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MAY 29, 2005—THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST

 

 

 

REMINDER: Please remember the Eucharistic Adoration at both churches on First Friday, June 3rd. Adoration begins immediately following the morning Masses and continues till 7 PM at St. Elizabeth’s and 9 PM at St. Anthony’s.

 

GUADALUPE FREE CLINIC UPDATE:  Please join us for an open house on Sunday, May 29th, from 2-5 PM. Also, any volunteer who is willing to assist Fr. Magat in completing research for grant money for the Clinic is asked to contact Father at the parish. There is a need of a few research assistants to secure funding for the Clinic.

 

ST. ELIZABETH’S PARISH BAZAAR AND YARD SALE PLANNING MEETING: We need to start planning for our  annual bazaar and yard sale as a fund- raising time during the summer. Please come to a meeting at the church hall on June 4th at 6:00 PM  immediately following the 5 PM Mass. We ‘ll brainstorm and make some firm plans. The more, the merrier! We’ll keep it short.

 

ST. ANTHONY’S WOMAN’S COUNCIL: The next St. Anthony's Woman's Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 14, 2005, at 6:30 p.m.  It is being held at the Hall.  We will be using this forum to discuss and finalize plans for the Parish-Wide Picnic.  All are welcome to join to offer your thoughts and ideas.

 

BI-LINGUAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR GUADALUPE FREE CLINIC: Persons who speak English and Spanish are needed to help at the Clinic. You need not be fluent in both but able to communicate essential information in both languages. Please call Fr. Magat at the parish office if interested.

 

PARISH-WIDE PICNIC: Please be sure to mark your calendars for Sunday, July 10, 2005, 1-5 PM.

A picnic is planned to be held at the St. A’s Mullin's House. Chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks will be provided.  Games for all ages are guaranteed to test your skill and imagination!  All you have to bring is your enthusiasm, a dish and dessert to share, as well as your lounge chairs.  We will provide the rest!  Look for fliers and sign-up sheets in the vestibules in the near future.   Points of contact for this event will be Deb Kaczmar (775-2649) and Mary Thorsted (775-4345) of the St. Anthony's Woman's Council.  Mark your calendars accordingly. We look forward to seeing and socializing with you!

 

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS VAN RAFFLE:  Ricardo & Socorro Salcedo were the lucky winners!! They held the winning ticket which was # 052. Thanks to all who participated and sold tickets.

 

PRAYER LIST OF SICK AND SHUT-INS: Please remember the following parishioners, family members, and friends in your prayers: Christine Navarro, Emetrio Cui,  June Zamborsky, Patricia Carey, Gerthie Shook, Nicole Fontenot, Victoria Grzeika, Laura Thorsted,  Janie Ornot, Rex Ruix , Maurice Capone, John & Margaret Bobak, Jane Norman, John Miniuk, Rita Bradley, Randy George, Mark Schmaus, Eldred Daiger, George Giltner, Bette Riordan, Joyce & Mark Hawpe,  Maria Luisa DiPaola, Pat Brown, Mary Morrison, Paul Rothgeb, Angela Derr,

Joe DiFerdinando, Sr. Joan Gormley,  John Walsh, Diann Hoffmaster, Mathew Childers, Sr. Marie Andre’, PCPA, Ethel Baird, Andrew Morrow, Marian Van Dyke, Margorie Strother, Addie Zimmer, Gilma Becerra, Rose Tarrell, Guillermo Becerra, Helen Torbett, Charles Buhler, Patrice Waits, Nicole Eddy, Mary Jo Ryan, Jean Childers,  Sharon Orton, Warren Sewell, and all who care for them.



FEAST DAYS THIS WEEK:  Blessed James Bertoni, priest & religious--Monday, May 30. The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary– Tuesday, May 31.  St. Justin—Wednesday, June 1. Sts. Marcellinus & Peter--Thursday, June 2. The Most Sacred Heart of JesusFirst Friday,  June 3 .  The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary--Saturday, June 4.

 

 

THIS WEEK’S MASS INTENTIONS:

            May 30th         St. A’s             9 AM               Josephine Ashton

            May 30th         St. E’s              8 AM               Martin Encinger

            May 31st          St. E’s              8 AM               Richard Wobbe & Family

            May 31st          St. A’s             7 AM               Special Intentions

            June 1st            St. E’s              8 AM               Cecile McDowell

            June 3rd           St. E’s              8 AM               Richard Wobbe & Family

 

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS NEWS: The Knights of Columbus are selling Food Lion prepaid grocery cards in various denominations ranging from $25 to $200. You get full value for your money and the K of C get 5% of the proceeds enabling support of many community activities. Cards are available for immediate sale after the 11 AM Sunday Mass at St. A’s. We can also take orders, with money collected upon delivery of the grocery cards. POC is Dan Green at 540-775-7444 or d9mgreen@crosslink.net.

 

                               

MILITARY PRAYER LIST: Capt. James R. Hock’s , Col. Eldon Bell, John Patrick Armstrong , Raul A. Lopez, David E. Thompson, Jeremy Froio, Brad Salmon, Fr. Henry Vocick, Rodney Prosper, Glenn Ayers, Michael Todd, Michael Alexander, Mike Hogan, Holly Allen, Craig Olson, Ryan Kracht, M. O’Donahue, John Seamon, Ben Vranian, John Bowers, Bradley Richmond, Matthew Green, Jeffrey Lee, Mike Cornwell, Jr., Sam Thompson, Ralph DeCampa, Willie McCallister, Deenie Martin, Matt Metcalf, Rhoda Bradshaw, Mikayla Rain Feather, Steve Pisoni, Sr., Louis E. Taube,  Joseph M. Tapp, Paul McCummins, Brian Jaquith, John & Rolland Deschambault, Joseph & Jason Moore, Stephanie Kelley, Jeremy Melber & Steven Williams.

