Mass Intentions……page 1.

Ministry Schedule’s & Announcements……Page 2.

Reflection…..Page 3.

 

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ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH:

Third Sunday of Easter

April 18, 2021

 

 

 

Web: www.stpeterchurch-az.com

Email: st.peterscatholicparish@yahoo.com

 

 

MASS INTENTIONS:

 

4/18/21 thru 4/23/21

 

   SUNDAY:

 

   ENGLISH MASS:

   9:00am. +Michael Grindley Family

                 (Requested by Larry & Eileen Tyrrell).

 

   SPANISH MASS:

   11:00am. +Jose Louis Gonzalez, (Requested by

                    Teresa & Victoria Gonzalez).

 

WEEKDAY MASS INTENTIONS:

 

   MONDAY:

   9:00am. Intention of Grimma Rice.

 

   TUESDAY:

   9:00am. +Mary Rice.

 

   WEDNESDAY:

   9:00am.

 

   THURSDAY:

   9:00am

 

   FRIDAY:

   5:00pm.

 

 

 

   FINANCIAL REPORT FOR WEEK 4/11/21

 

YOUR GIFTS TO THE LORD:

Collections & Donations

 

 

   Sunday Offering…………………………$1252.00

   Building Fund…….…………………………$160.00

   Holy Land Good Friday…….………….$20.00

 

 

The Quarterly Financial Report is Available in

The Church Office for Review

 

 

Church Secretary; Yvonne Schneider

Office Telephone: 928-333-4423

 

 

PRAYER TREE:

 

Please contact Monica Boehning at 333-5539 for prayer requests. Leave a message if no answer, include your name and phone number, with info.

 

THIS WEEK PLEASE PRAY FOR:

 

Sandy Rogers, Bernice Chavez, Lilly Hill,

Nancy Golightly, Clara Archuleta, Denia Duncan, Liz Ketring, Jason Pittman, Eileen Tyrrell,

Rebeka Talbot, Roxanne Chavez, Ricky Barraza, Susie Apodaca, Richard Pena, Victor Rubalcaba, Maria Morales, Judy Bragg, Margie Tapia, Juanito Quevedo, Krystyna Kocol, Confie Lesuer, Lydia Gonzalez, Eva Orona, Sophie Montoya, Joe Tapia.

 

 

GIFT SHOP:

 

   Gift Shop is open every Sunday after the

   9:00 am Mass or Contact;

   Dean Smith at 928-853-6307

 

OFFICE HOURS

 

Monday,  Wednesday,  &  Friday

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

 

Closed on Tues., Thurs., Holidays &

Holy Days of Obligation

 

 

CALENDAR OF WEEKLY EVENTS:

 

 

WEEKLY EVENTS:

 

Weekly Events

Currently Suspended

Due to COVID

 

Baptism Preparation Classes to be Determined.

 

 SUNDAY:

 Rosary before 9:00am mass.

 Sacrament of Reconciliation, 8:00am – 8:50am.

 Rosary before Mass.

 CCD classes after 9:00am Mass.

 

 MONDAY:

 Office hours; open 9:00am/1:00pm

 C.C.D. Classes 4:00pm.

 RCIA Classes: 7:00pm.

 

 TUESDAY:

 Office hours; Closed on Tues., Thurs., Holidays &

 Holy Days of Obligation.

 Church Cleaning.

 Spanish Choir Practice, 7:00pm 8:30pm.

 

 WEDNESDAY:

 Office hours; open 9:00am/1:00pm

 6:30pm English Choir practice in church

 

 THURSDAY:

 Office hours; Closed on Tues., Thurs., Holidays &

 Holy Days of Obligation.

 7:00pm Baptism classes in Spanish, 2nd Thursday

 of the month.

 

 FRIDAY:

Office hours; open 9:00am/1:00pm

 Eucharistic Adoration; First Friday of the Month.

 

 

   ST. HELENA PARISH, ALPINE, AZ.

 

  SATURDAY:

  Confessions, 3:30pm

  Mass 4:00 pm

 

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PASTORAL STAFF

 

   Pastoral Administrator Rev. Fr. Anselm Amadi

Rectory Telephone: 928-333-4707

Emergencies Only; 505-906-8421

 

   Deacon: Rev. Mr. Jorge Campos 928-245-5638

 

 

Pastoral Council:

Chairperson:

         Vacant

Secretary:

          Esmerelda Ontiveros         - (928) 812-0049

 

Building Committee:

Chairperson:

Jackielyn Harrington

 

Finance Council:

Chairperson:

Jackielyn Harrington

Finance Secretary:

Ed Fritz - (928) 333-5919

 

PARISH MINISTRIES:

 

Altar Servers: Tasheena James…….

