For those who are sick and those who care for them, may they receive comfort and strength through our prayers, remembering especially Mildred Aiello, Agnes Bartoszek,
John Balciar, Pat Bednarz, Carol Bellomy,
Gwen Beres, Mary Ann Betliskey, Bill Bican,
Millie Bloedorn, Bonnie Branche, Bill Connors,
Corrine Dawe, Robert Dunning,
Jose Dybzinski, Kristin Hill, Frances Holecek,
Rose Holecek, Rich Krzynowek, Cindi Magyar,
Dorothy Mangan, Marilyn O’Meara,
Rita Petkoff, Nancy Recko, Briana Rhine,
Laura Schram, Elaine Stack,
Andrew Turowski, Virginia Turowski
and Joe Zelenka.
May our Loved Ones who have died, rest in eternal happiness in heaven remembering especially Clara Murawski and Richard Slawinski whose funerals were this week.
For the Men and Women serving in the military, especially those from our parish and their families.
|Sunday, March 22nd
God wishes us to experience a New Covenant. In the first reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah, we hear these words: "The days are coming says the Lord when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah." We could describe the covenant relationship in terms of marriage. It is a committed relationship. It is a partnership of life and love.
Figuratively speaking we could say in the Old Testament that God was married to the people of Israel. God was always faithful in keeping His promises. God was always faithful in loving His people. Unfortunately, as we know Israel was often unfaithful. The Old Covenant was linked with Moses, the exodus from slavery in Egypt, and the Ten Commandments. Unfortunately, consequently their infidelity brought disastrous consequences. This prophecy on the New Covenant is proclaimed while Israel is in exile during the Babylonian captivity.
Yet, through it all God continues to be merciful, calling Israel back to a personal relationship with God and to a brighter future. The New Covenant involves having a deeper relationship with God through the Paschal Mystery, the Dying and Rising of Jesus. Once again, the imagery of marriage could be used. Christ takes for Himself a Bride. The Bride is the Church and He gives up His Life for His Bride on the Cross. Christ gives up His Life for us; we are called to give our lives to Christ.
All of us are called to have our own personal covenant relationship with God. During Lent through our prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we hope to intensify our personal relationship with God. We open our hearts in prayer to follow the invitations that God gives us. Sometimes, those invitations come to us in our parish bulletin or in our Mass announcements.
I am grateful for your wonderful response in providing canned goods, non-perishable food items and paper products during our celebration of St. Joseph’s table to feed the poor in our midst.
Two upcoming Parish Events that I would like to highlight are:
On Saturday, March 28th we will be Spring Cleaning our Church. I invite you to help us clean the inside of our church for Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter.
On Sunday, March 29th, we will have our Annual Easter Breakfast and Easter Basket Raffle. The proceeds from the breakfast and raffle will go to our parish St. Vincent DePaul Society that serves the poor in our midst. Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event.
Please plan on attending as many of our Holy Week Services as you can. If you have friends or family that are looking for a place to worship, invite them to come with you.
The Good News of the New Covenant is that God is always inviting us to have a deeper and fuller relationship with God and one another. God is always merciful. God’s mercy wishes to write a new chapter in your life.