Fr. Luis Largaespada
Support the Grove Outreach by bringing canned and dried goods as well as other non-perishable foods, to the parish office during the week. You will find the list here. Or make a monetary contribution by check or through our website, here. We also need volunteers to help us pack food bags Wednesday mornings from 8-9 am, at 3749 Grand Avenue. Remember, whatever we do for our brothers and sisters in need we do for Jesus.
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE 2022
Good Friday / April 15
8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer / Laudes
12:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross in English
3:00 p.m. Viacrucis en español
5:30 p.m. Celebration of the Lord’s Passion in English
7:00 p.m. Celebración de la Pasión del Señor en español
8:00 p.m. Procession with the Cross
Holy Saturday / April 16
8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer / Laudes
8:00 p.m. Bilingual Celebration of the Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday / April 17
Masses follow the regular Sunday schedule
Easter Egg Hunt after 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Masses
INTENTIONS OF THE HOLY FATHER FOR AUGUST
For small businesses.
PRAYER INTENTION FOR THE WEEK
For our children returning to school this week. May they grow in knowledge and in love of the Lord.
A Sunday Reflection
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C)
“I HAVE COME TO SET THE EARTH ON FIRE” (LK 12:49).
Fire is dangerous. We have all seen the images of wildfires that destroy not only forests but in many cases entire neighborhoods, and which seem to get out of control more and more with each passing year. And so, we may ask, what is this fire Jesus speaks about?
Jesus is moved by the fire of the Holy Spirit, the love of God. It is the Spirit that impels Him to desire that baptism with which He must be baptized and which causes Him so much anguish (cf Lk 12:50). It seems strange that the Prince of Peace says that He has not come to bring peace but division (12:51). And yet, if we allow His fire to burn in us, this fire will set us apart from a world that does not understand the love of God, and will divide us even from those who are closest to us.
The author of the Letter to the Hebrews speaks of a great cloud of witnesses (Heb 12:1), the saints whose hearts burned with God’s love and endured division and persecution for the sake of Jesus and the Gospel. May we follow their example, put Jesus first and never cease to love. God bless you!
Around the Parish
The carpet is now gone! Fr. Luis inspects the work.
In the meantime, work continues on the St. Hugh garden, northeast corner of the Parish Hall.
ACADEMIC AWARDS, FIRSTH THROUGH SEVENTH GRADE
CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF 2022!!
EXPLORING THE LITURGY
And now we listen to the Gospel. As with the other readings, the Gospel follows a three-year cycle, A for Matthew, B for Mark, C for Luke. John’s Gospel is read during the Easter season. These four Gospels are the same used by the early Christian community. Jesus is made flesh in the Scriptures and continues to teach us by His word. At the end of the reading, the priest—or the deacon—kisses the book as a sign of respect, saying “By the words of the Gospel, may our sins be taken away.”
“All the good works in the world are not equal to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass because they are the works of men, but the Mass is the work of God. Martyrdom is nothing in comparison for it is but the sacrifice of man to God; but the Mass is the sacrifice of God for man.”
St. John Vianney
Would that we could have been present at Calvary! The sacrifice Jesus made on the cross is the once-and-for-all atonement for our sins. He died, once, to make reparation for our faults and failings, bringing us back to life, to life with God! The Letter to the Hebrews says, “He [Christ] entered once for all into the sanctuary, not with the blood of goats and calves but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption” (9:12). The Mass, then, the offering of the Eucharist, is the means by which this once-and-for-all sacrifice is made present in our lives. In the Mass, Jesus is not re-crucified; still less does he die and rise again. Rather, through the unbloody sacrifice of the Mass, we are put in contact with the graces of the bloody sacrifice. At the Mass the priest stands in the person of Christ (in persona Christi), and through this true sacrifice the very same Christ offers his love and mercy for us now, as he once did on Calvary Hill.
Lord Jesus, you are the perfect sacrifice, the one who has redeemed my sins. May I discover in the sacrifice of the Mass the abundance of mercy and grace present, the mercy and grace poured out on Calvary. Amen.
Fr. Patrick Mary Briscoe, OP, Eucharist
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