A Message from Father Bob
April 23, 2017
This is the end of the Octave of Easter Sunday. We continue, now, with the Easter Season, which challenges us to really think about the truth of the Risen Jesus and what He offers us and may want from us. That focus on the Risen Jesus takes two particular themes this Sunday:
The first is the reality of just how hard believing this can be as relayed in the story of St. Thomas.
The second aspect is the title of this day as “Divine Mercy Sunday”. Many Catholics are very fond of this image of Jesus and His love for the human race; such as we are, truly in need of His great mercy. But remember, this love and mercy comes from a living Savior not an historical personage.
(Reminder: Eucharistic Adoration today after the 12:30p.m. Mass until 5:00 p.m.)
I must take some space here to thank everyone in our parish who helped to make the Liturgy of Holy Week and Easter Sunday so very moving. This would include: the Readers and Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, the ushers who have extra duties, those who decorated the church, the servers who helped so much and, most especially, to the choir/ cantors who so deeply helped us to pray. I am also very grateful for and proud of the Parish Staff who make me look good. I thank you all. All of our individual efforts, every little bit that anyone does, helps each of us to grow in our faith. Thank you and hold onto the joy of Easter.
Both Confirmation and First Holy Communion are coming the first week of May. Please keep the children in your prayers.
April 16, 2017
For 63 years I have been celebrating Easter: First with my family and then with my parish families over these many years of being a priest. What is amazing to me is that the older I get the more it means. God continues to bless me with new insights and applications of the great news of the empty tomb of Jesus of Nazareth. I cannot find the words to express the joy and wonder of this amazing truth. Jesus is resurrected from the dead. He lives and that truth changes the meaning of the whole world.
May the joy of the risen Christ be in your hearts and homes. Please remember Easter is its own Liturgical Season. Like Christmas, Easter Sunday is an octave – 8 days of being Easter Sunday. Feel the joy, love the mystery Jesus gives to us, the promise of eternal life.
Next Sunday, April 23, the Second Sunday of Easter, has the additional title of Divine Mercy Sunday. Following the 12:30 p.m. Mass, there will be Eucharistic Adoration until 5:00 p.m. Also, now that Stations of the Cross are finished for Lent, the weekly Eucharistic Adoration resumes on Fridays from 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Fr. Burnes, the Parish Staff and I wish you and all your loved ones a Blessed Easter!
JESUS IS RISEN! ALLELUIA!!!
A NOTE FROM FR. BOB REGARDING MASS INTENTIONS:
There are a few points that I need to clarify concerning Mass intentions. When someone dies, one of our Catholic traditions is the requesting of a Mass to be oﬀered for their soul. Those requests are reserved in a book and are used as openings occur. Some names are more book-logged than others because more Masses were requested.
Some folks have very specific requests for dates, days of the week and times for those Masses. That’s ﬁne. We try to honor those, but please understand that it makes it a little more diﬃcult to have those Masses scheduled.
The typical offering for a Mass is $10.00. If someone requests a speciﬁc Mass time and date, especially over the phone, please honor the $10.00 stipend. Those stipends are an extra part to a priest’s salary.
We are getting less requests for Masses. Therefore, to ﬁll the weekly spaces for Mass intentions, you are going to notice that some names will appear more often. This is not special preferment. It’s just that these people have more back-logged Masses and we can use these to fill empty slots.
We ask folks to try to keep to three Sunday intentions and one monthly weekday intention a year. Every Sunday there is to be a Mass for all the people of the Parish.
A PRAYER FOR FAMILIES BY POPE FRANCIS
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendor of true love, to you we turn with trust. Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families, too, may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel, and small domestic Churches. Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection, and division: may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing.
In a world which daily discards tons of food and medicine, there are children, hungry and suffering from easily curable diseases, who cry out in vain. In an age which insists on the protection of minors, there is a flourishing trade in weapons which end up in the hands of child soldiers; there is a ready market for goods produced by the slave labor of small children. Their cry is stifled: the cry of these children is stifled! They must fight, they must work, they cannot cry! But their mothers cry for them, as modern-day Rachel’s: they weep for their children, and they refuse to be consoled (cf. Mt 2:18).
WHY HAVE A WILL?
Every adult has the right to decide how his or her assets should be distributed at death. Regardless of how much you might own, it is your right and responsibility to determine how your remaining assets should be distributed.
Without a will, the intestacy statutes of the state of your residence at the time of your death will determine how your assets are distributed.
A will is a legal document that instructs:
How your assets should be distributed among your spouse and other loved ones at your death;
Who will care for your minor children in your absence;
Who will safeguard your property and oversee the distribution of your assets;
Distribution of charitable gifts to Saints Peter and Paul Parish, providing a witness to your loved ones about the importance of your faith and the church in your life.
A will should always be prepared by an attorney licensed in the state of your residence. Your attorney will need to be familiar with your financial circumstances, family situation and your wishes. Your attorney may wish to work closely with your financial advisor or tax preparer. Advice from an attorney and other professional advisors should be sought when considering any form of charitable giving so as to maximize the value of the gift and minimize tax consequences to your estate.
Stephanie Thomas Kramer