April 21, 2019
Prayers for the Living: Frankie Alonso, Miguel Leyva, Linda Garcia
Prayers for the Deceased: Especially all loved ones that have passed.
First Friday Visits: On Friday, May 3rd, Fr. Ruther will be visiting parishioners who hospitalized or homebound to offer Communion and The Anointing of the Sick. Please contact the Parish (310) 510-0192 if you or someone you know would like to be included in the visits on Friday, May 3rd. Also, please join us in the church for the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 6:00 p.m.
KOC Pancake Breakfast: Join us in the Parish Hall this Sunday, May 12th, after the 9:00 a.m. mass for a pancake breakfast prepared by the Knights of Columbus. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
Baptism Class: The next class for parents and godparents is scheduled for Saturday, May 18th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please contact the Parish Office at (310) 510-0192 to register for the class.
Reminder: Parents of second year First Communion students. First Reconciliation will be May 13, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Please make sure your child is in class to confess and receive his or her certificate.
Recordatorio: Para los padres de estudiantes de segundo año primera comunión. Primera Reconciliación será el 13 de mayo de 2019 a las 5:00 de la tarde. Por favor que no falte su hijo(a) para poder confesar y recibir su certificado.
First Communion: Lesly & Chely’s 2nd year class with 22 students preparing to receive the sacraments of First Communion, a bilingual celebration is planned for Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. mass.
Primera comunión: Lesly y Chely clase de secundo año con 22 alumnos preparándose para recibir los sacramentos de primera comunión, está prevista una celebración bilingüe el Domingo, 26 de mayo de 2019 misa de las
Weekly Reflection: He is risen! He is truly risen! This is what the celebration of Easter is all about — the truth that Jesus was crucified for our sins and three days later rose from the dead,
conquering death once and for all. We proclaim this truth every Sunday in the Nicene Creed: “For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate, He suffered death and was buried and rose again on the
third day, in accordance with the Scriptures.” Amazing.
We know it’s true, but this Easter Sunday, let’s ask ourselves if we live as if it’s true. Do we simply recite this portion of our Creed week after week or do we live as witnesses to this glorious reality?
A witness, of course, is one with first-hand knowledge. Our readings today focus not only on the Resurrection itself, but also on those who were witnesses to it and to the life and work of Jesus throughout His public ministry. In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, St. Peter proclaims, “We are witnesses of all that He did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem.”
In the Gospel, St.John describes the first three witnesses to the empty tomb, Mary Magdalene, John (“the disciple whom Jesus loved”), and Peter. Mary Magdalene arrived first at the tomb where our Lord’s Body had been laid. She saw that the stone once covering it had been removed. She ran to Peter and John to tell them what she had seen and they in turn ran to the tomb to see for themselves. Each of these three had an individual “experience” of the empty tomb. Each went up close to it to try take it all in, to marvel at what Jesus’ love and had accomplished.
As a result, each one became a witness to the truth of the Resurrection. And they spent the rest of their lives bearing witness to its saving power. In fact, the truth of the Resurrection has been passed on for 2,000 plus years now by those willing to serve as witnesses to its power in their lives. Now it is our turn, privilege, and responsibility to serve as Christ’s witnesses.
How are we, as Christian stewards, to do so all these years later if a witness is one with firsthand knowledge? We may have to look a little more closely to see for ourselves than those first three witnesses, but we can have just as real an experience of the empty tomb and the redeeming power of the Resurrection.
We “see for ourselves” when we prayerfully read the Scriptures knowing they are a living love letter from God with a message to each one of us. We “see for ourselves” each time we receive the precious Body and Blood of our Lord in the Eucharist. We “see for ourselves” when we experience His personal and healing power in our hearts during Reconciliation. We “see for ourselves” when we pour out our lives in loving service to those around us and experience the deep satisfaction that only comes when we are imitating our Savior.
This Easter, don’t just recite the Creed. Resolve to live as if it’s true. Experience Jesus for yourself every day from now on. You will be a powerful witness to the truth that He is risen! He is truly risen!
Did You Know? During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Archdiocese would like to reiterate that we stand resolute in our commitment to report
allegations of sexual misconduct to law enforcement, support victim-survivors
and protect children and the vulnerable. The Archdiocese has created a new website, protect.la-archdiocese.org, to serve as a comprehensive resource that will connect you to its programs and services for protecting children and reporting abuse. If you, or someone you know, is a victim of sexual abuse by a Church employee or volunteer, please contact the Archdiocesan Victims Assistance Coordinator at (213) 637-7650 or protect.la-archdiocese.org for help and support.
Sabias Que? Durante el Mes Nacional de la Prevención del Abuso Infantil, la Arquidiócesis desea reiterar que nos mantenemos firmes en nuestro compromiso de reportar las denuncias de conducta sexual inapropiada a las autoridades policiales, apoyar a las víctimas-sobrevivientes y proteger a los niños y personas vulnerables. La Arquidiócesis ha creado un nuevo sitio web, protect.la-archdiocese.org, que sirve como un recurso integral que lo conectará con sus programas y servicios para proteger a los niños y denunciar el abuso. Si usted o alguien que usted conoce es víctima de abuso sexual por parte de un empleado o voluntario de la Iglesia, comuníquese con la Coordinadora de Asistencia a las Víctimas de la Arquidiócesis al (213) 637-7650 o protect.la-archdiocese.org para obtener ayuda y apoyo.
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