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April 3, 2011
Weekly Envelopes181 5352.50
Special Restoration Projects14 155 .00
Church Improvement33 495.50 .
Cleaning This Week
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Adamkiewicz & Jan Luptowski
SUNDAY OF LENT
8:8,2 Corinthians 4:10,
, 21-22,25,33,35,44 Responsorial Psalm 130
The Gospel is the account of the raising of Lazarus. This is
the last and greatest of Jesus’“signs,”
and it marks a turning point in John’s account: from this point on, the
movement to silence Jesus gains force and strength, and the reli-gious
authorities make plans to have him arrested.
Mary, Martha, and Lazarus are friends of Jesus, and so when Lazarus
falls ill, they send word to the Lord. And Jesus determines to go back to
, which is not far from
, in spite of the dangers that encompass him. For reasons that the Gospel
does not explain, Jesus delays his return. But he already knows what he
will do there: he will “awaken” Lazarus. He
knows that in “awakening” Lazarus from the sleep of death, he will
awaken faith in many. . . .
The story unfolds in a series of dramatic
en-counters. Martha meets Jesus halfway. Even before Jesus says anything
to her, she professes her faith in him: “if you had been here, my
brother would not have died. But even now, I know that whatever you ask of
God, God will give you.” Martha believes in the Resurrection, but Jesus
opens up a whole new dimension: “I am the resurrection and the life.”
In the encounter with Martha, we see Jesus at his most divine. But
when her sister Mary comes forward with the other mourners, we see Jesus
at his most human. Jesus is overwhelmed by their grief: “he became
perturbed and deeply troubled. . . And Jesus wept.” Jesus, we know, was
like us in all things except sin. And here, the Christ who is soon to
undergo suffering and death shares in the agonizing grief that comes to
those who have lost a beloved friend.
Jesus comes to the tomb, and with a word calls Lazarus forth.There
are strong parallels to the Resurrection of Christ in this passage: the
tomb in the rock, the faithful women; the stone rolled away, the rising to
new life. But the contrasts are just as powerful. Lazarus is raised to a
life that will have another ending: when his time comes, he will die and
be buried again. Christ’s Resurrection is something entirely new. . .
Lazarus comes forth from the tomb still “tied hand and foot with burial
bands.” But when Jesus is raised, he leaves the burial cloths behind; he
will never need them again.
The Annual Visitation Little Flower Altar Society Mother/Daughter
Breakfast will be held in the Parish Hall on Sunday,
May 1, 2011 after the
Charge for the Breakfast is $5.00, children 5 and under are
free. Tickets are available at the Rectory Office.Looking forward to a good turnout and hope to see you there!
SENIOR CITIZEN LUNCHEON
The National Honor Society--All Saints Central High
School is again sponsoring this Luncheon to thank senior citizens for
support of Catholic education. It will be on Thursday, April 28th, at
and lunch will be served at .The
event is free but you MUST
a ticket to attend. Tickets can be picked up at the Parish Office.
MEETING CHANGE REMINDER
The monthly Parish Council Meeting has been postponed and will
take place on Tuesday,
April 26th, at
CATHOLIC SERVICES APPEAL
During the past weeks, all parishioners should have received two
letters about CSA 2011—one from Fr. Steve, and the other from Bishop
Cistone. The Bishop’s letter included the form and envelope needed to
make your annual pledge.
Our parish target this year is $ 34,900.00.
Please consider making a pledge of 1% of your in-come
after taxes. Return your completed pledge form/payment to our Parish
Office.You also may drop it
in the weekend collection or send by mail. There are extra forms in the
On Easter Sunday, we will have our garden set up. Anyone wishing to
bring in fresh plants in memory of loved ones is asked to have them
brought in on Good
Friday—All Day—and Holy Saturday—8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.
On Monday, April 18th, we
need volunteers, both men and women, to do general cleaning of the Church
in preparation for Easter. Please be there at
on Monday.NOTE:If there happens to be a funeral on that Monday, the
cleaning will be done the next day, Tuesday, April 19th.
Our Visitation Little Flower Society will have its Annual Bake
on Palm Sunday week-end, (April 16-17).They would appreciate any donation of baked goods and
also your patronage at the
. Donated baked goods can be dropped off at the Parish Hall between
on Saturday, April 16, and
on Sunday, April 17. BAKED GOODS WILL BE SOLD AFTER BOTH MASSES.
2011 BISHOP’S CHARITY BALL:will
be held on Friday, April 29, at Horizons Conference Ctr,
. Includes dinner, dancing and Silent Auction. The
event benefits families in need of
tuition assistance.Information: call (989) 797-6693 or www.saginaw.org.
Our Lenten Communal Reconciliation Service is takingplace TODAY, Sunday, April 10, at
.(5:30 PM Mass will
CHRISM MASS:Tuesday, April 19,
Holy Thursday,April 21,
Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Washingof the Feet –
--Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion,
Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil, April
Easter Sunday of the Lord’s
Resurrection April 24,