PASTOR'S COLUMN, SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2018

Submitted by St. Mary on Sun, 04/08/2018 - 10:15am

Dear Parishioners:

   On this Divine Mercy Sunday, we ask: what does mercy look like? Consider the following, excerpted from an article by Vinita Hampton Wright (NCR, 8.26.14):  .

 

... mercy gives you his seat on the bus, acting as if he was about to get up anyway rather than making you feel that he is doing you a favor. Mercy does not let out that sigh -- you know the one -- the wordless disapproval toward the person in the check-out line ahead of you whose card didn't swipe, or who can't find her coupons, or whose toddler is having a meltdown. Mercy offers quiet sympathy and does not convey with her body language that this holdup is ruining her day. Sometimes mercy chooses not to send back the food that isn't just right, simply because the waitress looks overwhelmed.

Likewise, at work, at home or in the classroom, mercy creates an atmosphere in which a person feels safe enough to admit his mistake or ask a question. And if mercy must correct someone, it pains her to do it, and she does so gently, without vindictive relish.

  

   April and May are set to be particularly joyful months in the life of St. Mary Parish.  On Friday evening, April 27, again at the Cathedral of St. John, Marty Dober will be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate. All persons are welcome to join in this celebration.  Marty is very grateful for his time spent with the St. Mary community and extends his greetings to us!

  

   As a family of faith, we will celebrate First Holy Communion on two weekends. Groups of children will receive the Sacrament on Sunday, May 6, at the 11 a.m. Mass  as well as on Saturday, May 12, at the 5 p.m. Mass.  For a Catholic, receiving Holy Eucharist— whether for the first time or the one thousandth time— is participation in a miracle!  We will list the names of our children in a future  issue.

  

   We are happy to announce that  Robert Alan Zerrer has petitioned The Most Reverend Nelson Perez for Diaconate Ordination.  It is the responsibility of the Church to present to the Bishop suitable candidates for ordination.  It is the Bishop's responsibility to weigh the recommendations of those in charge of formation as well as the larger Church community.  Through this notice the members of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish are given the opportunity to offer their personal input on the suitability of this candidate for ordination to the Director of the Diaconate Formation Office (440-943-7652).  Your relationship to this man during his years of formation gives your input a special importance.  We ask your prayerful support during these final days of discernment and preparation.

  

   Bob’s ordination (along with his classmates, including Bob Cavanaugh) will take place on Saturday, May 5, at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.  This event is open to all persons of the diocese.  Then, on that same date, May 5, a the 5 o’clock Mass here at St. Mary, Bob and Lee and their family will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving, with a reception to follow in the Activity Center.             

 

Blessed Easter,

                   

      Fr. Stephen