 

EDUCATION PARISH SERVICE: —a scripture, theology and spiritual formation program for adult Catholics, will present Women in Scripture: Teachers of Faithfulness and Prayer, an exploration of how extraordinary women of Scripture showed what it means to be a disciple of the Lord. The three-week Wednesday evening June Series is set for June 8, 15, and 22 from 7- 9:15 pm in Room 100, Main Building, Trinity University, 125 Michigan Ave., NE., Washington, DC. The series is open to the public. To reserve a seat, contact Washington/Virginia Evening Program Director Cecilia Braveboy, 202-884-9048 or braveboyc@trinitydc.edu.

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK: Monday: Tobit 1: 3; 2: 1a-8; Mark 12:1-12. Tuesday: Zephaniah 3: 14-18a; Romans 12: 9-16; Luke 1: 39-56. Wednesday: Tobit 3: 1-11a, 16-17a; Mark 12: 18-27. Thursday:  Tobit 6: 10-11; 7: 1bcde, 9-17: 8: 4-9a; Mark 12: 28-34.  Friday: Deuteronomy 7: 6-11; 1 John 4: 7-16; Matthew 11: 25-30. Saturday: Sirach 51: 12cd-20; Mark 11: 27-33. Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Hosea 6: 3-6; Romans 4: 18-25; Matthew 9: 9-13.

 

 

 

 

 


Note from Padre:  

 

          The ends justify the means.

 

          This moral principle easily becomes a principle for immorality.  It is diametrically opposed to Jesus Christ’s teachings as taught by the Catholic Church.  What is so wrong about it?  Have you ever heard or seen this moral principle played out?

 

          If we look to the Scriptures, we see that there are certain teachings of Almighty God/Jesus Christ that are absolute: “Keep holy the Sabbath.  Thou shall not steal.  Thou shall not commit adultery.  Thou shall not kill.  Etc.”  Proportionalism - the ends justify the means – admits of no absolutes.  There can always be a reason – an end – to justify one’s actions – the means.  If it makes a person “happy” or leads to his “fulfillment” then it is okay for him.  We see this principle played out often in our society.  If two people love each other, then they should be able to marry even if they are of the same sex.  If it will “help” a couple’s relationship, sex outside of marriage or contraception is okay.  If it will help save the life of a person, it is okay to kill another person and extract his stem cells.

 

          It seems that most of our House of Representatives are proportionalists.  The majority of them voted this past week to support embryonic stem cell research.  The argument is made that the end is a noble one: saving the lives of people who have life-threatening diseases.  However, the actions, or means, that will be taken to do so are gravely wrong: creating a human person in a test tube outside of the love-gift of husband and wife, then killing the innocent person as one harvests his stem cells.  What is so different from embryonic stem cell research taking one person’s heart to give to another?  Where have the principles of our Founding Fathers gone: to preserve every American’s ability for the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness?  Where have the principles of our medical profession gone: to do no harm and to save life?

 

          If proportionalism becomes the standard in a society, the society is doomed.  There is no basis for action.  Every person can dictate his own morality.  Every person can do as he pleases.  The only principle for morality becomes strength.  Whoever is the strongest imposes his morality on others.  In the political sphere it is called dictatorship.  Democracy falls into dictatorship when the basis for morality is proportionalism.  There must be morality rooted in absolutes, rooted in Jesus Christ if the society is to continue as one of order and civility.

 

          May we be instruments of truth and order in our society.

 

 

 

                                                                                                God bless,

                                                                                                Father Vander Woude


                  

 

MAY 22, 2005————————THE MOST HOLY TRINITY  SUNDAY

 

GUADALUPE FREE CLINIC UPDATE: Please pray for the success of the Guadalupe Free Clinic, which opened on Saturday, May 21st. Please join us for an open house on Sunday, May 29th, from 2-5 PM. Also, any volunteer who is willing to assist Fr. Magat in completing research for grant money for the Clinic is asked to contact Father at the parish. There is a need of a few research assistants to secure funding for the Clinic.

 

BI-LINGUAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR GUADALUPE FREE CLINIC: Persons who speak English and Spanish are needed to help at the Clinic. You need not be fluent in both but able to communicate essential information in both languages. Please call Fr. Magat at the parish office if interested.

 

CALLING ON PARENTS OF OUR PARISH YOUTH: There will be a short meeting at St. Anthony’s Hall May 24, 2005 at 7:00 PM to discuss summer events. Sign up sheets will be provided to chaperone day trips and Work Camp 2005.

 

ST. ELIZABETH’S PARISH BAZAAR AND YARD SALE PLANNING MEETING: We need to start planning for our  annual bazaar and yard sale as a fund- raising time during the summer. Please come to a meeting at the church hall on June 4th at 6:00 PM  immediately following the 5 PM Mass. We ‘ll brainstorm and make some firm plans. The more, the merrier! We’ll keep it short.

 

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS NEWS: The Knights of Columbus are selling Food Lion prepaid grocery cards in various denominations ranging from $25 to $200. You get full value for your money and the K of C get 5% of the proceeds enabling support of many community activities. Cards are available for immediate sale after the 11 AM Sunday Mass at St. A’s. We can also take orders, with money collected upon delivery of the grocery cards. POC is Dan Green at 540-775-7444 or d9mgreen@crosslink.net.

 

PARISH-WIDE PICNIC: Please be sure to mark your calendars for Sunday, July 10, 2005, 1-5 PM. A picnic is planned to be held at the St. A’s Mullin's House. Chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks will be provided.  Games for all ages are guaranteed to test your skill and imagination!  All you have to bring is your enthusiasm, a dish and dessert to share, as well as your lounge chairs.  We will provide the rest!  Look for fliers and sign-up sheets in the vestibules in the near future.   Points of contact for this event will be Deb Kaczmar (775-2649) and Mary Thorsted (775-4345) of the St. Anthony's Woman's Council.  Mark your calendars accordingly. We look forward to seeing and socializing with you!

