The Ascension of Our Lord, which occurred 40 days after Jesus Christ rose from the dead on Easter, is the final act of our redemption that Christ began on Good Friday. The Ascension will be celebrated on the 7th Sunday of Easter, May 28th.
Our Religious Education classes are over for the year. Parents, thank you for your ongoing support.
Next year all our classes will be back stronger as our Catechist Teachers and Aides continue to inspire our faith by engaging and enriching your child in class. Our dedicated staff will always foster a loving and caring
environment and provide the best in spreading the Good News in our programs. Psalm 23 is a beloved psalm that says it best about our programs: We share our confident trust that our Lord is with us now and forever, and provides all we need.
A very special thank you to all our Catechist Teachers and Aides this year. We appreciate all you do for our parish children. Next year in Religious Education grades 1-5 Catechist Teachers returning: Iris Rooney in second grade, Michael Doherty, Netty Garcia and Dina Ellis in third grade, and Liz Cass in fourth/fifth grade, and substitute Teacher Christine Sanfelice. In First Eucharist, Patty Lester, Laureen Jacobi, Karen Conley, and Kathy Thomas will journey with children and parents as the children prepare to receive the Sacrament of Eucharist during the Easter Season next year.
We are excited to introduce Shauna Scott who will teach Children’s Liturgy of the Word on Sunday mornings at the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Look for a complete list of our incredible Teachers and Aides this summer in the bulletin. Registration begins in the middle of August, for Religious Education grades 1 -5, Lambs for Jesus, and First Eucharist. Children’s Liturgy of the Word happens on Sunday’s at the 11:00 a.m. Mass, registration for this program is not required but requested. Look in the bulletin for information on our classes this summer.
The Rosary is a Scripture-based prayer. It begins with the Apostles’ Creed, which summarizes the great mysteries of the Catholic faith. The Our Father, which introduces each mystery, is from the Gospels. The first part of the Hail Mary is the angel’s words announcing Christ’s birth and Elizabeth’s greeting to Mary. St. Pius V officially added the second part of the Hail Mary. The Mysteries of the Rosary center on the events of Christ’s life. There are four sets of Mysteries: Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and––added by Pope John Paul II in 2002––the Luminous. The repetition in the Rosary is meant to lead one into restful and contemplative prayer related to each Mystery. The gentle repetition of the words helps us to enter into the silence of our hearts, where Christ’s spirit dwells. The Rosary can be said privately or with a group.
Praying the Rosary
Familiarize yourself and/or your group with the prayers of
Make the Sign of the Cross.
Holding the Crucifix, say the Apostles’ Creed.
On the first bead, say an Our Father.
Say one Hail Mary on each of the next three beads.
Say the Glory Be
For each of the five decades, announce the Mystery (perhaps
followed by a brief reading from Scripture) then say
the Our Father.
While fingering each of the ten beads of the decade, next
say ten Hail Marys while meditating on the Mystery. Then
say a Glory Be.
(After finishing each decade, some say the following prayer
requested by the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima: O my Jesus,
forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell; lead
all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need
of your mercy.)
After saying the five decades, say the Hail, Holy Queen,
followed by this dialogue and prayer:
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Let us pray: O God, whose Only Begotten Son, by his life, Death, and Resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech thee, that while meditating on these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord.
(A prayer to St. Joseph may also follow.) Conclude the Rosary
with the Sign of the Cross.
The Apostles Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and
was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.
“Why do search for the living among the dead? He is not here. He has been raised up just as He said!” [Luke 24: 5, Matthew 28: 6] And where did He go?! He’s sitting on our little altar in the Adoration Chapel! That’s where HE IS! (The great I AM is sitting on our little altar, imagine!)
Currently vacant: Mon 2AM, Mon 11PM, Tues 12AM (Mon midnight), Tues 3AM, Wed 3AM, Thurs 2AM, Thurs 3AM, every other Fri 11AM, Sat 2AM, Sat 3AM.
