With the terrible fire at Notre Dame Cathedral last week many questions have arisen on the real ownership of the Cathedral, who is responsible for its rebuilding, where has the one billion dollars that has been pledged come from, should that amount of money be spent on a church building? I am want to spend a little time on trying to explain France’s separation of Church and State.
It’s hard to believe but the planning for our parish garage sale is beginning. In the past, money earned has updated our kitchen in the dining room, helped with carpet in the Cathedral & last year the money made was placed in our building fund. This year we are hoping to add more dollars to our building fund.
We find ourselves in the glow of the Easter Candle for the 50 days after Easter. Lent has ended, perhaps before some even knew it had begun. Our secular society is rushing after whatever will sell next in the stores, but the Catholic Church continues to celebrate the Resurrection of our savior. Christ walked the earth following His resurrection, appearing and strengthening the apostles and disciples for their mission ahead. Within the liturgy of the Catholic Church we relive those events of Jesus’ life.
PCCW is inviting you to consider becoming a PCCW officer for the years 2019-2021. PCCW currently has 4 officers: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Your responsibility is to promote faith & friendship within the ladies of our parish. New officers will assume responsibility in July 2019.
This week is the holiest week of the Church year. Today, Palm Sunday begins Holy Week. This day recalls the scene in Jerusalem when our Lord entered the city riding on a donkey, and the people spread their garments and palm branches before him so that even the hoofs of the donkey didn’t touch the ground. However the exultant crowd becomes, the crowd that will curse him a few days later calling for His crucifixion. As the mood of the liturgy changes, we are challenged to ask ourselves, “What do I expect of Jesus?”
The annual Diocesan Development Fund appeal will be held on May 4 and 5. This effort is conducted in every parish of the diocese to help finance the activities and ministries of the Catholic Church in southern Missouri. Our parish goal is $78,958. We ask you to keep the DDF campaign in your prayers.
This coming Sunday we will celebrate Palm Sunday. It is the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorates the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified.
Palm Sunday is known as such because the people receive palm branches which they use to participate in the reenactment of Christ's arrival in Jerusalem. In the Gospels, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a young donkey, and to the praise of the townspeople who threw clothes, or possibly palms or small branches, in front of him as a sign of homage.
Join us as on Wednesday, April 10 at 7pm in the SCHS cafeteria as we celebrate the generous donation of a Steinway baby grand piano to Springfield Catholic High School! The concert will feature SCHS choirs, SCHS faculty, alumni performers and special guests. Reception to follow. For more information, contact Kathryn Cole, SCHS Director of Vocal Music at email@example.com
Last weekend here at St. Agnes Cathedral we celebrated the Rite of Election with our Bishop as the parishes on the western side of our Diocese came together presenting those who are coming into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil either through Baptism or a Profession of Faith.
As we continue to walk this Lent with Jesus on the road to Calvary, have you ever asked the question why Jesus chose to die on the cross?
Change and believe the good news. The New Testament Greek word for conversion is Metanoia, which means “a change of heart”, or “an act of repentance”. You might be surprised at how infrequently conversion is used in the Gospels. John’s Gospel never mentions it. Mark uses the word only three times, and Matthew seven times. Only Luke uses the word with frequency, some fourteen times