 

PRAYER LIST OF SICK AND SHUT-INS: Please remember the following parishioners, family members, and friends in your prayers: Christine Navarro, Emetrio Cui,  June Zamborsky, Patricia Carey, Gerthie Shook, Nicole Fontenot, Victoria Grzeika, Laura Thorsted,  Janie Ornot, Rex Ruix , Maurice Capone, John & Margaret Bobak, Jane Norman, John Miniuk, Rita Bradley, Randy George, Mark Schmaus, Eldred Daiger, George Giltner, Bette Riordan, Joyce & Mark Hawpe,  Maria Luisa DiPaola, Pat Brown, Cecelia McDowell, Mary Morrison, Paul Rothgeb, Angela Derr, Joe DiFerdinando, Sr. Joan Gormley,  John Walsh, Diann Hoffmaster, Mathew Childers, Sr. Marie Andre’, PCPA, Ethel Baird, Andrew Morrow, Marian Van Dyke, Margorie Strother, Addie Zimmer, Gilma Becerra, Rose Tarrell, Guillermo Becerra, Helen Torbett, Charles Buhler, Patrice Waits, Nicole Eddy, Mary Jo Ryan, Jean Childers,  Sharon Orton, Warren Sewell, and all who care for them.



FEAST DAYS THIS WEEK:  St. Michael the Confessor, bishop--Monday, May 23. St. David I of Scotland, king Tuesday, May 24.  Sts. Bede the Venerable, Pope Gregory VII, & Mary Magdalene de Pazzi—Wednesday, May 25. St. Philip Neri--Thursday, May 26. St. Augustine of Canterbury—Friday, May 27.  Blsd. Mary Bartholomea of Florence, virgin--Saturday, May 28.

 

 

THIS WEEK’S MASS INTENTIONS:

 

            May 23                        St. A’s             7:00 AM          Rita Backhaus

            May 24                        St. A’s             7:00 AM          Connie Quattlebaum

            May 24                        St. E’s              8:00 AM          Decreased Members of

                                                                                    the Frye Family

            May 25                        St. A’s             7:00 PM           Dave & Sally Cullin

            May 27                        St. A’s             7:00 AM          Marty Dilick    

             

 

PILGRIM VIRGIN STATUE OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA: The sign-up sheet to bring the Pilgrim Virgin statue to your home is in the back of St. Anthony Church this weekend. She will be brought to your home on Saturday morning between 9 AM to 12 noon and depart two weeks later in the same time period.  In the last six months she has visited more than twenty homes in our parish, bringing great graces with her wherever she goes.   

 

                               

MILITARY PRAYER LIST: Capt. James R. Hock’s , Col. Eldon Bell, John Patrick Armstrong , Raul A. Lopez, David E. Thompson, Jeremy Froio, Brad Salmon, Fr. Henry Vocick, Rodney Prosper, Glenn Ayers, Michael Todd, Michael Alexander, Mike Hogan, Holly Allen, Craig Olson, Ryan Kracht, M. O’Donahue, John Seamon, Ben Vranian, John Bowers, Bradley Richmond, Matthew Green, Jeffrey Lee, Mike Cornwell, Jr., Sam Thompson, Ralph DeCampa, Willie McCallister, Deenie Martin, Matt Metcalf, Rhoda Bradshaw, Mikayla Rain Feather, Steve Pisoni, Sr., Louis E. Taube,  Joseph M. Tapp, Paul McCummins, Brian Jaquith, John & Rolland Deschambault, Joseph & Jason Moore, Stephanie Kelley, Jeremy Melber & Steven Williams.

 

               

CATHOLIC BUSINESS NETWORK OF CENTRAL VIRGINIA: On Sunday May 22nd the Catholic Business Network of Central Virginia will be celebrating our 3rd Annual Anniversary Mass. The Mass will be celebrated at Saint Mary’s parish in downtown Fredericksburg at 8:30 AM Mass. The CBNCV has reserved the first three rows for our members. Father Rooney will be celebrating the Mass. After Mass the Network will  hand out its new “Catholic Business Directories”.

 

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK: Monday: Sirach 17: 20-24; Mark 10: 17-27. Tuesday: Sirach 35: 1-12; Mark 10: 28-31. Wednesday: Sirach 36: 1, 4-5a, 10-17; Mark 10: 32-45. Thursday: Sirach 42: 15-25; Mark 10: 46-52.  Friday: Sirach 44: 1, 9-13; Mark 11: 11-26. Saturday: Sirach 51: 12cd-20; Mark 11: 27-33.  The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Sunday: Deuteronomy 8: 2-3, 14b-16a; 1 Corinthians 10: 16-17; John 6: 51-58.

 

 

 


Note from Padre: This weekend will mark the beginning of an endeavor that has not been accomplished in the diocese of Arlington.  The Guadalupe Free Clinic opens this Saturday, May 21st in Colonial Beach.  The inception and direction of the GFC has been the labor of Fr. Magat in a major way along with dedicated parishioners from St. Elizabeth’s and St. Anthony’s – a few have put in 100+ hours.  May Our Lord reward the generosity of so many who have helped to bring the opening of the GFC to fruition.

 

A couple of weeks ago I was speaking with a runner – we had both just finished our jogs.  After speaking about the beauties of family life, he asked me if I had any children.  I told him that I did not.  However, I should have said that I have hundreds of children!  How many call a priest, ‘Father’?!  But, I also could have mentioned to him that I have been blessed to experience family life in a unique way as the oldest of seven brothers.  Let’s just say I got a ‘taste’ for parenthood in my teenage years when the three younger brothers were being born and raised.  I was seventeen when brother #6 – Patrick – was born.  (I still remember the Pizza Hut the older brothers were at when we got word from Dad that we had another brother.  Pat has been to the parish a good many times with Mom and Dad, as well as accompanying the youth on the trip to Toronto for World Youth Day.)  It is because of brother #6 – Patrick – that I am absent this weekend from the parish.  He is marrying a Cornhusker – a Nebraskan, Miss Jill Menke, a tremendous young lady.  It is a work of God’s providence that the two would meet far from Nebraska in a little faithful Catholic college in Virginia, Christendom College.  It will be a special joy to be present at their wedding as I am also Patrick’s godfather.  Please keep them in your prayers as they head into the Marine Corps and flight training.

 

The month of May, as we have spoken often, is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Father Magat and I have spoken often-encouraging devotion to Our Heavenly Mother.  Devotion to the Mother of God can take many different paths: pilgrimages to Marian sites, processions, sacrifices and prayers.  The Rosary is one of the staple devotions, praying to Jesus through Mary.  It is a very powerful prayer, both in growing closer to Jesus, but also in having our prayers heard by Him through His Mother.