Co-adorer wanted: Wed 7AM, Wed 4PM.
Is Jesus calling you to a particular hour each week? If you cannot commit to a regular hour, would you like to try being a substitute? Call Nina & Larry Wagner at (831) 479-8597, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. (Current adorers and substitutes, please give us with your current email address. Thank you!) May our Good God, Who cannot be outdone in generosity, reward you!
Lectio Divina for the Fourth Sunday of Easter
We begin our prayer:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
O God, life of the faithful, glory of the humble, blessedness of the just, listen kindly to the prayers of those who call on you, that they who thirst for what you generously promise may always have their fill of your plenty. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Read the following Scripture two or three times.
Jesus said: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice. But they will not follow a stranger; they will runaway from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.” Although Jesus used this figure of speech, the Pharisees did not realize what he was trying to tell them.
So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”
After the reading, take some time to reflect in silence on one or more of the following questions:
• What word or words in this passage caught your attention?
• What in this passage comforted you?
• What in this passage challenged you?
If practicing lectio divina as a family or in a group,
after the reflection time, invite the participants to share
Read the scripture passage again, followed by this reflection:
How does this passage connect with the experience of your daily life?
As the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. To what is God calling me? Where is God leading me?
The sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice. Where do I hear the voice of God? How do I recognize Jesus’ voice in the tumult of daily life?
I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly. How does faith make my life richer? How can I share this abundance with those I meet?
Read the scripture passage one more time. Bring to the Lord the praise, petition, or thanksgiving that the Word inspires in you.
After all have had a chance to make their prayer, all
recite the Lord’s Prayer and the following:
The joyful shout of deliverance is heard in the tents of the righteous:
“The Lord’s right hand works valiantly;
the Lord’s right hand is raised;
the Lord’s right hand works valiantly.”
I shall not die but live and declare the deeds of the Lord.
The Lord chastised me harshly, but did not hand me over to death.
May 13th is the 100th anniversary of the first apparition to the 3 shepherd children. Mary appeared to three peasant children near Fatima, Portugal, six times between May 13 and October 13, 1917, and asked for prayers for world peace and an end to World War I, for sinners, and for the conversion of Russia. She entrusted the children with three secrets, regarding devotion to her Immaculate Heart, a vision of hell, and a “bishop in white” shot by soldiers firing bullets and arrows.
People asked the children for a “sign” that she was appearing, so on October 13th, 1917 the Miracle of the Sun happened. It was raining and there were 70,000 people there and all of a sudden, the sun came through the clouds and it started pulsating and came thrusting toward the earth. The people thought they were going to die. Then, it stopped and went back into the sky, in it’s normal appearance and everyone was dry, as was the earth, like it had not rained at all.
Many connect the third secret to the attempted assassination of St. John Paul II on May 13, 1981; the pope thanked Mary for guiding the bullet and saving him. At the Vatican on October 13, 2013, Pope Francis stood before the statue of Our Lady from Fatima and formally entrusted the world to Mary.
The book Club has selected the book: “American Philosophy: A Love Story,” by John Kaag. Kaag embarks on a thrilling journey that leads him to the life-affirming tenets of American philosophy―self-reliance, pragmatism, and transcendence―and sees them in a 21st-century context.
Part intellectual history, part memoir, American Philosophy is ultimately about love, freedom, and the role that wisdom can play in turning one’s life around. Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Mary Room. Questions: Jane Salm at 476-3724 or email@example.com. ALL ARE WELCOME!
The Parish Dinner Dance featuring our 1st annual raffle drawing will be happening on Friday May 12th. The dance will be a “Smart and Elegant” affair featuring an appetizing roast beef dinner. The dance will be held in the St. Joseph’s hall so get your shoes shined and ready for the dance floor. Don’t forget that one person will leave $10,000 richer and others will receive one of the many other gifts. Tickets are available for sale in parish office during the weekdays. Tickets are $25.00 each.
