|Fr. Steve Hook, Pastor |
Happy Easter! Our Easter celebration continues on this 3rd Sunday of Easter. The long form of today's Gospel speaks of Peter's threefold affirmation of his love for Jesus, which counters his threefold denial of Jesus prior to the crucifixion. For me, it speaks very clearly to Jesus' mission: to seek out and to reconcile. Peter certainly felt great shame when he denied knowing Jesus, and yet Jesus continues to seek him out, and entrusts him with the mission of the Church.
As members of the Church today, we too are entrusted with the mission of proclaiming the Gospel, of seeking out the lost and forsaken, and of reconciling the world to God the Father through Christ our Lord. This is not a mission we do alone for as we know from the Acts of the Apostles, the Holy Spirit has been sent among us to lead us and guide us. The Spirit is alive in the world, but there may be days or times when we cannot feel the Spirit's presence. During those times, I would invite us to pray to the Holy Spirit: "Come Holy Spirit. Fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created, and you shall renew the face of the earth."
This weekend is the final preparation class for our Confirmation candidates. This week and next, each candidate will be interviewed by one of the staff members to "confirm" their preparedness for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation in May. Please keep our 68 teens in your prayers as they complete their preparation and prepare to receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit through the celebration of Confirmation.
Finally, keep praying for Pope Francis. It has been a month now since his election as our Holy Father. May God pour out His Spirit upon him as he carries on the ministry of feeding and tending the lambs and the sheep of God.
4/16 Confirmation Interviews (4pm) Antioch House
4/17 Baptism Class (Spiritual Center) 7:15pm
4/18 Confirmation Interviews (4pm) Antioch House
4/19 3rd Friday Meeting 9am Spiritual Center
4/19 Race for Education (School)
4/20 First Eucharist Retreat (Spiritual Center) 12noon
4/21 Confirmation Mass & Class (Spiritual Center) 9am
4/21 Family Liturgy 10:30am Mass followed by celebration in Spiritual Center.
4/21 Anointing of Sick after 12:15pm Mass
4/21 School Bank Festival at NDP
4/22 Confirmation Interviews (4pm) Antioch House
4/23 1st Communion Pictures 5pm (Spiritual Center)
4/26 Bereavement 9am Rectory Conference Room
4/26 First Communion Rehearsal 6pm (church)
4/28 1st Communion-9am Mass
4/28 1st Communion-12:15pm Mass