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  •        Pastors Homily

     
    Weekend Homily
    Divine Mercy Sunday
    April 10th/11th 2021
     
    This weekend, we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday…  I will share some background on Divine Mercy Sunday… On February 22, 1931, a young Polish nun, St. Faustina Kowalska, saw a vision of Jesus with rays of mercy streaming from the area of his heart.  He told her to have an image painted to represent this vision and to sign it, “Jesus, I trust in you!.”

    In a series of revelations, Christ taught St. Faustina that His mercy is unlimited and available even to the greatest sinners, and He revealed special ways for people to respond to His mercy.

    On the Sunday after Easter, April 30, 2000 designated as the First Universal Mercy Sunday, Pope John Paul II canonized Sr. Faustina and established Divine Mercy worldwide.
    The message of Divine Mercy can be called to mind simply by remembering the letters:  A-B-C.

    Letter A in the word  AskAsk Christ for His Mercy,  God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly.

    Letter B in the word:  Be…  BE Merciful, God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others.

    Letter C in the word:  Completely…  Completely trust in Jesus  God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent on our trust.

    From that summary, we have the essence of this Feast:
    A… ask for Mercy
    B… be merciful
    C… completely trust in Jesus

    Elements recommended for this Feast are numbered at 7:
     
    1.  Celebrate the feast with Mass on the Sunday after Easter.
    2.  Sincerely repent all of your sins.
    3.  Place your complete trust in Jesus.
    4.  Go to confession, preferably before the day of the Feast.
    5.  Receive Holy Communion on the Day of the Feast.
    6.  Venerate Jesus’ Image of Divine Mercy.  We have it here on the pulpit.
    7. Be merciful to others through your actions, words, and prayers on their behalf.
    From Pope John Paul II’s homily for the canonization of Sr. Faustina Kowalska on April 30, 2000, we have these words.  Regarding Divine Mercy:  “This consoling message is addressed above all to those who, afflicted by a particularly harsh trial or crushed by the weight of the sins they committed, have lost all confidence in life and are tempted to give into despair.  To them the gentle face of Christ is offered.  Those rays from his heart touch them and shine upon them, warm them, show them the way and fill them with hope.    How many souls have been consoled by the prayer:  “Jesus, I trust in you.”  Which Providence intimated through Sr. Faustina!  This simple act of abandonment to Jesus dispels the thickest clouds and lets a ray of light penetrate every life.”
     

    The Risen Christ comes in their midst in today’s Gospel, even though the physical doors are locked.  This means there are no barriers to experiencing the Presence of the Risen Christ.  What is necessary is for us to unlock the doors of our hearts to Him… Simply, praying the prayer over and over again, Jesus I trust in you… is a good way to open the doors of our hearts to His Mercy…

    Secondly, then after experiencing his mercy… we are called to be merciful to the people whom God places in our lives.

    Let us unlock the doors of our hearts to Christ and welcome Him to come inside us; Let us unlock the doors of our hearts to others and be merciful to others as the Lord would be merciful to us…

    I will end with this poem.
    Trust Him
    Trust Him when dark doubts assail you,
    Trust Him when your strength is small,
    Trust Him when to simply trust Him
    Seems the hardest of all.

    Trust Him, He is ever faithful;
    Trust Him for His will is best,
    Trust Him, for the Heart of Jesus
    Is the only place of rest.

    Trust Him, then, through doubts and sunshine;
    All your cares upon Him cast,
    Till the storm of life is over,
    And your trusting days are past.
     
  • Catholic Chairities

    We are still accepting Catholic Charities Pledges.  To make a gift today visit:

    https://www.catholiccommunity.org/ways-to-give/donate/catholic-charities.  Please select our parish from the drop down menu. 

    OR YOU MAY PICK UP A PLEDGE ENVELOPE AT THE RECTORY

    Or you can text CCHOPE to 41444.


    With church attendance low due to COVID19, we hope you will respond generously. 

