- Candace Neff Director
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For Use April 18-19 Second Sunday of Easter, (Divine Mercy Sunday) (A)
Stewardship By the BookJesus meets the need of each disciple. To the fearful in the upper room, He speaks words of peace. To doubting Thomas, He provides the tangible proof of His resurrection. What do I need to become His disciple? What do I have to share that might meet someone else's need?
Vocation ViewIt is only through people like you that others will be able to say: “We have seen the lord.” With the resurrection to empower you and with Jesus to lure, you too can inspire belief in those who have not seen.
Stewardship Reflections“Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’” JOHN 20:19
Are you good at making people feel welcome? When you meet someone new, like a new neighbor, a new work colleague or a new parishioner, do you make them feel at home? Many of us can probably do a much better job at this. When we make people feel welcome, we make them feel like they are included instead of being excluded. We are made for relationships – with God and each other. A simple “hello” and a smile goes a long way.
Family Perspective-by Bud Ozar“Whose sins you forgive, are forgiven” means the grudges we carry only make us miserable. The Kingdom of God begins in your home where children learn the paths to peace promised in today’s gospel through merciful and forgiving demonstrations by their parents.
Word of LifeIf you or someone you know has had an abortion, “be assured that it is never too late to seek God's forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.”* Additionally, other confidential, compassionate help is also available. Select “Find Help” from the menu on www.hopeafterabortion.org to find the diocesan Project Rachel Ministry near you.
USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities
*“Bridges of Mercy for Healing after Abortion”