April 14, 2019 – A View from the Rectory Window

Holy Week: May your experience of Holy Week bring you to the joy of Easter.

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Palm Sunday Joy: Last year, celebrating Palm Sunday Mass with thousands of young people, Pope Francis urged them to continue singing and shouting “hosanna” in the world, proclaiming the lordship of Jesus and following his example of outreach to the poor and suffering.

The crowd that shouted “hosanna” as Jesus entered Jerusalem included all those for whom Jesus was a source of joy, those he healed and forgave, and those he welcomed after they had been excluded from society. But others were irritated by Jesus and tried to silence his followers, the pope said. In the same way, people today will try to silence young people who continue to follow Jesus, because “a joyful young person is hard to manipulate.”

“There are many ways to silence young people and make them invisible,” the pope said. There are “many ways to anesthetize them, to make them keep quiet, ask nothing, question nothing. There are many ways to sedate them, to keep them from getting involved, to make their dreams flat and dreary, petty and plaintive.” Pope Francis asked the young people “not to keep quiet. Even if others keep quiet, if we older people and leaders keep quiet, if the whole world keeps quiet and loses its joy, I ask you: Will you cry out?”

The Gospel also demonstrates how the joy Jesus awakened in some is “a source of anger and irritation for others,” Pope Francis said, and the same is true today. Pope Francis told the young people gathered in the square that in the face of such attempts to demolish hope, kill dreams and suppress joy, Christians must look to Christ’s cross and “let ourselves be challenged by his final cry. He died crying out his love for each of us: young and old, saints and sinners, the people of his times and of our own.”

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Summer Masses at Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School: After repeated efforts, we were unable to identify priests to assist with the Summer Mass Schedule. For this reason, Masses will not be celebrated at Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School this summer. If we are able in the future to identify priests to assist with our Mass schedule, we will reinstate these Masses. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause some in our parish family. Let us pray that young men will hear and respond with joy and courage to serve the Church as her priests.

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Groundbreaking: With the Pavilion gone, we have begun test borings for the new parish/community center. I guess we can call it an ‘unofficial’ groundbreaking.

Be assured of my prayers for you. Please pray for me,

Fr. Pete