 

Yet, there is another prayer in honor of Our Lady that I would like to mention.  It is called the Memorare written by St. Bernard of Clairvaux in the early Middle Ages.  It seems to capture the sentiments of a child-petitioner of Our Lady:

 

Remember, O Most Gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone

who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence I fly unto thee, O Virgin of Virgins, My Mother.

To thee do I come, before thee do I stand, sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate despise not my petitions,

but in thy clemency hear and answer them (me).  Amen.

 

I hope this prayer may be of help in speaking to Jesus through Mary.

 

                                                                                                God bless,

                                                                                                Father Vander Woude


                  

 

 

APRIL 24, 2005——————–————FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

 

SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND: The second collection this weekend, April 23rd and 24th, will be for the Catholic Home Missions Appeal. While we keep the poor, the homeless, and the oppressed in our prayers throughout the year, we are asked once a year to contribute to this cause. Please be generous as always. Thank you.

 

ST. ELIZABETH’S ALTAR & ROSARY SOCIETY NEWS: Virginia Frye will be leaving the Parish on May 5th. The Altar & Rosary Society is planning a farewell party to be held in the Party Room in the Potomac Warf Condominiums on Sunday, May 1st at 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Please come and join us in wishing her well.

 

ANNUAL BAKE SALE: The Altar & Rosary Society will have their annual bake sale at Hall’s Market, May 7th, 9 AM to 2 PM. Donations of checks or baked goods will be greatly appreciated. Please deliver your donations to Hall’s Market the morning of the sale or drop off in St. Elizabeth’s hall on the Friday before. If you need to have items picked up, call Mary Norton 224-4065 or Ann Walters 224-5094.

 

MOTHER’S DAY FLOWER SALE: Everyone loves to honor their mother on her special day. The Parish youth would like to help you with this endeavor. In return you would help send our youth to Kentucky for Work Camp 2005. Please find order forms in the back of church or call Ida Gover after 5 PM at 540-644-1704.

 

BENEDICT XVI PARTY: Join us at St. Elizabeth’s after the 5 PM Vigil Mass on Saturday April 30, for a party to honor our new Holy Father. We’ll serve bratwurst, kraut and apple strudel, in honor of the Holy Father’s German heritage. Fr. Magat will also present a brief talk on our new Pope, his background what we should expect our new Holy Father to accomplish as our new chief shepherd. Viva Il Papa!

 

WANTED: CCD TEACHERS FOR HISPANIC RELIGIOUS EDUCATION-- The CCD program is taught in ENGLISH and will meet on Sundays at 1:45 PM at St. Elizabeth’s for one hour starting in June. All interested parties should contact Fr. Magat

 

K OF C NEWS:  A 1995 Dodge Caravan has been donated to our Knights of Columbus-- Holy Trinity Council #7812.  The Knights will raffle the truck as a fund raiser for our council. One hundred tickets will be sold at $20.00 per ticket. Tickets will be sold after each mass.

 

PRAYER LIST OF SICK AND SHUT-INS: Please remember the following parishioners, family members, and friends in your prayers: Christine Navarro, Emetrio Cui,  June Zamborsky, Patricia Carey, Gerthie Shook, Nicole Fontenot, Victoria Grzeika, Laura Thorsted,  Janie Ornot, Rex Ruix , Maurice Capone, John & Margaret Bobak, Jane Norman, John Miniuk, Rita Bradley, Randy George, Mark Schmaus, Eldred Daiger, George Giltner, Bette Riordan, Joyce & Mark Hawpe,  Maria Luisa DiPaola, Pat Brown, Cecelia McDowell, Mary Morrison, Paul Rothgeb, Angela Derr, Joe DiFerdinando, Sr. Joan Gormley,  John Walsh, Diann Hoffmaster, Mathew Childers, Sr. Marie Andre’, PCPA, James May III, Ethel Baird, Andrew Morrow, Marian Van Dyke, Margorie Strother, Addie Zimmer, Gilma Becerra, Rose Tarrell, Guillermo Becerra, Helen Torbett, Charles Buhler, Patrice Waits, Nicole Eddy, Mary Jo Ryan, Jean Childers,  Sharon Orton, Warren Sewell, and all who care for them.

                                     

 

 

FEAST DAYS THIS WEEK:  St. Mark--Monday, April 25. St. Peter De Betancur, religious Tuesday, April 26.  Blessed Osanna of Cattaro, virgin— Wednesday, April 27. Sts. Peter Chanel & Louis Mary de Montfort, Thursday, April 28.  St. Catherine of Siena--Friday, April 29.  St. Pius V --Saturday, April 30.

 

 

THIS WEEK’S MASS INTENTIONS:

 

          April 24th     St. A’s                  8:00 AM      Increased Respect for Life

          April 24th     St. E’s                  10:30 AM    Deceased Members of the Frye Family

          April 25th     St. A’s                  7:00 AM      Frank Dilick

          April 25th     St. E’s                  8:00 AM      Julie Sieron

          April 26th     St. A’s                  7:00 AM      Pope John Paul II

          April 26th     St. E’s                  8:00 AM      Raymond Beavers

          April 27th     St. E’s                  8:00 AM      Kevin Ward

          April 27th     St. A’s                  7:00 PM                William & Mary Tracey

          April 28th     St. E’s                  8:00 AM      Special Intentions

          April 30th     St. E’s                  5:00 PM                Walter Krynicki

 

 

                  

INTERESTED IN A CATHOLIC EDUCATION FOR YOUR FUTURE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT?  MARK YOUR CALENDARS!Thursday, April 28th is the date for a public reception announcing plans for a new private high school in Charles County. The school will offer a challenging preparatory curriculum for students in grades 9-12 in the Catholic tradition. The reception will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 201 St Mary’s Avenue, La Plata, MD, in the Friendship Room, at 7:00 p.m. For more information, please call (301) 934-6838.

