27 is the Feast of Divine Mercy.We will celebrate this feast at 3:00 pm – The Hour of Great Mercy.
All our parishioners are invited to come to the church for a time of prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
THE COLLECTION FOR THE CATHOLIC HOME MISSIONS IS APRIL 27th
There are many dioceses in the United States which have a large number of missions and poor parishes needing our help. In these places also the Church, with its message and sacraments, must become present.
Your contribution to this annual collection will help to provide more religious and pastoral programs in these communities.May the doors of these churches never close through lack of our help.
Please be generous in this collection to next Sunday, April 27th.
AFTER EASTER…MANY THANKS
Our most sincere gratitude to everyone who helped to make the celebration of Holy Week and Easter so memorable and beautiful. The church was filled beyond capacity in almost every service. Many came to seek forgiveness in the sacrament of Reconciliation.
A thousand thanks to all who ministered as lectors, ministers of Holy Communion, altar servers, ushers, sacristans, especially Dr. Helen Albertson, and our maintenance men Julio Rodriguez and Reynaldo Quintana. They and many others do so much “behind the scenes” cheerfully and willingly.
Our thanks to the students of St. Agnes Academy who presented a realistic and very moving Way of the Cross on Good Friday.
The choirs, as always, enriched our liturgies with their artistic talent and all the rehearsal time needed. The ladies of the Altar and Rosary Society decorated the church with beauty, taste and elegance, giving many hours to the task. And a thousand thanks to all who by their prayers, presence and generous donations showed their love for God and our community of St. Agnes.
A PRAYER IN HONOR OF POPE SAINT JOHN XXIII
Loving and gracious God,
you gave us good Pope Saint John XXIII,
a reflection of your Son,
the light of the world.
As the source of our inner peace,
help us to be, like him,
a disciple of peace in our care for the poor and suffering.
Grant that through his intercession,
we may receive the grace to serve others
as we continue Christ’s work among us.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ.
A PRAYER IN HONOR OF POPE SAINT JOHN PAUL II
Wise and gracious God,
in your divine wisdom
you sent Pope Saint John Paul II
to guide and shepherd the Church
in changing times.
He courageously defended
all human life
from conception to death.
Through his intercession, we pray,
strengthen us to follow in his footsteps
so that we might experience
“true joy and authentic love,
and a lasting solidarity among peoples.”
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ.
- The school will be closed from April 17th to 27th for the Easter Holiday. Classes resume on Monday, April 28th.We wish all St. Agnes families a joyous Easter!