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Divine Mercy Sunday (2nd Sunday of Easter)

Apr 26, 2019

From the Desk of Father Tharp

Divine Mercy Sunday Morning Masses     May 5, 2019          Celebrant: Fr. Schmitz




This Sunday we have Divine Mercy Sunday and “First Communion” at St. Ann


Because of First Communion at St. Ann this Sunday, (April 28 at 2:00 p.m.) the Pastoral Region Divine Mercy Sunday Celebration for the Sacred Heart/St. Ann Pastoral Region will be at St. Ann as usual, but the time is moved to 4:00 p.m.! 


Why is the schedule for celebrant of Sunday Mass so “messed up?”


I will (as always) be celebrant of both the 4:00 p.m. Saturday evening Mass at Sacred Heart and the 5:15 p.m. Saturday evening Mass at St. Ann for the foreseeable future.  As regards Sunday morning Masses, I must celebrate the Sunday Morning Masses at Sacred Heart this Sunday the 28th as I have wedding anniversary Masses and a baptism at the 12:00 noon Mass.  I must also celebrate the Sunday morning Masses at Sacred Heart on May 5 as we have individual First Communions at Sacred Heart at the regular Masses.  I will return to the schedule and celebrate Sunday Morning Masses on May 12 at St. Ann.  I apologize for any confusion this may cause, but it is necessary to accommodate First Communions, baptisms, and other liturgical celebrations.


Auxiliary Group Checking or Savings Accounts


This is a reprint from last week’s bulletin to be sure all parish auxiliary group leaders see it.  


Both St. Ann and Sacred Heart (in other words our Pastoral Region) are scheduled to be audited by the Archdiocese this Summer.  For years, it has been the stated policy of the Archdiocese that any and all parish associated groups which collect, receive, distribute, or hold funds in name associated with either parish, must list the current pastor as one of the signatory names on the account.  Most parish groups at both sites are compliant. 


However, in recent months, the reinsurers of the Archdiocesan Self Insurance Program have added exclusionary language in their policies stating that any funds held under the specific parish’s Tax Identification Number which do not show the pastor as one of the signatories to the account, will not be covered by fraud protection under Archdiocesan insurance. 


If your parish group has a checking or savings account using the parish TIN, please make arrangements with Fr. Tharp so he can be listed as a signatory.  It is very important that this take place before the audit.


Reflection on Scripture


The Sunday after Easter used to be called “Low Sunday” because it was something of a let down from the exuberance of the Sunday before.  In or around 2000, Pope John Paul II (now “Saint Pope John Paul the Great”) designated the first Sunday after Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday, and it was celebrated as such for the first time in 2001.   Thus, we focus on the image of blood and water flowing forth from the wounded heart of Christ.  The image of Divine Mercy displayed on this day shows the light rays coming forth from the wounded heart of the resurrected Jesus.  Blood symbolizes life; and in this case, the blood of Jesus is him (Jesus) giving his life to us as grace (God’s life flowing into us).  Water symbolizes cleansing.  In the Sacrament of Baptism, we are cleansed of sin; reborn in Christ.  In the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) we are forgiven for sins committed after baptism.  In Holy Communion, we become the Mystical Body of Christ. 


Next Weekend: Third Sunday of Easter


Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41

Rev: 5:11-14

Jn. 21:1-19


Theme: “Do you love me?  Feed my sheep.”









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