This Fourth Sunday of Easter is also called a Good Shepherd Sunday because the Gospel Reading declares Christ as the “Good Shepherd.” Jesus is the Good Shepherd who laid down His life for us. We have much to be thankful for, in serving such a wonderful God.
Please consider joining the choir. The music ministry sings throughout the year at every 10am Mass. Please speak with Margaret Sweeney after Mass or e-mail her at: firstname.lastname@example.org, to let her know you are interested. No previous experience required.
The parish Capital Campaign is going well. Please remember to fill out a pledge card if you haven’t done so, the cards can be found in the pews. Please place your pledge cards in any basket or stop by the office. Also, if you passed in a pledge card and opted for electronic billing, please sign up on the parish website at: www.stjosephlincoln.org under “Giving,”Electronic giving”. In addition, while there, perhaps you would like to give the “text-to-give” program a try. This allows you to make your weekly donation electronically (funds taken from bank or credit card securely) instead of using the envelope system or giving cash in the basket. Please reference the “text-to-give” cards located in the pews for directions and details or see me.
The Parish Pastoral Council, at its last meeting, recommended that we practice the proper norms for bringing Communion to the sick and homebound in the parish. The proper way for an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist (E.M.) to distribute The Holy Eucharist (outside of Mass) is to have the E.M. stand before the Altar prior to the closing prayer at Mass, and receive the Eucharist to be taken along with a blessing; thus, sending them forth from the Community at the Mass to the homebound and sick. This would change the practice of E.M.’s coming to the tabernacle at their own discretion and distributing the Holy Eucharist at any time. This is a big shift in the practice of the Homebound E.M.’s ministry. However, it will sure up liturgical practices and bring a fuller meaning of the distribution of the Blessed Sacrament coming from the community of believers sharing with those receiving at home. So, the Holy Eucharist will only be distributed after Mass (either weekend or weekday). If you are an Eucharistic Minister and you do visit the homebound, please call Nancy Sweeney at 603-745-5611 or Millie Berry to let them know, so we can update our list.These changes will be made soon, so please be aware and stay tuned.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
May God continue to bless our Parish Community.