Easter Sunday is especially joyful with the Gloria and the use of Alleluias.  People renew their baptismal promises and are sprinkled with holy water.  Masses begin at 8:00 am, 10:00 am, and 12:00 pm.   All are welcome.  The Services are OPEN with Protocols.

 

MASS SCHEDULE and INTENTIONS:

PLEASE NOTE THE DIFFERENT TIMES for EASTER SUNDAY ONLY

08:00 am Sun. | April 4: OPEN/Protocols

People of the Parish by Fr. Paul Wharton

10:00 am  Sun. | April 4: OPEN/Protocols

Bob Wharton by Fr. Paul Wharton

12 NOON  Sun. | April 4: OPEN/Protocols

West Virginia Seminarians

10:00 am  Thur. | April 8: OPEN to Public

Bernie Menghetti by the Resurrection Choir

08:30 am  Fri. | April 9: CLOSED — SCHOOL ONLY

Poor Souls in Purgatory

10:00 am  Fri. | April 9: OPEN/Protocols

Anne Sirna by Harold and Margie Owens

05:00 pm  Sat. | April 10: OPEN/Protocols

Olga Mastalski by Wanda Severino

08:30 am  Sun. | April 11: OPEN/Protocols

People of the Parish by Fr. Paul Wharton

11:00 am Sun. | April 11: OPEN/Protocols

Doris Gallagher by Andy and Deame Appel

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • WOAY-TV will air one of our Easter Sunday Masses at noon.
  • Today people are invited to support our monthly FOOD for FAMILIES by bringing food or financial offerings.  We support four food pantries thanks to your generosity.
  • Fr. Paul and his family are grateful for the prayers, support, and kind words at the death of his brother Bob.  Thank you very much.
  • Morgantown Magnificat is back! Due to pandemic protocols, we’ll meet online or in person – your choice. Join us for the Magnificat Visitation, April 24, 2021, from 9:30 to 10:45 am at St. Francis de Sales Church in Morgantown. Or join us via Zoom. We’ll be social distancing and no breakfast meal will be served. Sherry Chico will share her story of how faith, hope, love, and miracles, released her from a lifelong struggle with fear and anxiety.  To register for online or in person attendance, call 304-296-8950 by Apr. 15. Registration is free but donations accepted.

 

PARISH HEALTH & WELLNESS:  Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic. Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine will also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help us get back to normal.

All West Virginians over the age of 16 are encouraged to take the COVID-19 Vaccine. To register online go to  vaccinatewv@wv.gov.  If you need assistance with registration call the WV COVID-19 Vaccine Info Line for help at 1-833-734-0965.   The info line is open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

PH&W Debunking the Myths regarding the COVID-19 Vaccines:

MYTH:  It was rushed and isn’t safe.

FACT:  Researchers took no safety shortcuts.  Large studies show the vaccine is safe.

 

MYTH:  It changes your DNA.

FACT:  It’s impossible for the vaccine to change your DNA.

 

MYTH:  It can give you COVID-19.

FACT: The vaccine doesn’t contain the live virus strain.

 

MYTH: It contains egg protein.

FACT:  It doesn’t contain egg products; can be given to people with egg allergies.

 

MYTH: It causes severe side effects.

FACT: For most, the vaccine causes mild side effects that resolve in a few days.

 

MYTH: It makes women infertile.

FACT:  There is no evidence that the vaccine causes infertility.

 

For more information:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits.html

 

HOMILY by ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM (slightly adapted)

Is there anyone who is a devout lover of God?

Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival!

Is there anyone who is a grateful servant?

Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord!

Are there any weary with fasting? Let them now receive their wages!

 

If any have toiled from the first hour, let them receive their due reward!

If any have come after the third hour, let him with gratitude join in the Feast!

And any that arrived after the sixth hour, do not doubt; you too shall sustain no loss! And if any delayed until the ninth hour, do not hesitate; but  him come too!

And any who arrived only at the eleventh hour,  be not afraid by your delay.

For the Lord is gracious and receives the last even as the first. . .

 

Let us all enter into the joy of the Lord! First and last alike receive your reward;

rich and poor, rejoice together! Sober and slothful, celebrate the day!

You that have kept the fast, and you that have not,

rejoice today for the Table is richly laden!

Feast royally on it, the calf is a fatted one. Let no one go away hungry.

Partake, all, of the cup of faith. Enjoy all the riches of His goodness!

 

Let no one grieve at his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed.

Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again;

for forgiveness has risen from the grave.

Let no one fear death, for the Death of our Savior has set us free.

Christ our Lord has destroyed it by enduring it.

He destroyed Hades when He descended into it.

He put it into an uproar even as it tasted of His flesh.

Isaiah foretold this when he said,

“You, O Hell, have been troubled by encountering Him below.”

 

Hell was in an uproar because it was done away with.

It was in an uproar because it is mocked.

It was in an uproar, for it is destroyed.

It was in an uproar, for it is annihilated.

It was in an uproar, for it is now made captive.

Hell took a body, and discovered God.

It took earth, and encountered Heaven.

It took what it saw, and was overcome by what it did not see.

 

O death, where is thy sting?

O Hades, where is thy victory?

Christ is Risen, and you, O death, are annihilated!

Christ is Risen, and the evil ones are cast down!

Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice!

Christ is Risen, and life is liberated!

Christ is Risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead;

for Christ having risen from the dead, is become

the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

To Him be Glory and Power forever and ever. Amen!

 

AN EASTER SUNDAY PRAYER:

O Christ,

true Redeemer of the world,

when the angel rolled away the stone from the tomb

you triumphed over death in power

and you first announced your resurrection

to faithful women who eagerly sought you.

Deliver us from all weakness,

take away from our mouth

any ‘stone’ which would prevent

our confessing your name,

and grant that we may always delight in your service,

and loving you with increasing fervor,

may receive your eternal comfort.  Amen.

— Seventh Century Spanish Prayer

 

FOR FUN:

What kind of jewelry does the Easter Bunny wear?

14 Carrot Gold.

 

What do you call the Easter Bunny the day after Easter?

Eggshausted.

 

What happened to the Easter Bunny when he misbehaved at school?

He was eggspelled!

 

What proof is there that carrots are good for the eyes?

You don’t see rabbits wearing eyeglasses.

 

What do you call a rabbit with fleas?

Bugs bunny.

 

LINKS

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/resources/liturgy/easter-season/an-easter-sermon-from-st-john-chrysostom

https://acollectionofprayers.com/2019/04/24/you-triumphed-over-death-in-power/

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