Here you will find Father Ken’s notes for each week. These are also found in the bulletin.
Seventh Sunday of Easter (Mothers Day):
Congratulations to all the boys and girls who made their first communion in the last two weeks. It’s a wonderful day when we welcome God’s children to the Lord’s Table for the first time. Thanks to all who taught in the Eucharist program. They did an outstanding job; especially Mrs. Janet Hickey who guided the program so well. Our hope for the children is that the Lord will stay close to them and their families always.
….May is the month dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus. When we honor Mary, we honor all mothers whose love and dedication we can sometimes take for granted. This week-end we celebrate Mothers Day. Congratulations and best wishes to all the mothers of our Parish. May the Lord bless you and keep you “in the palm of His hand,” always.
…..In honor of Mothers Day, members of the “Right to Life” committee will be offering roses after all the Masses this week-end. Proceeds will go to support their important work. Have a great day! Enjoy!
Sixth Sunday of Easter:
“As the Father loves me, so also I love you.” Just as the Father asked difficult things of the Son He loved, so too does Jesus sometimes ask difficult things of us. Mother Teresa of Calcutta realized this when she walked the streets, saw suffering, and sacrificed much in her life to relieve that suffering. She found happiness and meaning in loving “another as I have loved you”. Life can be difficult for people in many ways: poverty, illness, injustice. Jesus asks us to share in those burdens. He commands us to sacrifice self in service to those in need, “You are my friends if you do what I command you”. His commandment is simple, “Love one another as I love you”. Why do we find it so difficult “to love”, to lift someone from the ground and heal their wounds, to get involved? Sometimes we are afraid of taking action but, the need is real and present, Jesus is at the door. Open your hearts and let Him in.
Fifth Sunday of Easter:
……. The leaves outside my office window are finally blossoming. The grass is turning green (except where the grubs have gotten it). And when the sun is out we say, “The day is beautiful”. It’s a complex process this creation of a day in spring. A process we are not always conscious of, not that it matters. A spring day is a spring day, we enjoy it. But if we take the time to go a little behind appearances we might glimpse (in the mystery of the trees and grass greening) something more. We might see in the complexity of a “spring day” an everyday miracle: a gift from the Creator.
….. Today’s Gospel is simply stated but powerful. “Love one another…..” if only we did what a different world we would live in. What a different world we would leave to our children.
Fourth Sunday of Easter:
….. Heartbreak Hill in Newton moved to the finish line in Boston this week. For many, runners and spectators alike, a day of joy turned into a day of heartbreak at the Marathon’s Finish. The sound of a bomb blast drowned the screams of he hurt and the dying and many ran, in panic, the race of a lifetime. Meanwhile, television broadcast the reality of the impossible on a beautiful day in Boston. A day like no other in its very great history. A day of infamy engulfing all in a surreal reality. “Cry the Beloved City”, a new novel of Boston, written April 15, 2013. Our prayers are for all the injured that they be healed quickly. Our prayers are for all who responded so quickly and saved so many lives. Our prayers are for Bostons great hospitals and their dedicated staffs. Our prayers are for ourselves that we can rise from despair to hope and run again and cheer again the Boston Marathon, 2014
Third Sunday of Easter:
Spring is reluctant to come! The Sun is here but the warmth is missing. The warmth will come but we have to be patient. Nothing can be forced in nature. It has its own timetable.
……In the Gospel today the Risen Lord is very patient with the disciples. He doesn’t force himself on them. He could have appeared as a Flash of Lightning but He didn’t. Instead He appeared on the shore of the Sea of Tiberius and entered into dialogue with them, asking whether they had caught any fish. “No”, they answered. “Throw the net on the other side”. They did and caught so many fish they had trouble bringing the net ashore.
…… In the same way Jesus enters into dialogue with us every day. Not as a Flash of Lightning, but as the quiet voice of our conscience. When we listen and so the “right thing”, we feel good, we feel his presence in our lives. When we don’t listen we push Him away. This week make the decision and do “right things”
Second Sunday of Easter:
…. Happy Easter! This week I would like to thank all who helped in making our Holy Week and Easter services so beautiful.
