A MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAPLAIN AND THE STAFF
Through this season we have the blessing and honor of receiving articles from different priests and revered holy men and woman in our community that were chosen by our own student leaders! We will be reposting them here, so more of the community has access to them.
This Sunday, Palm Sunday, commemorates the entrance of Christ into Jerusalem. When the crowds laid palms on the ground before him as he triumphantly entered the city. What a contrast it must have been, when just days later Christ was betrayed, condemned to death, mocked, scourged, and executed as a criminal. In preparation for the celebration of Palm Sunday, Robbie Renner, diocesan seminarian and UMW Alumnus (‘16), wrote for us a reflection on Sunday’s Gospel.
On Palm Sunday we get to participate in the reading of the Gospel. This is the long dialogue narrating the Passion of our Lord from the Passover to the burial. We, the congregation, say some harsh words, really condemning words. We shout, “Crucify Him,” and in other Gospels accounts the people also shout, “Let His blood be upon us.” We participate in the proclamation of the Good News by condemning an innocent man, the innocent one who’s blood did fall upon us. To those that shouted at Him and think this man does nothing for us, saying “Thank You” would be off the table. But God loves irony. He likes to turn things around. Whether it is making the blind see or bringing someone from unbelief to belief, God loves to make an unexpected change. On Palm Sunday in our participation of the proclamation of the Gospel we speak words of condemnation, yet inwardly recognize our need to repent, a last ditch effort at the end of Lent. By our participation in the the Blood of the innocent one that was meant to show our responsibility for His death, we receive everlasting life. He converts us and let’s us continues to let us participate. We first participated with sin, and now we can participate with thanks.
May God bless you!
Father Vaccaro and the St. John Bosco Staff
JOY AND GRATITUDE GALA VIDEO
This week we celebrate the Paschal Triduum, the most important time of the Church’s liturgical year. Beginning Holy Thursday and continuing through Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday, Catholics remember the Paschal Mystery of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection. We invite all students to join us throughout this week for our liturgies celebrating the Sacred Paschal Triduum.
Every year on Holy Thursday, the bishop together with the priests of his diocese celebrates the Chrism Mass, in which the sacred oils used in the administration of the sacraments are blessed. All interested students are welcome to join us as we go to the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington for this year’s Chrism Mass. We will leave the St. John Bosco Center at 8:00 AM and return by 2:00 PM this Thursday, April 18. If you wish to come, please RSVP here
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Prayer to be Faithful of Serving God
Father in Heaven,
ever-living source of all that is good,
keep me faithful in serving You.
Help me to drink of Christ's Truth,
and fill my heart with His Love
so that I may serve You in faith
and love and reach eternal life.
In the Sacrament of the Eucharist
You give me the joy of sharing Your Life.
Keep me in Your presence.
Let me never be separated from You
and help me to do Your Will.
WOMEN’S DISCERNMENT GROUP
Calling all ladies! The last Women’s Discernment Group meeting of the semester is this Monday, April 15th at 6:00 pm in the Saint John Bosco Center Lounge! After the discussion, girls’ night continues with free dinner at Primavera. RSVP for dinner here
TUNE IN TO THE SUNDAY TALK
Need a break from studying for finals? Join us tonight at 7:30 pm in Lee Hall Room 411 for the LAST SUNDAY TALK OF THE SEMESTER! We will be reviewing the major concepts that we talked about this semester and answer any last-minute questions. After the talk join us for the last McDonald’s trip of the semester for food and fellowship.