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    CALLED FOR MORE

    We are in the middle of an initiative from the Diocese, which was named “Called for More.”  They are asking that ALL PARISHIONERS from our parish fill out a brief survey, which will ask questions about where you are in your Faith Journey, and how we as a Parish are serving your needs.  This is very important to our parish, and we are looking for as many responses as possible.  If you already filled out the survey on line, or in church – THANK YOU.  If you have not PLEASE fill out the survey by clicking on the link below.


    https://portal.catholicleaders.org/dmi/survey/d9ba2d9bak

     

  • On-Line Giving

    We are grateful for your support of our church. Online Giving allows you to make contributions to our church without writing checks or worrying about cash donations. This site lets you set up automatic contributions and change the timing or the amount of your gift at any time. You may make pledges and manage your contributions to the pledge amount, and you may make one-time donations to special causes. Please click on "Sign Up for Your New Account" and complete your initial account registration. Thank you!

    Click the link below to get started!


    Online Giving

  • ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT SAFETY ?

    With so much uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 virus and increasing recommendations to avoid crowds and take proper safety precautions, we wanted to remind you that we have options in place now that you can use today. This option is an ideal way to support the parish and our mission should you elect to stay home and worship.

    Online Giving is available for you to make contributions to the church. This option makes use of current technology and security standards and allows you to easily setup recurring contributions. It also enables our church to take advantage of new tools to become more efficient.

    Online Giving Parishioner Benefits
    Secure and confidential. No need to share payment information with the church office.
    Efficient. Set up direct withdrawals from your checking, savings account or a credit card.
    Simple. Start, stop and change your contributions at any time.
    Convenient. No need to write a check or have cash available.
    Remote flexibility. You can give from virtually anywhere anytime.

    Online Giving is intended to be a convenient tool for you to use, and we strongly support both Online Giving and Offering Envelopes for contributions to the parish. Online Giving is the electronic way to participate in weekly offertory.

     

  • Sick & Hospitalized

    Please remember in your  prayers those who are sick.  May they and their caregivers receive comfort and strength, remembering especially :
     

    Sharon Arroyo, Ryan Amato,
    Rondell Atwater, Matthew Balli,
    Joyce Bican, Chester Betliskey, Mary Ann Betliskey,
    Bonnie Donovan, Ted Branche,
    James Ciesla, Donna Czyzynski, Joseph Deccola, Carole Dlouhy,  Katherine Dolniar, Shelley Forbes, Victor Hartness,  Kristin Hill,
    Liz Humar, Jacob Jackson,
    Mike, Jackson, 
    Millie Jasany,
    hris Jackson, Marcedia Johnson, The Jorski Family,  
     Stanley  Loszak, Stefania Loszak, Grant Kaurich, Patti Kicielinski, Grant Kaurich
    Richard Kwiatkowski,
    Eleanor Peshek, 
    Tom Konkoly,
    Sharon Krzynowek,  Amy Latawiec,
    Richard Leonard,    Barbie Lister,
    Ann Marie Medve, Joseph Medve, Jeanette Miller,  Marguerite Miller, Nikki Milton, Keenan Montgomery, Donna Murrin, Louis Novak,
    Art Novotny, 
    Patricia Rhine,
    Joel Rivera, Karen Seneff,
    Norman Seneff, Tony Seneff,
    Earl Sheets, Margaret Slechta,
    Chuck Slusarczyk,
    ancy Slusarczyk, 
    Russ Smith,
    Peggy Snyder, Kellie Span,
    Elaine Stack, Robert Stack,
    Toni Suchy, 
    Marlene Wesley,
    Betty Wilson,

    Jerome Wisniewski,
    Greg Wisniewski

    and Carl Zelenskas.



    Please remember the following clergy 
     

    Deacon Ken DeLuca
    Prayers requested


    Father Louis Thomas
    Prayers requested


     

       Please pray for the Men and Women serving in the military, especially those from our parish and their families.  Especially, Steven Lanzola who has recently deployed. 
          
    For All Our Loved Ones who have died may they rest in eternal peace in heaven.

           

  • We Need Your Help

    If your address and phone number have changed, please let us know.  We would like to keep our records up to date.  Also if you would like to share your email address, please contact Sandy Yody  at  
    sjnsyody@st-john-nepomucene.org
    Thank you !

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