THE FAMILY ZONE
Equipping the Domestic Church/ISSUE 85/ 5.1.22
Sharing Easter Joy and Hope throughout the whole 50 DAY SEASON!
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!
LIVE THE EUCHARIST
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 ibreviary.com http://www.ibreviary.com/m2/preghiere.php?tipo=Preghiera&id=207
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 LonningEdna by Susan Paradis
God is Hope by Amy Parker
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Word of the Week!
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.
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?