21 Apr 2018

This Week Letter – April 22, 2018

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Dear Parishioners and Friends,
In all circumstances of our lives, our care for the continuous strengthening of the bond with Christ the Good Shepherd is the most important thing. We need to deeply reflect to discover God’s call to each of us. You must hear and receive this call with your heart and life. After all, the Lord is always our Shepherd, so we too should be His sheep, always belonging to Him.
This Sunday invites us to a special prayer for priests. The priest leads us on the path to eternal life, the path that leads through the living gate, which is Jesus Christ Himself. It is a great responsibility and effort. Therefore, let us surround our priests with prayer and entrust them to the ministry of Mary, the Mother of the Good Shepherd. It is important that Christ’s flock has a sufficient number of shepherds, otherwise it will suffer because of neglect, and may even scattered.
The readings make us aware of the path, and under which guidance we are to go through life. Christ, through His sacrifice for us all, united us on our way to Heaven. He took the sins of the world upon Himself and united us in love. He calls himself a Good Shepherd who does not forget about His flock. Jesus said, “I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd”(Jn 10:16), which reminds us that at the end of history there will be a full unification of all people under one Shepherd who will be Jesus Christ; for ” There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.” (Acts 4:12).
The only question that remains is: are we able to recognize our tasks and the responsibilities that proceed from them and can we fulfill them?
Thank you very much to all those who selflessly engage in the life and activity of the parish using the talents that God has given them. Thank you, Mrs. Michaelene Kusz, Mr. Jeff Lind, Mrs. Susan and Richard Kehoe, Mrs. Marie Blecka, Sister Kinga Hoffmann, and the students of the 6th, 7th and 8th grade of the School of St. Constance, and the REP program for preparing the Living Stations of the Cross. I thank Sister Zofia Turczyn and many other volunteers who have prepared the Easter decorations and who have engaged in cleaning the church. I thank the choir ensembles “Glory and Praise”, “Ave Maria”, “Lednica”, the organists, cantors, ushers, lectors, Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers, altar servers, and all of you for your prayers and donations.
Jesus Christ Risen, our Shepherd and Guardian, give us the power to take into your flock those who have not yet known Your love. May the Good Shepherd bless you and your relatives generously and always lead us all through the paths of salvation. God bless!