March 26, 2020 From Father Bob-Reflection and Papal Blessing
Thus said the Lord God, the Holy one of Israel:
By waiting and by calm you shall be saved, in quiet and in trust your strength lies.Yet the Lord is waiting to show you favor, and He rises to pity you; for the Lord is a God of justice
Below is the blessing that concluded today’s Mass which I offered for you:
O God, protector of all who hope in you, bless your people, keep them safe, defend them, prepare them, that free form sin and safe from the enemy they may persevere always in your love. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
PAPAL BLESSING TO THE WORLD
Friday, March 27 at 1pm, Pope Francis will conduct a prayer service at St. Peter’s. For all those taking part on any form of media, he will give the traditional Papal Blessing and a Plenary indulgence.
March 24, 2020
Tomorrow, March 25th, is the Feast of the Annunciation.
Pope Francis has invited all people to pray the Our Father together at noon local time as we confront this pandemic, so the Lord might hear all Christians united in prayer.
As we are all united in the pandemic, may we all be united in prayer, Pope Francis urges.
Laetare (rejoice) Sunday 3-22-20
- God’s love
- Family & Friends
- The beauty of Spring
- Treasured memories
- Hope for the future
- Read Romans 12:12 and Philippines 4:4-7
The current crisis may be compared to a retreat. It makes us aware of the many things we take for granted but that we should be truly thankful for.
God bless you with
Health & Happiness
March 19, 2020
First of all know that you are in my heart, my daily prayers and the private Mass I offer each day. It is important we all do what we can to keep ourselves, our families and our neighbors safe.
Today (3/19) is the feast of St. Joseph. He and the Holy Family experienced many trials and joys as we all do. God brought them safely through and will do the same for us. We need to maintain our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. I want to share some information with you and remind you that more can be found on our parish website and Facebook page.
Caring for the sick is an important ministry of the Church. Home visits are not recommended unless there is a pastoral necessity. This is especially true if someone is dying. Clergy are allowed to visit to administer Last Rites. If someone is having problems, please let me know so I can call them.
If someone needs food picked up and delivered we have volunteers who will leave it on the doorstep. With many people being laid off, our St. Vincent de Paul Society and local food banks are facing increasing requests for help. If you are able it would be a great kindness to contribute to those organizations.
If you or someone you know has been laid off benefits can be applied for at benefits.ohio.gov.
Spiritual health is a source of hope and support especially in time of crisis. I encourage you to view Mass and make a spiritual communion by inviting Jesus into your heart and life. Information can be found on our website princeofpeaceparish.org and at dioceseofcleveland.org. Also set up a prayer location in your home for the family and each individual to pray for those you are concerned about and your own peace and safety.
Finally, I would like to share with you a prayer entitled “My name is I Am”
I was regretting the past and fearing the future. Suddenly my Lord was speaking. “My name is I Am”. He paused, I waited, He continued. “When you live in the past, with its mistakes and regrets, it is hard. I am not there. My name is not, I Was. When you live in the future, with its problems and fears, it is hard. My name is not, I Will Be” When you live in this moment, it is not hard. I am here My name is, I AM.”
Jesus told us He is with us always and St. Paul reminds us that nothing can separate us from Christ’s love.
Let us pray, trust, hope and love one another looking forward to the day we will see each other and enjoy being together again