THIS WEEK'S BULLETIN

SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Sunday, May 28, 2017


THIS WEEK'S FOCUS: NEXT STRAIN

Just like sitting in the front row at the movie theater, standing in place and looking heavenward does nothing to help bring about the reign of God. It only gives us stiff necks.

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  • SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

    May 21, 2017

    Jesus uses His own intimate relationship with the Father to assure His followers that He—and the Father—are equally close to them and dwell with them through the power of the Spirit.

  • fifTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

    May 14, 2017

    Like every other aspect of our lives, our spiritual lives go through times of growth and change, times that are not always easy. As the Church did from the beginning, we need to keep the Lord near.

  • FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

    May 7, 2017

    Jesus, the Good Shepherd, is always with us and tends us. But the members of His flock still fair to hear or know His voice, and scatter off in many directions without knowing their shepherd is near.

  • THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

    April 30, 2017

    The disciples knew Jesus in the breaking of the bread, but first they had to come to know how He had broken open His own life. As we still break bread in His name, so must we break open our lives.

  • SecoND SUNDAY OF EASTER

    April 23, 2017

    The very breath of Jesus bestows the Holy Spirit on the disciples. Like our own breath, the breath of the Spirit is absolutely essential to our ongoing lives as followers of Jesus.

  • EASTER SUNDAY

    April 16, 2017

    The Easter scriptures give us many role models to be people who give witness to the resurrection. We must overcome fear and boldly speak what we have come to know through faith.

  • palm sunday

    April 9, 2017

    The death of Jesus on the cross was not merely a dutiful Son fulfilling His role. It was a total self-emptying, self-surrender, self-giving sacrifice that led Him, and leads us, to resurrected life.


  • fifth Sunday of lent

    April 2, 2017

    Jesus is warned that the tomb of Lazarus will have a stench. But Jesus has faced the stench of evil, sin, and death before — and has overcome it.


  • fourth sunday of lent

    March 26, 2017

    As our Lenten journey progresses, we strive to improve the manner in which we “see” with our hearts, hoping that, in the light of Christ, we can truly come to see the world as God does.


  • third sunday of lent

    March 19, 2017

    The most common substance on earth — water — is also the most precious.

    It is no wonder that the stories of our salvation feature it so frequently.

  • SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT

    March 12, 2017

    Though the experience of the Transfiguration was dazzling, Christ’s followers had to come to learn that no matter where they were, Christ their Light always remained with them, even when leaving the mountaintop.

  • first sunday of lent

    March 5, 2017

    The fruit of the tree in Eden was good, but the eating of it wasn't a good thing for Adam and Eve. In Christ we can discern both what is good and what will be good for us.

  • eighth sunday in ordinary time

    February 26, 2017

    There is a way in which our living in anxiety is a statement that we don’t trust in God. Complete trust in God doesn’t mean life won’t have difficulties, but it does mean they can be faced calmly, with faith.

  • seventh sunday in ordinary time

    February 19, 2017

    To know one’s enemies may be the most difficult teaching of Jesus, the one that leads to many times to act in direct contradiction to the wisdom of the world. Yet that is at the heart of His message.


  • sixth sunday in ordinary time

    February 12, 2017

    It is tempting to try and figure out the bare minimum that we can do and still think
    we are a follower of Christ. But He always challenges us to do more than the minimum, to stay away from the Tempter who leads us down that path.


  • FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    February 5, 2017

    Though few of us are called to do grand and publicly glorious things for Christ, each of us is called upon to bring some goodness into the world, and to do a little bit better at that every day.

  • FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    January 29, 2017

    The Beatitudes in this week's Gospel reading show us how to orient ourselves and to give ourselves an attitude toward living that is truly Christ-like.

  • third Sunday in ordinary time

    January 22, 2017

    There is no denying that the world, our society, our Church, are all in a state of factionalism. For Christians, fiercely belonging to a faction often means that we can only share a fraction of the Gospel.

  • second sunday in ordinary time

    January 15, 2017

    We hear John the Baptist call Jesus the “Lamb of God,” we are set on a

    journey toward Ash Wednesday to discover who Jesus is — and who we are as well.

  • epiphany of our lord

    January 8, 2017

    An epiphany is a moment of revelation, a moment that can occur when something long expected finally happens, or when something completely unexpected breaks into our lives.

  • mary, mother of god

    January 1, 2017

    On this feast day, we celebrate Mary, who held God’s mysteries and pondered them in her heart, and whose heart would be pierced in sorrow. Like Mary, we need to train our hearts to be given wholly to God.

  • nativity of our lord, jesus christ

    December 25, 2016

    All the ends of the earth see the saving power of God because God’s Light
    from light — Jesus Christ — shines for all to see, and for all to be able to see.


  • FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

    December 18, 2016

    We hear about Jesus’ many ancestors in Matthew’s Gospel. Surely Jesus knew of these men and women, but He always lived focused on the future, building on what He had inherited.


  • third sunday of advent

    December 11, 2016

    We hear what happens when the reign of God truly breaks into the world. Can we imagine a world or a life that looks like those signs?


  • second Sunday of advent

    December 4, 2016

    Sometimes we do not like change, but when it comes to living more closely in the image of Christ, things about our lives do need to change. We cannot change our lives without a change of heart first.

  • first Sunday of advent

    November 27, 2016

    Unlike our everyday life, in which we can never fully prepare for crisis or
    emergency, we are able to prepare spiritually for the time of the Lord’s return.

  • our lord jesus christ, king of the universe

    November 20, 2016

    This feast celebrates majesty in humility, strength in weakness, power in gentleness. Are we able to live humble, weak, gentle lives—as Jesus did—so one day we will be crowned with His glory?

  • thirty third sunday in ordinary time

    November 13, 2016

    The readings at the end of the liturgical year always refocus us on the end of time. As frightening as they can sometimes be, we are always assured of the ultimate love we will know a the end.

  • thirty second sunday in ordinary time

    November 6, 2016

    Attempting to understand the life beyond this life can be a challenge. We know that somehow we will still live, but a in a completely new way. The Risen Christ shows us the way.

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    October 30, 2016

    No doubt we’ve all come to the conclusion that God sees the world and others in a very different way than we do. Can we attempt, however, to see the world with God’s vision of love and mercy?

  • thirtieth Sunday in ordinary time

    October 23, 2016

    It shouldn’t be that difficult to be humble when standing before God in prayer. However, in addition to telling God what “I” want/need, we must remember the needs of the world around us.

  • twenty ninth sundaY in ordinary time

    October 16, 2016

    Even Moses needed assistance in prayer, having his arms held up so they would not tire. Sometimes we need that same kind of help to pray-and sometimes we area called upon to hold up someone else in prayer.

  • TWENTY EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    October 9, 2016

    It doesn’t take all that much to say “thank you” to God when something Extraordinary happens. But do we have the mindfulness to express our gratitude for the smaller, commonplace blessings?

  • respect life sunday

    October 2, 2016

    In our world of quick-if not instant-results or gratification, we sometimes
    are not able or willing to wait patiently to see what God has in store for us.


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    God knew and loved the homeless beggar Lazarus by name. How often do we treat the poor and homeless as though they were not real people, named, known, and loved by God?

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    September 18, 2016

    As it is with God’s gifts, we can use the intelligence or insight we have been given (or have gained) for our own selfish purposes. Or, in the Divine Image, we can use them for the benefit of others.

  • twenty fourth sunday in ordinary time

    September 11, 2016

    God’s love, mercy, and forgiveness are boundless. Sometimes we see this mercy extended to those  we think aren’t deserving and — rather than imitate God’s mercy — we are blinded by jealousy.

  • TWENTY THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    September 4, 2016

    Even though God's ways are not our ways, we can still search for God's wisdom as a guide for living; it will prove valuable as we strive to be faithful disciples.

  • TWENTY SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    August 28, 2016

    True humility is not self-deprecation, but honest self-awareness. A disciple truly aware of what it means to follow Jesus cannot help but live in humble service to others.

  • TWENTY FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    August 21, 2016

    Jesus shows us a heavenly banquet that just might have a lot of attendees we don’t expect to see; Those who, by the way they lived, showed God’s grace and mercy to the world around them.


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    August 14, 2016

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    Many things tug at us for our allegiance-some healthy, some not. Ultimately, only one of these can hold first place in our lives.



  • SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    July 24, 2016

    In advising us to ask — seek — knock in our prayer, Jesus is reminding us
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  • SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    July 17, 2016

    In Martha and Mary we see a microcosm of the Church, we each have distinct abilities and need to put them at the service for Christ.

  • FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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    Life often seems simpler when we put others into categories that help us de-humanize them. But when we view them as a neighbor, or as a brother or sister in Christ, it is easier to act as a follower of Christ.

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    "No one is an island," says common wisdom - as disciples we are constantly called to leave our isolated and individual lives to bear the Good News everywhere.


  • THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    June 26, 2016

    Even though we don't always grasp the ways that discipleship guides our life, we can only keep going forward, following Christ.


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    June 19, 2016

    Jesus asks His follower who they thought He was, well before He offered any self-explanation. Can other see who we are -- and who lives in us -- without our having to offer them an explanation.