Dear Brothers and Sisters, a Happy and Holy Easter!
The Church throughout the world echoes the angel’s message to the women: “Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised… Come, see the place where he lay” ( Mt 28:5-6).
This is the culmination of the Gospel, it is the Good News par excellence: Jesus, who was crucified, is risen! This event is the basis of our faith and our hope. If Christ were not raised, Christianity would lose its very meaning; the whole mission of the Church would lose its impulse, for this is the point from which it first set out and continues to set out ever anew. The message which Christians bring to the world is this: Jesus, Love incarnate, died on the cross for our sins, but God the Father raised him and made him the Lord of life and death. In Jesus, love has triumphed over hatred, mercy over sinfulness, goodness over evil, truth over falsehood, life over death.
That is why we tell everyone: “Come and see!” In every human situation, marked by frailty, sin and death, the Good News is no mere matter of words, but a testimony to unconditional and faithful love: it is about leaving ourselves behind and encountering others, being close to those crushed by life’s troubles, sharing with the needy, standing at the side of the sick, elderly and the outcast… “Come and see!”: Love is more powerful, love gives life, love makes hope blossom in the wilderness.
With this joyful certainty in our hearts, today we turn to you, risen Lord!
Help us to seek you and to find you, to realize that we have a Father and are not orphans; that we can love and adore you.
Help us to overcome the scourge of hunger, aggravated by conflicts and by the immense wastefulness for which we are often responsible.
Enable us to protect the vulnerable, especially children, women and the elderly, who are at times exploited and abandoned.
Enable us to care for our brothers and sisters struck by the Ebola epidemic in Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and to care for those suffering from so many other diseases which are also spread through neglect and dire poverty.
Comfort all those who cannot celebrate this Easter with their loved ones because they have been unjustly torn from their affections, like the many persons, priests and laity, who in various parts of the world have been kidnapped.
Comfort those who have left their own lands to migrate to places offering hope for a better future and the possibility of living their lives in dignity and, not infrequently, of freely professing their faith.
We ask you, Lord Jesus, to put an end to all war and every conflict, whether great or small, ancient or recent.
We pray in a particular way for Syria, beloved Syria, that all those suffering the effects of the conflict can receive needed humanitarian aid and that neither side will again use deadly force, especially against the defenseless civil population, but instead boldly negotiate the peace long awaited and long overdue!
Jesus, Lord of glory, we ask you to comfort the victims of fratricidal acts of violence in Iraq and to sustain the hopes raised by the resumption of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.
We beg for an end to the conflicts in the Central African Republic and a halt to the brutal terrorist attacks in parts of Nigeria and the acts of violence in South Sudan.
We ask that hearts be turned to reconciliation and fraternal concord in Venezuela.
By your resurrection, which this year we celebrate together with the Churches that follow the Julian calendar, we ask you to enlighten and inspire the initiatives that promote peace in Ukraine so that all those involved, with the support of the international community, will make every effort to prevent violence and, in a spirit of unity and dialogue, chart a path for the country’s future. On this day, may they be able to proclaim, as brothers and sisters, that Christ is risen, Khrystos voskres!
Lord, we pray to you for all the peoples of the earth: you who have conquered death, grant us your life, grant us your peace!
Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Easter!
-Pope Francis, March 26, 2016. Vatican City.
JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY
Dec. 8, 2015 - Nov. 20, 2016
THE THREE VIRTUES THAT ARE DEAREST TO ME
"I desire, My dearly beloved daughter, that you practice the three virtues that are dearest to Me - and most pleasing to God. The first is humility, humility, and once again humility; the second virtue, purity; the third virtue, love of God. As My daughter, you must
especially radiate with these virtues.”
Words of Our Lady to St. Faustina
There will be NO Sunday School today, Easter Sunday, March 27th. Sunday School will begin meeting again on Sunday, April 3 at 9:30am.
PLEASE NOTE - The parish office will close at noon on Thursday, March 24th, and will be closed ALL DAY on Friday, March 25th and Monday, March 28th.
AROUND THE PARISH
VIRTUS - Protecting God’s Children
The Diocese of Charleston requires that all employees and volunteers in our
parish attend this program. If you have not yet attended and you plan to
volunteer in the parish or school you are asked to go online at virtusonline.org and register for an upcoming class. The
website has information about the class and about the problem of child sexual abuse in our communities. There will be a class at Saint Paul the Apostle on
Monday, March 28 at 6:00 pm in the conference room of the Parish Center. You must pre-register for this class at the online site.
Saint Paul Institute
An Adult Formation Opportunity
Join us on Wednesday, March 30 at 7:00 pm for Divine
Mercy 101 with Father Chris Alar, MIC. Learn the powerful
devotion and graces
associated with it in this
dynamic DVD presentation. Divine Mercy 101 provides a clear and concise overview of Divine Mercy and the role and mission of Saint Maria Faustina
Kowalska, the apostle off Divine Mercy whom Saint John Paul II called “a gift of God to our time”
Everyone in grades 6-7-8 is invited to join us on Thursday, April 7 at 6:00 pm in the Historic Church. We will recite the rosary together and then we will go to the gym for a Sloppy Joe supper. After supper we will have plenty of time for volleyball,
basketball, and dodge ball and of course movie time! Have your ride pick you up at the gym. Come and bring a friend.
