Divine Mercy

04-19-2020Weekly ReflectionFather Brighenti

Dear Parish Family,

Today the Easter Octave concludes with the Second Sunday of Easter called Divine Mercy Sunday. During his revelations to Saint Faustina on Divine Mercy, Jesus asked on many occasions that a feast day be dedicated to the Divine Mercy and that this feast be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter. On April 30, 2000, Pope John Paul II on the occasion of the canonization of Sr. Faustina named this Second Sunday, Divine Mercy Sunday. May we remember this important Sunday to realize anew what Christ’s new life has done for us. This celebration is not about a private revelation, rather Jesus’ words to St. Faustina about His merciful heart supports what the Church has always professed and which she seeks to remind the world of once again; namely God’s goodness and love for sinners. Faustina wrote that Jesus promised that all who recite this chaplet at the hour of death or in the presence of the dying will receive great mercy. Faustina also stated that Jesus promised that anything can be obtained with this prayer if it is compatible with His will. May we pray for God’s protection and realize an end to the threat of this disease.

With the absence of Mass, we are not able to receive the body of our Lord, instead we are all encouraged to make a Spiritual Communion opening our hearts so the Lord can commune with us. He is waiting; He is still stretching out his arms from the Cross!

Although we are not celebrating public Masses, our Church doors are open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily and on Saturday & Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. For you to come and pray silently. We will be having Eucharistic Adoration during these times, please remember that we are to follow social distancing while in the Church. For the week of April 20th, Eucharistic Adoration will be in the Parish Center Gym from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, please use the side doors facing the Church to enter.

Our priests are available to hear confessions, from 9:30 am to 10:00 am & 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm in the New Adoration Chapel.

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is available. Please call the Parish Office to make an appointment. In a true emergency please leave a message on the emergency extension.

I am extremely grateful to those who have signed up for Electronic Gift Giving and those who have mailed or dropped off their checks to the Church and Parish Center. Like you in your homes we still have to pay bills. Our weekly financial resources have been severely reduced. On our web page we have set up ways to donate either electronically or by text. Simply follow the instructions. If there is a problem Regina in our office can help you via the phone. You can also mail or physically drop your envelope off at the Parish Office between 10:00-1:00 weekdays in the plastic mail bin by the doors. A basket will be placed at the Church during Adoration hours. The basket will be placed by the Altar for security issues, however you choose please continue to give. This will secure our Church when we all come out of this crisis so that we can resume with all our ministries and activities.

I look forward to celebrating Mass with you soon, and will keep you in my prayers each day and ask that you do the same. May the Holy Spirit of God renew us all in holiness and new life.

Father Ken