6th SUNDAY OF EASTER
If you love me, you will keep my commandments and he will ask for the gift of the spirit and you will be loved by my father. Jesus promises us the gift of the Spirit and God’s love for us. In order to receive them we need to show our love for him, keeping the commandments. But what about when we make mistakes if we at some point don’t keep Jesus’ commandments, if we fail in love? Will we then be no longer loved by the father? The Gospel surely presents us here with a call to love, a call that can be, and often is challenging. But above all, it presents us with a gift. In this incredibly complex web of loving and being loved, giving and receiving, a friendship is depicted that actually exceeds all description. Jesus is telling us: God is not a vending machine, in which we throw requests from time to time to get something from him. He is not a fundamental energy of love, that is simply there and radiates blindly, without any interaction. He is a personal lover, and offers us not only his love, but also friendship. Friendship means meeting each other, sharing experiences with each other, spending time together. If I were never to chat with my friends, never do anything with them, never communicate with them, our friendship would gradually dissolve. Here Jesus makes a truly great promise. He promises that this meeting with him and his father is possible,even after he has gone from us. This meeting with Christ occurs in different ways. We meet him in the daily contact with one another. We will all, everyone of us, be surprised and astonished how truly, how literally Christ meant, “As you did it to the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.” We meet Christ through faith and in the power of the Holy Spirit, who remains with us and will be in us. We also meet him in prayer and in a special way we encounter Christ in the celebration of the Eucharist. In this Life we will never wholly reach the peace and happiness that we really desire, but When we receive Jesus lovingly in the Eucharist, we already participate in a mysterious fashion in this infinite happiness. Let us pray for the grace to ever more realize and appreciate this gift of the Eucharist and thereby to grow I. friendship with him.
Mass will be live-streamed every Sunday at 10 am in our website and YouTube page. You can also watch the mass later in the day. If you a. , please consider dropping off your church donations in the mailbox, newly installed at Atwater Ave Church entrance door .
MAY IS THE MONTH OF MARY:
The month of May is traditionally observed as a time of special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. We are encouraged to pray the Rosary and seek her powerful intercession for ourselves and for the whole world!
POPE FRANCIS’S PRAYER TO MARY :
(For protection from the Coronavirus)
O Mary, you shine continuously in our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the sick. At the foot of the cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith. You, Salvation of the Roman people, know what we need. We are certain that you will provide, so that as you did at Cana of Galilee, joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to confirm ourselves to the Father’s will and to do what Jesus tells us: He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us , through the cross, to the joy of the Ressurrection. Amen. We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our pleas-we who are put to the test-and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and Blessed Virgin.
YOUR PARISH NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT:
Dear people of God .
At a time like this I feel uncomfortable to talk about giving. Our primary concern is health and well being of our parishioners. However, No doubt you are aware that our Parish relies on the support of our parishioners to operate parish salaries, programs and ongoing operating costs (Heating, Water,Electricity etc) are funded through the generosity of our parish community. It will be a challenge for our parish to maintain operations without the weekly offertory collections.
Here are the ways you can continue to support our parish at this time.
- Drop off or mail your regular offertory contribution to the parish mail box fixed at Atwater Church entrance door
-Contribute to your parish offertory by credit card.
- Contribute through pre-authorized giving.
For more ways to give go to
Thank you for your many contributions to our parish community. God bless you all 🙏
REST IN PEACE :
+ Janet Lisboa
+ Helmtrud Krampert
+ Dominic Baah
+ Ann Marie Cameron
+ James Roy Hollohan
Thanks for all your support and cooperation. Our Parish Council Members Lisa Hyginus and Branca Noronha may contact you at this difficult time just to make sure, you are ok. We are here to serve you and will address any issues to the best of our ability. Stay safe and healthy. Missing you all and Praying for you ! God bless!