Soup Kitchen Saturday
Saturday, April 9 2016
9:00 am-1:00 pm, 136 South Forest Street. Come prepared to work hard.
We will prepare, greet, and serve hundreds of guests as we live out our call “to feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty.” Come and be a part of this wonderful ministry.
Grades 8-12—Come and pray with us on Tuesday, April 12. We will meet for Mass at 6:00 pm in the Historic Church. After Mass we will
participate in Benediction and
Novena and then walk to Fire House Subs for supper. Please have your ride pick you up at 8:00pm at the church.
REST IN PEACE
+Mary Ellen Meadowcroft McDavid passed into Eternal Life on Tuesday, March 15, 2016.
+Frances Mircovich Grein passed into Eternal Life on Friday, March 18, 2016.
MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK
Saturday, Mar. 26th - Easter Vigil
7:00 pm (PC) Pro populo
Sunday, Mar. 27th - Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
8:00 am (PC) +Richard Whitman
11:00 am (PC) +Ken Klatte
Monday, Mar. 28th
Tuesday, Mar. 29th
6:00 pm (HC) +Patrick and VValerie Thomason
Wednesday, Mar. 30th
NO MASS (Father away)
Thursday, Mar. 31st
NO MASS (Father away)
Friday, Apr. 1st - First Friday
8:00 am (HC) +Leandro Lopez y Lopez
Saturday, Apr. 2nd - First Saturday
9:00 am (HC) +Bob Fay
5:00 pm (PC) +Mark McKenna
Sunday, Apr. 3rd - Divine Mercy Sunday
8:00 am (PC) David Kelly - birthday
11:00 am (PC) Pro populo
(HC) Historic Church
(PC) Parish Church
PRAY FOR PRIESTS
Mar. 27th - Our Holy Father
Mar. 28th - Rev. August Torm & Rev. Dwight Longenecker
Mar. 29th - Rev. Noly Berjuega, CRM & Rev. Binil Attappattu, CRM
Mar. 30th - Rev. Jay Scott Newman & Rev. Gregory Calazzo
Mar. 31st - Rev. Gregory Wilson & Rev. Michael Okere
Apr. 1st - Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone
Apr. 2nd - Deceased priests of the Diocese of Charleston
SAINTS and THOSE OF NOTE
Mar. 27th - St. John Damascene, Priest, Doctor of the Church
Mar. 28th - St. John of Capistrano, Priest; St. Guntramnus (Gontran)
Mar. 29th - St. Gundleus, husband of St. Gladys & father of St. Cadoc
Mar. 30th - St. John Climacus, Abbot; St. Quirinus, Martyr
Mar. 31st - St. Benjamin, Martyr; Bl. Jane of Toulouse, foundress of the Carmelite Third Order
Apr. 1st - St. Hugh, Bishop
Apr. 2nd - St. Francis of Paola, Religious, founder of the Minim Friars
Mike Mason, OFS
Conrad & Marie Laurin, OFS
Tom Bello, OFS
Horst & Gisela Kaska
If you know of someone who is home-bound, in the hospital or a nursing home who would like to receive Holy Communion, please contact the parish office at 582-0674.
JR. HIGH YOUNG LADIES RETREAT
This retreat is open to girls in the 6,7-and 8 grades and will take place April 15-17, 2016 at White Oak Conference Center in Winnsboro, SC. The cost for the retreat is $85 (please don’t let financial reasons keep you from attending. If you cannot afford the retreat, please contact the Diocese of Charleston-Office of Youth Ministry). The theme for this years retreat is Eyes on the Prize, based on Hebrews 12:1-2. Come join young ladies from all around the diocese. Make new and lasting friends ! Registration forms are available on the Diocese of Charleston website and outside the youth cube on the second floor of the Parish Center. There are a limited number of spots available so register early.
PRAY FOR ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY
SSgt. Joseph Hartranft, USAF
LCpl. Dylan Simpson, USMC
Pvt. Drake Needs, USA
Airman A1C Devin Needs, USAF
Seaman Darian Needs, USN
Airman 1st Class Imanol Ortega, USAF
Col. John Leong, USA
Cdr. Joseph Martin, USN
Cpl. Brandon Ray Pruitt, USMC
TSgt. Billyjoe Welling, USAF
Capt. C. S. Lavelle, USAF - ANG
MSgt. Tyler Loftis, Air Force-NCANG
Capt. Adam G. Farrar, USA
LtJG. Micah Shute, USN
SSgt. Chad Michael Campbell. USA
Ens. Otto A. Quintero, USN
The Lay Carmelite Community of Greenville invites interested all Catholics to attend an upcoming meeting to learn more about what it means to be a Lay Carmelite. Monthly meetings are April 2nd, May 7th and June 4th at St Elizabeth Ann Seton at 9:00 am. Call Jan at 864-287-5495 for more information.
JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN
HE IS RISEN INDEED!