 

ATTENTION YOUTH MINISTERS, CCD TEACHERS & PARENTS: The Teenage Enrichment for the Apostles of Mary Retreat sponsored by the Legion of Mary is here again. This one day outdoor retreat is open to all Catholics from ages 12-18 and will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2005 at Hemlock Overlook in Clifton, Virginia. Come and join us for an exciting day with holy mass, benediction, confession, uplifting talks, skits, games, and four hours of ropes and obstacles activities. The theme is “Holy Eucharist: The Greatest Miracle. Our speakers are Rev. Paul Dudzinski, Rev. Jack Fullen, and Rev. Francis Peffley. The fee is $50.00 (early registration) and $60.00 (after May 15, 2005), which includes a free t-shirt and refreshments. Bring a bag lunch. Participants will have opportunities to meet new friends, have fun, learn strong Catholic values, and more particularly, be drawn closer to God. Mark your calendar and register early. For inquiries, call Dr. Seggy Acosta at (703) 323-5271, Lynn Gildon at (703) 250-1097. See you there!

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK: Monday: 1 Peter 5: 5b-14; Mark 16: 15-20. Tuesday: Acts 14: 19-28; John 14: 27-31a. Wednesday: Acts 15: 1-6; John 15: 1-8. Thursday: Acts 15: 7-21; John 15: 9-11. Friday: Acts 15: 22-31; John 15: 12-17. Saturday:  Acts 16: 1-10; John 15: 18-21. Sixth Sunday of Easter:  Acts 8: 5-8, 14-17; 1 Peter  3: 15-18; John 14: 15-21.

 

 

 

 

Note from Padre:

Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum; HABEMUS PAPAM:

 

Eminentissimum ac Reverendissimum Dominum, Dominum Josephum

Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae Cardinalem Ratzinger qui sibi nomen imposuit

 

Benedictum XVI

 

          (I announce to you with great joy; We have a Pope: the Most Eminent and Most Reverend Lord Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger who assumes for himself the name, Benedict XVI.)

 

          I believe it is safe to say most of us know what the Latin words, Habemus Papam, mean!  To be able to watch live on TV the announcement and presentation of the new pope is indescribable.  The election and presentation of a new pope is an event to which I cannot compare any of my own experiences!  So, the Cardinal who held the hand of the dying Pope John Paul II and to whom the dying Pope said, “Be not afraid,” is now the successor of Saint Peter!

          Pope Benedict has worked in the Vatican as the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since 1981 when Pope John Paul asked him to leave Germany to assist in the guidance of the entire Church.  In this capacity, he met with the Polish Pope every week for the past twenty-four years.  Perhaps, he is the one Cardinal who knows the mind and heart of Pope John Paul the best.  The two would often speak in German so that John Paul could keep up that language.

          Francis Cardinal George of Chicago relayed the words of two lay people with whom he spoke about Pope Benedict.  A Frenchman friend of Cardinal George told him, “You have elected a humble genius.”  When asked by Cardinal George about the then Cardinal Ratzinger, a cleaning woman in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said, “He is a true Christian.”  Pope Benedict, as many who have worked with him have said, is brilliant.  Yet, he is very prayerful and humble.  Is it any wonder he remained by Pope John Paul’s side for twenty-four years!  An example of these qualities is found in his address to the Cardinals following his first Mass as Holy Father.  The address, which he gave in the language of the Church, Latin, can be found in English:

www.ewtn.com and many other web sites.

          If you have been listening to many in the mainstream media characterize Pope Benedict, you have undoubtedly heard plenty of negative from their standpoint: “Doctrinnaire,”  “Rigid and unbending,” “God’s rottweiler,” and “Right-wing.”  What it all comes down to is that Pope Benedict believes and teaches moral and doctrinal absolutes as has every Catholic Pontiff.  There is a God.  Jesus Christ is God.  He founded one Church.  Abortion is always wrong.  Homosexual activity is always wrong . . . . Many in the mainstream media do not believe in absolutes.  Actually, they do believe in one: There can be no absolutes.  They contradict themselves.  It should be no surprise to us that Pope Benedict has been vilified by the secular minded in the press as well as in the Church.  Can I ask one question, “Where is the tolerance that the secular minded are always preaching?!” I end with the humble first words of our new pope:

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

 

          After the great Pope John Paul II, the Cardinals have elected me, a simple and humble laborer in the vineyard of the Lord.

          The fact that the Lord knows how to work and to act with inadequate instruments comforts me, and above all I entrust myself to your prayers.

          Let us move forward in the joy of the Risen Lord, confident of his unfailing help.  The Lord will help us and Mary, his Most Holy Mother, will be on our side.  Thank you.

 

                                                                             God bless,

                                                                             Father Vander Woude

                  

 

APRIL 3, 2005—————————————DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

 

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY: This Sunday, April 3rd, is Divine Mercy Sunday. Jesus Christ spoke the following words to a young Polish nun, Saint Faustina in 1936 regarding what has become known as “Mercy Sunday”. “I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open...The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment...It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy” (#699, Diary of Saint Faustina). Our Lord requested that this day be a “Feast of Mercy” through which He promises special graces to the souls who worship His Divine Mercy and beg for mercy for themselves and others.

 

ST. ELIZABETH’S 9:10 CENACLE: will meet on Tues., April 5th, after Mass and the Rosary. The subject continues to be The Teachings of Jesus Christ with Fr. John Corapi, S.O.L.T.; S.T.D. All are welcome.

 

ALTAR & ROSARY SOCIETY NEWS: We’re having a family game night on April 8th, games of all kinds.  Cards, scrabble, etc.  Their will be prizes and refreshments.  So come on out for a night of fun and fellowship. Cost is $5.00 per person. Contact Lynn Weaver 775-0643 or Mary Norton 804-224-4065.

 

CALLING ALL CATHOLIC MEN: All Catholic men are invited to attend a day-long conference entitled, “Godly Men Standing in the Breach”, on Saturday, April 23 beginning at 8:30 AM, at All Saints Parish in Manassas.  The conference is intended to help men become better husbands, fathers, and Godly men.  The conference will feature a variety of speakers including: two former NFL professional football players (one is also a former coach), therapist and radio host Art Bennett, Bishop Loverde, and other members of the clergy.  Registration and additional information can be found at the following website: http://www.thefishersofmem.org.

