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Tuesday: 5:30 p.m.
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Holy Days: Variable
Annunciation Awakening Retreat October 4-5, 2019
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From Bulletin, Sunday, April 21
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“The Lord’s triumph, on the day of the Resurrection, is final. Where are the soldiers the rulers posted there? Where are the seals that were fixed to the stone of the tomb? Where are those who condemned the Master? Where are those who crucified Jesus? He is victorious and faced with his victory they have all taken flight. Be filled with hope: Jesus Christ is always victorious.”
-St. Josemaría Escrivá
Today we begin the Easter Season, our 50-day meditation on the mystery of Christ's Resurrection. Our Gospel today tells us about the disciples' discovery of the empty tomb. It concludes by telling us that they did not yet understand that Jesus had risen from the dead. Thus, the details provided are not necessarily meant to offer proof of the Resurrection. The details invite us to reflect upon a most amazing gift, that is faith in Jesus and his Resurrection.
Each of the four Gospels tells us that Jesus' empty tomb was first discovered by women. This is notable because in first-century Jewish society women could not serve as legal witnesses. In the case of John's Gospel, the only woman attending the tomb is Mary of Magdala. Unlike the Synoptic accounts, John's Gospel does not describe an appearance of angels at the tomb. Instead, Mary is simply said to have observed that the stone that had sealed the tomb had been moved, and she runs to alert Simon Peter and the beloved disciple. Her statement to them is telling. She assumes that Jesus' body has been removed, perhaps stolen. She does not consider that Jesus has been raised from the dead.
Simon Peter and the beloved disciple race to the tomb, presumably to verify Mary's report. The beloved disciple arrives first but does not enter the tomb until after Simon Peter. This detail paints a vivid picture, as does the detail provided about the burial cloths. Some scholars believe that the presence of the burial cloths in the tomb offers evidence to the listener that Jesus' body had not been stolen (it is understood that grave robbers would have taken the burial cloths together with the body).
The Gospel passage concludes, however, that even having seen the empty tomb and the burial cloths, the disciples do not yet understand about the Resurrection. In the passage that follows, Mary of Magdala meets Jesus but mistakes him for the gardener. In the weeks ahead, the Gospel readings from our liturgy will show us how the disciples came to believe in Jesus' Resurrection through his appearances to them. Our Easter faith is based on their witness to both the empty tomb and their continuing relationship with Jesus—in his appearances and in his gift of the Holy Spirit.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK will be offered during the 8:15am Mass on Wednesday, April 24. The sacrament of the anointing of the sick is for those who have begun to be in danger from illness or the infirmities of age or have become sick again or underwent a further crisis. It should be noted that the danger need only have begun to exist. The person does not have to be in imminent danger of dying. This is a change from the pastoral practice before the Second Vatican Council.
Examples of those who could receive the Anointing of the sick:
· Those who are dangerously ill through sickness or old age.
· A sick person, before surgery whenever the surgery is necessitated by a dangerous illness elderly people, if they are weak, though not dangerously ill.
· Seriously sick children (above the age of reason) who are sufficiently mature to be comforted by the sacrament.
· Those who are judged to have a serious mental illness and/or are suffering from severe anxiety or depression.
· Sick people who have lost consciousness or who have lost the use of reason—if they would have requested it if they had been in possession of their faculties.
PARISH TOWN HALL MEETING—CAMPUS MASTER PLAN: The Master Plan engagement with Miller Dunwiddie continues to move full steam ahead. Thank you all for your input! Last month the consultants presented two options to the Annunciation community and received more feedback. They are making some modifications and will narrow the options a bit in preparation for this community presentation. Annunciation community members are invited and encouraged to ATTEND the session. This meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 24 at 7:00pm in the Church community room. During this session, Miller Dunwiddie will present the preferred direction for review and comment. We cannot stress enough the importance of your attendance and participation as we all work together to envision the future of our beloved Annunciation campus.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASS is Sunday, April 28 at 9:30am. While some of the pews for this Mass will be reserved for our first communicants and their families, the whole parish is welcome to come celebrate this festive day in our community. Please pray for our Second grade students as they prepare to receive Holy Communion for the first time!
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY DEVOTIONS: To celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday next week we will have Eucharistic Adoration in the Church from 4:15pm to 5:15pm on Sunday, April 28. During Adoration we will pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Confessions will be available. Come and celebrate the wonderful mercy of God!
HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE 2021? This past January a group of parishioners from Annunciation went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Father Park. The trip was a powerful experience for all, and back in February some of the travelers shared their stories from the Holy Land with the parish community after a Sunday morning Mass. Since then there has been a little buzz in the community about the possibility of a future pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Father Park is very open to leading another trip and he thinks that January or February of 2021 would be a possible time to go.
In order to get moving on this, Father Park would need to know if there is enough interest in the parish community for another pilgrimage to the Holy Land. So, if you are interested in going to the Holy Land in early 2021 please email Father Park at email@example.com so we can start putting a list together of interested parties. Again, this doesn’t have to be an official commitment to go, just a strong openness to the idea. If we can put together enough interested people, then Father Park can take the next step in planning the pilgrimage.