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  • Karen's Korner

    Did you know that there are several things you can do with the palms you receive at Mass today that are acceptable to the Catholic Church?  The first is to put the palms near a holy picture or statue you may have in your home as a yearly reminder of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord.  You can also make crosses or other symbols from the palms and display them in the same way.  I remember my dad making crosses after Palm Sunday Liturgy to place behind his picture of the Last Supper, and near the statue of the Blessed Mother that was always displayed in our home.  The palms are only pliable for a while, so if you are going to create something from them you need to do it soon. 
              We hold palms at Liturgy today to commemorate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem the week before His death.  But did you know that there were TWO processions on that day?  Jesus and his Apostles were pilgrims going to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration.  Along the way, other pilgrims who recognized Jesus joined them.  As they got closer and closer to Jerusalem, Jesus sent some of his disciples ahead of them to get a donkey for Jesus to ride upon.  At the same time, Pontius Pilate was coming into the city using a different gate. 
              The processions were very, very different!  Pilate probably rode a horse, which was a symbol of power and authority; Jesus rode a donkey, which was a humble animal used for service.  Pilate had trumpets and drums announcing his presence; Jesus had other people crying “Hosanna!” which originally meant “Come to our aid” but it becomes a shout of jubilation and a Messianic greeting to Jesus! 
     
              These pilgrims who entered with Jesus were NOT the same crowd of people who later in the week would be crying, “Crucify him!  Crucify him!” 
              In Cardinal Ratzinger’s book “Jesus of Nazareth:  Holy Week” this is stated in a historical context.   When Jesus is brought before Pontius Pilate, only citizens of Jerusalem would have been allowed in the praetorium where Pilate was staying.  So it was indeed, two different groups of people!      This is something I had wondered about for YEARS!!!  How could these people who were with Jesus for so many years, and loved him so much, suddenly turn against Him?  They didn’t!!!  It was the citizens of Jerusalem, prompted by the Sanhedrin, who called for Jesus death!  This made so much sense to me!  During the rest of Holy Week, we will be reminded of what Our Lord did for us. You know, suffering is never God’s aim.  God did not “punish” Jesus by “sending Him” to His death.  It was more of Jesus saying, “I know what is going to happen, but I turn my life over to you, Abba, knowing that whatever happens, you will make it right!”  We cannot be just observers in Jesus’ crucifixion; we need to be part of His crucifixion.  We need to accept our own sufferings and hurts, knowing that Jesus and His Father will make it all come out right! 
              We need to be part of the Crucifixion so we can become more compassionate and loving to all those around us.  We need to leave behind our selfishness, pride, arrogance, envy and anything else so that we may be humble servants of our Lord, Jesus Christ. 
     
    See you soon! 
    Karen
     
  • Notes from your Pastor

    Dear Parishioners,
     
    I am grateful to Jan Vitt and the 22 volunteers for their wonderful work on cleaning our church on Saturday, April 5 th.  In addition, I thank Kathy Bartoszek and the members of the Fundraising Commission, the additional volunteers and those who donated items such as candy, stuffed animals, and Easter baskets for our Easter Breakfast on Sunday, April 6 th.  Everyone did a great job in providing a delicious breakfast, a joyful event and donations for our parish St. Vincent DePaul Society to take care of the poor in our midst.
              I hope and pray that this may be a Holy Week in all of our lives.  Please come to as many Holy Week and Easter Services as you can.  Please consider extending the invitation to family and friends to come with you or to join us for these special celebrations.
              One of our favorite traditions at Easter is getting together in our church for the Easter Food Blessing.  We gather to bless the food prepared for the Easter Feast.  During this blessing, we recall those mysteries symbolized by this food.  We connect this food with the food that never perishes.
              We will have the traditional Easter Food Blessing on Holy Saturday, April 19 th at 3 PM.  Why not come to experience the blessing that seeks to connect your Easter meal with the Easter meal in our church?  We ask Our Risen Lord to be present in your home as He is present in our church.
              I am very grateful to those who have supported the Praise the Roof Fund through payment on their Rooted in Faith pledges, various donations, memorials gifts, fundraisers, and the Praise the Roof envelope. 
              As we remember the generosity of our loved ones who have died and pray that they may participate in the Resurrection, it is a wonderful tradition to make a memorial gift in their honor.  Right now, $ 69,624.87 has been raised.  The remaining balance is $19,175.13.  Please consider using the Praise the Roof envelope to help us defray the expense of our new church roof.
              I thank God for all of you and pray that Holy Week will be a special week in your life and the lives of those whom you love.
     
    Prayers and Best Wishes!
    Father Jasany
     
  • Sick & Hospitalized


    For those who are sick and those who care for them, may they receive comfort and strength through our prayers, remembering especially Lynn Allredfore,

    Agnes Bartoszek, Mary Ann Betliskey, Joanne Burke, Noella Burrows,  Corrine Dawe, Larry Dooley, Jose Dybzinski, Frances Holecek,

    Debbie Haltuch, Rose Hensley, Kristin Hill,

    Dolores Jastrzebski, Madeline Koston, Milton Kostyack, Cindi Magyar, Terry Poltorek, Linda Rivera, Virginia Turowski, Wendy Wexler and Dolores Witovicz.

     

    For the safety of the Men and Women serving in the military, especially those from our parish and their families.

     



     
  • Stewardship of Treasure


    Thank you for your continued generosity and financial support.
    Sunday, April 6th 4,141.25
    Praise the Roof 365.00
    Easter Flowers 97.00