April 23, 2017 - Sunday of Divine Mercy
A Note from the Youth Director
Dear Friends in Christ,
On this Octave Sunday of Easter we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. In the year 2000, then Pope John Paul II simultaneously canonized Faustina Kowalska (the first saint of the new millennium), and permanently established the second Sunday of Easter on the Church calendar as Divine Mercy Sunday. In 1931, a poor and uneducated nun from Poland, named Faustina Kowalska, received a vision of Jesus that later became depicted as the “Fountain of Mercy.” Not only did she receive this vision but she also was told by Jesus to record what he had told her. His words can be found in the Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska.
In a particular way, the Divine Mercy image represents charity, forgiveness, and the love of God. On it appears two rays coming forth from Jesus’ chest—one red and one white (pale). The red ray is symbolic of His blood and the white symbolic of water, both communicating the life that gushed forth from Jesus in order to save souls. This image is the primary symbol of this special day.
You may recall that last year we celebrated the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Pope Francis called this particular Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy to direct our attention and actions “on mercy, so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father's actions in our lives . . . a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective.” In essence, we are called to be mercy for others because we first receive His mercy. The goal of this day then is to remind us to continue growing in love toward God and our neighbor, even among all the trials and difficulties in our lives. Let us continue to bring hope to this world which is thirsting for love and mercy itself.
God Bless us always,
Another Note from Fr. Dave
Dear Parish Family of Queen of Heaven,
You know that one of our daily prayers is for an increase in priestly and religious vocations. A priority, here, has always been to be a “vocation friendly” parish; to proactively promote an atmosphere that encourages vocations. Bi-yearly, for example, we have our vocation breakfast, and our daily Rosary, before Mass, includes an extra prayer after each decade; for God to send us holy priests.
Hopefully, in your families, around the dinner table, you talk favorably about priests and nuns, and encourage your children to pray for an openness to such a calling. Perhaps you meet a young man or woman that you feel has a vocation and you point that out to them.
In less than a month, on Saturday and Sunday, April 29th and 30th the Vocation Director of the Diocese, Fr. Mike McCandless, will be preaching at all the Masses (and presiding at one or two of them, as well) to speak on vocations.
He will also be wanting to talk to a group of potential candidates for the priesthood and religious life between the 8:15 and 11:00 a.m. Mass. To that end, I am inviting any young man or woman, 8th grade and up, that is thinking about possibly being a priest or religious, to come to a breakfast and have a conversation with Fr. Mike and I in the parish rectory between 10:15 and 10:45.
If you know of someone that is thinking of such a vocation, please encourage them to come. And let me know if they are coming to the breakfast by calling me at the parish office; 330-896-2345.