Dear Parish Family,
Happy Easter! Today is a powerful day in the life of the Catholic Church as we celebrate the Sunday of Divine Mercy. Jesus appeared to Saint Faustina and told her: “Every soul believing and trusting in My mercy will obtain it”. Today Jesus is reminding us of the power and abundance of His mercy. We should be full of joy and confidence at this reminder.
Saint Faustina kept a diary recording her conversations with Jesus. If you have never read it, I encourage you to check it out. I share with you one of my favorite notations written by Saint Faustina:
(Diary 739) After Holy Communion today, I spoke at length to the Lord Jesus about people who are special to me. Then I heard these words: “My daughter, don’t be exerting yourself so much with words. Those whom you love in a special way, I too love in a special way, and for your sake, I shower My graces upon them. I am pleased when you tell Me about them, but don’t be doing so with such excessive effort”.
Jesus’ words brought Saint Faustina great comfort and they are meant to bring us the same comfort as well. He wants us to be mirrors of His goodness, so that through us people will discover His goodness and mercy.
Every single day, in our families, at school, at work - we have an opportunity to be a mirror of God’s goodness when we sit down next to the person who’s having lunch alone because no one likes them; when we comfort the relative or neighbor who is suffering; when we make the effort to listen compassionately and carefully instead of impatiently tuning out. These are simple ways we have of giving God’s light a chance to shine into shadowy hearts. This week let’s do our part to spread the saving light of His mercy.
In Christ’s joy,
Saint Faustina – pray for us!
Thoughts from Father Adam
ON MISSION FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE
PEACE BE WITH YOU When Jesus appears to his Apostles after his resurrection from the dead he bestowed upon them the gift they needed most: his peace. The Apostles were afraid. Their master and teacher, Jesus, had been betrayed by one of them, arrested and brutally killed by crucifixion and they were terrified that they would meet the same fate, and soon. Yet, this peace was not an invitation to sit back and relax. Instead, this peace is followed by the request of Jesus, “as the Father has sent me, so I send you,” and the sharing of the gift of the Holy Spirit so that the Apostles can begin to go out and continue the mission of Christ in the world. As we continue to celebrate Easter and the gift of new life in the resurrection, we are at peace knowing that we need no longer fear sin or death. At the same time, we are called, like the Apostles, to fulfill the mission of Jesus through the Church. This is the call of On Mission for The Church Alive! that continues in earnest. May the Lord bestow his grace and peace upon us so that we may be willing to work hard to enliven our parishes and grow the Church. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.
ST. ALPHONSUS - The 2nd grade students at St. Alphonsus Parish will receive their first Holy Communion during the 9:00 am Mass at St. Louis Church on May 5th. Please pray for our newest members joining us at the table.
ST. PETER – Congratulations to all of our students who celebrated their First Communion this Sunday! May you always find joy and comfort in the celebration of the Eucharist! We will have Confirmation practice on Thursday, May 9th at 6:30 pm at St. Peter Church. Confirmation will be the following Monday, May 13th at 7:00 pm. Please pray for all of our candidates as they prepare to receive this beautiful Sacrament.