Fourth Sunday of Easter

My dear parishioners and friends of our parish community: Jesus Christ Is Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia! He is truly Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!

 This month of April 2008 brings us all the welcome of new life in the risen Christ. “I came that they may have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

 With these words proclaimed in today’s Gospel, the Risen Lord summons us to ponder the mystery of sharing in His Resurrected Life. To embrace the mystery of Christ’s Resurrection is to embrace a life filled with abundance. This “abundance” is NOT the kind espoused by a consumerist society! The only way to the kind of abundance described in the Gospel is through the gateway to that abundant life…JESUS! That gateway is Christ Himself.

 Instead of an abundance of ‘things’, let’s ask for the strength to find and enter the gateway to an abundant life we can only imagine in the Lord Jesus.

 We welcome to St. John’s this day the Reverend Monsignor Robert L. Brown, Chancellor of the Diocese of Norwich, who will be Celebrant and Homilist and administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to our Candidates at the 10:00 AM Mass. Please join me in extending a welcome to Monsignor and sincerest congratulations and blessings upon our young people confirmed with gifts of the Holy Spirit!

 Welcome is also extended to Revered Father Zbigniew Zielinski of the Archdiocese of Katowice, Poland, visiting me this month. Fr. Zbyszek will receive his Doctoral Degree in Canon Law (J.C.D.) next month in ceremonies at the Catholic University of Lublin of John Paul II, in Poland. May he find St. John’s to be a special place in his visit to the United States this springtime. Fr. Zbigniew celebrates his 35th birthday on April 12th. Wish him many blessings!

 Welcome, Your Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI to the Catholic Church  in the United States of America!  Our Holy Father’s first Pastoral Visit, “Christ Our Hope” begins with his arrival in Washington D.C. on April 15th. On Sunday morning, April 20th at 9:30 AM, the Pope visits Ground Zero at the World Trade Center site, followed by a Public Solemn Pontifical Mass at Yankee Stadium. We are pleased to welcome His Holiness on the occasion of this historic visit! We witness a journey of peace and hope!

Easter Season Blessings!
Devotedly,
Fr. Jim

SaintJohnChurchMiddletown.com

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