 

NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING COURSE:  A new series of NFP classes begins Sunday, April 10th, and continues Sundays, May 8th, June 12th, and July 10th (second Sundays).  Classes will meet from 12:30 to 2:30 P.M. in the St. Anthony  parish hall.  Free lunch will be served at noon.  The cost of the series is $75.00, which covers all materials.  Free babysitting will be available upon request.  PRE -REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Please contact Steve and Rita Wasilewski at 703-441-8067 or wasifamily@aol.com to pre-register.  They will need your name, telephone number, and e-mail address when you call. 

 

PRAYER LIST OF SICK AND SHUT-INS: Please remember the following parishioners, family members, and friends in your prayers: Nicole Fontenot, Victoria Grzeika, Laura Thorsted, Jim Prescott, Janie Ornot, Rex Ruix , Dori Sewell, Maurice Capone, John & Margaret Bobak, Jane Norman, John Miniuk, Jane Norman , Rita Bradley, Randy George, Mark Schmaus, Eldred Daiger, George Giltner, Bette Riordan, Joyce & Mark Hawpe, Heather Wolfe, Maria Luisa DiPaola, Pat Brown, Rodel Advincula, Cecelia McDowell, Maureen Brown, Peggy Prestia, Mary Morrison, Paul Rothgeb, Angela Derr, Joe DiFerdinando, Sr. Joan Gormley, Larry Stockum, John Walsh, Diann Hoffmaster, Mathew Childers, Sr. Marie Andre’, PCPA, James May III, Ethel Baird, Andrew Morrow, Marian Van Dyke, Margorie Strother, Addie Zimmer, Gilma Becerra, Rose Tarrell, Charlotte Boran, Guillermo Becerra, Helen Torbett, Charles Buhler, Patrice Waits, Nicole Eddy, Mary Jo Ryan, Jean Childers,  Sharon Orton, Warren Sewell, and all who care for them.




FEAST DAYS THIS WEEK:  The Annunciation of the Lord--Monday, April 4. St. Vincent Ferrer Tuesday, April 5.  Blessed Catherine of Pallanza, virgin & religious—April 6. St. John Baptist de La Salle--Thursday, April 7. Blessed Augusto Czartoryski, priest & religious--Friday, April 8.  Blesed Josaphata Michaelina Hordashevska, virgin & religious--Saturday, April 9.

 

 

THIS WEEK’S MASS INTENTIONS:

                April 3rd                  St. A’s                            8:30 AM                         Myrtle Fontenot

                April 4th                  St. E’s                             8:00 AM                         Richard Wobbe & Family

                April 6th                  St. A’s                            7:00 PM                          William & Mary Tracey

                April 9th                  St. E’s                             8:30 AM                         Dean Rose

                April 9th                  St. E’s                             5:00 PM                          George & Theresa Manigold

                April 9th                  St. A’s                            7:00 PM                          William & Mary Tracey

                               

 

           

MILITARY PRAYER LIST: Col. Eldon Bell, John Patrick Armstrong , Raul A. Lopez, David E. Thompson, Jeremy Froio, Brad Salmon, Fr. Henry Vocick, Donald Hentze, Rodney Prosper, Glenn Ayers, Michael Todd, Michael Alexander, Mike Hogan, Holly Allen, Craig Olson, Ryan Kracht, M. O’Donahue, John Seamon, Ben Vranian, John Bowers, Bradley Richmond, Matthew Green, Jeffrey Lee, Mike Cornwell, Jr., Sam Thompson, Ralph DeCampa, Willie McCallister, Deenie Martin, Matt Metcalf, Rhoda Bradshaw, Mikayla Rain Feather, Steve Pisoni, Sr., Louis E. Taube,  Joseph M. Tapp, Paul McCummins, Brian Jaquith, John & Rolland Deschambault, Joseph & Jason Moore, Stephanie Kelley, Jeremy Melber & Steven Williams.

 

 

LENTEN FUNDRAISER REMINDER : If you have participated in the Lenten baby bottle fundraiser for Birthright and AAA crisis pregnancy center, please return the bottles with your change this week. They may be placed on the shelf beneath St. Anthony's statue in the back of the church, or returned to your child's CCD teacher.

 

CATHOLIC ADVOCACY IN OUR NATION’S  CAPITAL: Everyone in the diocese (clergy and lay faithful) is welcome and encouraged to join Catholics from neighboring dioceses at the eighth annual Catholic Advocacy Day in Our Nation’s Capital on Thurs. April 14, 2005. The day begins with prayer at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Capitol Hill, 313 Second St., SE, Washington, DC at 9:30 am. The agenda includes briefings on domestic and international issues of concern to Catholics followed by legislative visits to Congress (Senators and Representatives), lunch ($10.00 if pre-­registered) and dialogue with other advocates. Closing prayer at 2:15 pm. Contact Anne Murphy at Catholic Charities (703-841-3831; a.murphy@ccda.net) for registration information.

 

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK: Monday: Isaiah 7: 10-14; 8: 10; Hebrews 10:

4-10; Luke 1: 26-38. Tuesday: Acts 4: 32-37; John 3: 7b-15. Wednesday: Acts 5: 17-26; John 3:

16-21. Thursday: Acts 5: 27-33; John 3: 31-36. Friday: Acts 5: 34-42; John  6: 1-15. Saturday:  Acts 6: 1-7;  John 6: 16-21. Third Sunday of Easter:  Acts 2: 14, 22-23; 1 Peter  1: 17-21;  Luke 24: 13-35.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Note from Padre: The 1920s, ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s saw the expansion of oppressive empires across the globe.   Nazism would cause tremendous suffering in Europe as would Atheistic Communism which had already taken hold in Russia and would take hold in Eastern Europe and China during and following World War II.  In the 1930s in Poland a cloistered nun by the name of Sr. Faustina Kowalska received visions from Jesus Christ.  In the visions Jesus reminded St. Faustina – as she is now known – of His Infinite Mercy.  The private revelations have since become known throughout the world as we will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday today.  The message of Divine Mercy was appropriate for that time period as it is for own time.  As Nazism and Atheistic Communism oppressed millions mercilessly, in recent decades ‘mercy’ has been championed as millions are oppressed in the West.  Freedom has been misused to kill the innocent elderly in the Netherlands and other western European nations.  In our own country we know how the ‘Freedom of Choice’ mentality has led to the death of millions of babies, some in Oregon who can choose to have a doctor kill them and now in Florida where a ‘husband’ can choose to starve his wife to death.  In the majority of these instances it is said by those involved that these deaths are the ‘merciful thing to do.’  God, Who is the Author of Mercy, disagrees.  He weighed in on the issue roughly four thousand years ago: Thou shall not kill!

