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Father Collin of Saint Mary Catholic Church, Hagerstown, Maryland

Father Collin of St. Mary Catholic Church

224 W. Washington Street Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: 301-739-0390
Email: cposton@saintmarysonline.org
www.saintmarysonline.org
Facebook: St. Mary Catholic Church
Twitter: @FrCollinPoston

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"Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things? and the God of peace will be with you." [Colossians 4:8-9, RSV-CE]

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY:

On April 30, 2000 (the 2nd Sunday of Easter), St. Pope John Paul II canonized to sainthood Sister Faustina Kowalska,a young Polish nun, and then decreed that:

“The Second Sunday of Easter henceforth throughout the Church will also be called Divine Mercy Sunday”.In his homily on Divine Mercy Sunday in 2001, St. John Paul II said, “Divine Mercy! This is the Easter gift the Church receives from the risen Christ and offers to humanity.”

Our Lord Jesus Christ instructed St. Faustina:

“Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature:  ‘Jesus, I trust in you.’ I desire that this Image be venerated throughout the world. I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish...I want this Image to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter ...On that day priests are to tell everyone about My Great and Unfathomable Mercy...The Image is to be on view in the Church. By means of this Image I shall be granting many graces to souls; so, let every soul have access to It....The two rays denote Blood and water.  The pale ray stands for the Water, which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood, which is the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the very depths of My Tender Mercy when My Agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross…Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter…I desire that the first Sunday after Easter be the Feast of Mercy.” (From her Diary of Divine Mercy, #299.)

During this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis, the Feast of Divine Mercy will be celebrated at St. Mary Catholic Church on Sunday, April 3, 2016. The celebration will begin at 3:00 PM with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and singing of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Multiple priests will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession. After Benediction, one can venerate the Divine Mercy Image blessed by St. John Paul II and the 1st class relic of St. Faustina. Please join us for this celebration and receive God’s extraordinary promises, graces and blessings!

Mass Schedule

Saturday: 8:30am and 5:15pm
Sunday: 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00am and 12:50pm
Monday-Friday: 6:30am and 8:30 am
Holy Days: 7:30pm on the day and 7:30pm vigil


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Weekly Verse

Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness;
and found human in appearance,
he humbled himself,
becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.

-Philippians 2:6-8

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Excellent Spiritual Reading

11 Great Books for Advent/Christmas

Jesus: a Pilgrimage, by Rev. James Martin, SJ – about Jesus, the Holy Land where he walked, and personal reflections by the popular author – highly recommended!

Jesus the Bridegroom, by Brant Pitre – in a mere 210 pages, the author illuminates how Jesus’ journey to the cross fulfilled the ancient prophecies of a wedding, and how God would wed himself to humankind in an everlasting nuptial covenant.

Contemplative Provocations, by Rev. Donald Haggerty – for those who want to be challenged in their spiritual life, the author gives succinct yet concentrated meditations to deepen one’s thirst, fidelity and union with God.

He Leadeth Me, by Rev. Walter Ciszek, SJ – one of my personal favorite books of all time, the heroic, captivating account of a American priest held captive in Russia who found Christ leading Him through the valley of darkness.

Forming Intentional Disciples, by Sherry Weddell – this is a book designed to challenge disciples (and the Church) to be prayerfully discerning and most intentional in the use of the gifts God has given us. A thought-provoking read.

Something other than God, by Jennifer Fulwiler – an amazingly intimate and personal account of how an atheist woman, wife and mother discovered God and the Catholic Church when she didn’t even seek it. Enthralling conversion story!

When God is Silent, by Luis Martinez – this is a rich, deeply spiritual and encouraging book about what happens when we do not “feel” God’s presence with us, and experience the dryness of the desert – and how to overcome it.

Practical Theology: Spiritual Direction from St. Thomas Aquinas, by Peter Kreeft – I have to confess, I have not read all of this one yet; but I know that St. Thomas Aquinas (with Dr. Kreeft’s commentary) gives some of the greatest wisdom we can ever take in and use. Any book by Dr. Peter Kreeft is recommended by me!

The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis – a spiritual classic, and an accessible, entertaining read, and all the while an excellent study on the nature of temptation and growth in virtue by one of the greatest modern Christian authors ever.

The Discernment of Spirits and also The Examen Prayer, by Rev. Timothy Gallagher – using the principles of St. Ignatius of Loyola, these are books on how to pray, and hence discern what is and is not coming from the Lord, and how to follow the inspirations and reject the temptations.

“Don’t take the time to be with God: make the time. He is waiting patiently for you.”