Google A Hymn: How Great Is Our God


 
 
Each week we will publish hymns that you may want to look up. You can familiarize yourself with the songs so that you may participate more fully in the liturgy. For July 16, 2017: How Great Is Our God by Chris Tomlin

VERSE(1):
The splendor of a King,
clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice,
all the earth rejoice
He wraps himself in light,
and darkness tries to hide
it trembles at his voice,
trembles at his voice

CHORUS(1):
How great is our God,
sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great
How great is our God

VERSE(2):
And age to age He stands
and time is in His Hands
Beginning and the End,
Beginning and the End
The Godhead, three in one
Father, Spirit, Son
the Lion and the Lamb,
the Lion and the Lamb

CHORUS(1):
How great is our God,
sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great,
How great is our God

CHORUS(2)
Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing
how great is our God
Name above all names
you are worthy of all praise
and my heart will sing
how great is our God

CHORUS(1):
How great is our God,
Sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great,
How great is our God

CHORUS(1):
How great is our God,
Sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great,
How great is our God
How great is our God,
Sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great,
How great is our God

Google A Hymn: In Christ Alone

Each week we will publish hymns that you may want to look up. You can familiarize yourself with the songs so that you may participate more fully in the liturgy. For June 25: In Christ Alone by Kristin and Keith Getty.

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev’ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow’r of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.

“In Christ Alone”
Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2001 Kingsway Thankyou Music

Google A Hymn: Here I Am To Worship

Each week we will publish hymns that you may want to look up. You can familiarize yourself with the songs so that you may participate more fully in the liturgy. For June 18: Here I Am To Worship by Tim Hughes .

 

 

Solemnity of The Holy Trinity

Read: John 3:16-18

Gospel Summary
As in the past weeks, Jesus’ message of commission and obedience is present along with his promise to always be with us. As the disciples were sent out to baptize, they were reminded of God’s trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Reflection for Families
Jesus told Nicodemus that God would save those who believe; those who do not believe have already been condemned. Sometimes it is hard for us to get our children to know what is good for them, like eating their vegetables, getting a good night’s sleep, or watching less television. As parents, we often have to model the behavior we want them to have. Children are quite open to the notion of God, and often they lead adults to greater faith. Our first responsibility to our children and their development of faith is to constantly seek God in our own lives. Our example is invaluable.

Bringing the Gospel Into Your Family
Look through your parish bulletin after mass this weekend. Look for an opportunity to do something for someone who needs to know God loves him/her. Develop a plan together to share the Good News of Jesus’ love. Ask the Holy Spirit to help your family seek out a person in need and also to give your family the energy and courage necessary to witness God’s love.

Discussion Starters
1. My children have shown me the goodness of God a number of times. Once in particular I remember . . .
2. One way of showing others the presence of God in my life is when they see me . . .
3. The most significant person in my life who is truly a disciples of Jesus and witnesses the Good News for me is . . .

What is Discipleship?

Christian discipleship means following in the footsteps of Jesus.  It is more than professing faith or meeting the obligation of going to Mass on Sundays.  It is an invitation to continue the work of Christ in the world around us.  As Catholic Christians, each of us are called to take the presence of Christ that we receive at Mass into the world of our daily lives.  How do we do this?  A good place to start is by reflecting on the Corporal Works of Mercy (as depicted in the windows at St. Frances Cabrini)

  • Feed the hungry
  • Shelter the homeless
  • Clothe the naked
  • Visit the sick and imprisoned
  • Bury the dead
  • Give alms to the poor

As a parish community, we offer many opportunities of outreach to those in need in our local community through the St. Vincent DePaul Society, Mary’s Kitchen, contributions to the food pantry, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to the community and the HALO project each Christmas.  Consider not only donating money or items but get involved and volunteer is some way.

Also, be present to those in you workplace, neighbors and family who are lonely and hunger for someone’s presence, or who are imprisoned by illness, addictions or abuse.  We do not need to look very far to find people that need Christ to be present to them.  Be a disciple and bring Christ’s presence to them.  For more information on how to get involved, contact Nick Perkoski at nperkoski@gmail.com or 440-599-8570

New Evangelization

The New Evangelization calls each of us to deepen our faith, believe in the Gospel message and go forth to proclaim the Gospel. The focus of the New Evangelization calls all Catholics to be evangelized and then go forth to evangelize. In a special way, the New Evangelization is focused on ‘re-proposing’ the Gospel to those who have experienced a crisis of faith.Pope Benedict XVI called for the re-proposing of the Gospel “to those regions awaiting the first evangelization and to those regions where the roots of Christianity are deep but who have experienced a serious crisis of faith due to secularization.” The New Evangelization invites each Catholic to renew their relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church.

Google A Hymn: Glorify Thy Name

Each week we will publish hymns that you may want to look up. You can familiarize yourself with the songs so that you may participate more fully in the liturgy. For June 11: Glorify Thy Name by Donna Adkins.

Father, I love You
I praise You, I adore You
Glorify Thy Name in all the earth

Glorify Thy name
Glorify Thy name
Glorify Thy name in all the earth

Jesus, I love You
I praise You, I adore You
Glorify Thy name in all the earth

Spirit, I love You
I praise You, I adore You
Glorify Thy name in all the earth

Composer: Donna W. Adkins

 

 

 

Sunday,May 28th: Ascension of Our Lord

Read: Matthew 28:16-20

Gospel Summary
The Gospel reading today concludes the Book of Matthew. It was at this point that Jesus, knowing he was about to return to the Father, commissioned the apostles to carry the message of the Good News into the whole world. They would baptize, make more disciples, and teach the message Jesus had taught them. Jesus made it clear that his ascension did not mark an absence; he would always be with them. This Gospel message is the foundation of the Church and makes clear what we are called to do and be.

Reflection for Families
We don’t need to go to the four corners of the earth to be missionaries. We are called as parents to the same mission as the apostles. We are the first and most significant teachers of our children. We bring them to baptism and show them the Good News. Not only our actions speak to our children about what we believe and how we hope they live Christian lives, but our efforts to prepare them for the sacraments and come to the Lord’s table every week helps them know the full depth of our faith.

Bringing the Gospel Into Your Family
During the past weeks we have been reminded often by Jesus that he will not leave us alone. Sometimes it’s hard to explain to children where someone is who we can’t see. Like the people in the early Church we have faith, but we also have doubt. As if it were a scavenger hunt, let family members look for places they find Jesus this week. In what way can your family help others know Jesus’ presence?

Discussion Starters
1. I need Jesus with me especially when . . .
2. I know how the disciples felt when Jesus left them. I remember someone leaving . . .
3. I think I would have been a great missionary because . . .

The Ascension: Our Mission

Scripture accounts of the Ascension of the Lord, tell us that before Jesus ascended into heaven he gave his disciples and all who would come after them a simple and far-reaching mission: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 20:19) He also assured them and us with this promise: “Know that I am with you always, until the end of the world.” (Matthew 20:20)

The Ascension of the Lord which we will celebrate either this Sunday reminds us that through baptism we are committed to the same mission that Jesus gave to those first followers and that he will be with us every step of the way until the end of time.