Entries by Michelle Guthrie

Father’s Letter: Divine Mercy Sunday

Dear Friends:

A continued Happy Easter! In the Church, the eight days following (and including) Easter Sunday are known as the “Octave of Easter.” These special days have been like “Easter Sunday” each day. Today is no exception, as we celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy Sunday. To understand this Feast a little better, I include here a description of this special day (which I obtained from the EWTN website): “During the course of Jesus’ revelations to Saint Faustina on the Divine Mercy He asked on numerous occasions that a feast day be dedicated to the Divine Mercy and that this feast be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter… This Feast, which had already been granted to the nation of Poland and been celebrated within Vatican City, was granted to the Universal Church by Pope (Saint) John Paul II on the occasion of the canonization of Sr. Faustina on 30 April 2000. In a decree dated 23 May 2000, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments stated that “throughout the world the Second Sunday of Easter will receive the name Divine Mercy Sunday, a perennial invitation to the Christian world to face, with confidence in divine benevolence, the difficulties and trials that mankind will experience in the years to come.” These papal acts represent the highest endorsement that the Church can give to a private revelation, an act of papal infallibility proclaiming the certain sanctity of the mystic, and the granting of a universal feast, as requested by Our Lord to St. Faustina.” This is a very great day for sure!

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Easter Sunday Letter

Dear Friends:

He is Risen!  He is truly Risen  as He said!

Today’s Easter joy is especially special as we welcome many people this weekend. Of course, my most important welcome, along with Deacon Mike’s, always goes to our registered parishioners and their families. But every year at Easter we also have many visitors. First, we have visitors from other parishes. Second, we have those who may not come to Mass     regularly but come to share in our Easter celebration. Third, there are always Christians of other faiths who join us on this holy day. To each of you and all, please know how welcome you are to our parish this happy weekend!

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Weekly Letter – March 19, 2017

Dear Friends:

It’s hard to believe that this is already the Third Sunday of Lent.  So we are only three weeks from the beginning of Holy Week!  Now is a good time to ask ourselves if we have kept our Lenten goals.  We should also ask ourselves if we have dedicated aspects of our lives to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  If we need to start over that’s ok.  Some may have never started in the first place.  It’s not too late to have a meaningful Lent!

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Weekly Letter – March 12

Dear Friends:

In a recent bulletin letter, I shared that Miss Lisa Smith, our school principal resigned so that she could focus her time and energy on family health issues.  Since then, some exciting new developments have happened.  Below are excerpts from the written communication I provided the parents and others.  I share the information in writing so that everyone would remain on the same page.  Soon, I want to begin and involve the parish community as a whole.  But here is where we are at right now… again, here are the pertinent excerpts:

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