April 19th Message from Father Bob

Dear Parishioners,

A Blessed Divine Mercy Sunday from a distance

The Sunday after Easter has been designated as a time to pray for divine mercy, a Catholic devotion that Saint Faustina Kowalska reported as part of her encounter with Jesus. Divine Mercy Sunday, May 1, 2011, at the Vatican, included the beatification of Pope John Paul II, for which over 1 million pilgrims went to Rome. With the present conditions of safety and social distance, we can’t be pilgrims but, in prayer we can still receive the Lord’s graces. Merciful Lord, help us to be merciful to others! Good can come out of bad or difficult situations. The country and our world is praying now more than ever. That is good! Even prayer is mentioned on TV like never before.

Our Deacon Bob is officially retiring as of this weekend. We wish him well and thank him for all of his service to our parish over the years. May he be well and enjoy his retirement fully. I am already missing him!

When I was nine years old my favorite Cleveland Indians baseball player Rocky Colavito (who is now 86 years old), was traded to Detroit even after he hit 42 home runs. I was devastated and decided I would never go to another game or watch baseball again. Of course that didn’t last very long. Now it would be exciting to see any live baseball on TV! It will be most exciting to be able to do anything together again. That day will come! We will be able to go to church and games and concerts and barbecues and cookouts someday. Our great doctors will develop a vaccine, our lives will be healthier, and our world will be more prayerful and kinder. Did you know that the first Catholic saint in China was martyred in Wuhan, China? He was a Vincentian priest from France named St Jean Gabriel Perboyre who was strangled to death on a cross in 1840.

Thank you to all who continue to support our church online, by mailing or by dropping off your envelopes. We will open again when the Ohio Catholic bishops say it is time!

A little humor for the weekend;

” In eight weeks, 88% of blondes will disappear from the earth!”

“My husband and I decided we don’t want to have children. We will be telling them tonight at dinner.”

With Him and His Mom,   

Fr. Bob