|Pastors Desk |
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
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).
- 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 –
"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.
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