Everyone should have received a letter from the Diocese with your Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) pledge card. Last year we were able to raise $3,441 over our goal, which comes back to the parish. Our 2017 goal is 130,167. We are asking for 100% participation. Even if you are unable to give this year, please return your pledge card with a zero on it. Thank you to all those that have already given to this very important cause. Please prayerfully consider what you may be able to give to CSA 2017. There are several options available. You may make a one time gift or set up monthly or quarterly payments. You may even pay using your credit card. If you prefer that option just go to dioceseofgrandrapids.org/CSA and follow the simple instructions.
This Sunday, May 14th, after the 9:00am and 11:00am Masses we will celebrate May birthdays and anniversaries in the back of the church with sweet treats. All are welcome to join us.
The St. Alphonsus Endowment Committee is seeking nominations for the Sister Olga Mizzi Religious Service/Education Recognition Award and Sister Roberta Hefferan Social Concerns Recognition Award. The two winners of these awards will each receive a $500 ASA tuition scholarship towards the 2017-2018 school year. Any All Saints Academy student from St. Alphonsus Parish, Preschool through 7th Grade, is eligible for nomination. Nomination forms providing a thorough description of the qualifications for each award can be found on in the parish office, at the All Saints Academy elementary and middle school offices and at the links below. The winners of these awards will be given a certificate as well as receive recognition at the 11:00am Education Mass on Sunday, May 21st, 2017. You may submit your nomination by completing the form and dropping it off at the All Saints Academy elementary or middle school office or the parish office. All nominations must be submitted by Monday, May 1st, 2017
Good Friday Schedule
Noon Service: Stations of the Cross – Fr. Tuan Nguyen, Passion & Veneration of Cross – Fr. Pat Grile
7:00pm Service: Reading of the Passion along with Veneration of Cross and Communion – Fr. Bernie Carlin
Please join us on Wednesday, April 12 at 6:00pm for Stations of the Cross followed by Mass at 6:30pm. The presider is Fr. Bernie Carlin, C.Ss.R.
Our Lenten “communal” celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is Monday, April 10th at 7:00pm. Several priests will be available to hear the confessions of those who wish to receive the special graces of God’s mercy and forgiveness.
It seems that we may have lost our sense of sin and an awareness of how it affects our relationships. None of us is perfect. We do sin and hurt one another and so we need to seek forgiveness of each other as well as forgive one another.
A helpful check on our spiritual growth would be to ask: “How Christ-like am I in my attitudes and actions?” Another helpful check is reflecting on the Seven Capital Sins. They are: Pride (Am I self-centered?); Greed (Are money and things my real goals in life?); Lust: (Am I pure in act, speech and thinking?); Anger: (Do I control my temper and tongue?); Gluttony: (Do I control my addictions and appe- tites?); Envy: (Am I jealous of what others have or are?); Sloth: (Am I lazy or just plain apathetic?).
All our words and actions have consequences that either help or hinder the building of God’s dream for our world. We have been redeemed through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But we need to remember Jesus told us “What you do to one another you do to me.” (Matthew 25: 31-46)
“Reconciliation with the Church is inseparable from reconciliation with God.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1445). Thus reconciliation with the Church, People of God, the community, one another is the means by which we express and experience our reconciliation with God.
The two go hand-in-hand. We each experience brokenness, pain, hurts and fragileness. We admit that we ourselves were lost and are found (Luke 15:31). We gather in a communal way and express our sins to the priest who represents the Lord and the community. How healing it is to speak our sins, receive forgiveness, and know we can move beyond our faults and experience the peace of Jesus’ love.
Come; treat yourself to the gentle love of God for you!
Joyfully, Fr. Pat. C.Ss.R.