Equipping the Domestic Church/ISSUE 85/ 5.1.22

Sharing Easter Joy and Hope throughout the whole 50 DAY SEASON!

The second reading for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, coming on the horizon is on our thoughts today as we think about the Easter season and its message of JOY and HOPE.

Revelation 21 says: “Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will always be with them as their God.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away.” The One who sat on the throne said,
“Behold, I make all things new.”

We are still reeling from the events of the past few years; it has been a LONG Good Friday for us and we have carried our crosses in so many different ways. Let the words of the scripture above poor over you like a comfortable blanket today. What does God desire to be made new in your life? How might God be urging you to make things new in the world? In God, all things are possible. In God, everything can be made new. If it hasn't been in you to be a person of hope and joy lately, let the Easter season transform you. Trust and believe in a God who loves you and desires good things for all humankind. Be a force of God's goodness and spread hope! Today's May Day; maybe you can start spreading hope by partaking in the old custom of leaving flowers on a neighbor's door on the first of May!

Next weekend is Mother's Day as well! So, we've paid some special attention to moms in this issue. THANK YOU to all moms who work tirelessly for love of their family. We pray for you and we honor you!


Join us as we prepare for the Eucharistic Revival in the United States!

You or those around you may stay and pray at the end of Mass, beyond the dismissal and the recessional hymn. This is an age-old practice that usually involves praying in thanksgiving for the gift we have received in the Eucharist. St. Thomas Aquinas wrote some traditional prayers to be said after Mass. You may want to begin a practice of praying one each week.

Lord, Father all-powerful and ever-living God, I thank you, for even though I am a sinner, your unprofitable servant, not because of my worth but in the kindness of your mercy, you have fed me with the precious body and blood of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

For more prayers of Thanksgiving After Mass, visit



Click on the link below for the readings that you will hear at the Sunday's Mass for the coming two weeks. This will give you a chance to prepare your heart and mind for full and active participation in Mass this weekend! For a Mass schedule in our diocese click on the grey button below.

Family Stories: Story Time with a Positive Message about finding hope and dealing with worries!

Hope by Kealy Connor Lonning

Edna by Susan Paradis

God is Hope by Amy Parker

Parenting Articles:


Try one of these writing assignments about HOPE


Listen to this song called Hope in Front of Me. How do the words of the song inspire you to be more hopeful/hope-filled? Have a family conversation about it!
Danny Gokey - Hope in Front of Me (Official Lyric Video)


These videos from the CBC are wonderfully inspirational and moving! Watch and then chat about how you can spread light, hope and joy to others as a family! When we hope for a different world, we can do things to make it better! What can you do?
Little Lights | Hope Works | CBC Kids
Balloon Girl | Hope Works
A Whale's Tale | Hope Works


MOTHER'S DAY is next weekend! Make a collage flower pot using this fun craft template and magazine cut outs of flowers! Simply cut out the template and adorn with flowers you cut, create or find in your yard! It is a great way to show the special moms in your life that you care!


Prepare a wonderful prayer for all the moms in your life. Visit the button below for inspiration or for a prayer you can share with Mom next Sunday! Consider blessing all moms in your family during a meal and encourage Mass time as an entire family surrounding mom with love!


Did you know that any activities that involve deep breathing have a calming effect on the brain? Blowing bubbles can be an effective playtime activity to calm your child. You can try making your own bubble solution too! Here is a link to get you and your child started!


  • Eating complex carbohydrates can increase the amount of serotonin in your brain, which has a calming effect. Eat foods rich in complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains — for example, oatmeal, quinoa, whole-grain breads and whole-grain cereals

Follow this link to learn more about making morning oatmeal a healthy and yummy breakfast for the whole family!

Word of the Week!

Have you noticed the tool that Father uses to sprinkle Holy Water on the congregation during the Easter season? That tool is called an ASPERGILLUM.

An aspergillum is a liturgical implement used to sprinkle holy water. It comes in two common forms:

1. a brush that is dipped in the water and shaken, and

2. a perforated ball at the end of a short handle.


On Mother's Day, it's a good time to share with your child that while we have our own earthly mothers, we all consider Mary, Mother of Jesus, our heavenly mother. Here's why from YOUCAT:

From YOUCAT, fact 85:

85: Why is Mary our mother also?

Mary is our mother because Christ the Lord gave her to us as a mother.

“Woman, behold your son! … Behold, your mother!” (Jn 19;26b-27a) The second command, which Jesus spoke from the Cross to John, has always been understood by the Church as an act of entrusting the whole Church to Mary. Thus Mary is our mother, too. We may call upon her and ask her to intercede with God.


  • Where did Mary go after Jesus died on the cross? Did she follow his disciples? Did Jesus visit Mary during the Resurrection, when he was visiting his followers?
  • What does God think when I try to offer hope to someone else? Does God see what I do?
  • What if there was no hope in the world? How would the world feel?

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

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