The Weekend of April 27-28
by Adam Mumm
This Weekend at SJTW
Father Tom joins us as we celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday!
In the Readings
First Reading Acts of the Apostles 5:12-16
In the First Reading, the Apostles are doing many signs and wonders among the people. Great numbers of believers in the Lord join them. They bring many sick people to be healed by Peter and the other Apostles.
Second Reading Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19
In the Second Reading, John, the author of Revelation, hears a voice tell him to write down what the Lord shows him. When he turns to see whose voice it is, he sees seven gold lampstands and among them a son of man wearing a robe with a gold sash. The man tells John, “Do not be afraid. I am the first and the last, the one who lives. Once I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever.”
Gospel John 20:19-31
In the Gospel, the disciples are hiding behind locked doors out of fear of the Jews. Jesus comes and stands in their midst and says to them, “Peace be with you.” He shows them his hands and side. The disciples rejoice, and Jesus tells them, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” Jesus breathes on them and says, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” Thomas is not in the room the first time Jesus appears, and when the disciples tell him they’ve seen the Lord, he replies that he won’t believe them unless he puts his finger in the nailmarks and his hand in Jesus’ side. A week later, Thomas is with the disciples when Jesus appears again. He tells Thomas to see His hands and put his hand in His side. Thomas sees and believes. Jesus says, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”
There are forms in the pew for you to use to nominate yourself or someone who you think would be a great fit for the Faith Formation Commission. You can place the completed form in the collection basket or give it to Father Tom after Mass.
Join us in Martin Hall after the Sunday morning Masses for a breakfast provided by the Knights of Columbus to celebrate the feast day of our patron saint, St. Joseph the Worker!
Because the third Sunday of April is Easter Sunday, the social justice collection for this month will be held this weekend. The collection will go to Compass to Care. This organization was founded in 2010 by Michelle Ernsdorff, a former St. Joseph the Worker student, to help parents with children that have cancer with travel expenses. Since 2010, 405 children have been supported totaling 11,018 cancer related trips. This has covered almost 1.6 million miles traveling to hospitals. We need your support so that every child that requests help for their families to get them treatment for their cancer can be taken care of. Thanks Michelle for your dedication to Jesus’ call to help the sick!
During the 5:00 Mass, we will welcome a new member into God’s family through the sacrament of baptism!
There will be Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 8:30 and 11:00 Masses. All kids between the ages of 5-10 and their guardians are invited to Martin Hall before the First Reading.
Have you heard of the Butterfly Effect? It’s the idea that even the tiniest of actions, like the flap of a butterfly’s wing, can make huge differences in the world. During Lent, we were transformed by the Holy Spirit much like a caterpillar is transformed into a butterfly. Now it’s time for us to “flap our wings” and change the lives of others. Join us this Easter as we learn to follow the Spirit and help the world be Transformed!
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