5/4 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 “We Won’t Be Shaken” by Building 429.

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

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Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The gift of Fortitude is courage under fire, enduring some evil while holding fast to the truth. When Jesus says forgive your enemies, it’s disturbing to think that we have (and should have) enemies. Enduring, resisting, and confronting the enemies of God is necessary for every Christian life. But we often cower in silence, hoping the demons will leave us in peace; and sometimes we even defect to the enemy. The Devil will not give up until his victory is complete. With God’s grace, neither should we. The gift of fortitude is vital if we are to avoid mortal sin and confront evil according to our means and state of life.

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Corporal Works of Mercy SHELTER THE HOMELESS

There are many circumstances that could lead to someone becoming a person without a home. Christ encourages us to go out and meet those without homes, affirming their worth and helping them seek a resolution to the challenges they face.

  • See if your parish or diocese is involved with a local homeless shelter and volunteer some time.
  • Donate time or money to organizations that build homes for those who need shelter.
  • Many homeless shelters need warm blankets for their beds. If you can knit or sew that would be an extra loving gift.
  • There are millions of children and families who are on the move, fleeing from war, illness, hunger and impossible living conditions, and searching for peace and safety. Engage parish groups of children, youth, young adults, and families in doing some research on the causes and challenges that these families face to survive. Contact Catholic Social Services, or diocesan offices of peace and justice for help with your research. Seek ways to provide shelter for the homeless locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.

Spiritual Works of Mercy


Do not be bitter about wrongs done against you. Place your hope in God so that you can endure the troubles of this world and face them with a compassionate spirit.

  • Frustrated with someone? Step away from the situation, take a few deep breaths, pray the Our Father, asking God for patience

Tested by Fire

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


Acts 5:27-33; John 3:31-36 


‘We must obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29b) 


No fear. That’s all I can think when I read that fierce and unwavering statement from Peter in the face of the opposition and threats from the Sanhedrin, knowing full well that he and the other apostles could be crucified just as Jesus was for talking back, for continuing to teach, for believing in the One their leaders thought they had destroyed. These men who were once full of fear are now so full of faith that they cannot even stop to worry about all the “What ifs,” the consequences of their actions. They must obey God; there is no other option. It’s the kind of faith I long for, the kind of faith I always think I’m inching toward and then something difficult comes along, a challenge that’s a little too much for my weak spirit to take, and I fold like a house of cards. I feel like the girl in Flannery O’Connor’s “A Temple of the Holy Ghost”: “She could never be a saint, but she thought she could be a martyr if they killed her quick.” I’m ready to follow as long as things aren’t going to get too complicated, but, as we know, with spiritual life it almost always gets complicated. Ours is not a faith for the faint of heart. 

Peter and the others were fueled by something bigger and deeper than themselves, fueled by faith, yes, but more than that, by abiding trust. All doubt was gone. There would be no more denying. The resurrection changed everything, as it should for us. When we begin to waver, we can look back to this scene, Peter’s clarity and courage, and we can pray for a taste of that. 


Put yourself in today’s first reading alongside Peter. Or perhaps you’re on the other side, one of the Sanhedrin in this scene. What is running through your mind as this conversation plays out? Do you feel fear or power? Is there any part of you that wants to run? How does this moment change the dynamic, change your life? What happens after this conversation ends that day, as the fury mounts among the Sanhedrin? Tap into this moment whenever the doubt starts to creep in. 


Be not afraid, you tell us again and again. And we want so much to throw off fear and be brave in your name. Give us strength, Jesus, to be a rock like Peter.

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