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Subject:                          Divine Mercy Sunday - April 11th, 2021

 

S t. John Vianney 105 Vianney Lane Prince Frederick MD 20678 www.sjvchurch.net 410-535-0223 (Office) 410-535-4395 (Rel Ed) 410-414-9099 (FLC) 410-286-1944 (Food Pantry) Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Christian Gospels make some...

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. John Vianney

105 Vianney Lane

Prince Frederick MD 20678

www.sjvchurch.net

 

410-535-0223 (Office)

410-535-4395 (Rel Ed)

410-414-9099 (FLC)

410-286-1944 (Food Pantry)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

 

The Christian Gospels make some rather bold pronouncements during Easter.   Besides the obviously remarkable claim of Jesus being risen from the dead, the story of the resurrection that we read today goes on to tell us about the nature of the Resurrection and our human condition.  

 

Not only is Christ raised and changed, but so are we. Specifically, today we see how the encounter of the disciples with the resurrected Christ destroys the paralyzing fear that kept them trapped after the death of Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The perfect love of the sacrifice of Jesus casts it out. As we know, the perfect love of the cross is not the love of the world.  It is the love of God. That love comes to those who are followers of Christ.  It is only this kind of love that can make good on the promise to destroy fear. This is the love that the disciples encountered in today’s gospel. We know that the disciples in today’s gospel were locked in fear. They had no direction. They had no faith. The one whom they had trusted and believed in was no longer among them.

                        

Yet, in the midst of their fear, they meet the risen Christ. One would assume that this would be a cause of great joy.  What is their first reaction though? Is it joy or awe or adoration?   No, it is fear.  They do not understand what is happening. They remain locked in terror. Not even the sight of the risen Lord releases them. In fact this is what frightens them even more than ever. They are witnesses to something beyond human understanding.

 

The only thing that releases them from their terror are the words of Christ. They are freed from their fear by their encounter with the Lord. But what is that encounter? Well, first of all Jesus gives them his peace. His peace drives out the fear that has possessed them.

 

When Jesus gives them the gift of peace, he opens them to the recognition of a faith not born of this world but born of the Father’s ever-lasting love. The bestowing of Christ’s peace comes with the gift of his Spirit.  At that point, they are able to respond to the Lord. They are able to be his followers and accept the commission to form the Church. Now they are ready, and able to respond in joy. They are able to accept his presence as a commission. They are able to focus attention not on themselves but on the Lord and his work. They have touched the love of God through the presence of the risen Lord. The love that gave them peace, that gave the Spirit, is the love that leads to their conviction of trust and faith.

 

The presence of perfect love, the love that cast out fear, the love that casts out doubt, opens the hearts of the disciples to see beyond human abilities. They see with the power of grace, they presence of God. This same gift is ours.   All we need to do is accept this gift.   When we do, we will not be bound by the little world of our human condition.  We will be open to the fullness of life that the Resurrection brings.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Rev. Joseph B. Pierce,
Pastor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Divine Mercy Sunday  -  Holy Hour

April 11th from 3:00 - 4:00 

includes: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Time for Private Prayer and the Divine Mercy Chaplet 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Sunday of Easter
Sunday of Divine Mercy

Reading I: Acts 4:32-35  

Resp. Psalm: 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 

Reading II:  1 Jn 5:1-6 

Gospel:  Jn 20:19-31 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Lady Star of the Sea

Spring Bazaar! School fundraiser  & craft bazaar on April 17th See flyer for details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This month, we will be celebrating Sacraments of Initiation during our regular Mass Times.  Seating will be reserved for the children receiving First Eucharist and their families on Saturday, April 24th 5:00 pm and the 11:00 Mass on April 25th.  Seating at these Masses will be limited.   God bless you and thank you for your patience and understanding.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RACIAL JUSTICE REFLECTION ROLE OF THE CHURCH

Saturday, April 17, 2021 @ 4:00 pm

What is the Church's moral teaching on racism?  How have Blacks have been treated in the Church?   What should we do? SPEAKER:  Charles Smallwood, discussing his childhood and adult experiences in the Church VIDEOS, discussion. 

 

To join us via Zoom just click the link below on the date and time above.

 

Meeting ID: 870 7499 6020
Passcode: 084074

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Campus Clean Up Event

April 22nd 

From 3pm-8pm

& April  23rd

From 1pm-8pm

 

Come out and join us for two evenings of cleaning up the grounds of St. John Vianney.  As we prepare for nicer weather and spring. 

 

 We will be abiding by all CDC guidelines and COVID restrictions.  Please bring your gardening gloves, small hand tools, refillable water bottles and masks.  We will provide a small refreshment table with drinks and snacks.

 

For details please reach out to Karen Benson, youthminister@sjvchurch.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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