Posts from April 2016

Fifth Sunday of Easter

“Before the feast of Passover, Jesus realized that the hour had come for him to pass from this world to the Father.” (John 13:1) Dear Friends, At his time of year there are a lot of banquets and parties as we celebrate the rites of passage in our Church and in our civil society. This weekend and next our family of four…

Year of Mercy – April 2016

April 2016 – Give Drink to the Thirsty For our April work of mercy we return to the corporal works list. Did you know that women and children in Africa and Asia walk an average of 3.7 miles/day just to collect water? Are you aware that a child dies every 90 seconds from a water-related illness (that’s 5,400 kids EVERY DAY)? Or…

Fourth Sunday of Easter

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” (Maya Angelou) Dear Friends, The formation of the church in the Acts of the Apostles always amazes me. From a small group of frightened followers, a worldwide movement that would change the course of human history came into being. We sometimes get lost in the problems we…

Community Gardens 2016 Season Begins

Community Gardening – All Are Welcome! Spring means it’s time to think about gardening! The Community Garden at St. Rita will begin its eighth season and the Garden at St. Casimir will be starting its third season. Last season we provided over 2,222 pounds of produce for the Riverwest Food Pantry (1,222 pounds from the St. Rita garden and over 1,000 pounds from the St. Casimir…

Third Sunday of Easter

Jesus said to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?” They answered him, “No.” So he said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something. “ (Jn 21:5-6) Dear Friends, I was never good at catching fish. I think, if my memory is correct, that I went fishing once or twice when…

Second Sunday of Easter

The Great 50 Days of Easter Divine Mercy Sunday Dear Friends, Praying you had a good and holy Easter celebration, these days are wonderful and so needed by a world shadowed over by so much struggle! As I was reflecting on what Easter means, it is at one and the same time an affirmation and a challenge. From his very first appearances…