Holy Family in Action announcements

Father Vic

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The parable Jesus tells in today's Gospel is unique to the Gospel of Luke. Jesus has been teaching the crowds as he journeys to Jerusalem. As he teaches, the Pharisees and scribes complain and

challenge Jesus because he is welcoming sinners at his table. Today we hear the third of three parables that Jesus tells in response to his critics. These three familiar parables—the lost sheep, the lost coin,

and today's parable of the prodigal son—invite us to consider the depth of God's mercy and love.

The Pharisees taught a scrupulous observance of Jewish Law. In their interpretation and practice, observant Jews who shared table fellowship

with sinners would be made unclean. Like Jesus, the Pharisees hoped to lead sinners back to God. The Pharisees, however, required that sinners first become ritually clean—observant of the Pharisees' interpretation of Jewish Law—before sharing table fellowship. This appears to be one of the major differences between the Pharisees and Jesus. Jesus

reaches out to sinners while they are still sinners, inviting them to conversion through fellowship with him. Jesus is God acting among us; by befriending us, he is inviting us to return to friendship with

God. Through friendship with Jesus, our sins are forgiven and we, in turn, bear fruit for God. Recall last Sunday's Gospel and the barren fig tree.

Our familiarity with today's parable risks dulling us to its tremendously powerful message. We call this the parable of the lost son or the prodigal son. Any focus on the younger son, however, must also

be balanced by an examination of the unusual behavior of the father. First we must imagine our first response to the audacity of a son

who asks for his inheritance before his father has died. Indignation would certainly be a justifiable response to such a request. Yet the father in this parable agrees to honor the son's request

and divides his property among his two sons. How might we describe such a father? Foolish comes to mind, but so does trusting. Without

property of his own, the father must rely upon his sons to provide for his well-being.

The younger son takes his inheritance and leaves home. The older son remains, continuing to provide for the father and the household.

Having been disgraced by the younger son, the

father spends some time watching the road for the return of the lost son. When he eventually sees his wayward son returning, the father not only welcomes him but also runs out to greet him and then honors  him with a party. We say that this father is loving and forgiving. Yet these adjectives only begin to describe the depth of love and mercy that characterize the father. We find no surprise in the anger of the older son. Yet the father appears sad and even confused by the older son's indignation. He says in reply that they should celebrate because the lost son had

returned. The father is filled with gratitude and love for the older son's faithfulness. This love is in no way diminished by the father's rejoicing at the return of the younger son. Yet the older son's jealousy

reveals his limited understanding of the depth of his father's love.

Upcoming Events

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NO RCIA this week.

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Drop your “Parish Stewardship Form in the Offertory

Basket or give to Marg Korytkowski.

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Anyone needing a ride to Cincinnati to Deacon

Charles ordination, please see Father Vic.

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Rice Bowls need to be returned next week - April 21st.

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A Thanksgiving Mass for Deacon/Father Charles

will be on May 5th, AND a Thanksgiving Mass for

Deacon/Father Richard will be on May12th. The

celebration for each of these events will be at 2PM at

the Pavilion. Potluck will be served. All are welcome

to each of these celebrations. Bring the best food you

like to make and enjoy the afternoon.

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IMPORTANT!!

HOLY FAMILY NEW CHURCH DEDICATION WILL

TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY, JUNE 29TH starting

at 10AM. If you would like to house any out of town

guests in your home, and if you would like to invite any

out of town guests, please contact Leann Bilbrey,

Alejandro Davila M, or Faye Fitzpatrick. Please include

their names, addresses and number of guests.

If you have any church related photographs, please

put your name on the back so that they can be

returned. Please give them to Kelly Carnahan,

Deacon Jose, or Jacki Cook.

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EASTER EGG HUNT AFTER 9am MASS ON

EASTER SUNDAY.

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Father Vic will hear Confessions before and after

all Masses during Lent. Father Bruce will be here

during Holy Week to hear confessions as well.

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The bulletin can be found at www.holyfamily-catholicchurch.

org -website - click on the word “Services” –

scroll down to bulletins.

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Need to find a church near you when traveling–Try:

Masstime.org

Community Action

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Please contact Faye Fitzpatrick @

615.388.7289 if you would like to be

a HOSPICE VOLUNTEER FOR

SMITH & MACON COUNTY.

Thank you.

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April 14, 2019 – Seder Meal – Red

Barn Events Center – 2pm – 4pm

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April 27, 2019 – Saturday 10AM -

Ordination of Deacon Charles

Aketch & Deacon Richard Toboso

in Cincinnati

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May 5, 2019 – Sunday @ 9:00AM &

12-Noon – Thanksgiving Mass for

Charles after his Ordination

May 12, 2019 – Sunday @ 9AM &

Noon – Thanksgiving Mass for

Richard Toboso after Ordination

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May 26, - Parish Council

Meeting – 2:45PM

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June 29, 2019 - New Church

Dedication- starting @10AMn