Pastor’s Reflection for April 28, 2019
Sunday of Divine Mercy
For a week the disciples kept telling Thomas: “We have seen the risen Lord!” Thomas replied each time, “I’ll never believe it without probing the nail-prints in his hands, without putting my finger in the nail-marks and my hand into his side.” Finally, our Lord appeared to Thomas—Thomas touched his sacred wounds and cried out: “MY LORD and my God!” What a thrill! Imagine the emotions which surged through the soul of St. Thomas as he suddenly realized: “I am in the presence of Almighty God! God, in human flesh, has conquered death!”
Today Our Lord says to each of us, “Give me your hand, put it into my side, feel my wounds, cease your doubting but believe!” We all need to see and touch the wounds of Jesus in order to be cured of our doubts, but why is this so? How was Thomas healed of his unbelief? What do we learn from the wounds of Jesus?
To answer these questions, we must first ask: what is the source of our unbelief? Many people do not believe because they have never heard, or perhaps they have heard, but have deep seated biases against faith which could be rooted in a million different causes; but I would like to focus on OUR unbelief, i.e., those like Thomas who are disciples of Christ—who have experienced his truth and goodness—and want to believe. What are the sources of OUR unbelief? We could name a few: the experience of suffering, temptation to indulge in sin, or uncertainty about the future. How do the wounds of Christ address these sources of unbelief?
When we are suffering, we need to know that the wounded Jesus is at our side. His wounds are REAL! His suffering was REAL! His suffering was for ME! As Christians, we never suffer alone; Jesus is with us in perfect solidarity. Just as Jesus’ suffering was transformed into something meaningful, so too can ours! Secondly, the wounds of Jesus teach us that God’s love and mercy are real! We believe the teachings of the Catholic Church because they come from the wounded heart of Jesus—they are rooted in divine Love. No matter what temptations we may experience, we hold fast to these teachings which have been confirmed by the wounds of Christ and entrusted to his holy Catholic Church until the end of time! He freely offered his life and was crucified for us!—How much more will he provide what we need all the days of our life? If we can only touch for ourselves the wounds of Jesus, we will have the strength of faith to obey his teachings, to persevere in times of suffering and to entrust our future to him.
Today, with St. Thomas, let us reverently approach the risen Lord, reach out our hands by faith and touch the precious wounds of Jesus. Jesus is speaking to us: “Give me your hand, put it into my side, feel my wounds, experience for yourself my love for you, cease your doubting but believe!”
Your Servant in Christ,
Fr. Terry Staples
Prayer List for our Sick and Other Special Needs
Aunt Betty, Ignazio Abbene, Muriel Ackerman, Leah Adam, Matthew Adam, Nadia Anderson, Taylor Auth, Steve Barberio, Carmen Befumo, Joe Befumo, Paula Befumo, Stephen Bergstrom, Len Besterman, Blake Bethune, Dinoo Billimoria, Eliza Blazek, Kenny Blazek, Mark Bond, Mel Bond, Ronnie Bond, Jennifer Bowman, CJ Brown, Declan Burke, Dr. Kristin Burns, Weston Bye, Logan Cannon, Henry Lee Carter, Eve Casella, Nathaniel Capps, John Chebuske, Marie Cherement, Bruce & Diane Clark, Harold Coldren, Adam Colvin, Ed Cyrus, Mike Daddezio, Kathy Davis, Leonard Deeds, Caitlyn Dodd, Therese Donofrio, John A. Dormer, Jackie Early, Millard Edwards, Jennifer Ernst, Jeannie Fedorek, Jack Firiollo, Maureen Flanagan, Chris Fursman, Peggy Gaines, Thomas Garland, Shane Garner, Amy Gentry, Susan Gray, Vicky Gunnett, Alice Gunning, Elizabeth & Ernest Harbin, Donna & Chester Hart, Edward Heynoski, Terri Hibbs, Ben Hochstetler Alice Honenberger, Alice Houska, Devin Humes, Alverna Hylton, Carol Johnson, Victoria Kavanaugh, Nora Lloyd, Barbara Lonick, Carol Masschelin, Sherry Martin, Brian McHugh, Donny McIver, Kim Metzer, Dana Mosticone, Peggy Newman, Retta Noto, Jackie Olsen, Julie Pais, Barbara Pfeiffer, Bernadette Pontious, Sarah Ponton, Pauline Przybocki, Michael Rebar, Owen & Brittney & Annie Reed, Samuel Reeve, Hope Ritz, Jim Roberts, Abby Rundle, Oscar Scott, Linda Sorrentino, Alex Staples, Mike Staples, Tim Staples, Barbara Strogis, Theresa & Colton, Mimi Voissem, Tara Von Kuhn, Margaret Ward, Thad Weaver, Betty Wilson, Marie Young, Theresa Zanettis
The Youth Group’s Third Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Thanks to all those who participated in the third annual Easter Egg Hunt. Because of you, it was a great success.
The Easter Lilies on the altar are also in memory of:
The deceased Cole & Keeney Families, Greg Comes & Teresa Lindstad and Richard & Mary Lawrence.
