Monday, May 2, 2011

Announcements: 3rd Sunday Easter Year A 2011

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

Gospel: On the road to Emmaus Jesus listens first. Please see the Homily and readings below.

Thank you: Thank you Aileen for the Communion Service on the 2nd Sunday of Easter. I am currently in Great Falls Montana for a Canon Law convention.

Confirmation and First Communion: The Archbishop will be here in three weeks, May 28 (Saint Theresa) and May 29 (Holy Rosary). All those to be confirmed will meet this Sunday after Mass and those to receive First Communion will meet after mass on the 4th Sunday of Easter. Five will be confirmed in Dillingham and one in King Salmon/Naknek.

Potluck: Our next potluck will be when the Archbishop is here May 29th. Please plan to bring your favorite dish. All are welcome to join us. Don’t feel it is mandatory to bring food in order to join us and eat. There is always enough food to go around.

Around the Mission: Our Cherokee has finally been repaired. I just need to pick it up in King Salmon. A part behind the propeller was cracked and the part took over a month to get here.

Sacred Heart Wasilla Visit: While in Anchorage I drove to Wasilla and met with Father Bill Fournier, Deacon Dave Schutt, Secretary Sheila English, and the person in charge of Faith Formation Julie Dekreon. I toured the Church, Office, out buildings, and school. I got a chance to talk with a few teachers including Kathy Bishop (acting Principal), at the school. I walked away with a good idea of what I am getting into. It is a very organized and thriving parish and the staff is very friendly and welcoming. They have about 800 families.

Have a wonder day and see you Sunday…Fr. Scott

Homily and Readings for 3rd Sunday of Easter

3rd Easter Sun A 2011 Listen First, Acts 2:14, 22-33; 1 Peter 1: 17-21; Luke 24:13-35, Listen First.

What happened on the Road to Emmaus is similar to what happens when we celebrate the Eucharist. Even though we are prevented from seeing Jesus, we can still have a life-changing experience.

When people come to me and want to enter the church, have their children baptized, or be married, I try to meet them where they are. I try not to expect them to be perfect Catholics like you and me (yes, that's a joke!). I know we all start our faith journeys at different places. I know that none of us are at the same level of faith.

The road to Emmaus is about faith journeys. The disciples are on a journey of faith. Jesus meets them where they are…as they are. Jesus listens to the disciples’ expectations. Jesus listens to their hopes and disappointments. After listening, Jesus teaches them by reading scripture. This leads to hope.

When we come to mass we are on a road to Emmaus. God sees our heart and mind while we are here in Mass. There is no reason to pretend how we feel. God wants to meet us in the midst of our lives, wherever that may be. Wherever you are on your faith journey, Jesus first wants to listen to you, then he wants you to listen to Him.

Although cultures are different all around the world, several elements of the Mass always stay the same. The risen Christ accompanies us on our faith journey. Jesus always listens to us, opens our minds to the scriptures, and hosts us at His table. Finally, and most important of all, Jesus sends us out to tell the world that he has been raised from the dead.

We share with thousands of generations the same fire of God’s faithful love burning in our hearts as we are welcomed here each week, are listened to, taught, nourished, and sent out to do our bit for the coming of Christ’s kingdom (317 Words).

Acts 2:14, 22-33
Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed to them, "You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem. Let this be known to you, and listen to my words. You who are Israelites, hear these words. Jesus the Nazorean was a man commended to you by God with mighty deeds, wonders, and signs, which God worked through him in your midst, as you yourselves know. This man, delivered up by the set plan and foreknowledge of God, you killed, using lawless men to crucify him. But God raised him up, releasing him from the throes of death, because it was impossible for him to be held by it. For David says of him: 'I saw the Lord ever before me, with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. Therefore my heart has been glad and my tongue has exulted; my flesh because you will not abandon my soul to the netherworld, nor will you suffer your holy one to see corruption. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.' My brothers, one can confidently say to you about the patriarch David that he died and was buried, and his tomb is in our midst to this day. But since he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants upon his throne, he foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that neither was he abandoned to the netherworld nor did his flesh see corruption. God raised this Jesus; of this we are all witnesses. Exalted at the right hand of God, he received the promise of the holy Spirit from the Father and poured it forth, as you (both) see and hear.

1 Peter 1: 17-21
Now if you invoke as Father him who judges impartially according to each one's works, conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your sojourning, realizing that you were ransomed from your futile conduct, handed on by your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold but with the precious blood of Christ as of a spotless unblemished lamb. He was known before the foundation of the world but revealed in the final time for you, who through him believe in God who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

Luke 24:13-35
Now that very day two of them were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. He asked them, "What are you discussing as you walk along?" One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply, "Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know of the things that have taken place there in these days?" And he replied to them, "What sort of things?" They said to him, "The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over to a sentence of death and crucified him. But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel; and besides all this, it is now the third day since this took place. Some women from our group, however, have astounded us: they were at and did not find his body; they came back and reported that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who announced that he was alive. Then some of those with us went to the tomb and found things just as the women had described, but him they did not see." And he said to them, "Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into his glory?" Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the scriptures. As they approached the village to which they were going, he gave the impression that he was going on farther. But they urged him, "Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over." So he went in to stay with them. And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, "Were not our hearts burning (within us) while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?" So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the eleven and those with them who were saying, "The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!" Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

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