05/17 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.

For more information about our parish’s response to the Coronavirus and additional faith opportunities during this time, please visit olcparishrockford.com/coronavirus

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

Join us for an interactive May Crowning on Facebook Live on
Thursday, May 21 at Noon.
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Packet includes:
-Mary Altar Instructions
-Mary Altar Photo Contest
-May Crowning Liturgy information
-Mary, Our Mother Teen Essay Contest
and more!

Consecration to the Holy Family

Sunday, May 24th

Directly following the Live Broadcast Mass (on the same broadcast)

To help families live out the joy of Christ, Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori has composed a prayer through which 

families will come together to consecrate themselves under the protection of the Holy Family. In this prayer, we ask for the aid or intercession of the perfect son Jesus Christ, Mary the perfect mother, and Joseph who is a model for every father. Councils will guide their parishes and community to understand and offer this prayer. Preparing for the Consecration to the Holy Family is not a single event. It is choosing a way of life for your family. Through this consecration, each participant is consciously choosing to be a beacon of God’s love through His Church.Your family is invited to consecrate yourselves to the Holy Family. 

Join Shaun Bartz, Grand Knight, directly after Mass on May 24 (on the same live broadcast) as we revitalize our parish by devoting ourselves to the ideal model of familial love set by Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

Prayer cares are available for pick up during Open Prayer in the parish commons.

Please pick one up when you visit and use it during the Liturgy.

Song Suggestion

This week’s song suggestion is “Be Born in Me” by Francesca Battistelli.

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

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Gifts of the Holy Spirit
UNDERSTANDING

The gift of Understanding connects the various truths and orders our thinking in a heavenly direction. With understanding, we begin to see the hand of God in every event of our lives and to recognize that the Cross is the key to unlocking the mystery of our suffering. God’s providence can be temporarily thwarted through the misuse of our freedom, but never ultimately defeated. Renewing a desire for the gift of understanding reignites our trust in His providence.

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Corporal Works of Mercy
ALMS TO THE POOR

Donate money to organizations that have the ability to provide support and services for those in need. Do research and find organizations that put people in need first, rather than profit.

  • Skip the morning latte and put that money in the collection basket at church.
  • Find a charity that is meaningful to you and volunteer your time or donate.
  • This Lent, give up eating out at restaurants. Pack you meals and donate the extra money to charities.
  • Participate in CRS Rice Bowl.

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Spiritual Works of Mercy
FORGIVE OFFENSES

Forgiving others is difficult at times because we do not have God’s limitless mercy and compassion. But Jesus teaches us that we should forgive as God forgives, relying on him to help us show others the mercy of God

  • Let go of grudges
  • Saying sorry is something we learn as kids, but how often do we really mean it? Forgiveness transforms hearts and lives
  • Participate in the Sacrament of Penance
  • Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet

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All In

Readings: 

Acts 9:31-42; John 6:60-69

Scripture:

Many of the disciples of Jesus who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” (John 6:60)

Reflection:

So many of the things Jesus taught were hard for followers to accept, but perhaps none more than the teaching on the Eucharist. The changing of the bread and wine to body and blood, broken and shared, was beyond anything they could – or wanted to – comprehend. In many ways, it was not only confusing but abhorrent to them, so much so that we’re told many left the fold. And Jesus, knowing full well that even his most dedicated disciples might have been planning a similar getaway, asks bluntly, “Are you leaving too?”

I often think Jesus is probably posing that question to me at least once a day, what with my difficulty in accepting what the Gospel requires me to do. “This saying is hard,” I say, maybe not in so many words but in the things, big and small, that make up my daily life – the important things that get short shrift because I’m obsessing too much over the superficial stuff, the skirmishes and stresses, the hurts and offenses, the carelessness and inattentiveness to the many gifts that make up my living and breathing, even the not-so-great moments, which are gifts of their own. Just when I think I’m too wounded to walk back from the pain, beyond the healing that comes from Eucharist and sacrament, something nudges me, and, like Peter, I find myself thinking, “If not Jesus, then who? If not here, then where?”

Meditation:

Venerable Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker movement, quoting her longtime spiritual director Father John J. Hugo, often said, “I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least.” Talk about a saying that’s hard. That’s the first thing I thought of when I heard today’s Gospel. We think we love God enough, but when we reflect on Dorothy’s words, we get a glimpse of how far we have to go and how, when we don’t love God fully, it’s easier to walk away when things get hard. Who is it in your life that you love the least? Pray for that person today. Love that person. Don’t make a show of it. Keep this one between you and God, and see what happens when you turn toward the hard sayings instead of walking away.

Prayer:

God of understanding, you know the temptations of human weakness. Keep us steadfast when we want to run; help us to love when we want to hate.


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