Happy Easter to all! We are an Easter people, and Alleluia is our song! St. John's parish community welcomes its many guests and visitors as we worship together. Coming from all parts of the world, it is heartening that, irrespective of culture, language, educational or economic level, we pray together and celebrate the presence of Jesus Christ, our Savior.
NO GREATER LOVE
What a wonderful feeling to identify with a success story such as Jesus! Here he is - the Son of God, sent from heaven to assume bodily proportions, for the purpose of affecting the redemption of humankind. He came, born of a woman, and endured the hardships of life, finally dying on a cross. However, that was only the beginning. Jesus rose from the dead and is now seated at the right hand of God, where he continuously intercedes on our behalf.
The seeming human failure of Jesus' death gives way to a glorious resurrection. This same atmosphere was evidenced in the apostles and the early Church. All seemed lost by death, but new life emerged through resurrection. The spirit of the apostles and other Church members were rekindled upon verification of Jesus rising. New hope and promise prevailed. Purpose in life became obvious and as a result joy and fulfillment surfaced. For all of us who believe in Jesus, such hope and joy are important norms of life. Relative to everything else, the hope of our own rising is paramount. Other issues, successes or failures, assume a lesser emphasis when compared to the opportunity offered us by the Savior. After a life on earth, in which we prove ourselves worthy, we have a promise of eternal life. Just as Jesus fulfilled his plan, so too will he assist us to attain our ultimate goal.
The Easter Resurrection is our greatest sign of hope in life. As such, it is also our greatest joy. May we see such hope and joy in our own daily lives as we continue to serve the Lord. Happy Easter!
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY GIFT
Our gift to you for Divine Mercy Sunday, April 28th, is the book,
Why I Love Being Catholic.
This book celebrates the best of the Catholic faith, highlights the everyday miracles taking place all around us, and reminds us that there are thousands of everyday heroes out there who dare to have big dreams for the Church. Even amidst the challenges of our times, holiness is possible, grace abounds, and there is every reason to live our lives with hope! In this book you will find encouragement from Catholics just like you who share their insights, stories, hopes, and dreams for the Catholic Church.
Divine Mercy Sunday is a time in which we prayerfully reflect on the unlimited mercy of God being offered to each one of us.
RIGHT OF CHRISTIAN FORMATION (RCIA)
Are you or someone you know interested in joining the Catholic faith community? Are you a Catholic who desires to complete the initiation process by receiving the Eucharist and Confirmation?
If you answered Yes to one of these questions, we warmly invite you to entering the RCIA process. RCIA is designed to assist adults who have never been baptized, have been baptized in another Christian religion and want to become Catholic, or those who were baptized Catholic but have not received the Eucharist and Confirmation. For more information please email your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
APRIL - NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
Every April, Catholic parishes and schools across the U.S. participate in National Child Abuse Prevention Month. While dioceses work year-round to prevent abuse, a special emphasis is placed on the importance of learning how to protect the vulnerable from this evil this month. Together, for nine straight days, let's pray that the vulnerable are protected from abuse, and that survivors of abuse may be accompanied on their paths to healing.
Abuse Hotline Numbers: Statewide (DCF) Abuse Hotline 1-800-96-ABUSE; Archdiocesan Abuse Hotline 1-866-80-ABUSE
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Prayer for Easter Sunday
O God, who on this day, through your Only Begotten Son, have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity, grant, we pray, that we who keep the solemnity of the Lordís Resurrection may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit, rise up in the light of life. 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. Amen.