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Holy Family Catholic Church Iglesia Católica la Sagrada Familia

901 Vinson Road, Lafayette, Tennessee 37083, United States

615.666.6466

Holy Family Catholic Church  IglesiaCatólica la SagradaFamilia

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Background on the Gospel Reading - May 5th, 2019


In Lectionary Cycle C, our Sunday Gospels are usually taken from the Gospel of Luke. The Gospels for the Easter Season, however, are taken from the Gospel of John. Today's Gospel is one of the post-Resurrection appearances reported by John. Recall

that in John's Gospel, Jesus appears first to Mary of Magdala, second to all of the disciples except Thomas, and finally to Thomas and the disciples (which we heard last Sunday). After those appearances, John's Gospel seems to conclude with a reference

to other signs that Jesus gave after his Resurrection,

which have not been recorded.

Because it follows this apparent conclusion, most scholars believe today's Gospel passage (and all of John 21) to have been an addition to John's original text. Because there are significant

differences between this report and the other appearances described in John's Gospel, it is quite likely that this story is from a

different source. There are details in the story that recall Jesus' call to Simon Peter and the other fishermen as well as the miraculous

catch of fish (found in the Gospel of Luke, with parallels in

the other Synoptic Gospels). The end of the chapter, where Jesus asks Peter three times whether he loves him, most likely is meant to represent the reconciliation that occurred between the

community represented by John's Gospel with the larger Christian community represented by Peter. This Gospel reading is a rich and textured story that speaks of Jesus' presence in the Eucharist

and our commission to serve others as Jesus did.

Last week we heard that Jesus appeared to the gathered disciples in a locked room, probably in Jerusalem. In today's Gospel, the disciples are no longer in Jerusalem; they are in

Galilee, returning to their work of fishing. Simon Peter is still presented in the role of leader: when he announces that he is going

fishing, the other disciples follow. They spend the night fishing but are unsuccessful.

Jesus calls to them from the shore, but just as when Jesus first appeared to Mary of Magdala, the disciples do not recognize him immediately. Still, they follow the stranger's instructions and bring in a large haul of fish. It is at this point that one of the disciples

(the “disciple whom Jesus loved”) realizes that Jesus is appearing to them. Upon hearing this news, Simon Peter leads the way again, jumping from the boat and swimming to shore. The other disciples follow in the boat, dragging the fish. The disciples have brought to shore a tremendous catch of fish that Jesus has directed them to find. But once on the shore,

they see that Jesus has already prepared fish and bread on a charcoal fire. Jesus directs the disciples to bring their catch of fish as well. Jesus is host at the meal that follows, feeding the disciples the bread and fish. In this detail we see allusions to the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes told in John 6. There are also allusions in the Gospel to our gathering for the celebration of the Mass. In the Eucharist, we too are fed by Jesus in the bread and wine that have become his very Body and Blood. We also find in this story insight about the Presentation of the Gifts at Mass. The gifts we bring to the altar, bread and wine, are made from gifts that God gave first to us: grain and grapes, the fruit of the earth. God has no need of anything further. Yet God accepts the offering we bring—bread and wine, “the work of human hands”—and transforms our offering into the gift of his very presence.

After the meal, Jesus directs himself to Simon Peter. The community of John's Gospel probably looked down on Peter because of his denial of Jesus. This dialogue with Simon Peter is a reversal of Peter's three denials. Peter May is the month of Mary and one of the most popular activities to venerate the Mother of God during this month is to participate in a May crowning ceremony.. Tend my sheep . . . Feed my sheep.” These commands

indicate that Peter is to be as Jesus, even unto sacrificing for the flock. As Jesus has fed Peter in this meal and as Jesus feeds us in the Eucharist, so he also sends us to follow him, asking that we offer our lives in service and sacrifice.

Upcoming Events

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NO RCIA –WEDNESDAY

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No weekday Masses this week - All the Glenmary community will be at St. Meinrad electing a new council. Please pray for them.

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PLEASE REMEMBER TO RETURN YOUR RICE

BOWLS

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May crowning is a traditional Roman Catholic ritual that occurs in the month of May of every year. An image or likeness of the Blessed Virgin Mary is ceremonially crowned to signify her as Queen of Heaven and the  Mother of God. Today we celebrate the  Crowning of Mary.

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Today we give thanks for the priesthood of Father Charles as we celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving and honor him at a Dinner Reception to be served at the Pavilion at 2PM TODAY. Please join in this celebration.

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Next Sunday - Thanksgiving Mass for Father Richard, with Dinner Reception to be held in his  Honor at the Pavilion at 2PM.

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Confirmation will be Saturday – May 11th – at 10:00AM at the Pastoral Center- Please pray for them

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Next Sunday we will honor our Mothers both living and deceased. Regarding New Church Dedication. 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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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.orgRCIA –WEDNESDAY

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PLEASE REMEMBER TO RETURN YOUR RICE BOWLS

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Next Sunday Thanksgiving Mass for Father Charles May 5th, with Dinner Reception to be served at the Pavilion at 2PM.

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Thanksgiving Mass for Deacon/Father Richard  May12th, with Dinner Reception to be served at the Pavilion at 2PM.

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May Crowning of the Blessed Mother will be next Sunday, May 5th.

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Today - Divine Mercy Prayers at 10:30 after Mass. Come for these special blessings.

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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