6th Sunday of Easter - May 26, 2019
THIS WEEK’S REFLECTION
The Love of God.
Jesus said to his disciples: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.” John 14:23
Do you want our Lord to come to you and dwell within the depths of your soul? Presumably the answer is an easy “Yes.” The way to make this happen is to love God and keep His word. When you do that, the Blessed Trinity will come and dwell within you.
It’s interesting that the love of God appears to be contingent upon our love of Him. In other words, does God only love us when we love Him first? Strictly speaking, God loves us with a perfect love regardless of whether we love Him or not. But with that said, love takes on a whole new form when it is received and reciprocated. Therefore, when we choose to love God we suddenly realize that our love of Him opens the door for Him to come and dwell within us, transforming us and making our heart His holy sanctuary. What a glorious gift!
It’s also interesting to note that love of God means, in part, that we are obedient to Him. But that’s the nature of God. He is Love itself and, therefore, loving Him necessarily involves a complete submission of your will to His. Perfect obedience to Him in all things is a powerful way of loving Him. It’s a way of allowing Him to dwell within you and, in that act, to take over your will. Only then can you love Him even more fully with your whole being.
Reflect, today, especially upon your desire to have the Most Holy Trinity come and dwell within your soul. This should be the primary goal of our lives. If God lives within us then all else in life will fall into place. All things will work for the good and God will be glorified in and through us. Make the choice to love Him through your obedience, this day, and your relationship of love will grow by leaps and bounds.
ROSARY DURING MAY
During the month of May we will pray the rosary 15 minutes before Mass each Sunday. We invite you to come early and join in prayer for the many needs of our church and our world.
On this holiday weekend let us remember all of our beloved fallen who gave their lives in the service of our country and to others.
Bishop Madden will hold a prayer walk this Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at St. Casimir Church – 2800 O’Donnell Street, Baltimore, MD 21224.
The evening will begin with a light meal at 5:30 p.m. and end before 7:30 p.m. During the walk, we will pray at specific locations that have been affected by violence, and for all those individuals who have been so terribly affected by violence, and for a change of heart in those given to violence.
Parish phone: (410) 276-1981.
ST. ANN’S ANNUAL FUNDRAISER
Our Annual St. Ann’s Fundraiser is this Friday, May 31. We will celebrate with a Shrimp and Bull Roast which features an all you can eat menu. Tickets are still available at $60 per person. Please see Bobby Jackson or any of our ticket captains for tickets and information. Tickets may also be purchased in church office.
Friday, May 31, 2019
4301 Klosterman Ave.
Baltimore, MD. 21236
8:00 pm – 12:00 am
-1st Prize-40” Flat Screen HDTV
-2nd Prize-Bluetooth Wireless Headphones
-3rd Prize-$50 Gift Card
The Pastoral Council meets next Tuesday, June 4 6:30 pm in the Anchorage for their final meeting before they break for the summer.
All members are encouraged to attend.
FEAST OF THE ASCENSION SUNDAY
The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, traditionally celebrated on Thursday of this week, is transferred to next Sunday, June 2 in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
PREPARING FOR PENTECOST
As we prepare to celebrate for the Feast of Pentecost, the birth of the Church, Sunday June 9, we invite you to wear something red to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit.
The last day for Sunday School for the 2018-2019 school year will be Sunday, June 9. A special thank you to all of our Sunday School staff and parents who take part in the religious education of our youth.
The annual Senior Appreciation Luncheon for the Pastorate for members 65 and older will take place in at St. Francis Xavier Church Hall on Saturday, June 15, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm. The event is hosted by the St. Wenceslaus Sunday School staff and students and includes lunch, gifts, and entertainment. Please sign the list in the back of the church if you are interested in attending.
We will be honoring all of our 2019 graduates during our annual Graduation Sunday Mass on June 23. Please sign the list in the back of the church if you or a member of your immediate family is graduating from school (Pre K through postgraduate) this year and will be here to celebrate with us on Sunday, June 23.
MULTICULTURAL & MULTIPARISH POTLUCK
Happenings In the Pastorate: Save These Dates
· 2019 Pastorate Oriole Game – Saturday, July 20th at 7:05 pm against the Boston Red Sox.
· The Annual Lucielle Fitzgerald Outreach Center Crab Feast to benefit St. Wenceslaus’ Food Pantry – Saturday, August 10th, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Tickets $60. Rosedale Gardens, 8037 Philadelphia Rd.
· St. Francis Xavier Church –
Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary Annual Fashion Show, Sunday May 19th, from 3 – 6 pm, tickets are $15.00.
Please also continue to pray for all of our sick and homebound, especially Msgr. Lloyd Aiken (Sacred Heart Glyndon), Cornelia Bailey, Florence Barber, James Butts, Elaine Cousin, Elaine Edmonds, Gregory Epps, John Frederick, Pat Haley, Rita Hardy, Tom Lutz, Nelson Outlaw, Penny Palmer, Bernadette, Wallace, Sharon Johnson-Stewart Wallace, Rita Watkins and ask that God grant them strength, comfort and healing.
Sun., May 26 6th Sunday of Easter 11 am Mass, St. Ann
Sunday School 9:30 am 2nd Floor Youth Room
Adult Bible Study after Mass Anchorage
Thurs., May 30 Evening Mass, 7pm
Bible Study after Mass, Anchorage Chapel
Fri., May 31 St. Ann’s Annual Fundraiser
4301 Klosterman Ave.
8:00 pm – 12:00 am
Let’s celebrate the conclusion of the Honest Conversations on Immigration with a potluck for parishioners of St. Michael the Archangel, Church of the Annunciation, St. Clement and St. Ann, Sunday, June 9, 5:00 – 7:00pm at the Church of the Annunciation 5212 McCormick Ave. Bring a dish that represents your culture and accompanying information about your homeland (flag, photos, map, etc.). Room temperature dishes are preferred. Engage in friendly dialogue about immigration with people of different parishes and cultures. RSVP to Felipe Filomeno at 410-300-7034 by 6/2 or add your name to a signup sheet at your parish
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
1st Reading Acts 1:1-11
2nd Reading Hebrews 9:24-28; 10:19-23
Gospel Luke 24:46-53