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Monthly Archives: April 2012
Wednesday

Birds chirp
Returning home.
Forsythias yellow.
Timid crocuses peek out.
Bold daffodils
Swirl their yellow skirts.
Its spring! 

Coats become windbreakers.
Gardeners trowel the moist soil
Barbecues replace fireplaces.
Baseball returns.
Winter’s lazy muscles
Are stretched.
It’s spring!
 
Jesus died and was buried;
Planted like a bulb in the earth.
Then, like the first spring crocus
He bursts forth
From earth’s tomb,
Alive again!
“Death has no power over Him.”
Easter is His spring,
 
Easter springtime
Jesus is risen!
Alleluia!
The winter of Death
Is at an end
Our Baptismal bulbs bloom
Bursting into Resurrection life,
After death’s dark winter.
 
Father John McKenna, C.Ss.R.
Friday

Fr. Edwin Foley died April 20 at the St. John Neumann Residence at Stella Maris in Timonium, MD after a massive brain hemorrhage. He was 91.

Click here for complete obituary.

A viewing will be held Monday, April 23 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 6420 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, April 24 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery.

Fr. Foley was born March 5, 1921 in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in the Redemptorists’ Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish. He professed vows as a Redemptorist on August 2, 1942 and was ordained to the priesthood June 22, 1947.

His assignments included several years in the Province of San Juan where he worked alongside Bishop Tomás Reilly, a Redemptorist who became the first bishop of the Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana in the Dominican Republic.

Other assignments included assistant to the novice master in Ilchester, MD; and ministries in Lima, OH; Buffalo, NY; New York City; Canandaigua, NY; Annapolis, MD; and Sacred Heart of Jesus and Our Lady of Fatima, both in Baltimore.

Please pray for Fr. Foley, and for his family, friends, and Redemptorist confreres who mourn his loss.

Friday

A group of teenagers from St. Clement’s Church, a Redemptorist parish in Saratoga Springs, NY, recently spent their spring break serving the poor in inner-city Philadelphia. Here’s an excerpt: 

Philadelphia was an amazing experience. The mission really brought me closer to God. I saw the face of Jesus every time we reached out to someone in need.

Seeing how little these people have and how much they appreciate little things like a bowl of chili or a pair of socks really made me see how lucky I am for everything I have. I saw that I can’t keep everything that I have to myself and that I need to reach out and help the community as much as I can.

I learned so much on this trip and I really grew closer to God. I hope to go on more missions like this in the future.

Click here to read the entire story.

Sunday

Dear Friends,

The feast of Easter is the most important feast of the liturgical year and of our lives. When Jesus rose from the dead, He proclaimed to the world that He had conquered sin, suffering, death and Satan. He was shown by God to be the Messiah of all people.
 
This is the experience of Easter — allowing Jesus the Christ to be risen within us so that nothing can have power over us except Jesus Himself.
 
We may sin. We may suffer. We will even die, but death is not the end but the beginning of an eternal life in and with God. Satan daily tries to tempt us away from our faith. But Jesus conquers sin, suffering, death and Satan every day.
 
We are children of God, and our undying Christ daily clothes us in the love of His Father and His risen life.
 
Heaven begins on earth and it is not something to be celebrated in private! What a poor celebration that would be!
 
No. We must share it with everyone around us. This is the proclamation of the Good News!
 
May you have a wonderful and blessed Easter, and may the Risen Lord always be the Risen and Powerful Lord of your life and actions!
 
Very Rev. Kevin Moley, C.Ss.R.
Provincial Superior

 

 

 

Thursday

Today we mark the beginning of the Triduum — Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday — the three days when we remember in a special way the mysteries of our redemption.

At the beginning of the Holy Thursday liturgy, we pray:

"We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection,
through whom we are saved and delivered."
(cf. Gal 6:14; Entrance Antiphon, Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper)

Join us as we journey through these days. We hope these short video reflections will be a help to enter into these mysteries and celebrate the gift of plentiful redemption!

Holy Thursday

 

 Good Friday

 

Holy Saturday