Monday, April 19, 2010

Announcements: 4th Sunday of Easter

Dear Holy Rosary Mission Parishioners, here are a few announcements:

Tabernacle: Since we were not using the tabernacle in Clarks Point, Alaska the Archbishop needed it for another parish. The tabernacle in Clarks was a bit larger than the one we have in Holy Rosary. Hence, I switched them out and I am sending the one we had in Holy Rosary to the Archbishop and keeping the one from Clarks Point. Pat Durbin came by and serviced the lock and has it working smoothly.

Here is the tabernacle that has been at Holy Rosary. I am sending this one to the Archbishop.

Here is the one that we are keeping that I brought from Clarks Point (Saint Peter the Fisherman).

Phone Service: Since we now have GCI cellular coverage in the area, including most of the villages I fly to, I am considering going cellular. I am currently testing out the service and comparing and contrasting the “land line” and the cell service. So far I have tried the cell phone in Clarks Point, Naknek, King Salmon, Dillingham, Yakima, Seattle, and Anchorage. There were no problems at all. It was nice having all the phone numbers stored on the phone so I did not have to dig through all of my notes. The number is 907-843-1277.

Potluck: Our next potluck will be Sunday, May 30, after Mass.

Rosary: We will be praying the rosary after Mass Sunday, May 2nd, after Mass. We will dedicate the rosary to all of our generous benefactors. All are welcome to join us.

Jury Duty: I am on Jury duty the months of April, May, and June. Hopefully it will not interfere with Mass at Holy Rosary and Saint Theresa.

Confirmation: Exact time and date for the confirmation has not yet been set. So far all I know is that will be sometime June 9th, 10th, or 11th. I need to meet with all those being confirmed two more times before the Archbishop arrives. The times for those meetings will be set this Sunday.

Thank you: Thank you to Aileen Walsh for providing a Communion Service last Sunday. I did not get back to Dillingham until about 1:30 PM on Sunday.

Blessing of the Fleet: Angela Clark has again offered to organize the Blessing of the Fleet. If you would like to help out, please get in touch with her! The blessing usually takes place in the first couple weeks of June.

Gospel: The Gospel is about the intimate relationship Jesus has with his people. It is about the Good Shepherd who tends his flock. Please see the Gospel Below.

Have a fantastic week and see you Sunday…Fr. Scott


4th Easter Sun C DLG 2010 Sheep, Acts 13: 14 & 43-52; Revelation 7:9 & 14-17; John 10: 27-30.

It is not that hard to use a heard of sheep for an analogy of the human race. Most sheep are cute and woolly, but they are anxious creatures. They often run in packs in every direction. They are notoriously dense and difficult to manage or direct.

We as humans are an anxious people, a bit slow sometime, and difficult to lead. Like sheep, we are incredibly useful and adaptable.

In the days of Jesus, shepherds had an intimate relationship with the sheep. Sheep in those days were similar to our pets, our cats and dogs, today. Sheep were members of the family. In those days shepherds belonged to their roaming tribes. The flock of sheep moved with the tribe all around Israel.

Every sheep mattered. Every sheep had a name. Every sheep was a vital economic unit. Lots of trouble came about for the tribe and the shepherd if a sheep was lost. To lose a flock of sheep meant financial ruin for a generation.

In the gospel, Jesus wants us to understand the intimate knowledge and care the shepherd has for the sheep.

Why do we follow Jesus? It is not because we are too dumb to know otherwise. It is not because we are anxious or fearful of our alternatives.

We follow Jesus because we know his voice. We know Jesus. He knows our name. We follow Jesus because throughout our lives we have came to trust him. We follow because we rely on our intimate relationship with him. In return Jesus protects us. He makes sure no one can steal us from the flock.

Being stolen away from the Christian family is a real threat. There are a variety of reasons we stray from the flock, i.e. curiosity, seduced by other people, the allure of greener grass on the other side of the fence, peer pressure, other Gods (materialism, individualism), the list goes on.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, every Sunday we affirm that we cannot find a better way to live than this: To follow the Way, the Truth, and the Life, which is Christ, who is present with us now.

No matter what state of life we are in, no matter how well off, how poor, how strong, how week, how smart or dumb, Jesus protects us. The protection of our good shepherd comes in the word we read every Sunday, through the seven sacraments, in the church, and from all of us who look out for one another (411 Words).

Acts 13: 14 & 43-52
They continued on from Perga and reached Antioch in Pisidia. On the sabbath they entered (into) the synagogue and took their seats. After the congregation had dispersed, many Jews and worshipers who were converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who spoke to them and urged them to remain faithful to the grace of God. On the following sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and with violent abuse contradicted what Paul said. Both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, "It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first, but since you reject it and condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us, 'I have made you a light to the Gentiles, that you may be an instrument of salvation to the ends of the earth.'" The Gentiles were delighted when they heard this and glorified the word of the Lord. All who were destined for eternal life came to believe, and the word of the Lord continued to spread through the whole region. The Jews, however, incited the women of prominence who were worshipers and the leading men of the city, stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their territory. So they shook the dust from their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium. The disciples were filled with joy and the holy Spirit.

Revelation 7:9 & 14-17
After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. I said to him, "My lord, you are the one who knows." He said to me, "These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. "For this reason they stand before God's throne and worship him day and night in his temple. The one who sits on the throne will shelter them. They will not hunger or thirst anymore, nor will the sun or any heat strike them. For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."

John 10: 27-30
My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father's hand. The Father and I are one."

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