Easter Sunday : April 20, 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.
Thinking about Christ’s Resurrection
For over two months in 2010, people around the world watched the drama of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground during a mine collapse. They remained trapped by tons of earth and rock, more than a half mile underground, in what must have seemed like a tomb.
When the rescue was completed after only 69 days, millions around the world were watching and sharing in the joy of the miners, their families and their nation.
This tragic situation and its eventual happy ending make us think about Christ’s Resurrection: When Christ rose from the dead, everything changed. Jesus showed us what we can expect for ourselves. Although each of us will experience suffering and death, we can overcome and rise to new life through Christ, His Father and the Holy Spirit.
When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory.
— Colossians 3:4
|Current and Past Bulletins|
Difficult moments, Seek God.
Quiet moments, Worship God.
Painful moments, Trust God.
Every moment, Thank God.
Holy Week 2014
|April 17th Holy Thursday – Jueves Santo|
|No Mass at 8:00 am and 12:00 Noon.|
|4:00 – 6:00 pm - Confessions|
|8:00 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper - Bilingual|
|9:00 pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament-10 hours – Chapel|
|April 18th Good Friday – Viernes Santo|
|Day of Fast and Abstinence|
|10:00 am– 12:00 pm- Confessions|
|1:00 pm - Way of the Cross – English|
|3:00 pm - Celebration of The Lord’s Passion - English|
|5:30 pm - Viacrucis – Español|
|7:00 pm- Celebración de la Pasión Del Señor - Español|
|April 19th Holy Saturday – Sábado Santo|
|4:00 – 6:00 pm - Confessions|
|No Mass at 5:30 pm|
|8:00 pm Easter Vigil – Vigilia Pascual|
|April 20th Easter Sunday – Domingo de Pascua|
|8:30, 10:00, 11:30 am.
and 6:00 pm English Masses
12:45 pm & 7:30 pm Spanish Masses
The Divine Mercy Novena will begin April 18th, 2014, on Good Friday, at 2:30 pm in our Chapel. After Good Friday, the time will switch to 3:00 pm every day.
The Novena will end with the celebration of the Feast of Divine Mercy at 3:00 pm on Sunday, April 27th, in the Church. Come and join us. The world desperately needs divine mercy!
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.
MANY THANKS TO ALL
The generous, compassionate parishioners who gave donations to the hungry and homeless during Lent.
God, who is more generous than any of us, will bless you abundantly.
Clearly, on that Easter morning, something happened to Jesus. But something happened to His disciples, too.
They went into hiding after the crucifixion but after the news of Mary Magdalene, Mary and Salome, and the resurrection appearances, they visited strangers; they healed the sick. It’s not only what they saw when they saw Jesus, or how they saw it, but what was set free in them.
What if the life after death Jesus reveals is not a life exclusively for the dead? What if it’s a life available to us all- something that we the living can participate in, too?
What if the resurrection is not about the appearances of Jesus alone but also about what those appearances pointed to, what the Risen Jesus asked?
The resurrection of Jesus is a resurrection within us, now, in this time and place. A new pattern of events is set free around us, a new way of looking at one another and our world is opened up. It is what we do with this new freedom that matters. We have to practice resurrection.
AN EASTER PRAYER
All glory and praise to You, Risen Christ, on this glorious feast of Easter! You are risen: You are with us always. May I be a sign of Your risen presence to everyone I meet during this Eastertide.
May I give joy and peace to others; may I give encouragement and praise. May I give witness to God’s kingdom in every thing I do and say with my family, at my workplace, in my neighborhood, and in my parish.
Glorious Christ, Holy Christ, raise me up from this day forward that I might sing God’s praises and follow God’s way faithfully. All glory and praise to You, Risen Christ, Alleluia, Alleluia.
- The school will be closed from April 17th to 27th for the Easter Holiday. Classes resume on Monday, April 28th.