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May 1 – Pilgrimage to honor St Joseph

April 9th, 2021 olphadmin A pilgrimage is planned in honor of St Joseph the Worker to  St Joseph Polish Church in Camden. A caravan will be departing the Assumption Church at 1130 on Saturday May 1st.       Ending with a 2pm healing mass. In order to obtain the plenary indulgence, you must have celebrated the sacrament of confession within 2…

Food Pantry is Open!

April 9th, 2021 olphadmin The Society of St Vincent de Paul Parish Food Pantry will be open on Thursdays from 3-4pm. If you or someone you know in Our Parish & Local Galloway Twp. Community are in need please call the Parish Office 609-652-0008 x211 for assistance.

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Divine Mercy and Third Easter Sunday. 2021 B.

April 25th, 2021 olphadmin

Divine Mercy and Third Easter Sunday. 2021 B.

He is risen! Indeed, he is risen!

We are now in the season of the Resurrection. From now until the Day of the Holy Spirit we will hear testimonies of encounters with the risen Lord Jesus. We have six inspired testimonies. They are the four Gospels, the letters and Acts of the Apostles, and the Jesus movement we call the Church.

The witness of these inspired writings and the living Tradition of the Catholic Church are the foundational source of our Catholic Christian faith. What these writings tell us is that three days after the crucifixion and death of Jesus of Nazareth, his followers began to have experiences that they could only describe as “Jesus is risen.” “I have seen the Lord.”

Whatever the experience was, the six sources agree that “with great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.” Empowered by that Holy Spirit, the Jesus movement from them to you continues to testify: “Jesus is risen! Indeed He is risen!”

In this apocalyptic decade of the 2020’s this is some hard stuff to believe.

What had happened to those ordinary women and working class fishermen? What had changed them? Where did they get the ‘faith’ to suffer joyfully for a man who a few days ago had died by the conspiracy of religion, politics, and nationalism?

Somehow as the bible testifies, these people, these women had heard a voice call their name and they recognized who called them.

Somehow, these women received unbelievable news in a fantastic way, and they ran to tell it.

Somehow the fearful men put their fingers into the nail pierced hands and put their hands in the wounded side –and believed!

Somehow, listening to the texts explained and seeing the bread blessed, broken and handed over eyes were opened and mouths declared: “My Lord and my God!”

These rejected people who normally would not with each other connect, connected through their encounter with the risen Jesus, and having connected -Jews and pagans, masters and servants, Africans, Asians, Romans- they became the Community of Believers – of one heart and one mind, and you and I are here today friends of the friends of the friends of Jesus!

Because of these encounters -these testimonies- many friends of Jesus joyfully faced persecution. They were un-friended and dis-connected from the popular and the famous but in this Way, they testified that Jesus is risen. Their testimony became the testimony of a community of believers, which became the testimony of a Christian movement, which became the witness of the Catholic Church, which becomes the testimony of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish!

Luke, and Pete, and Magdalene’s testimony now becomes your testimony and the stone that was rejected has become the corner stone!

With a secure connection to the Holy Spirit you testify that Jesus lives and you practice militant love of your enemy, strangers and your neighbor.

The second reading however tells us that there was division in the “Community of believers.” There were some in the community who disagreed with John, saying “I know Jesus and I am a good person without sin.”

But 1 John 2:1-5 says to know Jesus is to keep God’s commandments. And the commandments boil down to forgive one another as you by God have been forgiven. If you don’t love each other then you do not know Jesus; you are a liar says the letter from St. John.

The lector workbook (p.169) puts it this way:

“The tone of the first Letter of John suggests a Christian community that had recently experienced an [ugly divorce] over [catechism] and practice. Feelings within the community …are still raw. Apparently some who once belonged to the community -opponents of the author of this letter- were saying that they know God…and they have no sin. The author is fierce in his refutation of these claims, charging them with being liars and walking in darkness.”

So while the community of believers written about in Luke were of one heart and one mind practicing distributive justice, the community written of by 1 John is divided over catechism and practice and many have left the community. Think about them. Think about us.

To be of one heart and one mind means that you testify that Jesus Christ is risen and your testimony agrees with the four Gospels, the Letters of the Apostles and the Living Tradition of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. Consider the testimony of Mary Magdalene.

At the tomb Mary did not recognize the risen Lord until he called her name.

When God calls your name, God calls the whole of your being.

When God calls you by name God calls your past, your future and your present self; your body, mind and soul.

As Mother Mary sang, “My soul proclaims the greatness of God, my existence rejoices in God my savior” and so when Jesus called her name He called her completely and she recognized, he is risen! Indeed he is risen.

This is God’s amazing grace and Mercy divine!

It is so real most people are not aware of it.

It is so intimate most people don’t feel it.

It is so flavorful most people don’t taste it.

It is so complete, most people don’t know that they are connected in it.

It is so simple smart people miscalculate it.

It is Divine Mercy and grace amazing: Jesus is Risen, the tomb is empty and the Community of Believers is of one mind and one heart!

