PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK OF OUR PARISH FAMILY
Candido Andino, Baby Charlotte, Monica Becht, Nancy Curran, Jim Fusco, Richard Fusco, Marie Grimm, Ann Kapuscinski, Alice Minarovich, Janice Rial, Lisa Troche, Pat Valone, Kathy Westerberg.
Wine – Hosts – Sanctuary Lights – Memorials
ST. JOHN CHURCH
Hosts – In Memory of the Deceased Members
of the Calamunci Family
By son Gust and Family
Sanctuary Light – Week of April 2nd – 8th
In Memory of Rosalie Consiglio, Anniversary
By Sebastian and Gerri Mazzurco
SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH
Hosts – In Memory of Walt Roode
Sanctuary Light – Week of April 2nd – 8th
Special Intentions of the Frink Family
By Jean Frink
THE LIGHT IS ON FOR YOU
Lent is our time to consider our need for forgiveness of sins and seek reconciliation with God and one another which is accomplished by receiving the Sacrament of Penance. In all parishes of the Diocese, each Wednesday, “the light is on for you” and a priest is available to hear confessions. Here at Holy Apostles, Father Dennis is present twice, once in the morning at SS. Peter and Paul Church in the Reconciliation Room in St. Joseph’s chapel from 11:15 AM to Noon, and in the evening at St. John Church from 5:30 – 6:15 PM. Confessions will continue until Easter. This is in addition to the regular Saturday afternoon time at St. John Church.
EASTER FLOWER MEMORIAL FUND
We are again accepting names in memory of or in honor of loved ones living and deceased, for our Easter Flower Memorial Fund. Minimum donation is $15. A special insert in the Easter Sunday bulletin will list those remembered. Fill out the coupon below and mail it to Holy Apostles Parish at 508 Cherry St. or drop it in the Sunday Collection basket in a plain white envelope marked, “Easter Flower Memorial Fund.” Deadline is Monday, April 10th. We cannot accept names after this date
EASTER FLOWER MEMORIAL FUND
_____$15.00 donation enclosed.
In Memory of_________________________________________
In Honor of___________________________________________
MASSES FOR THE WEEK
SATURDAY, APRIL 1
4:00 (St. John) Stella Restivo by Lucille and John Genco
SUNDAY, APRIL 2
7:15 (SSPP) Bradley Abbey, Anniversary by Family
9:00 (St. John) John Bellardo, Jr. by Maryanne Vullo and Family
11:00 (SSPP) Joseph Mangano by M/M Peter Conley and Family
MONDAY, APRIL 3
12:10 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners
TUESDAY, APRIL 4
9:00 (St. John) Deceased Members of the Margaglio and Mazzurco Families by Carmelo and Theresa Mazzurco
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5
St. Vincent Ferrer
12:10 (SSPP) Joe Mangano by David and Nancy Kingsley
6:30 (St. John) Stations of the Cross
THURSDAY, APRIL 6
9:00 (St. John) Souls of the Faithful Departed
FIRST FRIDAY, APRIL 7
St. John Baptist de la Salle
10:45 (SSPP) Stations of the Cross
11:15 (SSPP) Devotions and Benediction
12:10 (SSPP) Souls of the Faithful Departed
SATURDAY, APRIL 8
4:00 (St. John) Bennie Cardinale by Pat and Tom Williams
PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 9
7:15 (SSPP) Michael Abbey by Bill and Carole Colter
9:00 (St. John) Judy Smith, Anniversary by Jim Smith
11:00 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Stations of the Cross continue during Lent – at SS. Peter and Paul Church on Fridays at 11:15 AM, and on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM at St. John Church.
PLEASE NOTE: This Friday, April 7th is FIRST FRIDAY. Stations will begin at 10:45 AM at SS. Peter and Paul Church followed by devotions and benediction at 11:15 AM and Mass at 12:10 PM. The Stations are a way to pray and meditate on Christ’s sacrifices for us. Please join us!
HOLY NAME SOCIETY NEWS
The Holy Name Society will NOT MEET in April. Their next meeting will be Sunday, May 14th following the 9 AM Mass at St. John Church.
ALTAR & ROSARY SOCIETY NEWS
The next meeting of the Altar and Rosary Society will be Wednesday, April 5th at SS. Peter and Paul Church hall following the 12:10 PM Mass. New officers will be installed. The agenda will include plans for a bake sale to be held Easter weekend, April 15 / 16 at both churches. Members are asked to bring a bag lunch and dessert and beverage will be provided.
