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OPENING LOCKED DOORS: Divine Mercy

Posted on Apr 21, 2017

2nd Sunday in Lent
April 27

No RCIA Session this Thursday, April 27!

SUNDAY'S READINGS  

Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20:19-31

"...and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles..." cf. Acts 2:42-47

"...who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to living hope...kept in heaven for you...in this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials..."  cf. 1 Peter 1:3-9

"Receive the Holy Spirit.  Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain, are retained."  cf. John 20:19-31

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: NO RCIA SESSION APRIL 27 - TEAM MEETINGS

  • RCIA Catechists will meet Monday April 24 at 7:00 pm in Anne & Daniel's Office
  • RCIA Sponsors and Shepherds for the English-speaking groups will meet at 6:30 pm Thursday, April 27, in Holy Family Room
  • RCIA Sponsors and Shepherd for Spanish-speaking groups will meet at 7:30 pm Thursday, April 27, in St. Augustine Room

 

SCHEDULE:

  • RCIA continues every Thursday night through May 25.  Neophytes will need this extra time to help unlock the grace of the sacraments they have received.  As an extra incentive, there will be special gifts all along the way -- photos from the Vigil, Holy Water...  Please keep up the new spiritual practices you have received!
  • RCIA on May 25 will be a large CELEBRATION for all who have received their sacraments.   It will also be a night for CONFESSION -- so all those who are about to be CONFIRMED at Saints Peter & Paul Cathedral should plan to make a Confession this night.  We ask the candidates for Confirmation to plan on going to Confession from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on May 25.
  • FIRST CONFESSION for those children (and adults, if they wish) who were baptized & confirmed at the Easter Vigil will be on June 15 beginning at 6:30 pm with a gathering in Emmaus Center and followed immediately by Confessions.

 

PRACTICE THE FAITH: WHOLE FAMILIES or INDIVIDUALS

  • Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet as a family or as an individual, every day for the coming week.  If you would rather sing the Divine Mercy, use this resource from YouTube: it contains all the prayers of the Chaplet.  Make a Divine Mercy Novena, if you have not done so.  Read about the Feast of Divine Mercy and Saint Faustina, which is this Sunday, April 23.  Consider praying the Chaplet at 3:00 pm every Friday, or a 3:00 every day; 3:00 is considered a special time of mercy, because it marks the time of Jesus' death on the cross.

 

 REFLECTION:  DIVINE MERCY

  • What do you know of "human weakness"?   From what sin would you like to be saved?
  • What does "Divine Mercy" mean to you?
  • How can you receive God's mercy for yourself -- and then share it with others?
  • Do you need God's mercy?  How does this feel?
  • How do you give and receive forgiveness in your family?  With friends or co-workers?

"Let us fix our eyes on Christ's blood and understand how precious it is to his Father, for, poured out for our salvation it has brought to the whole world the grace of repentance."  -St. Clement of Rome, cf. #1432 CCC

 

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