Eucharistic Ministers:

Charles Rand………………………….…..….(928) 333-3541

Church Cleaning: Susan Ely………….

Funeral Director: Diane Fritz…………(928) 333-5919

Lectors: Mary DiFilippo……….…………(928) 333-3338

Maintenance: Vacant.

Music Director: Bob Dyson………….…(928) 333-2809

Prayer Tree: Monica Boehning………(928) 333-5539

RCIA: Deacon Jorge Campos…………(928) 245-5638

Religious Ed. Devon Ditmore…………(928) 245-5382

Sacristans: Elizabeth Ketring..……...(928) 245-6992

St. Vincent De Paul Org………………….(928) 333-4879

Ushers: Jim Morrison……………………..(928) 333-0928

 

 

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MINISTRY SCHEDULES FOR April 25th.

 

 

Altar Servers:

 

   9:00am.Kayla & J.J. Logan

 11:00am. N.A.

 

 

Lectors:

 

   9:00am. Nancy Golightly

 11:00am. Sandra Flores

 

 

Eucharistic Ministers:

 

   9:00am. No Eucharist Ministers

                  Assigned Due to Covid

                  Phase One Reopening.

 

BY REV. FR. ANSELM CHIGOZIE AMADI.

 

PLEASE JOIN US IN OUR STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM OF

TIME, TREASURE & TALENT, VISIT OUR WEB AT, www.stpeterchurch-az.com

 

 

 

POPE FRANCES UNIVERSAL PRAYER

 

APRIL

 

FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS

 

We pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for

fundamental rights under dictatorships,

authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis.

 

Recemos por aquellos que arriesgan sus vidas luchando por los derechos fundamentales

en dictaduras, en regímenes autoritarios en incluso en democracias en crisis.

 

 

OUR PARISH

 

 

     TIME TREASURE and TALENT:

 

 

(RCIA) RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS: If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Catholic, please fill out a RCIA Registration Card, located at any entrance of the Church.  For more information please contact the Parish   office @ 928 333-4423.

 

The RCIA program is for those individuals interested in exploring conversion into the Catholic Faith.

This is also for Catholics that have not completed ALL of their Sacraments of Initiation, and it is also

for Catholics who want to renew or further their knowledge of their Catholic Faith.

 

BULLETIN ADVERTISEMENTS:   Our Parish bulletin will be having some empty spaces available for anyone who would like to advertise their business.  Please contact the Parish office @ 928 333-4423.

SECOND COLLECTION: Catholic Relief Services special collection will be taken up next week, please be as generous

as you always are.

CHURCH OFFICE:  The desk in the church office has decided to retire after many long years of service.  If anyone is remodeling or downsizing and has a large desk with a right hand return to donate it would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!  Please contact the Parish office @ 928 333-4423.

 

CHURCH OFFICE DESK:  The desk in the church office has decided to retire after many long years of service.  If anyone is remodeling or downsizing and has a large desk with a right hand return to donate it would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!

 

      OUR COMMUNITY:

 

 

MAMMOGRAM ONSITE MOBILE SCREENING EVENT:  Screening will take place at North Country HealthCare Wednesday April 28th, from 8:00am to 5:00pm at 488 S Mountain Ave. in Springerville.  See the enclosed flyer for more information.

 

FROM ST. RITA PARISH IN SHOW LOW:  Paul Zucarelli, a parishioner there, is scheduled to talk live with Father Pacwa on EWTN.  He is scheduled for 4/21/2021 at 7:00 PM.  Please feel free to go to the EWTN website to listen to Paul’s testimony.

 

 

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THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER: YEAR B.

(ACTS 3: 13-15, 17-19; 1 JN 2:1-5, LUKE 24:35-48)

THEME: CALL TO TRUE REPENTANCE

 

 

   Introduction: As Jesus appeared to His disciples, he demonstrated before them that he has risen, so that they in turn will be equipped with the assurance of this truth to qualify as witnesses in the true sense of the word. As he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, He commanded them to preach repentance for forgiveness of sins in his name. Based on this empowerment and mandate, Peter and John stood fearlessly before the crowd at the beautiful gate and challenged them to repent and be converted that their sins may be forgiven (Acts 3:19). Repentance, therefore, is the precondition for the forgiveness of sins.

