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Seventh Sunday of Easter

Announcements from our bulletin of May 16, 2021

So they proposed two, Judas called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Mathias... Then they gave lots to them, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was counted with the eleven apostles. Acts of the Apostles (Seventh Sunday of Easter).

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The Ascension of the Lord

Throughout the season of Easter, we ponder the mysteries that are central to our faith in Jesus Christ. We reflect on Jesus' life, ministry, passion, death, and resurrection and consider the meaning of Christ's life and love. Today we celebrate Jesus' ascension and wonder with the apostles what we are to do and how we are to live as a result. As disciples, we are called to put our faith into action, grow to be more like the Lord, be united with other believers in community, and bring others to Christ through the way we live our lives. In so doing, we will live a life worthy of our call in Christ, a life of unity in the Spirit, of hope and peace.

Today's Readings

  • First Reading - May another take his office (Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26).
  • Psalm - The Lord has set his throne in heaven (Psalm 103).
  • Second Reading - If we love one another, God remains in us (1 John 4:11-16).
  • Gospel - As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world (John 17:11b-19).

Saints and Special Observances

  • Sunday: Seventh Sunday of Easter; World Communications Day;
  • Tuesday: St. John I
  • Thursday: St. Bernardine of Siena; Julian Calendar Ascension
  • Friday: St. Christopher Magellanes and Companions
  • Saturday: St. Rita of Cascia; Vigil of Pentecost

You Have Seen and Heard, Now Go Do

It isn't enough to say we believe in Jesus. We are called to live as members of Christ's body and share the joy of faith with others. We do this by discerning and fulfilling our vocation, the ways in which God calls each of us to live. Often when we think of vocation, the first thing that comes to mind is the priesthood. But each of us experience vocational calls, to our state in life and to the ways in which we live, work, and serve. Each of us has been given different gifts and are called according to our gifts.

We are equipped with talents and skills through which we may contribute to bringing the mercy, compassion, truth, goodness, and beauty of God's love to the world. What are your particular gifts and talents? How may you be called to use them to bring Christ's love to others, leading them to see and hear the Good News of Jesus Christ?

Feast of Faith

The general intercessions were restored to the liturgy in the reforms that followed the Second Vatican Council. In these prayers-also known as the “universal prayer” or “prayer of the faithful”-the assembly prays for the Church, the world, and the local community. As the name “prayer of the faithful” reminds us, these intercessions are a privilege of the baptized, which is why any catechumens are dismissed before the Creed and the intercessions. In baptism, we become members of a royal priesthood, and what do priests do? They intercede; they pray. In standing to pray to God as a community, we are living out our royal priesthood.

The intercessions at Mass usually follow a clear pattern, moving from general to specific needs. We pray for the whole Church. We pray for the world and for our nation. We pray for our local community, for those who have died and for all the sick and afflicted. In our united prayer, we reach beyond ourselves and our own needs and grow in awareness of and compassion for the needs of others.

The Ship of the Church

The Church is like a great ship being pounded by the waves of life's different stresses. Our duty is not to abandon ship, but to keep her on her course. - St. Boniface

The Loan

We didn't inherit the earth from our parents. We're borrowing it from our children - Chief Seattle

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“But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.” Ephesians 4:7

Each one of us has received a gift from God. As a good steward of His great gifts, do we use the gifts to encourage others to be His disciples?

Being chosen as a godparent for baptism is an honor, for the godparent traditionally becomes a spiritual companion to the one being baptized in a journey of faith.

Please decide if your faith life makes you ready to publicly pledge that you have been leading a life in harmony with the Catholic tradition. Godparents should be both role models and resource persons, individuals who are at ease with the practice of their faith and would normally be considered as "active Catholics." They should be people who are comfortable with answering questions about their personal relationship with God as experienced in the Catholic Communion, even if they are unsure of all the technicalities. Godparents should be people who are interested in and will continue to spiritually support the "godchild" in the years ahead.

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