This weekend, the Church celebrates the Sixth Sunday of Easter. On Saturday, our parish celebrates the completion of the sacraments of Initiation with six of our children who will be receiving First Eucharist. On Sunday, we celebrate the sacrament of Baptism with one of our parish children. We are most blessed as a parish family to be celebrating sacraments of Initiation nearly every weekend of this Easter Season. Please pray for our children and youth that they may continue to grow in their faith, develop a strong desire to serve the Church, and participate in the parish the best ways they are able at this stage of their journey of faith.
Today’s Gospel passage is from the twelfth chapter of John’s Gospel. This Sunday, we hear Jesus say to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love…This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.” The word love appears nine times in the Gospel passage. Jesus goes into great lengths to describe the characteristics of the love of which he speaks. This love is rooted in the Father’s love for his Son, the love of Jesus for us, and in the keeping of the Father’s commandments. It is a love that brings us joy, a selfless love that serves others without counting the cost – a love that would lead one to lay down one’s life for another. It is a love that bears fruit. Jesus expects a great deal of us when it comes to love. The love of which he speaks is not based upon feelings, but upon a commitment. It is a love which calls forth the Body of Christ (the Church) to truly live and act as the Body of Christ in all circumstances.
Congratulations, Belia and André, on the Baptism of your daughter, Andrianna Margarita Kaczmarek! May God bless you and your family. Be assured of the prayers and support of our parish family as you teach your daughter about Jesus and lead her in the ways of faith.
Pastoral Council members have been discussing stewardship of time and talent over the past few months. They desired to give parishioners an opportunity to make a commitment of their stewardship of time and talent by signing up for various ministries within the parish. They created a form which will be distributed on Pentecost Sunday (May 19/20), the culmination of the Easter Season, which celebrates the birth of the Church and who we are as Church – a most appropriate time for us to commit ourselves to ways in which we are able to build up the Body of Christ within our own parish and community.
Blessings on your Easter Season!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