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Parish Daily Update 5/4/21

Dear Parish Family,

“Simply believing in the existence of God is not exactly what I would call a commitment.  After all, even the devil believes that God exists!  Believing has to change the way we live.”   ~Mother Angelica

Our parishioner, Debbie Thomas, passed away on Saturday.  Her funeral arrangements are:  Visitation – Friday, May 7, 9 – 11 a.m. at Parkway Funeral Home; funeral service – 11:00 a.m. at Parkway Funeral Home, with interment immediately following.  Please keep her husband, Nick, and all her family in your prayers.  May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

Also, we ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Thomas Guillory, brother of our parishioner Paul Guillory, who passed away recently.  We keep Paul and his family in our prayers.

This Friday is First Friday of the month.  We will have Mass, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, beginning at 5:30.

God bless,


Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter  

First Reading:  Acts 15:1-6 

Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice, you cannot be saved.” Because there arose no little dissension and debate by Paul and Barnabas with them, it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the others should go up to Jerusalem to the Apostles and presbyters about this question. 
They were sent on their journey by the Church, and passed through Phoenicia and Samaria
telling of the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the brethren. When they arrived in Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the Church, as well as by the Apostles and the presbyters, and they reported what God had done with them. But some from the party of the Pharisees who had become believers stood up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them
and direct them to observe the Mosaic law.” The Apostles and the presbyters met together to see about this matter. 

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5 

R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
I rejoiced because they said to me,
“We will go up to the house of the LORD.”
And now we have set foot
within your gates, O Jerusalem.
R.    Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
Jerusalem, built as a city
with compact unity.
To it the tribes go up,
the tribes of the LORD.
R.    Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
According to the decree for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the LORD.
In it are set up judgment seats,
seats for the house of David.
R.    Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

Gospel:  John 15:1-8 

Jesus said to his disciples: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.
He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit. You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you.
Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither;
people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.” 


“You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you.”  John 15:1-8 

It’s the pruning season for many of us: cutting away the dead branches of winter to let the new blossoms and buds of spring grow. It’s the time for gathering up the debris and dead thatch of our lawns and gardens, turning over the soil and reseeding the bare patches. 

Clearly Jesus is not talking about our front yards or gardens in today’s Gospel – but there’s a spirituality to pruning away the “dead” and useless in our lives, of cutting away the angst and division in our lives, of gathering up and disposing what distracts and disconnects us from the things of God. 

So, in this season of newness, may we take a rake to our spirits and gather up and “burn” what places undue stress and anxiety on our relationships with others, those attitudes that have withered our relationships, the “dead” that takes away time and energy from nurturing the fruit our lives can harvest. 

Today, “prune” and burn the dead and broken so that love and friendship, generosity and peace, can take root and grow in our lives this Easter season. 

Christ the vine, may your word take root in us so that our lives may reap a harvest of joy and hope, the fruit of reconciliation and justice. Prune away what is dead and unproductive in us so that we may realize in our lives the promise of your resurrection. 

An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are present
in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
I ask You to come spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You, trusting that you are already there and I unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.  Amen.