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Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Mar 29, 2018


Celebrant for Divine Mercy Sunday Morning     April 8, 2018    Celebrant: Fr. Tharp     



Divine Mercy Sunday is April 8


The Chaplet of Divine Mercy together with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament for the St. Ann / Sacred Heart Pastoral Region will take place at St. Ann on Sunday, April 8 at 3:00 p.m. 


Feast of the Annunciation


When March 25 is Palm Sunday, you have a liturgical calendar problem.  Thus the Feast of the Annunciation is celebrated April 9, the day after the completion of the Octave of Easter.  Father Roettele Council and Father Butler Assembly Knights of Columbus will celebrate the prayer of the Rosary at St. Ann on April 9, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.  Consider beginning your anticipation of Christmas by joining us in this prayer.


Vacation Bible School


This year Sacred Heart will join St. Ann in our Pastoral Region Vacation Bible School to take place at St. Ann.  I am looking for Virtus trained and approved volunteers who will help with this joint program.  I am asking parents from Sacred Heart and St. Ann to consider this your “home parish” Vacation Bible School.  If you have not been Virtus approved, we will provide plenty of opportunities locally.  For additional information, see notices in this bulletin.


Reflection on Scripture


Which is your favorite: Christmas or Easter?  As a child, I heard this question and immediately responded “Christmas!”  As an adult, I have grown to see why the Easter experience for a follower of Christ has to be the best.  Yes, I know that without Christmas, the birth of Christ, there is no Easter.  But then again, without the Annunciation, there is no Christmas or Easter.  This kind of temporal thinking blinds us to the theological reality. The fact is that it is the Resurrection of Christ that defines us as Christians.  We are people of the Resurrection.  The promise of Resurrection gives us hope in the face of mortality.  The Resurrection validates our faith in Jesus as the Son of God, the Second Person of the Trinity.  Easter invites us to leave the temporal and walk through the door of the eternal.  When you really believe the words, “He is risen!” the only adequate response is “Alleluia!” 


Readings for Divine Mercy Sunday


Acts 4:32-35

1 John 5:1-6

John 20, 19-31


Theme:  The doubt of Thomas shows us the way to faith.


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