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Today Christians celebrate Palm Sunday. Christ entered in triumph into his own city, to complete his work as our Messiah: to suffer, to die and to rise again. The triumphal entry celebrated at the beginning of the passion-week emphasizes that the three elements: suffering, death & resurrection, belong together. Jesus’ death was not a defeat. It was a victory, it is a genuine insight of the Christianity that the events of Jesus’ earthly life were the execution of God’s saving purpose. The genuine insight should be ours also concerning our own lives, when suffering strikes us.
How do we deal with the sufferings in our life & when we encounter fellow humans who die in suffering & distress? How do we handle the sufferings in our own family? Sometimes it is hard to understand them. It is amazing how many people want to blame suffering on God. We believe all good things come from God, but there are precious few of the bad things in life that we attribute to God’s will.
What keeps us going & help us stay positive in dealing with the suffering is to believe that when bad things happen that are beyond our control, God can turn them into something good, Today we reflect on the mystery of suffering, Jesus’ suffering & our own. It is not a problem to solve but a mystery we have to live with. Especially at Mass today, as at every Mass, we recall what Jesus did for us. We do, in his memory, what he commanded us. We are assured that in his sufferings he was there before us, he knows what it is like & he will walk with us through bad times & will pull us through. Christ died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again.
Fr. Jonas, MSC, Pastor
MARCH 28-29 PALM SUNDAY
MARCH 29 1:00 PM CITY WIDE PENANCE SERVICE AT OUR PARISH CHURCH-OLSH
APRIL 6 6 PM-HOLY THURSDAY LITURGY
APRIL 3 3:00 PM-DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET IN THE CHURCH
6:00 PM-GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE FOR THE PASSION OF THE LORD
APRIL 4 8:00 PM EASTER VIGIL LITURGY
APRIL 5 8:00 & 10:30 AM-MASSES FOR EASTER SUNDAY CELEBRATING THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD.
*10:30 AM MASS IS THE SPECIAL MASS FOR CHILDREN
APRIL 12 3:00 PM DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY SERVICE
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart will be holding a Family Game Night on April 18 after the 4:30 pm Mass in the school gym. Please bring a game to play along with family & friends. Everyone is welcome. Admission is free. Food is available & a monetary donation is greatly appreciated. A movie will be shown to the children. For more information call 782-7305.