The Risen Jesus, after appearing to the women near the tomb, shows up mysteriously in the Upper Room where the Apostles were hiding out from the authorities. He offers them peace and in doing so forgives them for abandoning him during his arrest, trials, torture, and execution. But he is willing to make peace with the ten who were there at the time. Judas was obviously gone and Thomas was out and about on some mission or other.
Today’s Gospel tells us that the next week, Jesus shows the “doubting” Thomas his scars from the wounds from the nails and spear. Changing his tune quickly, Thomas proclaims his faith in Jesus emphatically, “My Lord and my God!” This is the first profession of faith in the Resurrected Christ. It is also the prayer that my first grade teacher, Sister Carol Ann SSND, taught me to pray after receiving my First Holy Communion – “My Lord and My God!” Let all of us proclaim that the Eucharistic Christ is indeed our Lord and God.
THANKS TO ALL THE PARISH MEMBERS …
… who helped make our liturgical celebrations of Holy Week and Easter so special – music ministers, flower contributors and arrangers, church cleaners, outside landscaping workers, and all the liturgical ministers. Given that last year we basically had no one present for Holy Week, the Triduum, and Easter, it felt so good to have a relatively decent size crowd in church for these special ceremonies celebrating our salvation through Jesus’ Passion, Death, and Resurrection. Praise God, Alleluia! Alleluia!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR “RCIA GRADUATES”
The St. Bernadette Parish Family has two new fully initiated members of the Catholic Church, as of the recent Easter Vigil sacramental rituals: Stephanie Williams received the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, and made her First Holy Communion, with Sister Kathy as her parish sponsor, and Tina LaHay received the Sacrament of Confirmation, with Mary Ann Gillis as her sponsor.
If anyone has any interest or questions about becoming Catholic through our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process, please contact me anytime soon, or plan to sign up for RCIA in September.
ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL – NEXT WEEKEND AFTER THE MASSES
After Masses next Saturday and Sunday, plan to make your annual pledge to the A.C.A. by stopping by the tables set up outside the front doors, or, if the weather is uncooperative, inside the inside in the rooms on either side of the vestibule: the Corner Room or the clergy vesting sacristy. Then you can pick up your card and fill it out before you leave.
The Annual Catholic Appeal has as its theme this year: “Thy Will Be Done”. With your generous support, together we can shine brighter as a beacon of God’s love. The ACA provides the Church in the Archdiocese of St. Louis the funding to support archdiocesan programs, ministries, and offices that help provide Catholic education, support human dignity and social responsibility in our community, provide missionary discipleship in many practical ways, and develop a culture of leadership for laity and clergy in the Catholic community of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
The ACA basically provides the operating budget of the ministries of the Archdiocese, as opposed to the parish ministries. So your ACA pledge enables you to be a generous participant in the largest organization in the St. Louis area. St. Louis Catholics do make a difference! You can make a difference!