   The Concept of Repentance: Repentance is English translation of the Greek "metanoia".  It is made up of two Greek words "meta" (after, or beyond) and 'nous' (mind). “Metanoia” in classical Greek therefore means, changing one's mind about something. In its biblical usage, “Metanoia” (repentance) is understood as "a transformative change of heart".  The key word here is 'transformative'. It is not enough for one to entertain mere wishes, but the resolution must be firm enough to effect a total life transformation. True repentance must include first of all, the change of mind that is chiefly inspired by hatred for former errors and misdeeds. Secondly, there must be a determination to enter upon a better course of life. This determination must be firm and resolute.

   Fake And True Repentance: St. Paul in 2cor. 7:9-11, distinguishes between worldly sorrow, (which can be seen as regret or remorse), from godly sorrow, which qualifies as true repentance. Some acts of the mind we count as repentance are simply fake repentance because of their motivating factors and the worldly end to which they aim. Regret is not the same thing as repentance. In repentance, we acknowledge our sins, but in regret we focus on the consequences of our actions. Regret is managing consequences but repentance is turning away from our sins.

Some people are down on their knees today not because their sins offended God, but because their offences have come to the public knowledge or because of the consequences of the said sin. Such remorseful feeling does not measure up to the biblical demand of Metanoia. An instance exists in the case of Elijah’s confrontation of Ahab. Ahab was downcast not because he murdered Naborth, but because his sin has been discovered. He sorrowed not for his sin but the consequences. In some cases, it is possible for regret to lead to true repentance. This is true in the case of King David, who only became sorry when Prophet Nathan confronted him. He did not only acknowledge his sins but also repented of them. Yet, we can still say that regret is not the same thing as repentance.

   The Greek word for regret is metamelomai, which describes the action of Judas after seeing Jesus being led away (Matt. 27:3). Thus: “having regretted, he returned the thirty pieces of silver”– (metameletheis estrepsen ta triakota argyria). “Metamelomai” as against “Metanoia”, denotes painful sorrow or remorseful regret, roused by the consequences of an action. What Judas demonstrated was only sorrow and regret. Mere sorrow avails nothing unless it leads to change of mind and life, otherwise called repentance.

True repentance involves grief towards God because of sin (godly sorrow) and leads to change. Regrets on the other hand, involve sorrow towards effect or consequences of sin (worldly sorrow). Thayer's Greek Lexicon gives a more classic distinction between regret (Metamelomai) and repentance (Metanoia). The former expresses merely emotional change, the later, a change of choice. The former has reference to particulars, the latter to the entire life. The former signifies nothing but regret even though amounting to remorse, the latter, that reversal of moral purpose known as repentance (cf. Thayer's Greek Lexicon).

   True Repentance and Forgiveness of sins: As the scriptures relate, repentance gives believers access to the merits of the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross. Jesus has won for us on the cross, the forgiveness of our sins. To say that we are forgiven implies that the punishment due to our sins has been cancelled. Such is based upon the vicarious sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. To enjoy this merit, one needs only to repent of one's sins and confess the same. We are invited, by the call to repentance, to come and possess our righteousness which Christ has won for us.

In the Old Testament, atoning sacrifice and forgiveness are often associated.  In the Old Testament typology, sacrifices foreshadowed the accomplished work of Jesus Christ, and the Old Testament believer was assured of forgiveness based on sacrifice. Such sacrifices were ordained by God to promise ultimate forgiveness in the sacrifice of His own son. Sacrifice was appropriately connected to atonement. Hence: there is no forgiveness without the shedding of blood (Lev. 4:20, Heb. 9:22).

 

   Conclusion: St John's Epistle in the second reading concludes most fittingly this reflection.  “If anyone sins, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ... He is expiation for our sins” (1Jn 2:1). The biblical mandate is for the church to preach repentance. It is proper to point out here that repentance is the primary focus of the evangelical mission of the church. It is the compass to guide the church as she navigates the missionary course. Let us check our evangelical mission against the background of the initial mandate and keep to it.