Sunday, May 8, 2011

Announcements: 4th Sunday of Easter Year A

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

Gospel: The readings for the 4th Sunday of Easter are about belonging to a spiritual house that forms us. Please see the homily and readings below.

Archbishop May 28 and 29: The Archbishop of Anchorage will be celebrating Mass Saturday the 28th of May at noon at Saint Theresa and Sunday the 29th of May at Holy Rosary. He will be confirming one young adult at Saint Theresa and four young adults and one adult at Holy Rosary. Additionally, several children will be receiving First Communion. Please bring your favorite dish for the potluck/reception afterward.

Thank you: Thanx to Diana Swaim for preparing the children for First Communion. Looks like we will have four, Aurora at Saint Theresa and Alethia, Katelyn, and Lotus at Holy Rosary. First Communion will take place during the confirmation Mass when the Archbishop is here.

Blessing of the Fleet: Once again Angela Clark has graciously offered to organize the blessing of the Dillingham fishing fleet. The blessing is set for Sunday, June 5, at 2:00 PM. Please contact her if you would like to help out: 842-5331.

Around the Mission: After returning from Great Falls, Montana I finally picked up our Cherokee in King Salmon. Unfortunately the battery was dead and I had to call Clarks Point and cancel my service there. I rounded up a couple people on the East Ramp in King Salmon to re-charge my Battery, and was in the air by 2:00 PM of Friday, May 6. Saturday I flew back to King Salmon for Mass at Noon (Saint Theresa).

Catholic Presence in Bristol Bay: Rest assured that when I leave that the Catholic Church will have a presence in Bristol Bay. The Archdiocese has three plans to replace me. Plan A is to have a full time priest stay in the rectory in Dillingham. Plan B is to have Bristol Bay on the circuit of priests. A priest would fly out every other week for Mass. Plan C would be to have an Anchorage based parish sponsor a priest or deacon to fly out every other week.

Have a wonderful week…Fr. Scott

4th Easter A DLG 2011, Good Shepherd, Acts 2:14, 36-41; 1 Peter 2:20-25; John 10 1-10.

Like sheep, we follow a shepherd. Jesus is our shepherd. Likewise, Archbishop Roger Schwietz is a shepherd to the archdiocese of Anchorage. Shepherds are responsible for showing us and nudging us through the narrow gate.

In Iceland all the sheep freely roam the island. There are no fences. At the end of the year, all the shepherds get together on their horses and round up the sheep. They then drive the sheep through this narrow gate to shave them of their wool. Many of them don’t want to go through it.

That is why we need a shepherd, to get us to take a better look at that narrow Gate.

A shepherd is not out in front of the flock, but in the back nudging and prodding, the crook is like a bishops crosier? The sheep have some freedom to browse for green grass. If one strays to far, it is nudged back so the rest don’t follow and stray with it. Icelandic sheep ran free for nearly a year. Not a lot of predators to kill them.

Sometime we stray from the flock. Sometime we get weak and the wolf sinks its teeth in us. The wolf can get us to do things like buy a new car when we can’t afford it or charge money on credit cards when we can not pay it back. Wolves can convince teenagers to take drugs and smoke.

Jesus is our Shepherd. When we stray from the flock, call on Jesus, our shepherd. Jesus points us back to the narrow gate. He does not say it is easy to go through the gate. He says it takes sacrifice, prayer, and some suffering. But the rewards are incredible. The wise sheep always hear and follow the voice of the shepherd.

Sheep dogs are like our Deacons. They help to heard the sheep toward that narrow gate. In fact, in one famous painting of the crucifix, there was a dog at the foot of the cross. The deacons took that as there mascot. Dogs for Christ became the slogan for the Dominican order.

When sheep wander off from the flock, they become easy food for a wolf. Sheep dogs will attack a wolf. They are willing to die fighting a wolf to protect a sheep. They keep the flock together in one strong group. Wolves are less likely to attack a strong group.

Let us give thanks for the Deacons who chase away the wolves; Also, lets not forget the Bishops who shepherd us and keep us together as a strong and healthy community; The priests who teach us and lead us in prayer; The sisters and brothers of the religious orders who give their lives to building up our Catholic Church. And all of us who generously support our church with time, talent, and money (472 Words).

Acts 2:14, 36-41

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. Therefore let the whole house of Israel know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified." Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and they asked Peter and the other apostles, "What are we to do, my brothers?" Peter (said) to them, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the holy Spirit. For the promise is made to you and to your children and to all those far off, whomever the Lord our God will call." He testified with many other arguments, and was exhorting them, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand persons were added that day.

1 Peter 2:20-25
But what credit is there if you are patient when beaten for doing wrong? But if you are patient when you suffer for doing what is good, this is a grace before God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps. "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth." When he was insulted, he returned no insult; when he suffered, he did not threaten; instead, he handed himself over to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body upon the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you had gone astray like sheep, but you have now returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

John 10 1-10.
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice. But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers." Although Jesus used this figure of speech, they did not realize what he was trying to tell them. So Jesus said again, "Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came [before me] are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.

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