From the Corner Office is Father Mike's weekly bulletin column.
“Christ is risen!” “INDEED, He is risen!” Let us all continue to greet each other with the Easter Joy! Now, we continue with the joy as we hear about the many works of the early apostles as they evangelize and spread the Easter joy to others.
There are some great lines in today’s readings, showing the Easter Joy and God’s Mercy. Did you notice in the First Reading from Acts of the Apostles, that “…they carried the sick out into the streets … so that … at least his [Peter’s] shadow might fall on one or another of them.” The line from the Book of Revelations echoes, “Once I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever.” The Gospel of John brings us the great line (Yes, I am biased on this one…) of Jesus greeting the disciples with, “PEACE BE WITH YOU.” This is a line we need to really use so much more often and everywhere. Look for opportunities to greet others with the Peace of Christ and the Easter Joy of this season.
From the Pastor’s Desk:
This being the Second Sunday of Easter, as you know is also known as Divine Mercy Sunday, we celebrate the endless and “Divine” Mercy of God. It is as if Jesus is saying, Hey! Did you see what WE, did for you? We came together and died for all of your sins so that you would have life! So, get with it, and show love and mercy to others! Wouldn’t that be Jesus, saying to us all ~ Hey, get with the program ~ know of God’s Divine Mercy.
Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to help make this Lent, Triduum, and Easter so fruitful for everyone. I’m thinking that we had record numbers for the church attendance, which is great. I still want us to continue to invite, welcome, and encourage others to join us. We need to (ALWAYS) continue to grow in our faith, as a family of faith, and our own families. Enjoy the Easter Season and the Mercy and Peace of Christ!
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This week we will be meeting as a parish and community to discuss and listen TO YOU… The Holy Father has asked all of us to gather to continue this discussion of the Church matters. Please plan to attend and invite others to join us this Tuesday for our [part of the] Synod.
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