Bulletin Reflections and Announcements

Scripture Reflections

April 18/19, 2020 - Second Sunday of Easter

“Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together…They ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart, praising God and enjoying favor with all the people” (Acts 2:46-47)

The first reading from the Acts of the Apostles illustrates the vision of the early Church. The disciples of Jesus devoted themselves to the communal life, sold their property and possessions, and divided them “according to each one’s need” – living together in joy. This was a radical way of life and a bold witness of faith. Perhaps it is difficult to understand the total commitment of the early Christians but it is not difficult to see their “exultation and sincerity of heart.” This calling to the Christian life reveals who we are and what we do, and, as the writer of the Acts of Apostles says, “every day the Lord added to their numbers” (Acts 2:47).

It is with great confidence in the joy of the Risen Christ that we seek to share our gifts, make sacrifices for those in need and live our faith joyfully and generously. The Annual Catholic Appeal is one way we can live as the first disciples, reaching out to those in need in our communities – not because they are Catholic, but because we are Catholic.

You may make a gift to the Appeal <> or visit aca.archstl.org to learn more and view stories of how the Annual Catholic Appeal impacts lives every day.

 

April 25/26, 2020 - Third Sunday of Easter

The Gospel readings for the first weeks of the Easter Season are stories of doubt, disbelief and distress. First, Thomas refuses to believe the other apostles when they say Jesus has visited them. He wants to see for himself. Then two disciples meet Jesus along the road to Emmaus. They are still distraught over Jesus’ death and don’t recognize Him.

In both cases, Jesus offers messages of reassurance and peace. The risen Christ is revealed in “deeds, wonders and signs” and “in the breaking of bread.” It was a truly remarkable time. Jesus accepts the weakness of his followers who believe only because they have seen and points to those who “have not seen and have believed.”

United in this belief as Catholics, we are called to witness in word and action to those around us. Often we don’t recognize Jesus in others, or we just doubt our own ability to trust and hope. The Annual Catholic Appeal is a simple and direct way to help, to demonstrate hope and to fulfill the Easter message of peace and forgiveness.

You may make a gift to the Appeal <> or visit aca.archstl.org to learn more and view stories of how the Annual Catholic Appeal impacts lives every day.

 

May 2/3, 2020 - Fourth Sunday of Easter

The Gospel presents a warning and a comfort. The warning is to beware of thieves and deceivers. The comfort is knowing that we will recognize the Shepherd’s voice and he will lead us. The readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter are filled with repentance and forgiveness, suffering and righteousness.

It is with amazing confidence and assurance that Jesus tells us we will know and recognize his voice, that we will be saved, that we will “find pasture” and that we will have life more abundantly. This is a great gift of comfort and hope. It is a gift we can share, that can be made possible in many ways, including with a gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal.

We offer hope and help to others, not because they are Catholic, but because we are Catholic. You may make a gift to the Appeal <> or visit aca.archstl.org to learn more and view stories of how the Annual Catholic Appeal impacts lives every day.

 

Bulletin/Pulpit Announcements

April 18/19, 2020 – Second Sunday of Easter

The disciples of Jesus devoted themselves to the communal life, sold their property and possessions, and divided them “according to each one’s need” – living together in joy. This was a radical way of life and a bold witness of faith. Perhaps it is difficult to understand the total commitment of the early Christians. It is not difficult to see their “exultations and sincerity of heart”.

It is with great confidence in the joy of the Risen Christ that we seek to share our gifts, make sacrifices for those in need, and live our faith joyfully and generously. The Annual Catholic Appeal is one way we can live as the first disciples, reaching out to those in need in our communities – not because they are Catholic, but because we are Catholic. You may make a gift to Appeal <> or visit aca.archstl.org to learn more and view stories of how the Annual Catholic Appeal impacts lives every day.

 

April 25/26, 2020 – Third Sunday of Easter

The Gospel readings for the first weeks of the Easter Season are stories of doubt, disbelief and distress. First Thomas refuses to believe the other apostles when they say Jesus has visited them. He wants to see for himself. Then two disciples meet Jesus along the road to Emmaus. They are still distraught over Jesus’ death and don’t recognize Him.

In both cases, Jesus offers messages of reassurance and peace. The risen Christ is revealed in “deeds, wonders and signs” and “in the breaking of bread.” It was truly a remarkable time.

United in this belief as Catholics, we are called to witness in word and action to those around us. The Annual Catholic Appeal is a simple and direct way to help, to demonstrate hope and to fulfill the Easter message of peace and forgiveness.

You may make a gift to the Appeal <> or visit aca.archstl.org to learn more and view stories of how the Annual Catholic Appeal impacts lives every day.

May 2/3, 2020 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

The Gospel presents a warning and a comfort. The warning is to beware of thieves and deceivers. The comfort is knowing that we will recognize the Shepherd’s voice and he will lead us.

It is with amazing confidence and assurance that Jesus tells us we will know and recognize his voice, that we will be saved, that we will “find pasture” and that we will have life more abundantly. This is a gife we can share, that can be made possible in many ways including with a gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal.

We offer hope and help to others, not because they are Catholic, but because we are Catholic.

You may make a gift to the Appeal <> or visit aca.archstl.org to learn more and view stories of how the Annual Catholic Appeal impacts lives every day.