Pastoral Ponderings: Easter (April 19-20), 2014

The Resurrection of the Lord

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Resurrection: How We Live Each Day

When we come face-to-face with the resurrection of Jesus we are struck speechless. We, like those first witnesses to the risen Lord, lack understanding of God’s, life and love. We don’t know what to say or do. It’s just so unbelievable! Once we are able to accept this gift of faith, Easter is “the day”—that pivotal day of how we live each day.

Our very being has its foundation in God our Father, Jesus, God’s only Son and our redeemer, and the life-giving Holy Spirit. Baptized into this life of grace, we move forward each day in the footsteps of our savior.

The Church reminds us how we are to live and act, in light of the resurrection and not in the darkness of sin and evil. We are to live and be a people of thanks. That is “Gratitude”…we are to live in gratitude for life itself, for faith, for love and forgiveness, and for eternal life with him and all our loved ones.

This gratitude is best expressed in celebrating the Eucharist, especially on Sunday—for each Sunday is a “Little Easter.” Whenever the community gathers for this prayer, each person brings his or her sacrificial service of the past week to be offered to the Father in the Son’s name, and sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

We live with a grateful heart each and every hour of everyday. It is just not enough to pray. That might be too simple and easy. Our faith in the risen Lord moves us to willingly show our gratitude by using our gifts for the sake of God’s love and the good of our neighbors. We are not forced nor is it a drudgery. We want to share in the life giving spirit of Jesus among us.

Acknowledging God’s abundant blessing upon us and our parish for 150 years, I commend you and your loved ones to the loving and strengthening embrace of our risen Lord, his Blessed Mother and St. Joseph, our beloved patron.

-Fr. Larry Martello
Pastor

Pastoral Ponderings: April 12-13, 2014

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

 

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RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS

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Easter Vigil 2014
Keith Gutierrez, Michelle Busard, Lori Muzilla, Carrie
Cumberledge, Chuck Hobor [not pictured: Charlene Gatten]

The road officially began last September for these parishioners to be baptized, be received into full communion with our Church, or be confirmed and make their first Eucharist. I say officially, because each of these folks and you and I have traveled quite a journey to be here today.

Areas of study, prayer, and reflection include: Sacred Scripture, God as Trinity, the history of the Church including the Reformation, the Sacramental and Prayer life of believers, ethical and moral questions…In general, what our Church teaches and believes. Along with all of this we have shared some meals and spent some time getting to know each other. Please pray for these people that the Holy Spirit will continue to enlighten and strengthen them in their love of Jesus Christ and his Church.

Legacy Giving: Our 150th Jubilee

Faithful LegacyWell into our Anniversary year celebrations, I think it’s time to pause and ask what is going to be our legacy? There is still much work to be done in building God’s kingdom here at St. Joseph’s. Take a look at the insert today and visit myplanwithcatholiccommunity.org/stjosephamherst where you can view and request educational materials and practical information to get you started. More information will follow in our upcoming newsletter: “On the Level”. You may also email legacygiving@stjosephamherst.com or call the Parish Office (440-988-2848) if you wish to speak with someone personally.

New American-made Chairs for our Parish Hall:

Through the assistance of our St. Joseph Players, our new chairs have arrived. You’ll love them. Thank-You.

-Fr. Larry Martello
Pastor

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