“Why do Catholics worship Mary?” is a question we may hear from Protestants. How would you answer this question? First, Catholics do not worship Mary. Worship and adoration by right belong to God alone: Father, Son & Holy Spirit. Mary and the saints, on the other hand, are venerated and loved by our invoking their intercessions with God and imitating their virtues.
By Mary’s Assumption, we have a mother in heaven who is always with us. Mary is the mother of God because she is the mother of Jesus, who is divine. She is also our mother because Jesus says so himself.
In 1963 Pope Paul VI designated Good Shepherd Sunday as World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, protects us as his flock and promises us the gift of eternal life. As followers of Jesus we are called to remain faithful to the grace of God.
As we celebrate this feast we pray for fidelity to our vocation. The Church invites us to honor the vocation of all Christians given at baptism.
The Sacrament of Confirmation for both adults and high school candidates will take place at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church on Sunday, April 26, during our 5 p.m. Mass with Bishop Emeritus Tod Brown, as the main celebrant.
With the large number of candidates and sponsors this year, seating will be extremely limited; please plan on arriving early, or select an alternative Mass to attend, we anticipate standing room only! For anyone making “post liturgy plans,” please anticipate an additional 15 to 20 minutes extension of the Mass. Flash photography is not allowed.
Mark your calendars! The Knights of Columbus invite all men to join them for a half-day retreat at OLMC on Saturday afternoon, April 25, from Noon to 4:30 p.m. in O’Donnell Hall with Father Felix Just SJ, President and Executive Director of the Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange.
Donation: $20. For more information, contact Ted Barry at (949) 697-4533.
The Easter Season is actually from Easter Sunday to Pentecost -- fifty days! And is celebrated in joyful exultation as one feast day, or better, as one “great Sunday”. These above all others are the days for the singing of the Alleluia.
The days of the Easter octave form the “early hours” of this “great Sunday,” with accounts of the Lord who rose early in the morning, and the early preaching of the disciples who were witnesses to his resurrection. The first eight days of the Easter season make up the octave of Easter and are celebrated as solemnities of the Lord.
In our world, joy and sorrow, life and death, beginning and end, coexist. We know what joy is because we have experienced sorrow. We appreciate abundance because we are familiar with need. We value life because loss and death are our constant companions.
To be an Easter people means that we live the joy of the Resurrection. Death, while inevitable, does not scare us; sin, while all too much in evidence, does not have the last word. Love, grace, mercy and life—this is the Good News of the Resurrection.