Jesus said “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.

If anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will

come into him and have dinner with him and he with Me.”  (Rev. 3:20)

 

Our God is not an absent God. He is a God constantly present to us.

In fact, He stands just outside the door of your heart and mine

seeking to enter to empower us for the tasks of life.

When we open the door to let Jesus enter—

and we do this through prayer each day, through repentance,

through obedience, through the Sacrament of His Presence—

Holy Communion, and through His word in the Holy Scripture—

when we open the door for Jesus to enter our lives,

He does not come alone.

 

He brings with Him the Father’s love and the power of the Holy Spirit.

St. Irenaeus says that when we open the door to receive Jesus,

He will come to us with His two arms stretched out to us.

The one arm represents God the Father;

the other arm the Holy Spirit.

When we approach Him, He will place those two arms around us

in an embrace of love as He breathes upon us the Spirit of power.

We shall leave that embrace supercharged with God’s love and power.

 

This is how the kingdom of God comes with power today.

Through prayer we can open the door to Jesus each day

to experience the empowering embrace of God’s love.

— Daily Vitamins for Spiritual Growth, vol. 2 by Anthony M. Coniaris

 

MASS SCHEDULE and INTENTIONS:

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:

  • The Knights of Columbus on both the local and state levels have scholarship money.  Please contact Mark in the office for more information and to apply.
  • Fr. Paul and his family is 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.
  • The second Sunday of Easter was named “Divine Mercy Sunday” by Saint Pope John Paul II.  We will have an hour of Eucharistic Adoration with the Divine Mercy Chaplet on April 11 at 3pm.

 

SCHOOL NEWS:

  • Preschool will present an art exhibition on Friday, April 16th in De Sales Hall. The displayed art will replicate works from the great masters- with a preschool twist!
  • Enrollment for the coming school year is continuing.  For more information, please call St. Francis School. Press here for a link to their homepage: https://sfdsbeckley.org
  • Summer camp begins on June 7th and runs until August 6th. This year’s camp focuses on Hawaii and is called “Camp Kona Kai.” If you would like more information about our summer camp program, please contact the school office for a packet.
  • One Mission One Day is a day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. It is an initiative of the Diocese of Wheel- ing-Charleston that involves all of our Catholic Schools. For Saint Francis de Sales School, this will replace the GALA fund-raising event that we typically hold in the spring. At this time, it is just not possible to hold an inperson event and guarantee the well-being of all that at-tend. We just can’t risk it. So we will wait for a better moment to celebrate being together again. Our goal remains the same as GALA- raise $20,000. This money is part of our budget for the year and it directly impacts school operations. It is used to pay the bills – literally. These involve utility bills, supplies, salaries, and other functioning costs. We need your help on May 4th in this fundraising endeavor to keep our wonderful school open.

 

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

 

 

POEM of the DAY: How God Speaks

Christ never goes away, never forgets,

all day long,

however you are,

whoever you are,

whatever you are doing.

 

His whole heart is concentrated on you.

He watches you with the eye of a mother

watching an only child.

He sees not the surface things,

not the imperfections inevitable to human frailty,

but the truly lovable in you,

your dependence on him,

your need of him.

 

Does a mother love her child less

because it fallen and bruised herself?

No, indeed; only (if that is possible) more!

 

What then must we do?

Listen.

Be silent.

Let Christ speak to you.

 

Forget yourself,

do not be self-centered,

let him tell you how he loves you,

show you what he is like,

prove to you that he is real.

 

Silence in your soul

means a gentle attention to Christ,

it means turning away from self to him,

it means looking at him,

listening to him.

 

God speaks silently.

God speaks in your heart;

if your heart is noisy, chattering,

you will not hear.

 

Every ordinary thing in your life is a word of God’s love:

your home, your work, the clothes you wear,

the air you breathe, the food you eat,

the friends you delight in, the flowers under your feet

are all the courtesy of God’s heart flung down on you!

All these things say one thing only:

“See how I love you.”

 

God asks only one thing,

that you will let God tell you this, directly, simply;

that you will treat God as someone real,

not as someone who does not really exist.

— Caryll Houselander

 

SAINTLY SAYINGS:

To spend much time in prayer is to knock with a persistent and holy fervor at the door of the One whom we seek. This task is generally accomplished more through sighs than words, more through weeping than speech.

–Saint Augustine (354-430)

 

Ask with tears,

seek with obedience,

knock with patience

One who asks receives

and who seeks finds, and

who knocks is admitted.

–Saint John Climacus (c. 525-606)

 

Why do you delay, why are you afraid? Believe, give praise, and receive. Let humility be bold, let modesty be confident… See, the desired of all nations is at your door, knocking to enter. If he should pass by because of your delay, in sorrow you would begin to seek him afresh, the One whom your soul loves. Arise, hasten, open. Arise in faith, hasten in devotion, open in praise and thanksgiving.

— Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)

 

How long has Jesus been knocking at the door of your heart, waiting to enter?

– Saint John Baptiste de la Salle (1651-1719)

 

PRAYER of the WEEK:  Make me Taste by Love

Lord, make me taste by love

what I taste by knowledge;

let me know by love

what I know by understanding.

I owe you more than my whole self,

but I have no more, and by myself

I cannot render the whole of it to you.

Draw me to you, Lord, in the fullness of love.

I am wholly yours by creation;

make me all yours, too, in love.

Lord, my heart is before you. I try,

but by myself I can do nothing;

do what I cannot.

 

Admit me into

the inner room of your love.

I ask, I seek, I knock.

You who made me seek, make me receive;

you who gave the seeking, give the finding;

you who taught the knocking, open to my knock…

By you I have desire; by you let me have fulfillment.

— Saint Anselm (1033-1109)

 

FOR FUN:

Knock Knock!

Who’s there?

Noah!

Noah who?

I Noah guy if you need an Ark!

 

Knock, knock.

Who’s there?

Atch.

Atch who?

God bless you.  Do you need a Kleenex?

 

Knock, knock.

Who’s there?

Justin.

Justin who?

Justin the neighborhood and thought I’d stop by.

 

A new minister at a church in a small town was trying to visit all his members. At one house it seemed obvious that someone was at home, but no answer came to his repeated knocks at the door. He took out a business card, wrote ‘Revelation 3:20’ on the back of it and stuck it in the door.  Revelation 3:20 begins ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock.’

 

When the offering was processed the following Sunday, he found that his card had been returned. Added to it was this cryptic message, ‘Genesis 3:10.’ Reaching for his Bible to check out the citation, he broke up in gales of laughed long and loudly.  Genesis 3:10 reads, ‘I heard your voice in the garden and I was afraid for I was naked.’

 

LINKS

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