Beloved, put your finger in the wounds of his hands, place your hand in the wound of his side; join around bread blessed, broken and handed over; run and proclaim the message of divine mercy and amazing grace!

Testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.

Christ is risen! Indeed he is risen! Alleluia!

Easter Homily 2021

April 25th, 2021 olphadmin

Easter 2021 COVID-19. APRIL 3/4th.

“You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified.”

You have suffered much. Friends and family have died without comfort of your face and touch. Today may be your first Eucharist in a year. Troubled has been your soul and your relationships since November third and January 6.

You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified.

Troubles do not keep him from his ministry of love.

Sickness does not quarantine his touch.

Politics will not suppress his message

Death does not limit his life, you seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified.

Since the beginning God has been loving you and saving you for love. Oh how the lovers of God have tested the love of God!

From Adam and Eve to Adam and Steve ours is a long and tawdry history made glorious by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth crucified -lasting and everlasting.

God the creator took the stuff of stars breathed holy spirit and fire, and you and I became -and are still becoming- image and likeness of God. Hallelujah!

The children in faith of Mary Queen of Heaven, are a jealous and contentious lot -stiff necked the Bible says. But from now through the next eight years we will need each other in faith more than ever.

Like the apostles at his crucifixion our faith will be scandalized, some will be scattered and many will say, ” I do not know, Jesus of Nazareth, crucified.”

But for you who remain faithful, do not look for him in the tomb. Find him in the wounds of your relationships, the wounds of your body and the wounds of your divided community. He goes before you!

He goes before you like Spring before Summer and where he steps is abundant life, vivid color, fragrant smells, song and dance!

When he comes into your broken will and your beaten body he comes into his kingdom.

Gathered as we are these three days -I see the resurrected body of Jesus of Nazareth, crucified.

Do not be amazed he is not in a box! He has been raised! See what you eat and become who you see.

Resurrection Domingo 2021. April 3, 2021

“Buscas a Jesús de Nazaret, el crucificado”.

Has sufrido mucho. Amigos y familiares han muerto sin el consuelo de tu rostro y tu tacto. Hoy puede ser su primera Eucaristía en un año. Turbada ha sido tu alma y tus relaciones desde el 3 de noviembre y el 6 de enero.

Buscas a Jesús de Nazaret, el crucificado.

Los problemas no lo apartan de su ministerio de amor.

La enfermedad no pone en cuarentena su toque.

La política no reprimirá su mensaje.

La muerte no limita su vida, buscas a Jesús de Nazaret, el crucificado.

Desde el principio Dios te ha estado amando y salvándote por amor. ¡Oh, cómo los que aman a Dios han probado el amor de Dios!

Desde Adán y Eva hasta Adán y Steve, la nuestra es una historia larga y de mal gusto que se hizo gloriosa por la vida, muerte y resurrección de Jesús de Nazaret, crucificado -eterna y eterna.

Dios el creador tomó la materia de las estrellas, respiró espíritu santo y fuego y tú y yo nos convertimos; y todavía son imagen y semejanza de Dios. ¡Alelujay!

Los hijos en la fe de María, Reina de los Cielos, son un grupo celoso y contencioso -dice la Biblia rígida. Pero a partir de ahora y durante los próximos ocho años, nos necesitaremos unos a otros en la fe más que nunca.

Como los apóstoles en su crucifixión, nuestra fe se escandalizará, algunos serán esparcidos y muchos dirán: “No sé, Jesús de Nazaret, crucificado”.

Pero para ustedes que permanecen fieles, Encuéntrelo en las heridas de sus relaciones, las heridas de su cuerpo y las heridas de su comunidad dividida. Él va delante de ti. .

Va delante de ti como la primavera antes del verano y donde pisa hay vida abundante, colores vivos, olores fragantes, cantos y bailes.

Cuando entra en tu voluntad quebrantada y tu cuerpo golpeado, entra en su reino.

Reunidos como estamos estos tres días, veo el cuerpo resucitado de Jesús de Nazaret, crucificado.

No se asombre, no está en una caja, ha sido resucitado.

Vea lo que come y conviértase en quien ve.

April 25, 2021

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May 1 – Pilgrimage to honor St Joseph

April 9th, 2021 olphadmin

A pilgrimage is planned in honor of St Joseph the Worker to  St Joseph Polish Church in Camden. A caravan will be departing the Assumption Church at 1130 on Saturday May 1st.       Ending with a 2pm healing mass. In order to obtain the plenary indulgence, you must have celebrated the sacrament of confession within 2 weeks and participated in an approved prayer or act of piety in honor of St Joseph. The pilgrimage is an act of piety.

Food Pantry is Open!

April 9th, 2021 olphadmin

The Society of St Vincent de Paul Parish Food Pantry will be open on Thursdays from 3-4pm. If you or someone you know in Our Parish & Local Galloway Twp. Community are in need please call the Parish Office 609-652-0008 x211 for assistance.

April 11, 2021

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