Volume XXV |  Issue 139
"The Disciples Peter and John Running to the Sepulchre on the Morning of the Resurrection,"    1898, Eugène Burnan, Musée D'Orsay, Paris

The deaths of innocence and beauty break something so deep in us that we have no words for it. Heartache only begins to describe the shattering sense of exile and total displacement. A world comes to an end.  

It is important to remember that this was precisely the situation in which the disciples found themselves in the days following the crucifixion. The world they had created was completely destroyed. It had been a fragile one to begin with, a community of friends bound by a quality of consciousness, a vision of love and healing that had transcended the brutal regimes of the day and had enabled them to grow into much larger selves, greater than the narrow strictures of secular and religious pigeonholes. 

And then it ends. Those who remain behind are victims, too. Helpless, powerless, but still standing.  This is where we find the followers of Jesus at this critical moment. Why had it gone so wrong? Would they survive? What now?

Look very closely at what happens next.  .  .

  Return to Joy !!!
Are you on the journey?  Have you listened to God speaking to you through the events of your life?  Have you discovered the deep joy that calls to each one of us despite the turmoil, noise and conflicting narratives  of post-modern life?  Will you take the next step in the journey to Return to Joy?  

Join other Small Church Communities on  Monday, May 1st, 6:00 p.m . for the Small Church Community Mass followed by the Potluck in the Spirit Center.  Please bring the family and a potluck dish determined by the 1st initial of your last name:

A - J  Dessert      K - O Side Dish/Salad      P - Z  Main Dish

At the potluck, you will be given the materials that you need to participate in the joy-filled Small Church Community summer project:
Return to Joy, Follow the Son! 

           Space is limited so please reserve space for you and your small community               (don't forget the kids!) by Wednesday, April 26th.

Welcome New SCC Members!

Martha Bles, Robert Liphardt,        Billie Chandler, Denise Ogburn,       Judy Jensen,  Eileen Stanton,           Charlene Alexander,                   Kathie Scarborough

 New Materials for SCCs

Living the Mass: A Deeper Look at the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist  [SCC Materials Parish Library-Catholicism] Christopher Lucas, OCSO, Paraclete Press ( 8 brief chapters)

This little book presents six different perspectives for understanding the Eucharist as the paschal mystery—six ways of understanding how we come to salvation. Each brings out different aspects of how we are affected through our participation in the Eucharist.

People of God's Mercy [Call SCC Office]   Marci Alborghetti, Twenty-Third Publications  (14 brief chapters)  

What fourteen figures from Scripture reveal about Divine Compassion.  Small community members will be informed and surprised as you explore the lives of these people and how God's compassion knows no bounds.

Walking With Jesus [Call SCC Office] Pastoral Center (4 sessions)

Four session scriptural reflection series examining how we accompany others on the journey of faithGreat faith sharing questions and suggestions for action.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance to your SCC!
Barb Howard