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April 3, 2020 Message From Fr. Joe

Apr 3, 2020

Dear Heart of Jesus Area Faith Community Parishioners,

May the Grace and Peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

I hope and pray that this message finds you, your family and loved ones well.

We enter into Holy Week this coming Sunday, April 5th with the Solemnity of the Passion of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  We will be live streaming our Palm Sunday Mass at 10:00am on our heartofjesusafc facebook page.  I hope you can join us for this time of community prayer.  We have arranged for the mass to be shown on our local cable channel on tuesdays and thursdays at 11:00am. for those who can access these channels. 

I have blessed this years palms and they can be picked up at each of our churches for use in your homes.  Please take what you touch so as not to share any germs.  Thank You.

I will be at St. Aloysius Church this Saturday, April 4th at 4:30pm for any one who wishes to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation.  Please be mindful of social distancing regulations. Pope Francis has issued a Penitentiary Indulgence for the forgiveness of sins, for those who cannot celebrate the sacrament due to the corona virus.  You may read about the indulgence on the Vatican City website.

As we commemorate the Lord's Passion this Sunday, we are invited to share in the joy and celebration of the people who cry out in praise of their Lord; a joy that will fade and leaves a bitter and sorrowful taste by the end of the account of the Passion.  This celebration seems to combine stories of joy and suffering, mistakes and successes, which are part of our daily lives as disciples.  It somehow expresses the contradictory feelings that we too, the men and women of today, exxperience: the capacity for great love...but also for great hatred; the capacity for courageous self-sacrifice, but also the ability to "wash our hands" at the right moment; the capacity for loyalty, but also for great abandonment and betrayal.

Faced with the realities of today's world, the best remedy is to look at Christ's cross and let ourselves be challenged  by his final cry.  He died crying out his love for each of us: young and old, saints and sinners, the people of his times and of our own.  We have been saved by his cross, and no one can repress the joy of the Gospel; no one, in any situation whatsoever, is far from the Father's merciful gaze!

Prayers and Blessings!  Fr Joe

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