Mass Intentions for Two Weeks
(Apr 27 – May 03) (May 04 – May 10)
Sat: 9:00am Open
Sat: 5:00pm +Virginia Smith Elizabeth Harbin
Sun: 8:00am +Charmaine Twist Parishioners
10:30am Parishioners +Barry Mangum
Mon: 8:30am + Linda Treakle No Mass
Tue: 8:30am + Joan Bond No Mass
Wed: 12:15pm + Fred Gossage No Mass
Fri: 12:15pm +James William Hannah Marge Prokupek
the divine mercy chaplet will be sung immediately following
the 10:30 Mass on 4/22, Divine Mercy Sunday
Sunday Offering – April 28, 2019
Regular: $ 3,736.30 Building Maintenance Fund: $ 55 .00
Poor Box: $ 170 .00 Votive Candles: $ 18.00
Easter Offering: $1,780.00
APRIL FOOD PANTRY –
Cake Mix, Brownie Mix, Frosting
And thanks to each & every single person who participated in generating such beauty and grace for Jesus and for your Church Family during this Holy Easter Season. Your dedication is among the angels.
Prayer List for our Loved Ones in the Armed Forces
PFC Jarad Anderson USA PFC Taylor Auth USMC
CAPT William Blickle, IV USA SGT Marc Bowman USMC
Brian Collins PO Chad Crawford USN
LT Richard Day, III USA A1C Stetsin Fielding USAF
ENSN David Joubert CAPT Thadeous Larkin USA
COL Jason Loschinskey USAF PFC Ryan McWilliams USA
LCPL Zachary Mitchell USMC SFC Harrison Newton USA
CAPT Gretchen Pace USA MAJ Aaron Pauli USAF
CDR Eric Pauli USN SPC5 Robert Pauli USA
MAJ William Pauli USAF E3 Kevin Phillips USN
MSGT Matthew Phillips USAF 2nd LT Kiara Pontious
CAPT Mitchell Przybocki USAF LT Daniel Robey USN
SK1 Angel Semerling USCG BM2 Lewis Semerling USCG
PO3 Sabrina Slack USCG ET1 Christopher Stone USN
SPC Gregory A. Sublett USA SSG John D. Sublett USA
2nd LT Edward Von Kuhn CPL Knox Walters USMC
CAPT Evan Weaver USA CWO4 John Weaver USA
PVT Daniel Young USA SPC Paul Williams III
Have you ever wanted to go on a pilgrimage?
Fr. Staples is hosting a pilgrimage to the Holy Land October 7-18, 2019, and a $500 deposit reserves your spot. Among all the sights to see, the trip will take you to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre – the sight of Jesus’ Crucifixion & Burial, Mt. Nebo, where Moses was laid to rest, the ancient city of Petra, Nazareth, where you will celebrate Mass, a trip to Mary’s well and Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus and Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle, where married couples will have the opportunity to renew their vows. If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Staples at:
540-672-4933, ext. 5 or email@example.com
BEGINNER QUILT CLASS
The class will be hosted by the Women’s Club on April 26 and May 10 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. The Sign-up Sheet, as well as a list of supplies you will need to purchase for the class, is in the Gathering Area. This class is free of charge.
A MARVELOUS DAY FOR ALL OF YOU
Sister’s of St. Maria’s Yard Sale and
The Women’s Club Plant Sale will be
ON MAY 4TH FROM 7AM TO 1PM
Join the Women’s Club for a fun summer scene paint class on Sunday, June 23 from 12:30 to 4:00pm. The fee is $35.00 and is due by June 9th. Light snacks will be provided.
Calling all St. Isidore 2019 Graduates!
If you are a parishioner and have a child graduating from high school in 2019, please contact the office with the following information: Date of graduation, name of school or homeschool, their plans for the future, and where they will be in the fall (military, job, school). There are forms on the office window ledge that you can fill out with all of the particulars.
A Coffee Social honoring 2019 high school graduates will
be on May 5, 2019 following the 8:00am Mass. Please respond this weekend if you’re going to attend.
St. Michael’s High School Casino Night & Silent Auction
©ª¨§ Friday, May 10, 2019 ~ 7pm-10pm ©ª¨§
$35/person for games of chance, silent auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. Payment due by May 8. Proceeds benefit St. Michael’s High School in Fredericksburg.
Call 540.548.8748 to reserve your spot!
The Paul Stefan Foundation’s 7th Annual Golf Classic
Friday, May 10, 2019 at Meadows Farms Golf Course.
“Saving Babies, One Mom at a Time”
Contact Randy James @ 540-379-7077 or firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-854-2300 or email@example.com for further information.
Our Readers, Eucharistic Ministers Ushers & Altar Servers
Saturday Reader/EM: Joe Pauli, Cheryl Pauli (EM)
Apr 27 Ushers: John Phelps, Larry Deeds
8:30PM Altar Servers: Abby B., Joseph B., Shane B.
Sunday Readers/EM: James Dillon, No One Available (EM)
Apr 28 Ushers: Aubrey Treakle, Gordon Genovese
8:00AM Altar Servers: Eric M., Matthew M., Grace S.
Sunday Readers/EM: Charlcie Fielding, Joyce Cyrus (EM)
Apr 2 Ushers: Ron Lloyd, Scott Johnson
10:30AM Altar Servers: Joseph L., Jackson M.,
Counters: Chris & Tina Riley, Thomas Allsbury
Saturday: Readers/EM: (EM)
May 04 Ushers: John & John Robert Clemente 5:00PM Altar Servers:
Sunday Readers/EM: (EM)
May 05 Ushers: Mike Monticello & Gordon Genovese
8:00AM Altar Servers:
Sunday Readers/EM: (EM)
May 05 Ushers: Ron Lloyd & David Bowman
10:30AM Altar Servers:
Counters: John & Carol Keeney, Jesse Evans