My Dear People and Friends of St. Bride,
The Sunday Offering Collection for March 13th totaled $1063.00. This is four hundred dollars less than the week before. Many thanks to those who caught up and for your First Sunday tithing! Thank you to all those who share so faithfully each week! Any increase will be greatly appreciated! Also, because of the weather attendance is down on some Sundays which has affected our totals. Please try to make up for the weeks you may have missed.
If you have old envelopes that were not used these past few months would you please consider making up your Offerings in the next few weeks. This will help us balance our Sunday Budget which is crucial to our annual report to the Archdiocese. Any additional amount you can contribute to our Sunday Offering giving will be appreciated!
Our St. Patrick / St. Joseph Luncheon was a great success. Nearly 80 people attended. Special thanks to the Pagan Family for the raffles and so much more! Thanks also for the support of Bob Vargas, the Skaro Family, Mary Dedowicz, the Kerke’s, Troy Smith, Robert Williams, Tommy Slay, Coach Terry Rose, and Polonia Catering!
Thanks for listening and God Bless your ongoing generosity! Fr. Bob Roll
Jubilee Year of Mercy - Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
Misericordiae Vultus: The Face of Mercy is Pope Francis’ official decree announcing this Jubilee Year of Mercy. But Francis had already declared that Jesus “has shown the face of God’s mercy” back in 2013 on his first Palm Sunday as pope. Francis described Luke’s account of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem: “Crowds, celebrating, praise, blessing, peace: joy fills the air. Jesus has awakened great hopes, especially in the hearts of the simple, the humble, the poor, the forgotten, those who do not matter in the eyes of the world. He understands human sufferings . . . has bent down to heal body and soul.” Entering Jerusalem, Jesus looks at all of us with love, Francis continued, at our sicknesses and sins. “A beautiful scene, full of light—the light of the love of Jesus” (Pope Francis, Palm Sunday homily, March 24, 2013). May this Jubilee Year’s Holy Week and Triduum make us Jesus’ own light-bearers and love-givers to all who long to see the Face of Mercy.
In the long form of the Passion from Luke’s Gospel, Jesus refers to himself as “the one who serves” (Luke 22:27). This reminds me of today’s second reading from Paul’s letter to the Philippians. He says that Christ “emptied himself, taking the form of a slave” (Philippians 2:7). Jesus is not just being humble here. He gives us an example of how far God will go in loving humanity.
I suspect the apostles were confused when Jesus talked this way. Yet he tells them to be like a servant—expect little reward for what you do for others. Now the apostles might have thought, “Sure, I can do that. I’ll preach about the Kingdom of God for free. Then I’ll really look important and holy.” So Jesus reminds them that the world looks at the person being served as more important than the servant. But he is one who serves. and if the apostles are to be leaders of the church they will need to be servants, too. Why? Because that is how God comes to the people.
In the Passion according to Luke, Jesus heals one of the men sent to arrest him. Barabbas, a murderer, is set free so Jesus can be crucified. As he is led to the cross, he consoles the women who weep for him. And even on the cross, he is the suffering servant who asks the Father to forgive those who are killing him. With the example of service that Jesus shows toward those who put him to death, can we at least be “one who serves” those around us? Can we at least forgive those who hurt us—maybe even pray for our leaders, especially the ones with whom we disagree.
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE 2016
Daily Mass – Monday thru Wednesday – March 21st – 23rd - in the Church at 8 AM
March 20th – Palm Sunday: Mass and Procession at 10 AM – The start of Holy Week 2016
March 24th – Holy Thursday - Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 5 PM
March 25th – Good Friday – Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at 3 PM
March 26th – Easter Vigil and Mass of the Resurrection at 7 PM
March 27th – Easter Sunday – Mass at 10 AM
The next meeting of the *Public Safety Committee* of the South Shore
Planning Commission will be held at *6:00pm* on *Wednesday, March 23, 2016*,
at *7351 S. Coles Ave*., the home of the committee's chair, Phillip
Bradley. Please come and provide input regarding your concerns for our
South Shore community.
Relic and Exhibit of Mother Teresa to Visit St. Bride
A First Class Relic and an Exhibition of Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s life will be present at St. Bride in mid – July 2016. Special Masses and events will be taking place during this time, as well as blessings with the relic and other devotions and talks. Tentatively set for July 14 – 20th, watch the bulletin and our web page for more information shortly!