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A MESSAGE FROM FATHER MONTY - What holds you back from grasping the grace of Easter? Judging from recent conversations and Lenten confessions, it's patience. But, to grasp the grace of Easter you need to understand that patience is a quality of God's.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church offers this description of God's patience. "Our Father 'desires all (people) to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.' (God) 'is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish.' His commandment is 'that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.' This commandment summarizes all the others and expresses his entire will." (2822). A good Scriptural description of God's patience is found in Psalm 106.
For patience to be perfected in us requires hard work. What God requires of us is kindness, civility, charity, and love. So to grasp the grace of Easter this year you need to keep His commandments; trust His word; repent, be converted and receive forgiveness; and let the love of God be perfected in you. If you respond to God's patience with kindness, civility and charity toward others, and let God's love be perfected in you, I believe you will respond to a future conflict, calamity or crisis in a way that surprises even you! And when you glance behind you, there you will see the vastness of God's patience hovering over you--like a dove hovered over Jesus at the River Jordan or like the tongues of fire that came to rest over Mary and the Apostles on Pentecost. You will, in that moment, grasp the grace of Easter in your experience of the patience of God.
Why not read I Corinthians 12:31-13:8, Saint Paul's meditation on love and patience. It serves as a great examination of conscience for the Easter season.

GOOD SHEPHERD COLLECTION - This weekend all parishes and missions in the Diocese of Erie are holding a special collection to support the needs of our retired Diocesan priests. This special collection on Good Shepherd Sunday will assist those dedicated priests who are elderly, seriously ill or incapacitated, and in need of supplementary assistance for expenses such as non-insured medical costs, nursing home and long-term care assistance. As the number of retired priests increases in the coming years, the Priest Retirement Plan will need to be adequately funded to meet their future needs. Your generosity will make a difference in the lives of priests who have served faithfully and serve now as a "thank yo"” for their many years of faithful service. Help provide them the same love and generosity they provided for us for generations.

THE FLOWERS AT THE ALTAR this Sunday are given to the Greater Glory of God, in honor of our First Holy Communicants and in loving memory of our deceased loved ones. Thank you for your generous support of the 2015 Easter Flower collection!

FOOD FOR FRIENDS - Our next day to serve the Food for Friends meal is Wednesday, May 6 at the First Presbyterian Church, Wood Street, Clarion. Volunteers are asked to be there by 4:45; dinner is served at 5. If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please call Sue Leonard (226-9117) or Deb Sarbin (226-2526).

EASTER AFTERTHOUGHTS

  • On March 25, members of the Immaculate Conception Ladies Guild served over 80 lunches to those attending the Clarion Ministerial Association’s Lenten series at the First Presbyterian Church. Thank you to the sandwich makers, coffee servers and the cookie bakers! Special thanks to Phyllis Aaron and Pauline Henry who have generously volunteered each Lent to coordinate the luncheons!
  • Thank you to our parish’s skilled decorating trio, Ann Badamo, Anne Wiser and Theresa McMillen who enhanced the Church for Easter and the Octave.
  •  Thank you to Bea Ausel who donated the paschal (Easter) candle, the altar candles and those at the ambo in memory of her parents, Peter and Lavera Ausel. The paschal candle remains lit by the ambo for all Easter season liturgies. After Pentecost Sunday, the candle is moved to the font and relit for every baptism and Mass of Christian Burial.
  • Thanks to our parish musicians Jean Mitrosky, Janice Grunenwald and Stephanie Wilshire; the soloists, instrumentalists, cantors, choir members and liturgical ministers who lent their time and skill to enhance our Triduum liturgies.
  • Thank you to Knights of Columbus Council #7549 for the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Holy Saturday morning and for their generous gift of $20,000.00 for equipment in the caterer’s kitchen in the newly remodeled rectory basement.

THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK –
Key Passage "Jesus said, 'I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep'" (John 10:11).
Adult Whom are you shepherding in your life right now, and who shepherds you?
Child Who has been like a shepherd to you by their example? For whom could you be a shepherd?

WHAT KIND OF STEWARD AM I? If we give ourselves to God and let the Lord use our talents to serve others, we will be amazed by the results. Not only will our lives be changed but so will the lives of others.

 

SAVE THE DATE:

May 3 Blessing of Clarion University 2015 Graduates
November 7 Reverse Raffle

BEST OF ITALY AND SICILY PILGRIMAGE 
12 Days:  November 9 – 20, 2015 
$3689 Roundtrip (Air/land tour price is $3059 plus $630 government taxes
 and airline fuel surcharges) 
Hosted by 
Rev. Monty Sayers 

TOUR INCLUDES: 
Roundtrip Air fare from Cleveland, First Class/Select Hotels, 
Most Meals, Professional Driver/Guide and Comprehensive Sightseeing 
Visiting: 
Palermo * Agrigento * Siracusa * Taromina * Mount Etna
Amalfi Coast/Sorrento * Pompeii * and 3 nights in Rome with a Papal Audience 
 For a brochure and more information, contact 
Father Monty: 
Tel: (814) 226-8433 ext. 102 Email: montysayers@hotmail.com 

 

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