Many thanks to Maggie Coleman and Margaret Taylor and their team who so beautifully decorated the Altar and environs for all of Holy Week and Easter. A special thank you to our Music Director Adam Trudel and the combined choirs for their beautiful music. To our Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers and all the others who in one way or another helped to make things go so smoothly. Finally, thanks to all our great Altar Servers. Have a great Easter Season….. Please keep in your prayers all of our students who received Confirmation this weekend. May they feel God’s love and return it to those around them
Happy Easter! “He is Risen. HE is not here!” The Word shatters the darkness of death into a thousand pieces of tempered glass. We celebrate. We believe. Jesus is risen from the dead. Death “has no more power over Him”. He lives! He lives! And because HE lives we have hope of living forever also. Believe!
Today, Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday), we listen to Luke’s Passion Narrative. This week we re-live these events which detail how Jesus gave His life for us. On Holy Thursday, we reenact the Last Supper with the washing of the disciple’s feet and the institution of the Holy Eucharist. On Good Friday we pause to reflect as we listen to John’s Passion Narrative. We also pray for the church throughout the world and venerate the “wood of the cross” on which “has hung the Savior of the world”. On Holy Saturday we have a vigil Mass recalling in Old Testament readings how God interacted with His people Israel. The vigil ends with a joyful celebration of the first Mass of Easter, celebrating our faith in the Resurrection of Christ, His Anointed One, celebrating our faith and hope in His promise of Resurrection for all who “believe” in him. I hope you will join us!
Fifth Sunday of Lent:
God Bless you, Pope Francis I. May God Bless You and protect you as you begin his new work. And Happy St. Patricks Day to everyone at Resurrection! Peace, Father Quinn
Fourth Sunday of Lent:
You might not remember but on Ash Wednesday the Gospel challenged us to pray, fast, and to give alms during Lent. If you want to know how you are doing this Lent then answer honestly the question: Have I prayed, fasted, or given alms lately? If not there is still time. What follows are some suggestions on how to get back on track. Try saying a prayer of thanks every time you open the refrigerator or sit down to eat. Remember food is a gift. To understand the truth of this statement: skip a meal; in other words, fast. Finally, alms-giving. Write a check to your favorite charity today (Look at what you pay for cable then tell yourself you haven’t any money to spare). These are just suggestions. I hope they bring you closer to the Lord this Lenten season. Easter is just around the corner.
Third Sunday of Lent:
A woman comes to the well to satisfy thirst. At the well she meets Jesus who opens her eyes to a different kind of water, the water of baptism which leads to eternal life – “The water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” – The “water” Jesus offers is Baptismal water. Through Baptism in water and the Spirit we have hope of eternal life. You and I have been baptized. We have been gifted with God’s Spirit. However, Baptism is just the beginning of our journey. We must learn who Jesus is and what He calls us to do. Through daily prayer and reading of scripture we can continually go to the “well” and learn from Jesus what it means to be a Baptized Christian. What it means to follow in His footsteps. Every day we can go to the “well” and be strengthened for our life’s journey. This Lent go to the “well”. Satisfy a different thirst.
Second Sunday of Lent:
Jesus takes Peter, James, and John with him to the top of a mountain and there they hear a voice from a cloud declare Jesus to be a “Beloved Son”. Later in the Gospel we will see them in the Garden of Gethsemane with Jesus. They fall asleep on him. They run away from Him. They abandon Him. And in the end Peter denies Him. How did this turn of events happen? Did they forget the mountaintop experience? Was it fear for their own lives? Or was it because they were so human? So like us, for whom it is relatively easy to have faith when things don’t go well. In the end Jesus appeared to his disciples. Our prayer this Lent must be that our faith in Jesus sustain us always and that some day we and those we love will have Easter for ever. –Peace, Father Quinn
First Sunday of Lent:
Today, the First Sunday of Lent we begin our Journey to Easter. Lent is a time for self-examination, a time for honesty. Some call Lent a Journey of Renewal. For them, Lent is a day-by-day renewal of the spiritual self; extra effort placed on prayer and sacrifices bringing one closer to God. In this sense Lent is a personal journey. But Lent is also a community experience. Ashes on the foreheads of all are a public statement that we as individuals have failed and are in need of God’s forgiveness.
There are many “extras” you can do to make Lent a journey. Try to get to Mass during the week (check the schedule under EVENTS on this website for a convenient mass time), take home a Black Book and use it, pray with the family at meals, read a favorite scripture passage at a meal and talk about it. Be creative. Ashes on the forehead remind us that Lent can be a new beginning with the Lord, for us as individuals, and as a community, if we choose to change. Peace, Father Quinn