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Announced Masses 

We are in our spring schedule of Masses: one weekend Mass, Sundays at 10 am. This time of the year Mass is celebrated at the Parish Center, Spring Street. The Daily Masses at 8 am are Mondays through Thursdays inclusive celebrated at the Parish Center, Spring Street. The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is Sundays, 9:15 am to 9:45 am at Parish Center. or anytime by appointment, 466-5519.

                                                                             
                                                                               



                                                                         AN EASTER Season REFLECTION

There is a constant to Salvation History, God never gives up or gives in on his creation. He sees it to completion as he intended it to be from the very beginning. So it is with us humans. God destined us to live, die and live again eternally. God does no walk away from his willed design. St. Paul shouts it at the top of his lungs: "all of creation groans for completion". St. John wrote it in one sentence, a world famous insight: " For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish  but might have eternal life"(Jn. 3:16). Yes, God goes to any length and uses whatever means to complete his design for each creature, each of us.

Amazingly, we can say no to God's design and effort. Whenever we pretend to be other than what we are created to be, we are negating God's will and love. The ancient philosophers had it figured out: to thy very self be true.  Jesus knew himself and his entire life is "yes" to  the Father. He did not, even once, pretend to be other than his created self. There is a powerful, instructive story about Jesus when he was confronted by the instigations of the evil one and the draw to be other. Be a magician. Change the stone into bread. Feed your hunger to be other. Jesus did not fall for the trap. He knows himself. He was not to put on a magic show. He is the Savior created to save.  Come to the top of the temple. Throw yourself off. Prove that God will prevent you from dying. Jesus knows himself. He is created in the flesh of a man and in its nature. He needs no proof of God's loving care or God's design for him. Take control of the world. Be a potentate. Worship the pretender. Have it all. Jesus knows himself. He saves the human race by being fully human, none other. He worships his Creator, none other. He suffers, dies and rises as a man for all mankind. To himself he remains true and complete. The sin of humankind is pretending to be other than the human God created us be be. It is the most fatal sin.

It all comes together at Easter time. We shout the Alleluias in praise of the Savior who did not pretend but remains true to his very self. He completes in himself the design God has for him, a Man-Savior for mankind, May we learn from him to accept ourselves as we are created and allow ourselves to be completed as God intends for us to be.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Happy Easter Season!
Rev. Joseph Protano, Pastor