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April 20, 2014


The Lenten journey is now complete, its mission of renewal and preparation to receive new life fulfilled. The call to worship the Risen Lord has been received, and we gather to experience together the consoling presence of Christ in word and sacrament.

We are at our best today, crowded and cramped to be sure, but the fullest sign of who were are meant to be. Christ has claimed us in the waters of baptism, we have acquired wonderful companions, and together we can accomplish great things.

This is the day for rekindling the old flames of baptismal commitment, so we light the paschal candle, and by its light we make yet again the ancient promises to reject evil’s grip and empty promises. Today we do not recite the Creed, but respond with one voice to age‑old questions.

New life has to be nurtured, both the life of the newly baptized and the renewed life of those who have passed through Lent’s refining prayer, fasting, and giving alms. At any Mass during the next fifty days, you may be surprised by grace and splashed by water!

What do you know?

“What do you know?” is the question linking all three readings today.

Imagine the shock waves that shot through the city of Jerusalem that first Easter morning. Jesus’ body was missing! By the time Peter spoke the words found in today’s first reading, fifty days had passed, so he began by saying, in effect, “I take it you know what has been reported all over Judea about Jesus of Nazareth.”

Of course they knew by then, but in today’s Gospel we are taken back to the first day. We meet Mary Magdalene exclaiming, “We don’t know where they put him!”

What do we know? In the second reading Paul asks, “Do you not know that a little yeast leavens all the dough?” Do we know the power of our own faith? Do we know the effect we can have on others?

Our Office will be closed
Easter Monday, April 21

St. Mary Magdalen Church

Evening & Weekend Schedule:
Cursillos in Christianity English (Monday) (7:30 PM - 8:30 PM)
Cursillos in Christianity Spanish (Monday) (7:30 PM - 9:30PM)
Sobriedad 2000 AA in Spanish
(Tuesdays & Thursdays)
(8:30 PM - 10:30 PM)
Al Anon in Spanish (Wednesday) (7:30 PM – 9:30 PM)
Spanish Charismatic Group in Spanish (Friday) (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Gambler’s Anon in English (Sunday) (7:30 AM - 9:00 PM)
St. Vincent de Paul Society bi-lingual (Saturday) (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)


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Happy Easter 2014

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