"Sixth Sunday of Easter"

From The Desk of Deacon Ed

Dear Parishioners,

The Last Supper discourse in the Gospel of John (14: I - 17:26) is a farewell discourse. In today's Gospel, for example, Jesus says, "I am going away and I will come back to you". Christ consoles his disciples at the thought of his departure with a number of significant promises.

To one who loves him, Jesus promises that the Father and he "will come to him and make our dwelling with him". This dwelling begins in this life and reaches its perfection at the time of the parousia, the Second Coming of Jesus. Christ also sounds the note of joy because he is leaving to return to his Father, having completed the work of salvation assigned to him by the Father.

Another important promise is that the Father will send them the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, as their teacher. He will help them understand and put into practice the teachings of Jesus that they had received. This will be the ongoing role of the Holy Spirit for the church and for each Christian.

A third promise for Jesus' followers is peace. The biblical concept of peace involves far more than the absence of hostility. It is a positive term, denoting the fullness, the perfection of God's blessings. This indwelling of Father and Son in the followers of Jesus is one of the fruits of peace.

In today's Gospel Jesus says that "the Father is greater than I". Earlier in John's Gospel he said, "The Father and I are one". Since the Father sent Jesus to carry out the divine purposes, the Father can be seen as greater than the one sent.

Remembering is good and holy. It is of God's Spirit and where that Spirit works, and why Jesus said, "Now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe", so that when it happens you will remember. Could we believe if we did not remember?

Much later in Saint John's life, when he was exiled to the Isle of Patmos presumably because of his faith and because of the ways his remembering shaped both his own life and the lives of numerous others, he continued to remember and to imagine. What he remembered then was the way that Jesus had been their dream, the divine center of their lives. Jesus had been all they wished for, all they hoped they could be. That's what John remembered and was unwilling to forget. Let us all remember the promises of Christ and believe!

Your brother in Christ,

Deacon Ed

Two Masses to be Livestreamed May 21-22

St. Joseph Catholic Church will livestream two masses for the weekend of May 21-22, 2022  (The Sixth Sunday of Easter).  Those masses will be the 4:30 p.m., mass on Saturday, May 21, and the 11 a.m. mass (Baccalaureate Mass ) on Sunday, May 22. 

All parishioners who wish to view a livestreamed mass at St. Joseph but do not have a Facebook can click the link provided when it becomes available to join in. 

Please continue to keep our parishioners who have COVID-19 in your prayers and for a cure to the end of this pandemic as well as those involved in the Ukraine conflict.

Please share our mass with your family and friends and be safe.

Music for Week of May 21-22, 2022 (Sixth Sunday of Easter)

St. Ceclia Choir
Sat: 4:30 p.m./Sun: 7:30 a.m./9 a.m.

 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)
Gifts: All is Well with My Soul
Communion: Your Words Are Spirit and Life
Sending Forth: City of God

Spirit Choir
Saturday: 11 a.m.

Gathering: Here I am To Worship
Gifts: You Are My All in All
Communion: How Beautiful
Communion Med: In Jesus Name
Sending Forth: You Are Holy (Prince of Peace)

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