 

            Mercy is the removal of what causes suffering.  For all human persons, Jesus performed the most merciful Act by dying on the Cross to redeem us from our sins.  He continually applies the graces from that Act whenever we go to Him for forgiveness and removal of our sins, particularly in the sacrament of Penance.  Mercy is not the taking of the life of a human person when there is no cure for the suffering.  God calls that murder!  Judge Greer calls it the ‘husband’s right.’  Is there any clear guidance from the Church on this issue?  Yes.

 

            The Church speaks of two different types of medical treatments: ordinary and extraordinary.  Ordinary treatment is care which is necessary and basic for life, i.e. warmth, cleanliness, nutrition and hydration.  This type of care may never be denied a human person in a way which will cause the person’s death.  Extraordinary treatment is care which does not promise alleviation of an illness, and is unduly burdensome, i.e. pain, financial or psychological.  Furthermore, it may bring further risk to a person’s life.  Extraordinary care may be refused morally.  For instance, a tremendous man I knew died eight years ago of lung cancer.  After the prognosis and options of treatment – none of which promised alleviation of the illness, but would be very painful – he elected to refuse the extraordinary treatment.

 

            Can ordinary treatment ever become extraordinary?  Yes.  Take a person who has a nutrition and hydration tube inserted into her stomach, if the body rejects the nutrition/hydration or develops an infection, the tube has become extraordinary by causing extreme pain.  Notice in Terri Schiavo’s case her body has functioned well with the nutrition and hydration tube without infection.  To remove it is to remove ordinary care.  Which means her husband and the judges are not ‘letting her die.’  They are causing the death by starvation of a human person: murder!

 

            It seems there is a deeper question here, is Terri Schiavo a human person infinitely worthwhile as a creation of Almighty God?  I heard a ‘bio-ethicist’ from the University of Florida say this week that she is not a human person.  Yes, Terri Schiavo is a human person.  She has an infinite worth even in the debilitated state in which she is.  Is it not heavenly irony that at the same time our country is struggling over this issue, Pope John Paul II is suffering in his elderly state for the world to see?!  Even receiving nutrition and hydration via a nutrition and hydration tube!  Showing that even in the twilight of life, human life still has a God-given dignity.  I do not think the Holy Father will be asking a few judges down south for their guidance on the tube issue.  They would have been well to avail themselves of his!

 

                                                                                                God bless,

                                                                                                Father Vander Woude


                  

 

MARCH 27, 2005—–EASTER SUNDAY: THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD

 

REMINDER: Please remember the Eucharistic Adoration at both churches on First Friday,

April 1st. Adoration begins immediately following the morning Masses and continues till

7 PM at St. Elizabeth’s and 9 PM at St. Anthony’s.

 

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY: Next Sunday, April 3rd, is Divine Mercy Sunday. Jesus Christ spoke the following words to a young Polish nun, Saint Faustina in 1936 regarding what has become known as “Mercy Sunday”. “I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open...The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment...It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy” (#699, Diary of Saint Faustina). Our Lord requested that this day be a “Feast of Mercy” through which He promises special graces to the souls who worship His Divine Mercy and beg for mercy for themselves and others.

 

EASTER ALTAR FLOWERS: It's time once again to adorn our altars with Easter Flowers at both St. Elizabeth and St. Anthony Churches.  Envelopes and boxes for your donation can be found at the entrance of the churches or you can put your envelope in the collection basket.  Your contribution will help make our churches beautiful as we commemorate the Risen Lord..

 

ALTAR & ROSARY SOCIETY NEWS: We’re having a family game night on April 8th, games of all kinds.  Cards, scrabble, etc.  Their will be prizes and refreshments.  So come on out for a night of fun and fellowship. Cost is $5.00 per person. Contact Lynn Weaver 775-0643 or Mary Norton 804-224-4065.

 

ANNUAL PARISH MULCH SALE--for Youth Activities is here!  Order must be received by March 31.  Pick up will start April 2nd at 8:00 am. Order forms are in the back of  church. Please contact Wendy or Sarah Darr at 775-0136 ordarrw@crosslink.net. Volunteers needed for Saturday April 2.

 

DO YOU ENJOY GREGORIAN CHANT & SACRED POLYPHONIC MUSIC?  Then you should come to the Latin Mass at St. Patrick Church. The next two Latin Masses will be a Divine Mercy Sunday Mass on Saturday, April 2nd, 2005, at 7:30 p.m. and a Pentecost Sunday Mass on Saturday May 15th, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. Or, better still; join St. Patrick’s Schola. The Schola practices on Mondays in the choir loft of St. Patrick Church from 6:45 – 8:30 p.m. Questions please call Johanna Rubin 972-0325 

 

PRAYER LIST OF SICK AND SHUT-INS: Please remember the following parishioners, family members, and friends in your prayers: Nicole Fontenot, Victoria Grzeika, Laura Thorsted, Jim Prescott, Janie Ornot, Rex Ruix , Dori Sewell, Maurice Capone, John & Margaret Bobak, Jane Norman, John Miniuk, Jane Norman , Rita Bradley, Randy George, Mark Schmaus, Eldred Daiger, George Giltner, Bette Riordan, Joyce & Mark Hawpe, Heather Wolfe, Maria Luisa DiPaola, Pat Brown, Rodel Advincula, Cecelia McDowell, Maureen Brown, Peggy Prestia, Mary Morrison, Paul Rothgeb, Angela Derr, Joe DiFerdinando, Sr. Joan Gormley, Larry Stockum, John Walsh, Diann Hoffmaster, Mathew Childers, Sr. Marie Andre’, PCPA, James May III, Ethel Baird, Andrew Morrow, Marian Van Dyke, Margorie Strother, Addie Zimmer, Gilma Becerra, Rose Tarrell, Charlotte Boran, Guillermo Becerra, Helen Torbett, Charles Buhler, Patrice Waits, Nicole Eddy, Mary Jo Ryan, Jean Childers,  Sharon Orton, Warren Sewell, and for those who care for them.

