Sunday, April 23 is Divine Mercy Sunday. St. Peter's Mansfield will have an Hour of Divine Mercy from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the church. This hour will include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
On the Second Sunday of Easter of the Jubilee Year 2000, at the Mass for the canonization of Saint Faustina Kowalska, Pope John Paul II proclaimed to the world that "from now on throughout the Church this Sunday will be called Divine Mercy Sunday."
Also, on the Second Sunday of Easter, the responsorial psalm and Gospel center on the theme of mercy. In Psalm 118 we sing three times, "His mercy endures forever." The Gospel, from John 20:19-31 , begins with the risen Christ appearing to the apostles on Easter night. Jesus calms his disciples by saying and giving them "Peace." He shows them the scars of his Passion, his wounded hands and side. His glorified body retains the evidence of his saving work through his suffering, death and resurrection.
He fills them with joy and again says to them - and produces in them - "Peace." Then he breathes on them and explains what the divine breathing means with the words, "Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained." He gives the apostles the power of God's mercy for the sinner, the gift of forgiving sins from God's treasury of mercy.
From Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday to the Eighth Day of Easter, the divine love song of mercy is chanted amid abundant alleluias. For centuries in liturgy the Church has proclaimed the mercy of God through the Word of God and the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ. The tables of Word and Sacrament are heaped with the promises of Divine Mercy and its grand effect in the lives of millions. The liturgy is the storehouse of the wisdom of God and a treasure chest for all the worshipers. Submitted by: Sherry Stockmaster
Collections are down and we need your help to close the gap. There will be a second collection April 22nd and 23rd, April 29th and 30th, May 6th and 7th. This collection is not for existing debt but to help close the gap between decreased collections and the current operating expenses. There are envelopesavailable in the pews for your use.
The CROP walk will be held on April 30th, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Shelby joins communities across the United States to help end hunger one step at a time, both around the corner and around the globe. CROP Hunger Walks support the international relief and development work of Church World Service. Additionally, the Shelby CROP Hunger Walk will support the efforts of Shelby Helpline to eradicate hunger in our community. A percentage of funds raised on April 30th, will be sent to Shelby Helpline Ministry. If you would like to support this important fund raiser, please log on to crophungerwalk.org. and click on donate. The name of my team is MPHM Walkers, click on that and follow the directions for donating. If you want you can also drop donations off at the parish center. If you are interested in putting a team of walkers together, please call me at 419-347-2381. Thanks for your support. - Barb Pifher
Please note that classes for grades 1 and 3 through 6 will end on April 26 instead of originally published date of May 3. Our 2nd graders will be celebrating their First Communion Retreat and Blessing Cup Meal 4:00-7:30 p.m. on May 3, and 7/8 will have regular class.
Most Pure Heart of Mary Parish will be helping with the Children's Summer Lunch Program again this year. We will be providing and serving lunches each day from June 19 to 23. We are asking for money donations to buy food and paper products. Please drop donations in the collection basket marked "Summer Lunch Program." Also, if you write a check, please make it out to Most Pure Heart of Mary and mark it for the lunch program. Thank you in advance for your kindness. We appreciate it and so do the children.
A letter from Bishop Thomas, Rev. Joseph Szybka, Clergy Chair and our Pastor was sent out asking for your gift/pledge to support the ministries of the Diocese of Toledo. This mailing gives all registered parishioners an opportunity to contribute to the Appeal, especially those who are unable to attend Mass. Please give prayerful consideration to your level of support to help fund the essential ministries and services supported by the Appeal. To learn more about the appeal visit ToledoDiocese.org/annualcatholicappeal.
If you have a loved one or know of someone who is ill or in need of a pastoral visit with Father or someone from the Ministers of Care please contact the parish. The HIPPA Law prohibits hospitals from contacting the parish when someone is hospitalized. The office can be reached at 419-347-2381.