Mass Theme

April 14th ✙ Palm Sunday

Readings for April 14th, 2019

         TODAY WE BEGIN HOLY WEEK, which commemorates the week in which Christ died. He died because of sin. Let us pause to call to mind our sins, especially those through which we hurt others.
          Christ forgave those who put Him to death. He will forgive us too.
          Lord Jesus, you forgave Peter who denied you. Lord, have mercy.
          You prayed for those who condemned you. Christ, have mercy.
          You received the repentant thief into paradise. Lord, have mercy.

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MONDAY, April 15: ✟ John Mais, by John Gazave
TUESDAY, April 16: Healing of George, Jr. by Deacon Ed
WEDNESDAY, April 17: ✟ Karl Olguin Sanchez

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Prayer List....

Mary Ann Bader Jim Mathews
Lee & Christine Crook Patti Summers
Tom Clark Sarah Bryan
Lynn Lockett John McAvoy
Denny Heikura Joe Bonchonsky
John Del' Amico Charles Ely
Barbara Entwisle Joe Spini
Marilyn Brickett Kitty Lyons
Lori Wise Robert & Cathy Neptune
Janet Renon Ed Flynn
Esther Aw Steve Smith
  Gerardo Rodriguez-Coronado

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Prayer for Our Troops

Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

Please Pray for these men and women in the service of our country:

Frank Baker-Gleason, US Coast Guard Master Sgt. Matthew Rossoni, Army Commander Michael Quigley, US Navy

Kristen Chapman; USAF

Sean Eastis, USMC Sarah Manley, USAF Andy Harrison, USAF Nickolaus Swanson
SSG Trevor Oxman

Brian Tucker

Kyle McGill, US Army Infantry Nick Kenndy, USN
James Chapman Seamus Weston Alicia Delahunty Robert A. Wharton
Master Sgt. Roy Olmos Jr. Roy Walters    

Amen.

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Refections and Others

Weep Not for Me But For Yourselves

         This week each year Christians are drawn to Jerusalem, if not in body, at least in mind.
          They stand at the foot of the cross, beating their breasts, and staring with pity at Jesus of Nazareth.
          They listen with reverence as He prays for his killers: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."
          But when the weep is over they return to their homes to resume their deep-rooted spites and the burden of things they can't forgive.
          Let us not then weep for Jesus.
Let us weep for our own sins.
Then, maybe, like Jesus, we will be able to forgive others who sin against us.

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The Rite of Reconciliation

         One of life’s greatest gifts is forgiveness. What happens in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation is almost more than one could imagine. If we could meet Jesus today, we would expect to be received with love and compassion, because he is perfect and knows what it is to forgive. Instead, we confess to an ordinary human being who represents Jesus Christ sacramentally.
          We can expect the priest to receive us with love and care and compassion as well—not because he is sinless, but because he knows what it is to need forgiveness. God transforms even our human frailty into the medium of life-giving grace. Embrace your rite of reconciliation on Saturdays at St. Anthony’s from 4:00 to 4:45.

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The Significance of Palms at Mass

         Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorates the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified. Palm Sunday is known as such because the faithful receive palm fronds which they use to reenact Christ's arrival in Jerusalem.
         In the Gospels, Jesus entered Jer-usalem riding a young donkey, and to the lavish praise of the townspeople who threw clothes, or palms in front of Him as a sign of homage–a customary practice for people of great respect.
         Palm fronds are a widely recognized symbol of peace and victory, hence their preferred use on Palm Sunday.
          During Palm Sunday Mass, palms are distributed to parishioners who carry them in a ritual procession into church. The palms are blessed and many people will fashion them into small crosses or other items of personal devotion. These may be returned to the church, or kept for the year. Because the palms are blessed, they may not be discarded as trash. Instead, they are gathered at the church and incinerated to create the ashes that will be used in the follow year's Ash Wednesday observance.
         The colors for Mass on Palm Sunday are red and white, symbolizing the redemption in blood that Christ paid for the world.

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Messianic Genealogy Chart of Jesus Christ - Click this link or image below for bigger version!

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