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Resurrection is about daily rising from the many mini-graves within which we so often find ourselves. Read this week's full homily.

Live a Life Worthy of the Calling You Have Received. -- Ephesians 4:1 

THE PASTOR’S POINTS,  Easter 2017 — by Rev. John Durbin

WELCOME to all of you who have come to celebrate this most important feast of the Christian calendar! We are happy to have you with us. The essence of the Good News is that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.” (John 3:16a)

And from that announcement, we all go forth on a journey through this one amazing life that we have been given, with all of its attendant struggles, disappointments and failures. One of the most important pieces of this journey is to accept that we are accepted – and to go and live likewise. But we so often struggle to do this because we’re living out of self-accusation – self-flagellation, in many cases. We ‘should’ on ourselves! We’re so convinced that we are NOT the Body of Christ, that we are not worthy, that we are not connected. This leaves us anesthetized to the Good News that the question of union has been resolved once and for all – in the mystery of Christ’s resurrection. We have been redeemed, no matter how poorly we have responded to this immense gift. We cannot CREATE our union with God – it is ALREADY given to us. The only difference between people is that some are consciously drawing upon this union and some who are not. After all, the psalmist asks:

We’re all united to God, but only some seem to realize it. Too many of us deny it and doubt it. Why? Because it’s just too good to be true. That’s why it’s called GOOD NEWS. But it can’t be THIS good, can it? Yeah, that’s where it gets its name and reputation as GOOD NEWS.

But there is another angle on why we can be so resistant: to accept that we are accepted is ironically experienced in the first moment as a loss of power! Our ego wants to be self-made, not other-made, which is our whole struggle with grace. If grace is true, and if we’re all saved by the mercy and love of God, then why do we constantly try to create certain cutoff points?

We project onto God our own petty little way of loving. Our love is so often determined by the supposed worthiness of a given person: she’s pretty; he’s nice. So, we, in our magnanimity, will decide to love someone because they are so pretty or so nice. Of course, this has little to do with love, but it FEELS like love, and it’s perhaps the first faltering steps toward it. We cannot imagine a love that’s not evoked by the worthiness of the object – and so we try to scrub ourselves up, making ourselves as attractive and worthy as possible, as if God doesn’t see us just as we are.

Dare we throw our religious beauty standards out the window and boldly embrace this Good News instead? God does not love us because we are good. God loves us because God is good. Happy Easter! Thank you for coming! Please always feel welcome here!  (this idea adapted from Richard Rohr, THE DIVINE DANCE, p. 109-110)



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Mass Schedule 

Easter Sunday at 9AM & 11AM at both Hampstead & Surf City.

April 13-19 Office Closed
Holy Thursday 7pm
Good Friday 2pm
Holy Sat. Food Blessing 1pm
Holy Sat. Easter Vigil 7:30pm

Hampstead:
Saturday:  5:00 p.m.
Sunday:  9AM & 11AM

Surf City re-opens in spring (Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day weekend only)

-Daily Mass:

Hampstead as follows -
Tuesday/Wednesday: 4pm
Thursday/Friday: 9:00 a.m.

Weekend Masses:

Saturday:  5:00 p.m.

Sunday:  9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.

Adoration:  First Friday of the month 9:00 a.m. mass

Confessions:  Saturday 4:00 p.m. in Hampstead and by appointment

Stations of the Cross:  Fridays during Lent 6:30pm
Self-guided Stations of the Cross are at the Surf City pavilion, year-round. (courtesy of the Eagle Scouts!)


WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS


FUNERALS:

John L. Tassi Jr (1937-2017): Funeral Mass at All Saints in Hampstead on Wed., April 12, at 11AM.

Robert W. (Bob) Fischer (1928-2016): Memorial Funeral service on April 1 at 11AM.

David Gong (1938-2017): April 28 at 11AM -- Memorial interment at Sealawn


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18737 US Highway 17 North
Hampstead, NC 28443
 
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Finance Council Meeting

When: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM
Where: Room 2AB

Monthly Meeting

Stewardship Dev Team Meeting

When: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 6:45 PM to 7:30 PM
Where: Room 2AB

Pastoral Council Mtg

When: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 7:30 PM to 8:15 PM
Where: Room 2AB

Monthly meeting

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When: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
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"We must walk united with our differences:  there is no other way to become one.  This is the way of Jesus."

Pope Francis
 

Spadaro, Antonio, SJ. "A Big Heart Open to God." America Magazine (n.d.):  30 Sept. 2013. Web. http://americamagazine.org/pope-interview.

 

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