Family of Faith Campaign

And God has appointed in the church apostles, prophets, teachers, miracles, and gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of languages.  1 Corinthians 12:28 

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Planning is an important aspect of any project.  In the next few weeks we will need the help of many as we seek to garner opinions about the best way to proceed in our plans to participate in the Family of Faith Campaign in our Archdiocese. 
M & M International, church fundraising specialists, will be here to interview a broad cross section of parishioners about our parish’s participation in the Family of Faith Campaign, over the next few weeks.  You may be invited to participate!  If you are selected, a letter and Case for Support will be mailed to you.  Shortly after you’ve received the letter a volunteer at the parish, will call you to schedule an interview here at the church with a member of the M & M team. 
Participating in a short 45 minute interview will benefit the parish and help us to plan for the work of building our spiritual home. 
If you don’t receive an invitation you will still have an opportunity to help and make your views known in an Open Forum scheduled for May 2 and 3 here at the parish hall.

Your gift, helping us plan and sharing your views, is needed.  Please consider our request.

April 12th, 2015 – DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY


    Today’s readings are about God’s mercy, the necessity to have a trusting faith, and our need for God’s forgiveness of our sins. The Opening Prayer addresses the Father as “God of Mercy”. Inspired by God’s love and mercy and strengthened by their communal prayer and the “Breaking of the Bread” (Eucharist), the early Christians practiced the corporal acts of mercy to the full (First Reading). John reminds us in the second reading that if we really love the Lord we should obey His commandments, and this love should extend to others. The gospel teaches us that as a sign of God’s merciful and forgiving love, the Lord instituted the Sacrament of Reconciliation (“…Whose sin you forgive they are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained”). It also points out the importance of faith. To believe without having seen is every later Christian’s experience. We are invited to receive liberation from doubts and hesitation by surrendering our lives to the Risen Lord of Mercy.

April 5th, 2015 – EASTER SUNDAY

    Easter is the most important feast in the Church for three reasons: 1) The resurrection of Christ is the basis of our Christian faith. It is the greatest of the miracles for it proves that Jesus is God. “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, and your faith is in vain” (1 Cor. 15:14). “Jesus is Lord, He is risen” (Rom. 10:9), was the central theme of the kerygma or preaching of the apostles because Jesus prophesied His resurrection as a sign of His divinity. The founder of no other religion has an empty tomb as Jesus has. The apostles and early Christian were absolutely sure about His Resurrection, otherwise they would not have faced martyrdom for a dead leader lying in the tomb. 2) Easter is a guarantee of our own resurrection. Jesus assured Martha at the tomb of Lazarus, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live even though he dies” (Jn. 11:25-26). 3) Easter is a feast which gives us hope and encouragement in this world of tears, sorrows and pain. It reminds us that life is worth living. It is this belief in our own resurrection that gives meaning to our life, strength against temptations and freedom from unnecessary worries and fears.