The Second Sunday of Easter: Divine Mercy Sunday
April 23, 2017
In today's Gospel, Lk 24:13-35 we hear the story of two disciples on their journey from Jerusalem to Emmaus. They are mourning the death of Jesus. Along the way, they meet a stranger who walks with them. It is not until they break bread with this stranger that they recognize it is their Risen Savior
Seeing Christ in the faces of our friends and loved ones is often challenging. There may be moments when a family member or friend does something that irritates us. But generally, the love shared with such people is enough to feel the presence of God in them.
But, seeing Jesus in others can be a real challenge, especially in the faces of those whom we don’t like, and whom our feelings range from indifference to hostility. It is much harder to consider the face of that person and see Christ in them. Yet, that is what we are called to do – to look at each person we meet and to see Christ in them.
St. Theresa could see the face of Christ in a leper. When asked how she could see Him, she replied, "It's not hard, because in each one I see the face of Christ in one of His more distressing disguises."
Her plea was that we look for Christ not just in those who are ill, in prison, hungry, or in obvious pain, but in the others, too. The truth is there are many who urgently need our blessing.
We don't have to go far to find them. They're right beside us at work; they drive next to us on the highway, and they shop with us at the grocery store.
Our faith is based on the witness of the Church that has preceded us, beginning with the first disciples. Through Baptism we receive the same Holy Spirit that Jesus brought to the first disciples. We are among those who are “blessed” because we believe without having seen. However, what if I ran into Jesus on my faith journey today? Would I recognize him?
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Religious Formation classes for grades one through eight will end on Sunday, April 30th. On or before April 30th, you are asked to stop in and re-register for next year. The forms will be complete, you will only be asked to verify the information that we have on record. If you have a child entering first grade in September, those forms will also be available. Eighth graders will be sent a
separate invitation to join the Confirmation program later.
Effective on May 1, the WEEKDAY (Monday through Friday) Mass time will change from 7:30AM to 8:30AM. This change affects only the weekday morning Mass time. This schedule change does not affect the weekend Masses. Weekend Mass times remain unchanged.
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7:30AM Fr. David Monteleone
9:00AM Fr. David Monteleone
11:00AM Fr. David Monteleone
7:00PM Fr. Edward Lambro
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the coming home of any adult into the full and warm embrace of God the Father and Holy Mother Church. It is a joyous time of growth, healing, and love in the life of any adult who comes to a relationship of faith, hope and love in God through Jesus Christ. Receiving the Sacraments of Initiation, namely Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist, the adult catechumen or candidate is welcomed into the full life of the Church and encouraged to engage in the life and ministries of the Church as faith leads to action.
The adult catechumen or candidate is also exposed to the life of holiness, a call from God experienced by all people, and the many ways he or she can live that call as a servant of Christ and His Church. The catechumen or candidate is exposed to the different spiritual traditions of the Church, as well as her charitable and liturgical activities and ministries, so that he or she can find a home in the life of the Church and contribute his or her gifts and talents to the building up of the kingdom of God.
RCIA is an 8-month process by which adult, baptized Catholics complete their sacraments of initiation, and those who would like to become Catholic for the first time receive their sacraments, is beginning registration now. If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining these sessions, please call the Parish Office at (973) 696-1234.
If you know of someone who is homebound and would like to schedule a visit from one of our Eucharistic Ministers for Holy Communion, please have them call the Parish Office at (973) 696-1234. Homebound individuals who would like a visit from Fr. David for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick or the Sacrament of Reconciliation may also call the Parish Office to arrange for a visit.
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