Dear Parish Family,
Easter provides an enormous injection of hope for the human spirit- and how much it is needed. There is a lot of tragedy in life. Good things are destroyed. Good people are cut down; Thomas Moore, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Oscar Romero, and of course, Jesus. He, too, was cut down. But, He rose again!
The world didn't take much notice of the resurrection of Jesus. The reason for this lies in the fact that it was a humble, hidden event. Jesus did not appear in triumph in the Temple of Jerusalem, humiliating those who humiliated Him. Only those He called by name with which He broke bread and to whom He spoke words of peace were aware of what happened. And even they had difficulty in believing. Like us, they were slow to believe. Yet, it was this hidden event that freed humanity from the shackles of death.
Jesus rose as a sign to those who loved Him that God's love is stronger than death. At Easter, we still feel the pain of the world, the pain in our families and among our friends and the pain in our own hearts. But a new element has been introduced into our lives. It doesn't remove the pain, but it gives it a meaning. It lights up with hope. All is different because Jeus is alive and speaks His words of peace to us as He spoke them to the Apostles.
Faith in the resurrection of Jesus is the basis of our hope of eternal life, a hope which enables us to bear patiently the trials of life. Therefore, there is a quiet joy among us and a deep sense of peace, because we know that life is tronger than death, love is stronger than fear, and hope is stronger than despair.
On behalf of my clergy team, Fr. Lester, Deacon Bill Sousa, Deacon Ed Smith and the parish staff of Good Shepherd, I offer my gratitude and deep appreciation of your ongoing support of our great parish of Good Shepherd. May the Risen Christ continue to send His abundant blessings upon your family during this Easter season.
Devotedly yours in Christ,
Fr. Leon Juchniewicz
SOUP FOR THE SOUL
Come and be nourished during this Lenten season with a hot bowl of soup, bread, and a short reflection to enhance your faith journey every Friday during Lent beginning at 5:45 p.m. in the Fr. Philip Wells Hall. Soup for the Soul is followed by Stations of the Cross.
SYMBOLON:The Catholic Faith Explained, By Dr. Edward Sri. Meditation Video begins at 6:00 p.m. Closing Prayer at 6:45. *SYMBOLON is a stunning video series that systematically presents the big picture of the Catholic Faith. Filmed on location in Rome, the Holy Land, Calcutta, and in the Augustine Institute studios. Nationally known teachers clearly present the beauty and brilliance of Catholicism.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Join us for clergy-led Stations of the Cross, each Friday evening starting at 7:00 p.m., or Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. with students from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School. (This special time is perfect for older parishioners who do not wish to drive at night.)
According to the tradition of our Catholic Faith, Stations will end with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. Please be a part of this beautiful traditional devotion of our Church during this season of Lent.
COMMUNAL PENANCE SERVICE
April 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Church
Saturday, April 8 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, April 10 & Tuesday, April 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. AND 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER
Holy Thursday ~ 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday ~ 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Easter Vigil, Holy Saturday ~ mass at 8:00 p.m. (no 5:00 p.m. Saturday mass)
Easter Sunday ~ 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. (no 5:00 p.m. Sunday mass)