Today we celebrate “Good Shepherd Sunday.”  Every year we’re invited to connect this gospel with vocations, and I thought I’d share with you how my own vocation began.  I was probably in junior high, and my mom had brought us to mass on a holy day of obligation.  There was a retired priest who was presiding at mass, and it went by as it usually did.  After we received communion, he stepped up the altar to purify the chalice.  I remember him carefully wiping out the inside of the chalice, and as he did so, he had this beautiful little smile on his face.  Until that point, I’d enjoyed helping people with their computer problems, but I thought in that moment “he must be smiling because he just gave everyone Jesus.”  There’s no greater gift I could think of.  Nothing that would help people more.  Having a working computer helps a lot, but a relationship with Christ helps with everything.

Of course, achieving any great goal requires overcoming obstacles.  Mine was that I was terrified of public speaking. TERRIFIED.  I couldn’t even imagine that I could actually do it, much less ever enjoy it or stop stressing over it.  This was the part that required trust in God.  I couldn’t know that it would work out.  I couldn’t even imagine it could work out.  Yet, as I became more and more certain that God was calling me to the priesthood, I began to trust that he saw something I didn’t.

Every prophet in the Old Testament has a reason or an excuse why they shouldn’t go.  If they’re not too young, they are too old.  Moses has a speech impediment.  The list goes on and on.  If I could say just one thing this Good Shepherd Sunday, it would be “don’t be paralyzed with fear over your own shortcomings as a Shepherd.  God can help you with them.  Focus instead on the needs of the flock.”  One day you’ll look back and be amazed at how far God has taken you.

Peace ~ Fr. Dan

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Possible High School Student Mission Trip for grades 9-12. Visit https://www.cmdnet.org/young-neighbors-in-action for information. If you are interested, please plan to attend a meeting at the 11am mass next Sunday, April 22, in the East Pembroke Youth & Family Center.

 

The annual Spring Clean-Up for the East Pembroke site will be held Sunday, April 29th after the 11AM Mass. The Boy Scouts of Troop 64 will once again join us for the clean-up as well as provide hot dogs and pop at the conclusion. We need shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, brooms, but mostly we need YOU. This has been a hard and windy winter and there is much to do before the Chicken BBQ next weekend so we need all the help we can get. If you would like to provide snacks or bake goods to add to the lunch that would be appreciated.

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Coming this summer, July 23rd – 27th, 9AM-Noon.  All children age 3-12 are welcome!

Beautiful Hope

“Man can live forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only one second without hope.” — Unknown

What do you hope for?

Fr. Dan will be leading a book study with the book Beautiful Hope on Thursday evenings beginning April 26th at 6:30PM in the E. Pembroke Parish Living Room. The first week will cover the Prelude, Introduction and “A Powerful Force”. Feel free to drop in/drop out as your schedule allows.

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Presale tickets for the May 6th Chicken BBQ are still available. All registered parishioners received two BBQ tickets to sell. Presale chicken dinners are $9 ($10 day of the BBQ).  To purchase the presale tickets, please put the stub and check in an envelope and drop it in the weekly collection basket or mail it to the parish office. More tickets are available upon request. Tickets are only considered presale if they are paid for prior to the BBQ. The BBQ begins at Noon and all dinners must be picked up before 1:30pm.

We are also in need of helpers and bakers! If you are available on the day of the BBQ to help in the dining room or kitchen or if you are able to make a dessert, please sign up on the sheets at the back of church or contact Kathy Warren or Joan Miner. We need over 700 desserts so please consider baking something to help out! All desserts must be dropped off at the Hall by 11AM on May 6thThank you.

Part of belonging to a faith community means more than attending church once a week! Building on our faith , we hope to share our lives and the spirit of Christ’s joy with each other, to help make us stronger in faith and always closer to what Jesus “calls us” to. For that reason, we have monthly fun functions that are geared to the whole family, or to single people! Come out, share in some fun, meet the rest of your fellow parishioners, or just come and check us out! You’ll be glad you did.

 UPCOMING PARISH EVENTS

Tues. after 8AM Mass, Legion of Mary, Spouse of Joseph & Monday, 3:30PM, Legion of Mary, Mystical Rose

Adoration, most Wednesdays, 7:40pm to 8:30pm, C

Thurs. after 8AM Mass, Litany to the Holy Face of Jesus

Every Wed, 9:30-11:15AM, Women’s Bible Study, Cottage

First Wed. Catholic Women’s Discussion Group, 9AM, C

 

Wed., April 25th – Grief Support Group, 6PM, EP

Thurs. April 26th–WIGL Prayer Shawl Gathering 7PM, EP Cottage

Thurs. April 26th – Book Study, Beautiful Hope, 6:30PM, EP

Saturday, April 28th – Parish Trip to Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Olean

Sunday, April 29th – Scout Clean Up, Noon, EP Site

Monday, April 30th – Building & Grounds, 7PM, EP

Monday, April 30th – Social Club, 7:30PM, EP

Sunday, May 6th – Chicken BBQ, Noon, EP

June 1st & 2nd – Parish Yard Sale, 9AM-2PM, EP Hall

Sunday, June 3rd – Baccalaureate Mass, 11AM, EP (tent)

Sunday, June 3rd – Spring Raffle Drawing, after 8:30 Mass

Sunday, July 15th – Annual Bocce Tournament, 1PM, C

June 16-17th – Woodcarvings from the Holy Land

July 23rd – 27th – Daniel & the Lion’s Den, VBS, EP, 9-Noon

We have many events planned for the coming year, so plan on joining us in our faith community for fun and laughter. ANYONE and EVERYONE is welcome to attend our events. Check out news on our website closer to the date listed for more details, or call our office with any questions you may have.