Our parish participated in the CRS Rice Bowl, Catholic Relief Services' Lenten program. We prayed, fasted and gave alms—and now we celebrate! Our Lenten journey with CRS Rice Bowl ends in our own hearts, where Jesus reigns forever. Let us rejoice in our risen Lord—and in the lives we’ve changed this Lent in Tanzania, Nicaragua, Niger, Lebanon, the Democratic Republic of Congo and all over the world! Don’t forget to turn in your CRS Rice Bowl to the baskets at the entrances to church on Easter Weekend or you can drop them off to the Parish Center. All should be returned NO Later than Sunday, April 3.
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Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers
Jesus spent years working as a carpenter. Work is important to help people live good lives, so people must be paid a fair wage to provide for themselves and their families.
• We are reminded that God worked and God rested, and we are asked to do the same. Do we empower others to attain meaningful work? Do we help others to keep the Sabbath? Do we keep it ourselves?
• Jesus is angered by injustice and takes action. He is unafraid to let his opinions be heard. Do we speak out against injustice where we see it, or do we assume it’s someone else’s responsibility?
• This week’s CRS Rice Bowl story of hope introduces us to a mother and daughter from Rwanda. Odette was concerned about the health and well-being of her daughter, Olga, and worked diligently well before she was born to ensure she had what she needed to grow up strong and healthy. The respect for the life and dignity of Olga motivated Odette to care for her from conception to birth and beyond.
Where in your own life have you seen human dignity forgotten, ignored or cast aside? In our prayer today, let us reflect on those moments in our week when we promote the dignity of those we encounter —and those times when we fail to do so.
“Let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will.”
Jesus enters into the Holy City, not on a stallion or in a chariot as you would expect a king to enter, but on the back of a lowly donkey that his disciples find tied to a tree!
“Meek” is the word the Gospel uses to refer to this King, and we understand why as we examine his life.
In our prayer this week, we ask for this humbleness. And we ask to see Jesus in those who may not appear, to our eyes, to be worthy of our praise, attention, or gifts. Who are our present-day kings in disguise?
As we visit a ministry in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe in our final week with CRS Rice Bowl, we meet volunteers who are greeting the poor, the social outcasts, and the vulnerable, and treating them like a king, serving them hot meals restaurant-style and offering them support to meet their basic needs.
Where, in our own neighborhood, can we find – and serve – Christ, our King?
In the bulletin, we may be listing people who have returned home or are no longer in the armed services. We may also be missing people who are currently serving, but have not been added to our listing for prayers. The bulletin listing will remain for 1 more month while we collect the names of your loved ones currently serving using the form from the June 2 Bulletin to create an updated listing by July 4. Please complete and return to the office.
The Seniors & Friends and the Tweens & Teens will be writing letters to men and women currently serving in the armed forces. We are collecting the names and addresses of those you know, who would appreciate a greeting from Holy Cross.
Please call the parish office at 663-2244 and leave their contact information. The letters should be going out toward the end of June.