April 23, 2017

Happy Easter—Divine Mercy Sunday: Today marks the octave of Easter. It is the eighth day of our celebration of the Lord’s resurrection. The eighth day, one more than the perfect number, marks for all Christians new beginnings. Today we celebrate not only the empty tomb but also the mission of the Church. Our Easter mission is to spread the Gospel of the Lord and the message of

God’s Mercy. How fitting it is to mark the last day of Easter Sunday with a special focus on Divine Mercy. The liturgical texts of today concern the forgiveness of sins, the ultimate example of God’s Divine Mercy. In a decree dated 23 May 2000, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments stated that “throughout the world the Second Sunday of Easter will receive the name Divine Mercy Sunday, a perennial invitation to the Christian world to face, with confidence in divine benevolence, the difficulties and trials that mankind will experience in the years to come.” Our own Pascal Mysteries—be they individual, community, parish, or Church—will be successfully met only through Divine Mercy. Let us rejoice and be glad as we immerse ourselves in the power of the Risen Lord’s mercy.

Please join me at St. Colman Church today at 3:00: Today at 3:00 p.m. Saint Colman Parish will celebrate a special Divine Mercy service. It will be an opportunity to worship together at the hour of Mercy. If Easter flew by for you and the hustle of life has already taken over with its stress and anxiety, this special service will put everything in perspective. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to experience God’s peace. See you at 3!

Important definitions for understanding the On Mission process.
CHURCH: The Body of Christ spreading the good news of God’s love, mercy and forgiveness in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. (Remember, when speaking with the vocabulary of On Mission for the Church Alive!, it is impossible for the Church to close.)
PARISH: A local (as a general rule territorial) Catholic community where people join together to worship, be educated in the faith, receive the sacraments and serve those in need.
CAMPUS: All the buildings located on the property of a specific site.
REGIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL: A Catholic elementary school that is the ministry of several parishes.

Please check the On Mission for the Church Alive! Website’s glossary (found under the ABOUT tab) for updates on new terminology being introduced: such as implementation, groupings, and blueprints.

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