RESPONSORIAL PSALM: This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Parishioners of St. Elizabeth of Hungary
MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:
|April||23||Saturday||9:00 AM||Traditional Latin Mass|
|April||24||Sunday||9:15 AM||Joyce Ann Silverman, by Bethy Toth|
FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: Did you know that peacocks are a symbol of Resurrection and Eternal Life? Fr. John Bartunek explains: Peacocks often appeared in the early Christian art. They were imported from ancient pagan religions, some of which held the belief that the peacock’s flesh never decayed, even after it died. Early Christians, therefore, adopted the bird as a symbol of the Resurrection, Christ’s eternal, glorious existence.
In medieval times, it was also thought that peacocks molt (shed their feathers) every year, and the new ones that grow are more beautiful than the old ones. Along with this idea, medieval legends included the theory that the gorgeous colors of a peacock’s feathers came from a special diet: It was believed that peacocks could kill and eat poisonous serpents, ingesting the poison and transforming it into the colors of their feathers. This too contributed to their being an apt symbol of Christ’s Resurrection, since Christ “became sin” (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:21) for us on the Cross, but then rose from the dead with his glorified body and wounds having conquered the powers of evil. Regardless of the biological accuracy or inaccuracy of these traditions, they help explain why Christian artists often used peacocks as a symbol of the Resurrection and Eternal Life.
While peacocks are an artistic symbol of Resurrection, there is nothing symbolic about the Resurrection itself. Christ truly rose from dead! It was not just the memory of the Apostles that kept Jesus “alive.” He indeed conquered sin and death and many people who had known Him before He was crucified, interacted with Him after his resurrection. This simple and yet so explosive truth became the cornerstone of our faith. This truth leads us to meet our Lord Jesus Christ in the Sacraments. This truth leads us to change our lives and even to die for it.
I wish everyone a very Blessed Easter, Fr. Bona
HEARTFELT THANKS to all the dedicated volunteers who helped in preparing for the Easter celebration – the liturgical music and singing, assisting in the liturgy, decorating the church, acquiring the flowers, mail and electronic publicity, cleaning, and inside and outside beautification of our church and the surrounding grounds. May God reward you abundantly!
THE NEXT SUNDAY IS DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY: Our Lord’s promise to grant complete forgiveness of sins & punishment on the Feast of Mercy is recorded three times in St. Faustina’s Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul. Jesus says: “I desire that the first Sunday after Easter be the Feast of Mercy. Ask of My faithful servant (Fr. Sopocko) that, on this day, he tell the whole world of My great mercy; that whoever approaches the Fount of Life on this day will be granted complete remission of sins and punishment.” (Paragraph 299-300) “I want to grant a complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My Mercy.” (Paragraph 1109) “I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depth of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet.” (Paragraph 699). For more information about DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY & a confession guide, go to: www.DivineMercySunday.com
LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION (4/10): Sunday offering: $1,212. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY in supporting our parish. Thank you for sending in your offertory donation through the mail, or through the PayPal option found on the website: https://www.stelizabethcleveland.org/donations/
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially, Jay Kovács, Kathy Szabó, Kamilla Szabó and Anna Melega, Dorothy Fromhercz, Alex Szaday, and Richard Russell.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED.
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