4/20 Easter 2020 Monday Motivation


Because we are unable to gather in person, we have decided to continue the Monday Motivation through the Easter Octave.  We hope that you are enjoying these weekly motivations and find them valuable in your own personal faith journey.

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Digital Opportunities:

Digital Broadcast Mass:

Wednesday: 10:00 am

Sunday: 9:00 am

Church is closed and locked during these broadcasts.  Please participate by watching live on Facebook.  Click the Facebook Live Faith logo above to easily find the videos.

Sacrament of Reconciliation this week:

Tuesday: 7-8 pm

Saturday: 3:30-4:30 pm

Private reconciliations are available in person.  Please enter into the parish commons and space yourself 6 feet apart from each other.

Church is OPEN for private prayer.

The church office is open for private prayer in front of Christ in the tabernacle every day.

Monday , Thursday & Friday  9 am – 4 pm

Tuesday 9 am-8 pm

Wednesday 11 am-4 pm

Saturday  3 pm – 6 pm

Sunday  10 am – 1 pm


Song Suggestion

This week’s song suggestion is “Who You Say I Am” by Hillsong Worship

Take time to listen to this song.  How is it speaking to you?

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Gifts of the Holy Spirit
KNOWLEDGE

The gift of Knowledge enables us to perceive reality as God sees it. In the first chapter of Genesis, God looks at His handiwork: “And God saw that it was good.” The gift of knowledge leads us to rejoice with the Psalmist: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14) If with the gift of knowledge we saw ourselves as God sees us, how many marriages would remain intact? How many unborn babies would see daylight?

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Corporal Works of Mercy 
VISIT THE IMPRISONED

People in prison are still people, made in the image and likeness of God. No matter what someone has done, they deserve the opportunity to hear the Word of God and find the Truth of the message of Christ.

  • See if your parish, or a nearby parish, has a prison ministry and if so, get involved.
  • Volunteer to help out or donate to charities that give Christmas presents to children whose parents are in prison.

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Spiritual Works of Mercy

INSTRUCT THE IGNORANT

Learn about our faith and be open to talking with others about our beliefs. There is always something more to discover about our faith.

  • Go on a service trip or short term mission trip. No time? Donate to support someone on their service trip
  • Volunteer to help with religious education programs at your parish
  • Invite someone to go to mass with you this weekend
  • Know your faith! Read through the USCCA to find out more about the Catholic faith and how to live it


Standing Strong

Poust, Mary DeTurris. Rejoice and Be Glad 2020: Daily Reflections for Easter to Pentecost. Liturgical Press, 2020.


Readings: 

Acts 4:1-12; John 21:1-14

Scripture:

But many of those who heard the word came to believe and the number of men grew to about five thousand. (Acts 4:4)

Reflection:

Whenever I feel doubt creeping into my faith life, I come back to the one thing that tends to drive the doubt away: people throughout history, from the scene in today’s Gospel right up until today, have been willing to suffer rather than lose their faith. Those who knew Jesus firsthand were willing risk abuse, imprisonment, even death in order to spread the Gospel. Peter, who once denied even knowing Jesus and who later dies martyr’s death on a cross, in today’s reading defiantly says that it is in Jesus’ name that he has cured a crippled man. But even beyond that already remarkable fact, he tells them that there is no salvation except through Jesus. That must have been both frightening and infuriating to the Jewish leaders at the time. This Jesus whom they tried to destroy had not gone away after all; his strength and reach was growing exponentially day by day, all fueled by one key ingredient: love, for God and for neighbor.

What would we be willing to do in Jesus name? Chances are we’d probably like the idea of curing someone who is ill through faith, but that kind of discipleship comes at a price. Whether it’s the ultimate sacrifice of outright persecution or the sacrifice of leaving home to serve the poor or simply the sacrifice of trying to live the Gospel as we raise a family, faith in Jesus costs something, and it should. Are we willing to accept what faith requires, even when that means discomfort, challenge, humiliation, and maybe, in the most extreme cases, physical suffering? Would we be as confident and defiant as Peter if someone were to confront us and ask us in whose name we do our work and have our being?

Meditation:

Does your faith, ever cause you discomfort? At work or in social circles? Among friends or relatives? Have you ever felt afraid to speak the truth of the Gospel due to fear of humiliation or a verbal challenge? The next time that happens, rather than focus on the thing that makes you afraid, focus on the thing that brings you joy. When you share the joy of your faith, there is nothing to fear.

Prayer:

Spirit of God, give us the courage to speak the truth not only through our words but through our actions. Let our faith draw others to you.


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