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Jesus Christ is Risen!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
We celebrate Easter, the Lord’s resurrection from the dead. There are 50 days of Easter from the first Sunday to Pentecost. We celebrate Victory over death! All faith flows from faith in the resurrection: “If Christ has not been raised, then empty is our preaching; empty, too, is your faith.” (1 Cor 15:14)
“But Easter is the declaration that God’s love, the love that made the world and sustains it, is more powerful than death. That’s a moment of liberation. It means death no longer enslaves us. The first Christians saw that the bursting forth of Christ from the tomb is the shattering of death’s bonds. Even more, the Resurrection is God’s great salvation of the world he has made. The God of the Bible doesn’t despise matter–just the opposite. God makes everything good. And through the Resurrection, God ratifies, sums up, and valorizes his material creation. Therefore, Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is not just about him. It’s about all those who will participate in his Mystical Body, the Church, and it’s about all of matter. In raising Jesus bodily from the dead, the Father is raising all of matter to new life.” – Fr. Robert Barron (WordonFire.org)
If you are a CATHOLIC who has been away from the Church for a while,
No matter how long you have been away for whatever reason,
Please join us on Sunday, April 27 for the Canonization celebration luncheon from 12:15-1:45 pm in the parish hall. We are excited to celebrate the lives of soon-to-be saints (St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II). Will you help us celebrate by attending this joyous occasion that will include unforgettable Italian and Polish cuisine? All are welcome! To RSVP please call Chuck Jansen or Kelli Conlon at 452-6021 by April 22.
On Sunday, May 18 from 12:15-2:00pm, we will also have an informal luncheon and listening session on the Catholic faith. For more information on Catholics Returning Home and for a great resource visit CatholicsComeHome.org.
Dear St. Patrick Parish Family —Please consider bringing a “plus one” to the Canonization Celebration Luncheon on Sunday, April 27 from 12:15-1:45 pm. Is there a friend, co-worker or family member who has been away from the Catholic Church? Invite them to celebrate with us and share in our joy!
“Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart…” Joel 2:12
Divine Mercy Sunday
Immediately following the Divine Mercy program, a showing of part 2 of the movie on Pope John XXIII will take place in the parish hall.
Pope John XXIII & Pope John Paul II
Italian and Polish Cuisine Luncheon from 12:15-1:45 pm
Join us for a memorable celebration that includes authentic food from our two saints’ homelands, trivia (1:15pm), prizes, children’s crafts and more. In the spirit of unity, all are encourage to invite someone to join our celebration who has been away from the Church.
Please RSVP name and number attending lunch before Tuesday, April 22 by calling 452-6021.
It takes a team to provide VBS for the children of St. Patrick and St. Joan of Arc parishes. Typically 40-50 volunteers are needed throughout the week. We are blessed that so many of our volunteers help out year after year. They are such a blessing and an asset to the program! Without our volunteers, there IS NO PROGRAM. VBS is June 16-20 this year. Contact Lisa at 454-7172 or Tami at 480-0185 with questions.
Arrival: 7:00 pm on Friday, April 25 (St. Patrick campus – school foyer)
Applications are available for several parish and diocesan scholarships for 2014. Eligible parishioners range from graduating high school seniors to adults. To qualify for scholarships, you must be an active, practicing Catholic. See below for application materials and deadlines.
2014 St. Patrick Higher Education Scholarship Packet - Deadline May 5
Indiana Blood Center must see 550 individuals each and every day to meet patient needs at the 60+ hospitals it supplies. Questions? Feel free to contact Courtney Howay (firstname.lastname@example.org).