:Acts includes many
speeches given by the apostles. In ancient histories, speeches had special
significance and weight; they were a vehicle for expressing an
interpretation of the events being described. The speeches recorded in the
Acts of the Apostles are not necessarily ver-batim records of ancient
homilies. Instead, they ex-press the core significance of certain events.
This reading is Peter’s address following the events of Pentecost, when
Jews from every nation witness the descent of the Holy Spirit in tongues
of flame, and the reversal of what happened at the
. Peter explains: the risen Jesus has made all this happen. The speech is
addressed very intentionally to “you who are Israelites” (Acts 2:14),
and the passages from the Old Testament provide a context this audience
can understand for the new thing God has done in raising Jesus from the
:Our readings from 1
Peter continue with a brief passage that has much to do with time. We are
in between, Peter says. This is “the time of your sojourning,” “the
final time” (1 Peter
, 20). The Resurrection has taken place, a decisive moment in our history
from which every-thing else will be measured. But the fulfillment is yet
to come, and so we live in “faith and hope” (1 Peter
). The central reality is Christ’s sacrifice for us and the new life we
story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus is told only by Luke. It is
evening of that first day of the week—Easter Sunday. Two of the
disciples are leaving
in profound confusion and sadness. The terrible events of Good Friday have
been followed by the inexplicable events of that morning—the women’s
story of an empty tomb and angel messengers.When the disciples tell the story to a stranger they meet on the
road, they end with the mysterious absence of Jesus: “him they did not
see” (Luke 24:24). The stranger explains the scriptures to them, then
accepts their invitation to break bread—and when they recognize him, he
vanishes. The risen life is different. The empty tomb is the sign of life;
the vanishing of Jesus is the sign of his presence. The story of Emmaus is
the story of all disciples—the life of the betweentimes. Jesus is still
the divine stranger in our midst.
BIG RAFFLE CELEBRATION
The Catholic Community Foundation of Mid-Michigan will hold the
First Annual Big Raffle Celebration at the
May 17 from
are welcome to attend this fun event sponsored by Catholic Federal Credit
Admission Cost is $10.00. The celebration
includes artists’ auction, art cookies, door prizes, great hors
d’oeuvres and beverages; plus the drawing of this year’s Big Raffle and Top Seller winners. For
more information: www.saginaw.org,
www.ccfmm.com or call (989)
ticket is only $5
and is available through local parishes and schools. Top prizes include choice of a newChevrolet
Choice of Chevrolet
, Cruze or $10,000 Cash (McDonald Chevrolet), Trip for two to
Supply), $5,000 home improvement project (R.C. Hendrick & Sons),
Computer Laptop (Yeo & Yeo), and three $1,000 prizes. More
information is also available in the Church vestibule.
FIRST HOLY EUCHARIST
today’s--Saturday, May 7thMass--Madison
Russell and Mayson Sugden will be making their First Holy Eucharist.
young people! They are called to live their Catholic Faith by loving God
and their neighbor and to celebrate the Eucharist each weekend. Their
parents have made the commitment to pass on the Catholic Faith to their
children. We ask for your prayers and support for them in the years ahead.
LEAGUE OF CATHOLIC WOMEN AND MEN
May 15, the District-Wide members of the League of Catholic Women and Men
will be attending our
will be present at Mass in honor of their Living and Deceased members. We
welcome them to our Parish NEXT WEEKEND.
CATHOLIC SERVICES APPEAL 2011
Reminder: Please return your completed pledge forms/payments to our
Parish Office, or drop them in the weekend collection, or send by mail.
Extra forms are available in the Church vestibule.
PARISH REFLECTION DAY CELE BRATION
May 21, 2011
after 4:00 PM Mass
Pot Luck Dinner
Members of Parish Services will discuss what we do as
a Parish to serve one another and share the Word of God.
EVERYONE IS INVITED!
Come share a meal and your ideas for making our Parish and Community
and Coffee provided.
DANETTE DECORTE & EMILEE PRIME
ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION
To be held on Thursday, May 26, 2011 from
. Danette and Emilee were 2009 graduates of
, who were killed in a tragic automobile accident on
February 26, 2011
. Proceeds from the dinner will be used for school athletics and to help
establish an educational scholarship foundation. The dinner will be at St.
Mary’s Catholic Church (basement), E. Clara & Walnut St.Cost
of the dinner will be $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for children ages 12-5, and
children under 5 are free. Tickets may be purchased in advance at
or at the door.If any questions, please call 989-894-5313 or 989-225-5283. Thank
you for your support of this wonderful cause.
OLV MEN’S FELLOWSHIP
Thursday, May 12:Regular Meeting:
Wednesday, May 18:
Diocese Catholic Men’s Fellowship Event at Center for Ministry –
– Presentation: “My Other Woman, the Blessed Virgin Mary”:
ST. STAN’S CLASSIC CAR , HOT ROD
AND MOTORCYCLE SHOW
Come out for a day of fun & listen to oldies
music played by a DJ as you look at classic cars, hot rods &
motorcycles and visit with friends. This will be at St. Stan’s A.C. Field. St. Stan’s A.C. will be cooking up hamburgs, hot
dogs, fries & pop. Everyone welcome. Questions-Call Judy-8934055.