We can't say it too often...
A Blessed and Happy Easter to you!
Last week in Religious Ed, we had a special presentation for Holy Week. The students experienced the Holy Lands through talks, videos, and hands-on activities that included water from the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized, a mini cross made of wood from the Olive trees that grow in the Garden of Olives where Jesus prayed and suffered his agony, and beautifully rose-scented oil that is used to this day to oil the slab that now covers the site where Jesus is believed to have been laid when he was taken down from his cross.
Many thanks to our visiting catechists, Margaret Kelly and Carol Herold, who founded
Children of God, Draw Near after their own visit to the Holy Lands a few years ago with a group of pilgrims including our own Fr. Brian! The students really enjoyed this unique experience. We plan to have Miss Kelly and Mrs. Herold back for special classes again next year!
Can you spot your students? These pics were taken at RE on Wednesday 4:30 RE.
And now, information about this past week's lesson:
As we already said, Alleluia! The Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ was
celebrated on Easter Sunday, but the Feast of Easter lasts for 8 days, and the Season of Easter lasts for 50 days up until we celebrate Pentecost...that is 10 days longer than we prepared during Lent. Wow, Catholics are the most fun people ever! Well, we should be anyway! :)
In Religious Ed this week, our Opening Lesson included desk work to prepare us for this coming
Sunday, April 23rd, Divine Mercy Sunday.
If we think about it, it makes perfect sense that this feast follow immediately after Easter Sunday, as we know that Jesus was pierced in His side after he died but still hung on the Cross on Good Friday. From His Sacred Heart, flowed blood and water (the matter of the Sacraments) which signaled what was the starting point of the Catholic Church.
Yes, the salvation of the whole world flows from the Heart of Jesus through the Catholic Church and Her members. This is our Faith, and we are honored and challenged to live up to this high calling! Divine Mercy is both God's greatest attribute, and also the expectation of how we are to live as Christ's heart, hands, and feet on Earth during our own lives.
Please come to the Divine Mercy Holy Hour this coming Sunday at 3:00pm
to celebrate this Universal Feast of the Church. Bring your Rosary to pray the chaplet, and an image of Divine Mercy to be blessed for your home. Confessions will be heard and are necessary to receive a
What a treasure of love Jesus has given us!
Our Lord said to Saint Faustina:
"Encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given you...Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death....When they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just judge but as the Merciful Saviour. ...Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy....Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will."
Desk work this past week:
Thanks to our great students so willing to share what they learn!
Thanks to Claire Boma and Elise Daugherty for doing a super job!
Mass Prep Video for the 2nd Sunday of Easter:
For older Students and Parents:
Divine Mercy Chaplet Video:
My family's favorite! Very good for nighttime prayers and to bring calm and peace to your home anytime. We play this often :)
Blessings to your families for a great weekend!