You will hear the Gospel story of Jesus inviting his disciples into a great mystery with curious pronouncements: Those who love their lives just as they are will lose them. If a grain of wheat dies, it will bear much fruit…What does Jesus mean? The climactic event of Jesus’ passion & death is drawing closer; a time when the great confrontation between Jesus & the powers of darkness take place. When Jesus is lifted up, he will draw all to himself. The Christian steward knows life can’t be lived in complacency. We are called to die to self, bear more fruit, be raised up with Jesus. Jesus brings discomfort to those who are comfortable. Jesus urges us to give witness in his name. How will we respond?
Each year, the Church holds a special collection on Good Friday for care of the holy places & the Christian community in the Holy Land. The wars, unrest & instability have been especially hard on Christians. In these times of crisis, the Pontifical Good Friday Collection provides humanitarian aid to refugees. When you contribute to the Good Friday collection, you become an instrument of peace & join with Catholics around the world in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land. Because of Good Friday’s solemnity, we choose not to take up a collection during the service. Please return your Holy Land Appeal envelope in the collection on Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday.
Congratulations and many, many thanks to all who made last week’s 38th Annual St. Malachi Church Run a great success! We had a beautiful, sunny day and welcomed about 3,700 runners for the 2-mile & 5mile runs, including many current and former parishioners, and some of our new neighbors. Special thanks to Sharon Lowe-Chapman, the Run Committee Chair, Charlene McElwee & members of the Music Ministry, Jeanette Shemo, Steve Gresham & Brent Reid & our many volunteers! It wouldn’t have happened without you! Special thanks, too to GCXC/ Second Sole, our run operators, for a professional and virtually trouble-free event. While we do not have final figures, we anticipate this year’s Run proceeds for will be 6-7 times larger than last year’s.
The Mass of the Lord’s Supper features the washing of feet (mandatum). This year, everyone is invited to participate. When the rite begins, simply come forward, take a chair, remove your shoes & socks for someone to wash your feet. Then you will wash the next person’s feet, serving as Jesus commanded.
Liturgy Commission is looking for about 20 + people of all ages & sizes to participate in a special Easter Vigil procession. If you are unable to help with the preparations on Good Friday, and have no other ministry responsibilities during the Vigil, this is your opportunity to contribute to our joyful celebration of Christ’s resurrection! No experience necessary! Contact Carol Schiro: (216) 225-7130 or c_schiro@hot- mail.com
For questions, please contact Linda Wilson at (216) 228-5306.
Prepare Malachi Center for Vigil Reception: Volunteers are needed to help clean and set up Malachi Center on Holy Saturday, March 31, beginning at noon. We will need to clean the tables, chairs, restrooms and mop the floors prior to the Easter Vigil Reception that follows the Easter Vigil Mass.
Easter Vigil Gathering and Easter Sunday Coffee Hours Need Baked Goods: The Hospitality Commission is seeking baked goods for the Easter Vigil gathering at Malachi Center after the Easter Vigil Mass and also for the Coffee Hours after 9:00 AM and 11:30 AM Mass on Easter Sunday. They may be dropped off at Malachi Center Saturday afternoon, March 31.
Your help to prepare the church for the Holy Week and Easter celebrations is needed! There are four major opportunities for you to help. Please call Carol Schiro at (216) 351-8553 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Brass Polishing: As we prepare for Easter, we are looking for volunteers to polish the brass in church. Smaller pieces can be taken home & polished. All items need to be returned to church by Palm Sunday.
Friday, March 23: After Noon Mass we will set-up for Palm Sunday.
Wednesday, March 28: After Noon Mass we will set-up for Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper. This is a big one! In addition to changing altar cloths and vestments, we must prepare the altar of repose, set up for the foot-washing rite and polish.
Friday, March 30: After the 3:00 PM Good Friday Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion, we will prepare for the Easter Vigil. All ages are welcome to help. Please note: to respect the solemnity of the day, we ask all helpers to remain seated at the conclusion of the Good Friday service until you are called forward to begin the work.
In the Gospel story, Jesus encounters Nicodemus, a Pharisee and leader of the Jews who comes to Jesus by night. Nicodemus recognizes Jesus as a teacher from God, but comes in secret for fear of being put out of the synagogue. Jesus rebukes him for his lack of understanding. Good stewards realize that for the sake of this world, God give his most cherished beloved Son. And so they are willing to confess Jesus as their Lord and savior in a public way. they do not keep their faith to themselves, in darkness. The Gospel reading challenges us to profess our faith in word and deed publicly, not to hide it away. Are we willing to accept the Gospel’s challenge? Are we willing to get out of our personal “comfort zone” and confess our faith in Christ Jesus in an open, tangible way?
Our parish will take up The Catholic Relief Services Collection (CRSC) on March 10-11, 2018. Funds from this collection help provide food to the hungry, support to displaced refugees, and bring Christ’s love and mercy to all people here at home and abroad.