APRIL 23: SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER/ SUNDAY OF DIVINE MERCY
Today is Mercy Sunday: Peace be with you… Receive the Holy Spirit: For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven. One year ago, we celebrated the canonization of two new saints: Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. In addition to calling the Second Vatican Council, Bl. John XXIII is known for his Encyclical Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) and Bl. John Paul II wrote a wonderful encyclical On the Mercy of God. Peace and Mercy go hand in hand and lead us to exclaim with the Apostle Thomas: My Lord and my God.
APRIL 16: EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD
Happy Easter! He is Risen! He is Risen indeed! In today's account of the resurrection from John there are so many wonderful details which can serve as food for our meditation. While it was still dark, Mary Magdalene discovered that Christ had been raised. Can you feel her excitement, her joy? She cannot keep it to herself. She runs to tell others. Do we? Today, on this Easter Sunday, can you share in her joy at the Resurrection? And rejoicing, can you share this good news with others: that we have been raised with Christ?
The office for the New Evangelization wished you a blessed Triduum and Easter Season. We hope that you can attend all the celebrations of the Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil as well as Easter Sunday at your local parish. These are the most important days in the Church Year, when we immerse ourselves in the sacred mysteries of our faith: that Jesus Christ lived, suffered and died for us and was raised on the third day.
In addition to the celebrations in our local churches, there will be opportunities to watch celebrations from around the world and from Rome through the media. Obviously, watching the masses and celebrations on TV cannot take the place of celebrating with your parish community. However, it can remind us that our Church is a universal church and watching the celebrations from Rome or Jerusalem or other places can remind us to pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis and for people around the world, some of whom do not have the same freedoms we have or are in the midst of a warzone like Syria.
EWTN has let us know that they will be showing the following on TV or live streaming on the internet:
SOLEMN MASS OF THE LORD'S SUPPER FROM ROME
Pope Francis celebrates the Solemn Mass of the Lord's Supper
Thursday, Apr 13 12:00 PM ET (LIVE)
LITURGY OF THE LORD'S PASSION from DC
Celebration of the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion from the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Friday, Apr 14 2:30 PM ET (LIVE)
WAY OF THE CROSS FROM ROME
Pope Francis presides over The Stations of the Cross, from the Coliseum in Rome
Friday, Apr 14 6:30 PM ET (LIVE)
EASTER VIGIL MASS FROM ROME
Pope Francis celebrates the Easter Vigil Mass, live from Rome
Saturday, Apr 15 2:30 PM ET
URBI ET ORBI: MESSAGE AND BLESSING: EASTER
Live from St. Peter's Square in Rome
Sunday, Apr 16 6:00 AM ET
You can also follow these masses on the Pope’s App available for Android and IOS. And also on www.News.Va from CTV and Vatican Radio.
Another source is Salt and Light TV in Canada. They will have some of the papal masses, but will also show celebrations from Notre Dame in Parish and other Holy Week devotions.
If these media assist you in entering into the mystery of Christ’s passion and resurrection, then take advantage of these presentations. But be sure to spend some time in silence with the Word and the Blessed Sacrament, and participate locally at your parish with your family and local community.
May God Bless you.
APRIL 9: PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD
This Sunday is Palm Sunday. Today we read Passion according to St. Matthew. Jesus tells his disciples that "this night all of you will have your faith in me shaken." The Passion of Christ is an earth-shattering event that shakes and scatters the disciples. It is an earth-shattering event for us as well, but so often we get distracted and we tune out during the reading. It is long. We have heard it before. We think we know it. Perhaps this Sunday, we can listen to the reading of the Passion as if it were the first time and remind ourselves of how much Jesus loves us.
APRIL 2: FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT
And Jesus wept. This is the shortest verse in all of scripture, but it tells us so much. Our God weeps with us. He is Lord of all, yet he knows each of us personally, intimately. He is uniquely familiar with each of us as he is with his friends Martha and Mary. Even though he knows he will raise Lazarus from the dead, he enters into the sorrow of Mary and Martha, the same way he wants to enter into our lives, our sorrow and our joys, if only we open our hearts to Him.
MARCH 26: FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT
Today's passage about the Jesus healing the man born blind is rich in symbolism and meaning. There are images of light and dark, seeing and not seeing, understanding and confusion, strength and weakness. I was struck this time by the manner of Christ's healing touch. He could have just said a word, or snapped his fingers and the man could have been healed. Instead he makes clay with spittle and dirt and smeared it on his eyes and told him to go wash. The blind man heard Jesus' voice and was felt his touch. To be healed, Jesus made him actively participate by having him go and wash. The healing was a true encounter between man and God. We too can encounter Jesus this way in the Sacraments. We receive grace and healing through the physical elements of water, bread, wine, oil. Let us not take these encounters for granted, but let us actively allow the Sacraments to transform us to be disciples of Christ.
MARCH 19: THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT
In today's Gospel, we read about the woman at the well. Jesus knows her better than she knows herself, and yet he shows his love for her. Through his conversation with her, he lets her know that she matters, and despite all the things she has done, she is loved. Isn't this what everyone thirsts for? Have you met Jesus like the woman at the well? Do you know how much you are loved? If not, spend some quiet time this week in his presence and ask him. If you have encountered Jesus like the woman at the well, share your story with others, and tell them what he has done for you so that they too may come to know him.
