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					                  From “Another” Pastor’s Desk
       A member of a certain church, who previously had been
attending services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks,
the Pastor decided to visit him.
       It was a chilly evening. The Pastor found the man at home
alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his Pastor’s visit, the man
welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited.
       The Pastor made himself at home but said nothing. In the grave silence, he
contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs. After some minutes, the
Pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to
one side of the hearth all alone. Then he sat back in his chair, still silent. The host
watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone ember’s flame flickered and
diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold
and dead.
       Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. The Pastor glanced at his
watch and realized it was time to leave. He slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead
ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow, once
more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it.
       As the Pastor reached the door to leave, his host said, with a tear running down
his cheek, “Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon. I shall
be back in church next week.” We live in a world today, which tries to say too much with
too little. Consequently, few listen. Sometimes the best sermons are the ones left
unspoken.
                                Peace and Blessings!


     Welcome the following people who have chosen to become part of our faith
     community at the Easter Vigil this year!

     Michael Boyer, Michael Buzard, Jenny Croghan, Jenny Czajkowski, James Fraser,
     Kay Fraser, Katie Fraser, Meg Garner, Johana John, Marylin John, Rosalita John,
     Ribka Kintaro, Eric Knapp, James Patrick McHenry, William Patrick Mills, Terry
     Russell, Tiffany Thompson, Hee Hahn Tran, Ryan Blaise Uhlendorff, Terry War-
     field, Timothy Warfield, Joanna Wennersten, Keith Worthington.



                     .llA evreS .tsirhC etarbeleC .lepsoG eht mialcorP



We would like to welcome all our guests and parishioners this week. If you would like more
information about our wonderful programs, sacraments, ministries in worship, outreach, fellow-
ship, or catechesis, please call the parish office at (301) 662-8288. May you and your family
and friends have a blessed Easter Season!
                                             Fr. Dick, Pastor
                        Many people think that Christmas is the most important day in the
                        Catholic liturgical calendar, but from the earliest days of the Church,
                        Easter has been considered the central Christian feast. As St. Paul
                        wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:14, “If Christ has not been raised, then our
                        preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.” Without Easter – without
                        the Resurrection of Christ – there would be no Christian Faith. Christ’s
                        Resurrection is the proof of His Divinity.
                               For Catholics, Easter Sunday comes at the end of 40 days of
                        prayer, fasting, and almsgiving known as Lent. Through spiritual strug-
                        gle and self-denial, we have prepared ourselves to die spiritually with
                        Christ on Good Friday, the day of His Crucifixion, so that we can rise
                        again with him in new life on Easter. In the Our Father, we pray that
“Thy Kingdom come . . . on earth as it is in Heaven.” And Christ told his disciples that some of
them would not die until they saw the Kingdom of God “coming in power” (Mark 9:1). The
early Christian Fathers saw Easter as the fulfillment of that promise. With the resurrection of
Christ, God’s Kingdom is established on earth, in the form of the Church.
        That is why people who are converting to Catholicism traditionally are baptized at the
Easter Vigil service, which takes place on Holy Saturday the day before Easter), starting
sometime after sunset. They have usually undergone a long process of study and preparation
known as the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Their baptism parallels Christ’s own
death and resurrection, as they die to sin and rise to new life in the Kingdom of
God.
        Because of the central importance of Easter to the Christian faith, the
Catholic Church requires that all Catholics who have made their First Com-
munion receive the Holy Eucharist sometime during the Easter season, which
lasts through Pentecost, 50 days after Easter. (They should also take part in
the Sacrament of Reconciliation before receiving this Easter communion.)
This reception of the Eucharist is a visible sign of our faith and our participation
in the Kingdom of God. Of course, we should receive Eucharist as frequently
as possible; this “Easter Duty” is simply the minimum requirement set by the Church.


The Eggs-traordinary Easter Egg by Ann Ball
Next to the cross, the egg is the best known symbol of Easter. The custom of decorating spe-
cial Easter eggs developed among the nations of Northern Europe and Christian Asia soon
after their conversion to Christianity.

Our pre-Christian Indo-European ancestors had no scientific knowledge and were startled to
see something alive emerge from a seemingly dead object – the egg. For them, the egg be-
came a symbol of spring and fertility. The early Christians gave a religious interpretation to the
egg. It reminded them of the rock tomb from which Christ emerged to a new life. Today’s
Easter eggs remain as decorative symbols of the Resurrection.

Eggs were one of the foods forbidden during the long harsh fast of Lent, so they also became
a special sign of Easter joy. The faithful then, as now, painted and colored them in bright col-
ors. They had them blessed and ate them on Easter morning or presented them as gifts to
their friends.
            Without Easter
            By Joanne Fuchs

            Without Easter,
      there would be no hope of
                heaven.
     Without the hope of heaven,
   there would be no repentance,                         WEEKLY MASS INTENTIONS
                                                           “SP” = Mass in Spanish
     no personal transformation,               Monday     6:30 AM          Special Intention
     no attempt to follow biblical             April 13   8:00 AM          Danny Kelleher
               principles.                     Tuesday    6:30 AM          M. J. Grove
                                               April 14   8:00 AM          Mary L. Root
            Without Easter,                    Wednesday  6:30 AM          William E. Baer &
     the world would be in chaos               April 15                                     Family
             and darkness.                                8:00 AM          Ints. Patricia Cook
                                                          College View     Allen G. Hargis
   Jesus’ death and resurrection                          6:30 PM (SP)     Betty Harrant
       means we can be reborn,                 Thursday   6:30 AM          Anne McGowan
      to live better, to do better,            April 16                                 (Anniv.)
                                                          8:00 AM          Virginia Grove
    to shine light into the shadow.            Friday     6:30 AM          Grace Brown
               Hallelujah!                     April 17   8:00 AM          Ints. Kevin Gallagher &
                                                                                             Family
       Happy, Happy Easter.
                                               Saturday        8:00 AM         Ints. Pat & Bill Wilkinson
                                               April 18                           (50th Wedding Anniv.)
                                                               5:00 PM         Patricia O’Connor
                                                                                                 (Anniv.)
                                                               6:00 PM (SP)    Herbert Ward
                                                               7:00 PM         Ashley Marie Ramsburg

                                               Sunday          7:30 AM         People of the Parish
                                               April 19        9:00 AM CH      Odette Lopez
                                                               11:00 AM CH     Dorothy A. Alexander
                                                               11:00 AM Hall   Kelly Kubistal
                                                               1:00 PM         John Zentner
                                                               5:00 PM (SP)    Int. George Mack




                 THIS WEEK’S READINGS, FOR YOUR PERSONAL PRAYER




Sunday        April 12     Acts 10:34, 37-43              Colossians 3:1-4          John 20:1-9
Monday        April 13     Acts 2:14, 22-33                                         Matthew 28:8-15
Tuesday       April 14     Acts 2:36-41                                             John 20:11-18
Wednesday     April 15     Acts 3:1-10                                               Luke 24:13-35
Thursday      April 16     Acts 3:11-26                                              Luke 24:35-48
Friday        April 17     Acts 4:1-12                                               John 21:1-14
Saturday      April 18     Acts 4:13-21                                              Mark 16:9-15
Sunday        April 19     Acts 4:32-35                   1 John 5:1-6               John 20:19-31

				
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