Alleluia!

Celebrate Easter!  Follow these suggestions for the seven weeks of the Easter season…

Easter Week: Get rid of the old yeast.  Let us celebrate this feast with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1 Corinthians 5.8

Celebrate an Easter custom that expresses how your ancestors enculturated the Easter message.  Bake or buy an Easter bread that has ethnic roots. Decorate eggs with Christian symbols and the Easter word Alleluia.

Let Alleluia, which means Praise God, be your constant prayer celebrating the Risen Christ and the Body of Christ we are. Begin meal or bedtime prayers with this Easter word.

Prayer for the week: Alleluia!

2nd Week of Easter: Do not persist in your unbelief, but believe!  John 20.27

Most of us doubt at times in our lives. We doubt faith matters or can change the world. We sometimes doubt that we ourselves, or people we love, or religious institutions can respond to the renewing Spirit. Identify a specific doubt you carry. Ask for the guidance of the Spirit to resolve the doubt or to live into a new insight. Seek insight by walking and observing creation awakening to new life.

Prayer for the week: I believe. Help my unbelief.

 

These suggestions are from Good Ground Press, A Publishing Ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Visit GoodGroundPress.com for more ideas.

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“The Little White Book” Six Minute Reflections on the Resurrection narrative are available in the Gathering Space.  This little resource packs lots of interesting information into one place, and is meant to help you enjoy six minutes a day of prayer and reflection during these next 50 days of the Easter Season. These booklets are available in the Gathering Space.

Walk to Jerusalem with us!  We begin on Ash Wednesday and count our progress until Palm Sunday.  The Walk to Jerusalem is designed to increase our physical, spiritual, and emotional health, and is accomplished by participants who log their exercise and/or prayer miles each week; twenty minutes of exercise or prayer counts as one mile.  Follow our progress on the large map in the Gathering Space!

Log Walk to Jerusalem miles here.

The CRS Rice Bowl  For more than 40 years, CRS Rice Bowl has been Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten faith-in-action program for families and faith communities.  Through CRS Rice Bowl, we hear stories from around the world, reflect on our own lives and faith, and devote our Lenten prayers, fasting, and almsgiving to transform the lives of those most in need.  Please turn in Rice Bowls to the Parish Office now!