Weekly Updates – April 16, 2017

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The Good Shepherd
The story of the passion of Jesus Christ, from his Last Supper, to his arrest and crucifixion through the eyes and imagination of children.

Celebrating A Love That Cannot Wait
The following reflection on the significance of the Easter Vigil is written by Fr. Michael McGourty, Pastor of St. Peter’s Parish, Toronto.

Invitation to the Neophyte Mass
Rev. Ed Curtis, Pontifical Master of Ceremonies Cardinal Collins invites all of the newly baptized and those who will be received into the Church this Easter to our annual Neophyte Mass.
The Mass will take place on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Michael. Before the Mass begins, Cardinal Collins will offer a brief history of the cathedral and give an explanation of his vestments

“YOU ARE CALLED TO HOLINESS!”
“It’s not good enough to just be a ‘nice guy’ or a ‘nice lady’, that’s a good start but not good enough – YOU ARE CALLED TO HOLINESS!Jesus said, ‘You must be perfected as your Heavenly Father is perfect’ ..that is not an option, that is a DIVINE MANDATE!”

Cardinal Seán O’Malley: Serving the Sick | Chrism Mass (2017)
Cardinal Seán O’Malley preaches about the work of a priest, particularly anointing the sick.

WITNESS – Sr. Donna Ciangio, OP
Sister Donna Ciangio is a Dominican Sister of Caldwell, New Jersey. She holds a doctorate from Drew University, Madison, New Jersey. She is the Director of Church Leadership Consultation and works internationally and nationally in promoting parish vitality and pastoral direction, congregational and leadership development, small Christian communities, and provides consultation and training to parish and diocesan staffs.
For many years, Sister Donna served as the Director of Pastoral Services at the National Pastoral Life Center focusing on formation for pastors, small faith community training, conference development, and diocesan and parish staff consulting and planning services. Sister Donna has also worked in parish pastoral ministry and education ministry in urban and suburban parishes. As the national coordinator and international coordinator of RENEW, a parish renewal process begun by the Archdiocese of Newark, she provided training and support to diocesan and parish leaders in over a hundred dioceses around the world.
Sister Donna serves as the Director of Adult Faith Formation at St. Rose of Lima Church in Short Hills, New Jersey. She is an adjunct faculty member in Drew University’s Doctor of Ministry program, is the Chairperson of the North American Forum for Small Christian Communities serving dioceses and parishes in the US and Canada, and a consultant for RCL Benziger Religion Publishing Company. She serves on the Caldwell University Board of Trustees and the Center for Ministry Development.
Sister Donna’s articles have appeared in Today’s Parish, Ligourian, CHURCH Magazine, and in publications from Crossroads, Paulist Press, and St. Anthony Messenger Press and The Parish as a School of Discipleship, in Catechetical Leader, May 2014. Her book for Small Christian Communities , co-authored with Rev. Thomas Iwanowski and published by Ave Maria Press, is “Open Our Hearts: A Small Group Guide for an Active Lent.”

“Towards Unity” co-edited by Nicholas Jesson (Subject Matters: S2.E5)
A collection of essays on the current dialogues among the Christian churches to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. All the contributors are “insiders” who have witnessed great progress, but remain realistic about full unity. Much will depend on personal relationships, prayer and common public witness.

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