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  • Sick & Hospitalized

     For those who are sick and t hose who care for them, may they receive comfort and strength through our prayers, remembering especially Mildred Aiello, Agnes Bartoszek, John Balciar, 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, Lucy Konkoly,  Cindi Magyar, Marilyn O’Meara, 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 Ken Smith, brother-in-law of Elaine Smith, and
    Rev. Joseph Roy, whose funerals were last week.
                For 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 19th
    Easter 240.00
    Easter Vigil 40.00
    Memorial Gifts 50.00
    Improvement Fund 240.00
  • Notes from your Pastor

    Meeting the Risen Lord on the Road of Life
    The Gospel begins with mentioning the two disciples who recounted what had taken place on the way to Emmaus, and how Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.  A point of interest is that no one knows exactly where the tiny village of Emmaus was then or where it is today.  Luke carefully tells us the village was seven miles from Jerusalem, but in what direction?  There were other communities around Jerusalem that could be located then and now like Bethany and Bethlehem.  But the exact location of the village of Emmaus is not specified.  Could it be the point of the Gospel writer that this road and this village could be anywhere?  Could be anytime?
    To briefly recount the story: two of Our Lord’s disciples, one named Cleopas and one unnamed are walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus in the late afternoon of that first Easter day.  We could possibly picture them walking from the high ground of Jerusalem towards the setting sun.  They are talking as they walk.  The Risen Lord suddenly joins them but they do not recognize Him.
    The stranger asks them, “What are you discussing as you walk along?”  They are surprised by the question and stop.  They ask, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?”  The stranger asks, “What things?”  The two disciples tell the story of the Lord’s betrayal, trial, crucifixion and reported resurrection and appearances to His disciples.
    The stranger explains how the Messiah had to suffer to enter His Glory according to the Scriptures.  They ask the stranger to stay and share a meal.  And then, sitting at table, as the stranger breaks the bread “their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him, and He vanished from their sight.”
    Perhaps, the two disciples were fleeing Jerusalem because they were afraid of losing their lives as well.  Perhaps, the road to Emmaus is the road to flight-to escape.  When we feel threatened maybe we want to run away as well.  A cancer diagnosis, being served divorce papers, a house fire, the loss of a job, the end of a relationship…these may cause us to flee, to run away, to travel what we think is a lonely road.
    We may feel overwhelmed or alone at times. However, our faith tells us we are never alone.  The Risen Lord is always walking with us.  When He carried His cross, He carried us as well…and he carries us now on the path of hardship, heartache, and pain.  As one song puts it “If He carried the weight of the world upon His shoulders…I’m sure…My Brother, My Sister, He will carry you.”
    From this Gospel story we get some helpful guidelines.  Just like these two disciples, talk about it.  Open your heart to the Scriptures.  Open the eyes of faith to the truth that the Risen Lord is travelling the road with you.  Finally, meet Him in the Breaking of the Bread.
    The dramatic conclusion of the story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus is that they recognize the Risen Lord in the breaking of the bread.  Every Mass is an opportunity for you and me to meet Our Risen Lord.
    This Gospel ends with the words, “You are witnesses of these things.”  You are called to be a witness.  One way you can be a witness is to invite others to come to our church and meet the Risen Lord in the breaking of the bread.  Put very simply, that is the basic reason to come to Mass, to meet Our Risen Lord.  Extend this invitation to the people whom God places in your lives.
    May our eyes be opened.  May we recognize Him today in the breaking of the bread.  May we be witnesses and proclaim this truth to others, namely that Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord is truly present here.
  • Karen's Korner

    Did you know that there is a great story about a blind boy I would like to share with you?  I received the story from Chester Betliskey and I want to offer a few of my own insights along with it.  There was a blind boy sitting on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet.  He held up a sign, which said, “I am blind, please help.”  There were very few coins in the hat.  A man was walking by, took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat.  He then took the sign turned it around, and wrote some words.  He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.  Soon the hat began to fill up.   A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy.  That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were.  The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed the sign this morning?  What did you write?”  The man said, “I only wrote the truth.  I said what you said, but in a different way.  I wrote, “Today is a beautiful day, but I cannot see it.’”  Wow.  Both signs said the boy was blind, but the second sign reinforced the gift of sight that most people have and the boy did not. 
    Gratitude for the gifts we DO have is important in this Easter season.  Seeing with new eyes is what we are all about as Christians.  When you pass someone on the street who is begging, what do you see? 
    Do you see someone who is trying to scam you?  Someone who is an addict or alcoholic?  Do you see color, race or gender?  Or do you see our Lord? 
    Yes, there are those out there who are trying to scam people by pretending to be needy.  But instead of offering money, offer food, blankets, things that are necessary for survival. 
    If you have no physical or mental defect, great!  Be thankful and help those who do have those things.  I have a good friend who has an invisible illness.  She is in constant pain 24/7 because of her disease.  We went to Disney World a couple of summers ago for 5 days, and one day her pain was so great, that we got an electric wheelchair for her.  A man made a snide comment about someone so healthy using an electric wheelchair.  With a huge smile on her face, she said to him, I would trade one day of your life for one of mine, if I could be pain free for 24 hours.  You see, she has multiple sclerosis and her hips and right shoulder have been affected to the point where walking for long periods can be very, very painful.
    We need to see beyond our own prejudices and judgments because we don’t know the other person’s story.  We need to walk in their shoes.  Be grateful for the things in your life, but especially for the gift of faith, which allows us to see with new eyes. 
    See you soon!  Karen