New members are always welcome!
YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
Sunday, March 26
Collection Total – $8,530.17
Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Tadeusz Zebrowski. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord. May he rest in peace.
LENTEN PENANCE SERVICE
The best way to prepare spiritually for Easter is by making a good confession. With this in mind, the parishes of the greater Jamestown area will gather at St. John Church this Monday, April 3rd for a LENTEN PENANCE SERVICE at 7:00 PM.
Following the Liturgy of the Word in which we will acknowledge our need for forgiveness, several priests will be available for individual confessions in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Everyone is invited and welcome to attend. This is a time of grace and renewal in Christ especially if you have been away from confession for some time.
THE LENTEN FISH FRY DINNERS will come to an end this Friday, April 7th at St. John Church hall. Adults $10 and children $8. A variety of fish dinners (battered or broiled) as well as Vegetable Lasagna is available. Join us.
Please remember, that we do not host a Fish Fry on Good Friday, April 14th.
CLEAN-UP TIME AT
HOLY CROSS CEMETERY
Please remove any winter decorations, wreaths, etc. from gravesites at Holy Cross Cemetery by April 15th. After this date, items will be discarded by our Cemetery personnel.
CALLING ALL ACTORS!
Our Seven Last Words dramatic presentation is in danger of not happening this year. Many of our young people who usually participate will be out of town during Holy Week. We need your help – young, old, Catholic or other faiths – invite your friends. We need at least 15-20 actors to make this work. Your commitment is small – Good Friday (April 14th) from 9:15 – 1 PM at SS. Peter and Paul Church. There are no lines to learn and costumes and lunch will be provided. This is a great family opportunity for parents and children to sign up to do together. But in order for it to happen we need a firm commitment.
Call Dianne Woleen by Wednesday, April 5th (338-6209) to sign up. Thank you for prayerfully considering this Lenten service opportunity.
We are now beginning the fifth week of Lent and this would be a good time to ask ourselves how we are doing in keeping holy this special season and whether or not anything has changed in our practice of the faith since we received the mark of ashes on our forehead. We are reminded that we are dust and to dust we shall return, but as the Preface of the Eucharistic Prayer for the Mass of Christian Burial proclaims, for the faithful when death comes “life is changed not ended, and when this earthly body turns to dust, an eternal dwelling is made ready for them in heaven.” Therefore the mandate to “repent, and believe in the Gospel” directs our Lenten disciplines, so that when we celebrate the resurrection of Christ at Easter we may do so with minds renewed and hearts made pure.
Thus Lent is a time for unburdening ourselves of whatever may be preventing us from being in a state of grace. It was Jesus himself who gave the invitation, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” At the same time his encouragement was to, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me . . . for my yoke is easy” (see Matthew 11: 28-30). In referring to a “yoke” Jesus is not speaking of that contraption that is placed on oxen to keep them in line for their task. Rather, in his time “yoke” was a term used to describe a point of view and approach to life. He was thus asking people to learn his world view and how to bring it to reality in their lives so that they might better discern God’s will for them and resist the temptations to disobey it.
All of us feel burdened at times by a whole variety of things and concerns, and when this is the case we lack peace of mind and perhaps experience intense anxiety. Just as this is the case in our worldly affairs, so too is it a phenomenon in our spiritual lives where its cause is likely sin. Scripture contains numerous accounts of the ill effects of sin, and we would do well to acknowledge its presence. This is not easy to do and is made even more difficult in today’s society where the “culture of disbelief” refuses to acknowledge that there is such a thing as sin, let alone the existence of the devil! Yet if Jesus himself experienced the temptations of the devil (Matthew 4: 1-11, the Gospel for the First Sunday of Lent), and struggled to do the Father’s will (see Matthew 26: 39), we as believers have no excuse for denying their presence in our lives.
So at this point we should ask ourselves of which personal sins do we need to unburden ourselves? When we know what they are we have the way to do so provided by Jesus himself: the sacrament of reconciliation. It is in confession that we come to him with our burdens so that we may rest in the assurance of his forgiveness. We have just the opportunity to do so this Monday evening at St. John Church where we will have a Penance Service at 7:00 PM.
Be at peace,
Father Dennis Mende