The Weekend of May 18-19
by Adam Mumm
This Weekend at SJTW
Father Tom joins us as we celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Easter.
In the Readings
First Reading Acts of the Apostles 14:21-27
In the First Reading, Paul and Barnabas travel to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch. They strengthen the disciples’ spirits and tell them to keep the faith, saying, “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” They appoint elders in each church and travel on to more cities. When they arrive in Antioch, Paul and Barnabas call the church together and report what God has done with them and how he has opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.
Second Reading Revelation 21:1-5a
In the Second Reading, John, the author of Revelation, sees a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth have passed away, and the old sea is no more. John sees a new Jerusalem coming down from God. He hears a loud voice from the throne say, “Behold, God’s swelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be His people and God Himself will always be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away.” The One sitting on the throne says, “Behold, I make all things new.”
Gospel John 13:31-33a, 34-35
In the Gospel, Jesus says, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him.” He then says, “My children, I will be with you only a little while longer. I give you a new commandment: love one another. This is how all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Ballots will be distributed at all Masses for you to use to vote for new members to join the Faith Formation Commission.
This month’s 3rd Sunday Social Justice Collection is for the Boys and Girls Club of Dubuque. Thank you for your generous support of the most at-need kids in our community.
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 renewed 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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