Please join us for a workshop to help parish staff, volunteers, parishioners and YOU! to open the doors to Jesus Christ for others.
How do we as Catholic faith communities, parishes, and individuals draw people into our community? How often have we heard stories of people who went to a parish (perhaps even your parish) and no one said hello or inquired who they were? Worse yet, it is not unheard of that when visitors come to our parish, and they sit in “our” pew, we sigh and or even feel annoyed and angry with them. We have all heard stories of individuals who have called or visited a parish office only to made to feel like they have interrupted the secretary or been treated like they were in a government office because they hadn’t filled out the parish registration form.
The opposite is also true. We have all visited parishes where we were welcomed, made to feel special or simply were made to feel at home.
A hospitable community doesn’t “just happen.” Hospitality takes effort and intentionality and work. It isn’t just the responsibility of a select few on a hospitality committee. It requires each and every one of us.
There is more to parish hospitality than handing out bulletins or having coffee and donuts after Mass.
Please join us for a one day workshop at SUNY Potsdam to learn how you can make a difference in how your parish community opens the doors to Christ.
WHAT DOES THE DAY OF TRAINING LOOK LIKE?
The Entertaining Angels course consists of four sessions and a break for lunch, including exercises which will allow time to practice the techniques learned. Throughout the day, you will have an opportunity to reflect, share and network. At the end of the day, participants receive a commissioning and blessing, plus materials to keep and continue practicing with. We will also plan followup meetings around the Diocese for those who are interested.
- Called To Holiness – The day begins with a look at our unique calling to live a life that is holy and pleasing to the Lord. We will focus on our gifts of brokenness, perspective and surrender considering how each one provides an opportunity to allow Christ to work through us and draw us closer. We will also take a look at the roots of hospitality in Church Tradition and Sacred Scripture to help us understand how our hospitality can be a beautiful and powerful fruit of our holiness.
- Called To Share – During section two of our training we will focus on understanding and spreading the Gospel message. We will focus on the gifts of evangelism, Gospel sharing and prayer. Authentic hospitality is a reflection of Christ’s love shining through us. In order to understand and share that love we must be strongly connected to Christ through prayer. We will focus on personal, formal and spontaneous prayer and take some time to practice praying with and for others.
- Called To Serve – Christ came to earth to serve rather than be served. During the third segment of our training we will learn to imitate Christ’s service by focusing on the gifts of joy, service and peace. Special attention will be given to resolving conflict, dealing hospitably with difficult people and offering and accepting forgiveness.
- Called To Build His Kingdom On Earth – The final segment is where we put all the pieces into practice. Participants will develop and practice skills for sharing the Gospel with those they meet. Using the gifts of connecting, comforting and mercy we will have an opportunity to plan and practice interactions both in person and on the phone
DETAILS AND REGISTRATION
WHEN: Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 8:30am-4pm
WHERE: Potsdam Student Union Multipurpose Room, 44 Pierrepont Ave, Potsdam, NY 13676
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THE EVENT IS UPSTAIRS IN THE BARRINGTON STUDENT UNION
LABELED IN GREEN IN THE CENTER OF THE CAMPUS MAP
|08:45-9:00||Welcome and Morning Prayer|
|9:00-10:15||TALK 1-Called to Holiness|
|10:30-11:45||TALK 2-Called to Share|
|12:30-1:45||TALK 3-Called to Serve|
|2:00-3:15||TALK 4-Called to Build His Kingdom on Earth|
|3:15-3:45||QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION and WHAT'S NEXT|
Preregistration is required in order for us to have an accurate count for lunch and to have enough materials for each participant.
PLEASE REGISTER BY MAY 30, 2017. PLEASE NOTE: We will not be able to take late registrations or registrations at the door.
COST: $35 per person (includes all materials and a boxed lunch)
TO REGISTER: please click the registration button below. You will be able to pay by credit card online or by check.
Are you looking for a gift for those coming into the Church or those who may have been away from the Church. Pat Gohn, a amazing Catechist and Podcaster, has done is again. I have a feeling that I will be buying her latest book in bulk to give away! It is the perfect book to bridge the gap between catechesis and evangelization.
As a Church we are very good at teaching the doctrines and dogmas, but not so much why these things should matter to the Catholic Christian. Pat Gohn, through her amazing personal story-telling, is able to give us some serious adult catechesis, pulling in material from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Fathers of the Church and some heavy-weight theologians (St. John Paul II, anyone?) without making you feel like you are sitting in a boring classroom lecture. This is her story introducing us to her friend Jesus and how, in him, everything and everyone is connected: God, Church, Holy Trinity, friends and enemies, theology and personal experience, Saints, sinners, and those who have gone before. While reading her story, you will be challenged to reflect on your own relationships and faith and what you can do to strengthen and deepen your connection with Jesus and in him, with all the people in your life.
Each chapter of the book, ends with prayer, suggestions for prayer, study and engaging the material. The book would be a wonderful book to spark discussion in a book club.
All In: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters
Author: Pat Gohn
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Ave Maria Press (March 3, 2017)
- ISBN-10: 1594716773
- ISBN-13: 978-1594716775
- Also available on Kindle