Weekday Mass Schedule
All Masses at 8:30 am
Monday, Thursday & Friday in the School Chapel
Tuesday's Mass will be held in Church
of Easter – Good
Traditionally, the fourth
Sunday of Easter is known as “Good Shepherd
Sunday.” On this Sunday in each year of the liturgical cycle, the
Gospel is always taken from the 10th chapter of John where Jesus speaks
of himself as the "good shepherd.” And so each year the Church
presents us with our Lord’s beautiful description of himself as
a shepherd who has tender, merciful love for his sheep. Jesus is the
Good Shepherd. The Easter Season is a continual celebration of the one
central mystery of Christianity; that Jesus gave his life for us by dying
on the Cross. He saved us from our sins.
True shepherding is a life of total self-giving. The true shepherd needs
time for renewal in order to shepherd the flock. The true shepherd needs
to spend time daily with Jesus, the chief shepherd. He will give us the
strength, the inspiration and the sustenance to shepherd the flock. Periodic
moments of solitude and silence are essential for the continued ability
to give unconditionally. If we are going to be true disciples of the
Good Shepherd, we must forget ourselves completely and be totally dedicated.
Whatever our state in life may be, we are all called to shepherd the
sheep that have been entrusted to our care.
For many years now, the Church has also designated this Sunday as World
Day of Prayer for Vocations. On this day we are especially asked to pray
that the Church may be provided with the leaders needed to do its work
of spreading the Gospel. So we pray today and everyday that God will
call many more to the great adventure of being shepherds for his flock.
Since in the coming months
you will be hearing about CSA and receiving your pledge cards for 2015-2016.
I just want to give you a heads up.
Our goal for this year is $ 43,382.00. In the coming days you will be
asked to pick up your letters along with the pledge cards. If God has
blessed you please be generous in sharing your blessing with others.
Thank you in advance. Along with St. Paul I would say, “I give
thanks to my God always” (Phil 1:4) for your faithfulness, generosity,
kindness and love.”
on the Chimney
Have you noticed
the crosses on the chimney on the school building? If not, take
a look while driving down Dow Street or Beech Daly. These crosses
on the chimney were etched into the brick and have always been
there but you couldn’t see them. One of our talented parishioner,
Mr. Phil Masserang, took the time and creatively molded aluminum
crosses so they are now visible to everyone traveling Beech Daly
or Dow. They really do look magnificent and are a sign of what
they represent. The project was financed by a parishioner and
we thank all those involved. May each one of them be blessed.
times, joy could obstruct faith. In the Bible, we find many instances
when joy hindered belief. Jacob, the patriarch, was made to believe
that a wild beast killed his son Joseph. His other sons showed him
a blood stained robe of Joseph to prove their story (Gen 37: 32 – 33).
Jacob believed that his son was surely dead. But now, when the brothers
came back from Egypt, and reported that his son Joseph was alive, and
that he was the governor over all the land of Egypt, Jacobs heart fainted,
for we believe them not. But when they told him all the words of Joseph
that he had said to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had
sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob revived (Gen 45: 25-27). The
news of Joseph was too good to be true, and Jacob’s heart sank
within him. Joy hindered Jacob’s belief.
We have another incident
of joy hindering belief reported in the Acts of the Apostles. When
an angel brought Peter out of the prison, and led him out to the street,
Peter could not believe that he was free. God had removed every obstacle
on the way to his freedom.
Gospel, we heard about the third appearance of the risen Jesus on the
Easter Sunday following the discovery of the Empty Tomb, immediately
after the return of the two disciples from Emmaus. When Jesus appeared
to them, and showed them His hands and His feet, ‘they still
did not believe for joy (Lk 24:41).’ The resurrection of Jesus
was too incredible, too unbelievable for the disciples.
As Christians, we believe that the Bible, comprising of the Old Testament and
New Testament, is God’s revelation. We must read the Bible more often
to see the wonders, which God had done for us in the past, and to believe
in the wonders which He is going to work for us in the future.
Let us be happy and
joyful that Christ, by His death and resurrection, had worked out our
salvation. When the disciples talked to one another, Jesus appeared
in their midst, and began to talk to them. We, often, gather together
and talk one against the other, and therefore, Jesus never appears
in our midst. Let us, at least during this Easter season like disciples,
meditate and take time to talk about all the things that happened in
Jerusalem, and surely, Jesus who made His divine presence among them,
will also make His divine presence among us.
Fr. Henry SAC
You! Thank You!
Thanks to everyone
who do so much for the parish in many different ways. A lot of people
serve in “hidden” ways: they count money from collections,
they purify and launder the linens used at Mass and on the altar, they
clean the Church, some try to keep the plants fresh inside the Church,
then we have the Ushers, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers
and even those in the choir make consistent sacrifices to serve the
greater body of people here. A big thank you to everyone that helped
with our annual Lenten Fish Fry. It could not have happened without
the dedication of so many of you that helped with the various tasks,
setting up, taking down, cleaning, frying, chopping, cooking, serving,
and many other ways. Thank you to everyone who volunteers here at St.
Valentine, we are so grateful for all that you do!
Also a special THANKS
for your generous contributions towards the Pallottine Missions. The
sum total collected was $3,086.45. Be assured that your sacrifices
will go a long way to bring smiles on the faces of many people. May
each one of you ontinue to experience the blessing of the Risen Lord.
Fr. Socorro Fernandes
Greetings! Congratulations once again to our newly
initiated members. Please keep them in your prayers as they continue
on in their Catholic faith.
Besides being the second Sunday
of Easter today is also Divine Mercy Sunday. The Lord continually offers
us His love, mercy and compassion,
even in these modern times. One example of His Divine Mercy is His message
to us through St. Faustina. In the 1930s, St. Faustina received from
the Lord a message of mercy that she was told to spread throughout the
world. She was asked to become the apostle and secretary of God’s
mercy, a model of how to be merciful to others, and an instrument for
re-emphasizing God’s plan of mercy for the world. The Lord also
taught Sister Faustina a special prayer or the “Chaplet of Divine
Mercy” which is said on the rosary beads. He also asked that a
special prayer and meditation on His Passion be said each afternoon at
three o’clock, the hour in which we recall His death on the cross.
Ultimately, I want you to know how beautiful this devotion to the Divine
Mercy is, an immeasurable gift that Jesus has given us. Developing your
own devotion to the Divine Mercy is a journey that will lead you deeper
into the mysteries of your faith and fill you with joyful amazement for
His love. Let us rejoice in the God of love and mercy! Let us recommit
ourselves to the generous sharing of that love and mercy with others!
On behalf of the entire Parish Family, I would like to thank all of
those who worked so long and hard to prepare for Holy Week and Easter
and make it such a beautiful week of celebrations. Each and every person,
in each and every ministry, should be very proud! May the Risen Christ
continue to bless you, and be with you as you continue to give Him glory
through your generous service!
The ABC of Divine Mercy:
A - Ask for
His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly,
repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and
upon the whole world.
B - Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through
us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just
as He does to us.
C - Completely
trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces
of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus,
the more we will receive.