                                               



 

THIS WEEK’S MASS INTENTIONS:

 

            Mar  28th               St. A’s                    7:00 AM Increase Respect for Life Intentions

                Mar. 30th St. A’s                    7:00 PM                  William & Mary Tracey

                Mar. 31st St. A’s                    7:00 PM                  Marvin Lawes

                April 1st                            St. A’s                    7:00 PM                  Frank Janocha

                April 2nd St. E’s                     5:00 PM                  Fr. Thomas Vander Woude

 

 

MILITARY PRAYER LIST: Col. Eldon Bell, John Patrick Armstrong , Raul A. Lopez, David E. Thompson, Jeremy Froio, Brad Salmon, Fr. Henry Vocick, Donald Hentze, Rodney Prosper, Glenn Ayers, Michael Todd, Michael Alexander, Mike Hogan, Holly Allen, Craig Olson, Ryan Kracht, M. O’Donahue, John Seamon, Ben Vranian, John Bowers, Bradley Richmond, Matthew Green, Jeffrey Lee, Mike Cornwell, Jr., Sam Thompson, Ralph DeCampa, Willie McCallister, Deenie Martin, Matt Metcalf, Rhoda Bradshaw, Mikayla Rain Feather, Steve Pisoni, Sr., Louis E. Taube,  Joseph M. Tapp, Paul McCummins, Brian Jaquith, John & Rolland Deschambault, Joseph & Jason Moore, Stephanie Kelley, Jeremy Melber & Steven Williams.

 

 

CATHOLIC ADVOCACY IN OUR NATION’S  CAPITAL: Everyone in the diocese (clergy and lay faithful) is welcome and encouraged to join Catholics from neighboring dioceses at the eighth annual Catholic Advocacy Day in Our Nation’s Capital on Thursday, April 14, 2005. The day begins with prayer at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Capitol Hill, 313 Second St., SE, Washington, DC at 9:30 am. The agenda includes briefings on domestic and international issues of concern to Catholics followed by legislative visits to Congress (Senators and Representatives), lunch ($10.00 if pre-­registered) and dialogue with other advocates. Closing prayer at 2:15 pm. Contact Anne Murphy at Catholic Charities (703-841-3831; a.murphy@ccda.net) for registration information.

 

MAKE AN ENDURING GIFT TO OUR PARISH: You can express your commitment to the principles of Christian Charity and Stewardship by remembering the Church in your Will with the following statement: “I leave to (Insert Parish Name) the sum of $____         (or  ___% of the residue of my estate) for (a specific purpose or its religious, educational and charitable works).Bequests and other financial contributions to the Church can also be advantageous to your estate as well as your current needs. For additional information, please contact Sam Mabry, Director of Planned Giving at the Diocese: 703-841-7851

 

 

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK: Monday: Acts 2: 14, 22-33; Matthew 28: 8-15. Tuesday: Acts 2: 36-41; John 20: 11-18. Wednesday: Acts 3: 1-10; Luke 24: 13-35. Thursday: Acts 3: 11-26; Luke 24: 35-48.  First Friday: Acts 4: 1-12; John 21: 1-14. Saturday:  Acts 4: 13-21; Mark 16: 9-15.  Second Sunday of Easter:  Acts 2: 42-47; 1 Peter 1: 3-9; John 20: 19-31.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Note from Padre:    Happy Easter!

 

            “If there is no Resurrection, we are to be the most pitied of men.”  These are the words of Saint Paul.  Indeed, the basic tenet of our Faith is the Resurrection of Jesus.  If He did not rise from the dead, we should believe nothing of what He taught.  Why?  Because He promised the Apostles that He would rise from the dead!  If He did not rise, He is either a liar or a lunatic.  Either way, He is not the Lord.  Yet, we know that Jesus is the Lord.

 

            The Resurrection is not blind faith.  It makes sense.  The Roman historian of the first century, Tacitus, speaks of Jesus dying by crucifixion in Palestine during Pontius Pilate’s reign.  The same is written by a Jewish historian of the first century, Flavius Josephus.  Neither one had any reason to invent Jesus’ Crucifixion.  After we examine the Gospels and their writers, we see the historicity of them – they tell the truth.  (There is a tremendous book on the historicity of the Gospels entitled, College Apologetics, published by TAN publishers.)

 

            Some posit that Jesus never died, or that the Apostles stole the body and invented the Resurrection.  Others say that the early Christians who claimed to see Jesus all hallucinated.  Still others say that the early Christians believed Jesus rose from the dead, though He did not in reality; spiritually Jesus rose, but not physically.  When you examine these four options against what we know about Roman crucifixion and punishment of Roman soldiers who failed in their duties, as well as the fact that the dead body of Jesus could have – and would have – been exhumed by the Romans and Jews to counteract the hallucinations and spiritual resurrections, the only possibility that makes any sense is the true, physical Resurrection of Jesus.

 

            As we look back to the first Easter, we see one person’s faith that stands out as an example for us.  It is the faith of Jesus’ perfect disciple, His Mother, Mary.  She, who had stood at the foot of the Cross and suffered in a way that only a mother can, had not forgotten the words of her Son that He would rise from the dead.  The Blessed Virgin did not go to the tomb to anoint the body with Mary Magdalene and the other women.  Ordinarily, the mother’s role would have been to anoint the body of the deceased.  However, she believed that her Son would rise from the dead.  It is a belief that we share, but in which we all need to grow.

 

            Easter Sunday is a tremendous time to thank our Lord for the Faith that has been passed on throughout the centuries and which we have received.  As we find ourselves before Jesus really, truly present in the Holy Eucharist in His Resurrected state – although hidden by the appearance of bread – may we renew our faith, our belief in His Resurrection and in all His teachings as passed on by His Mystical Bride, the Church.

 

 

                                                                                                God bless,

                                                                                                Father Vander Woude