Please volunteer to help make our dinner dance a huge successful fun evening! All are invited to participate on the dinner dance committee and help with the planning and hosting of this fun social event. Please contact the parish office, ask for Carol, and sign up if you are interested in participating, all are welcome !
The Easter season is a traditional time for the blessing of homes. Blessings can be prayed by anyone who has been baptized, “in virtue of the universal priesthood, a dignity they possess because of their baptism and confirmation”. The blessings given by laypersons are exercised because of their special office, such as parents and household leaders.
Blessing Of Homes
When all have gathered, a suitable song may be sung. The leader makes the sign of the cross, and all reply, “Amen.”
The leader greets those present in the following words:
Let us praise God, who fills our hearts and homes with peace.
Blessed be God forever.
R/. Blessed be God forever.
In the following or similar words, the leader prepares those present for the blessing:
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling place among us. It is Christ, risen from the dead, who is our source of hope, joy, and comfort. May all who enter this home find Christ’s light and love.
One of those present or the leader reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example:
Listen to the words of the holy Gospel according to Luke: 24:28-32
As the disciples approached the village to which they were going, Jesus gave the impression that he was going on farther. But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?”
The intercessions are then said:
Leader: The Son of God made his home among us. With thanks and praise let us call upon him.
R/. Stay with us, Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ, through you every dwelling is a temple of holiness: build those who live in this house into the dwelling place of God in the Holy Spirit. We pray:
Lord Jesus Christ, the disciples recognized you in the breaking of the bread: grant that the members of this family may be open always to the presence of Christ in Word and sacrament. We pray:
Lord Jesus Christ, you appeared to the frightened Apostles and said, “Peace be with you”: grant that your abiding peace may remain with the members of this family. We pray:
After the intercessions the leader invites all present to say the Lord’s Prayer.
The leader says the prayer of blessing with hands joined:
we rejoice in the victory of your Son over death:
by rising from the tomb to new life
he gives us new hope and promise.
Bless all the members of this household
and surround them with your protection,
that they may find comfort and peace
in Jesus Christ, the Paschal Lamb,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
The leader may sprinkle those present and the home with holy water brought from the church. During the sprinkling the leader may say:
Let this water call to mind our Baptism in Christ, who by his death and Resurrection has redeemed us.
The leader concludes the rite by signing himself or herself with the sign of the cross and saying:
May Christ Jesus dwell with us,
keep us from all harm,
and make us one in mind and heart,
now and forever.
The blessing may conclude with a suitable song.
—From Book of Blessings
During her July 1917 apparition at Fatima, Our Lady said to Lucia, “I shall come to ask… that on the First Saturday of every month, Communions of reparation be made in atonement for the sins of the world.”
Request of the Two Hearts
On December 10, 1925, our Blessed Mother again appeared to Lucia at Pontevedra, Spain. Sr. Lucia, while a Dorothean postulant, was in her cell when Our Lady appeared to her, placing one hand on Sr. Lucia’s shoulder and in the other hand showing her a heart surrounded by thorns. Next to the Blessed Virgin was the Child Jesus borne by a luminous cloud and He said to her:
Have compassion on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother, covered with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them.”
Then the Most Blessed Virgin said:
Look, my daughter, at my Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce me at very moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console me and say that I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the rosary, and keep me company for 15 minutes while meditating on the 15 mysteries of the rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.”
Five parts of the request
1. Spirit of reparation
A loving desire to make reparation to and console the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Our Mother.
2. Confession in the spirit of reparation
If one cannot go to confession the first Saturday of the month, one can go within eight days.
3. Reparatory Communion
This is the essential act of this devotion.
4. Recitation of the rosary
To comply with the request of our Blessed Mother, it must be offered in reparation for the offenses committed against her Immaculate Heart and said properly while meditating.
5. 15-minute meditation
This meditation should be the richest of any meditation, because Our Lady promised to be present when she said “…those who keep me company….”