April 30, 2017
3rd Sunday of Easter
“Were not our hearts burning within us while He spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”
Reflection of the Week
I will listen to Jesus as I walk with Him.
- This Sunday, April 30, will be the last Sunday for Religious Education classes for the 2016-17 year. However,….
- Our Closing Day Activity will be held on Sunday, May 7. There are a number of changes from previous years. First, there will be no May Procession this year. Second, rather than having one combined Closing Activity, we will be having one for each session. Weather permitting, we will meet in the picnic grove at the usual time: 11:15 for the Morning Session, 5:30 for the Evening Session (weather not permitting, we will meet in the Gathering Space in the Religious Education Center). After an opening prayer service, we will give out awards & have some snacks.
- BAKERS NEEDED! We are planning on serving cookies and juice at the end of our Closing Day activities. If you would be able to bake some cookies, please reply to this email. Thank you!
- You should be receiving your 2017-2018 Registration form & Form A in the mail this week. You’ll note that there will be some changes next year. First, due to a change in Mass times, the Sunday Morning Session will begin at 11:45 AM. Also, because of an increase in the number of students, we have added a Monday Evening session, which will run from 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM.
- Upcoming Parish Events (Please note that these are NOT Religious Education activities. These are just for your information):
- May 6: The Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be crowning the statue of Our Lady in the grotto outside church after the 8 AM Mass.
- Upcoming Important Feast Days:
- April 25: Feast of St. Mark (Mark is credited as the author of the Gospel that bears his name. Although not an apostle himself, he was thought to be a close friend of St. Peter & he accompanied St. Paul on some of his missionary activities. Mark’s gospel is the shortest of the four gospels, & most authorities believe that it was the first one written).
- April 29: Memorial of St. Catherine of Siena (Catherine is one of only four women who are Doctors of the Church [the others are Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux, & Hildegard of Bingen]. One of her quotes: “Be who God meant you to be & you will set the world on fire.”)
- May 1: Feast of St. Joseph the Worker (Interestingly, this feast is of fairly recent origin. It was introduced in 1955 to counterbalance the celebration of May Day in Communist countries. At the same time, it’s good to have another feast celebrating St. Joseph who, in my opinion, doesn’t get the credit he should. And so on this day we celebrate the man who, in teaching Jesus a trade, gave dignity to all of us who work.)
- Last Week’s Trivia Answer: I don’t know if this one was too easy or what, but we had four correct responses to this week’s trivia question. The answer was that Jesus’ disciples knew Him in d) the breaking of bread, & the correct answers were given by Lauren Dickinson, Chris Boyer, Ken Behrens, & Jean Stewart. Ken pointed out that the cooler answer would’ve been that the disciples knew Him by b) the secret handshake & password, & also that the early disciples did indeed communicate by a sort of secret code. On meeting someone who you thought might be a fellow disciple, you would casually draw a picture of a fish in the dust with your walking stick. If the other person responded, you knew that he or she was also a follower of The Way (as Christianity was called in the early days).
- This Week’s Trivia Question:
During the Sundays of the Easter season, our first reading is taken from the Acts of the Apostles. Acts is attributed to one of the Evangelists, as a sequel to his Gospel. Which Evangelist is credited with writing the Acts of the Apostles?
- a) Matthew
- b) Mark
- c) Luke
- d) John