We had a great time last weekend painting lent crosses and connected various scripture passages with this theme!
John 19:25-27 "Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and
his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.
When Jesus saw his mother* and the disciple there whom he loved,
he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the
disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took
her into his home."
Youth group events have been cancelled due to the caronavirus,
but we will continue to meet online Wednesdays at 7pm for faith formation, the link can be found here, join us and grow in your faith!
We are called to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect. St Therese of Lisiuex struggled with the concept of how to love as Jesus loved her because she knew that a finite creature could not love as an infinite God who is Love and Mercy itself. She was able to understand in a deep way the immensity of God’s love for us. In her book Story of a Soul, she solved this problem with reflecting the love Jesus and allowing Him to love through her. She decided to love Jesus with His own love and give this love to all those she encountered. Each day her capacity to love expanded through small acts of service for the good of her neighbor. She would seek out those who made her life difficult to be patient with them and help them to see their dignity and value in God’s eyes. We can do these small acts of love in our life every day and they will add up as they did in the lives of the Saints. Big acts of love may seem to be beyond our reach, but as long as we commit to doing small acts of love every day, our hearts will be prepared for bigger opportunities of generosity. By relying on the grace of God, the sacraments, and maintaining a good prayer life every day, we will have everything needed to fulfill our unique mission and become perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect.
In this Sundays Gospel, we see that Jesus is the fulfillment of the law and the message of the prophets. He is one in essence with God the Father, who made our hearts and know what is best for us. We were made to love, and that means obeying the 10 commandments and precepts of the Church because love cannot be separated from responsibility. Whenever something contrary to love happens to us (if we are lied to, stolen from, cheated on) it hurts because we were made for love. Therefore, to fulfill our vocation to become Saints and live life to the fullest, we must love the way Jesus showed us. Matthew 5: 17-37 “Do not think that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For amen I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot, or one tittle shall not pass of the law, till all be fulfilled. He therefore that shall break one of these least commandments, and shall so teach men, shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. But he that shall do and teach, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." Lets continue to grow in holiness together every week so we can glorify God and become great Saints in the Kingdom of Heaven! We will continue to meet before CCD at 6pm and after Mass 10:30am Sunday Mass for faith formation, fellowship and food, come and join us!
When we do good works, we should not become proud and boastful, but do everything for the glory of God with humility as Jesus teaches us in the scripture. By having our time of prayer every day (and coming to our youth group Holy Hour 7pm Friday), we will be able to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ. This will sustain our apostolic work of evangelizing and reaching out to those who do not know the love of Christ. They have a right to learn about him, that should not be taken away by anybody. If the Apostles and Saint decided not to share the good news of the Gospel, we would not be able to enjoy the personal relationship we now have with Jesus Christ. Not everybody accepted the message of the Saints and Apostles. That did not stop them from spiritually nourishing our souls that were starving for truth, the objective truth of Divine Revelation. We should do the same for the good of our brothers and sisters, so they have an opportunity to live life to the fullest, to receive the living God at Mass, and rejoice in the Kingdom of heaven which begins here on earth for the blessed pure of heart and poor in spirit.
We finished making blankets for the homeless/poor in our community. All youth are invited to join us to serve the end of the month meals at Saint Johns, the last Thursday of the month on even months at 6pm. We give a meal and gift packages (the blankets will be included next week) to the poor and homeless in our community. We will continue to meet before CCD at 6pm and after Mass 10:30am Sunday Mass for faith formation, fellowship and food, come and join us!
“And when Jesus had heard that John was delivered up, he retired into Galilee: And leaving the city Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capharnaum on the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim; That it might be fulfilled which was said by Isaias the prophet: Land of Zabulon and land of Nephthalim, the way of the sea beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: The people that sat in darkness, hath seen great light: and to them that sat in the region of the shadow of death, light is sprung up. From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say: Do penance, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. And Jesus walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishers). And he saith to them: Come ye after me, and I will make you to be fishers of men. And they immediately leaving their nets, followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets: and he called them. And they forthwith left their nets and father, and followed him. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom: and healing all manner of sickness and every infirmity, among the people.” Matthew 4: 12-23
Thank you everyone who supported our March for life this year! In this pro-life month we discussed the dignity of each human life from conception to natural death. Here are useful sources to help others in our schools, families, and workplaces build a culture of life and love!
"Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the LORD, your God, obeying his voice, and holding fast to him." (Deut. 30:19-20). We had a great time drinking hot chocolate and eating cookies in McAleer Hall after the March, congrats on everyone who won a chicken dinner and t-shirt prizes!
This Sunday's Theme: Vocation Week
This Sunday's Theme: Priesthood Sunday
This Sunday's Theme: Go and Make Disciples
This Sunday's Theme: Our Lady of Fatima and the Rosary
This Sunday's Theme: Life Teen