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April 26, 2015
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Today is the Good Shepherd Sunday & the Vocation Sunday & the word of God presents us with two images, the children of God & the Good Shepherd. The image of the Good Shepherd was perhaps the favorite early Christian image of our savior. We have the popular image of Jesus the Good Shepherd carrying a sheep over his shoulders. It shows us the tenderness of Jesus & his compassion.
At many moment of our lives, especially when we have to put up with suffering & unexpected problems, we feel that we are not self-sufficient. In such cases, modern people go to a psychiatrist, marriage counselor or lawyer for guidance & advice. Where does God, visible in Jesus Christ, fit in your schedule? Does Jesus have a special place & role in our journey of life? Does Jesus have a special place & role in our own family? In the responsorial psalm today we read: “The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want...Even though I walk in the dark valley...I fear no evil; for you are at my side with your rod & your staff that give me courage…only goodness & kindness follow me all the days of my live & I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come.” And in the Gospel, St. John describes Jesus as a good shepherd.
Today is also the vocation Sunday. We are called upon to pray for vocations to the priesthood & religious life. Jesus came to earth to proclaim the kingdom of God. Now he elicits human help to proclaim the Good News to the world & fulfill the mission by calling young people who can exercise their human & personal abilities to carry on the work of God. To foster the vocations, the family must foster the Christian faith in Christ on a daily basis in unity & prayer. God is calling every single one of us to work for the Gospel. When God calls us to make our own contribution based on the particular talents God has given me, must be ready to serve him in whichever vocation he has generously given us.
Fr. Jonas Tandayu, MSC, Pastor
Parish Directory: Our parish directory will feature a page honoring men and woman who serve our country. Individual photos of service members only can be dropped off or mailed to the parish office, 320 W. Lynde St., by May 15. Service members must be in uniform. Include their name and a telephone number for contact. There is no fee.
The directory will also have space for memorials to family or friends. We’ll have more information when you come for your photograph. There will be a $5 fee for each memorial.
10th. Annual Old Fashion Bazaar-It is time once again for our Old Fashioned Bazaar with a Silent Auction, Bake Sale & Chicken BBQ to be held on Saturday May 30th after the 4:30 pm Mass. We will be having once again our “Them Baskets” for the Silent Auction. Please return these Baskets as soon as possible.