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Life is passing, Eternity draws nigh: soon shall we live the very life of God. After having drunk deep at the fount of bitterness, our thirst will be quenched at the very source of all sweetness.  Yes, the figure of this world passeth away (1 Cor. 7:31), soon shall we see new heavens; a more radiant sun will brighten with its splendors ethereal seas and infinite horizons... We shall no longer be prisoners in a land of exile, all will be at an end and with our Heavenly Spouse we shall sail o'er boundless waters; now our harps are hung upon the willows that border the rivers of Babylon (Cf. Ps. 136:2), but in the day of our deliverance what harmonies will then be heard!
  - Saint Thérèse's letter to her sister Celine (letter five)

Surrexit Christus vere, alleluia!  Christ has truly risen, alleluia! Today we begin our celebration of fifty days.  We are living, brothers and sisters, in the reality of Christ's Resurrection every moment of every day, but these fifty days allow us to focus more intently on the event of the resurrection, as well as the response of the early Church to this "good news" (Gospel).  We cannot help but turn our eyes to heaven.  Look to where we are headed!  Look where Jesus has borne our human nature: drawn it into God Himself and into the eternal bliss we were created to be partakers in!

Holy Saturday, April 20
Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m.
Easter Vigil Mass, 9:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday, The Resurrection of the Lord, April 21
Masses at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 8:00 p.m.
Please join us in praying for and welcoming the newest members of our Parish family: Bethany Cockburn, Lee Holcomb, and Erik Baldwin!

May God bless them with abundant joy as they celebrate full initiation into the Church!
The Divine Mercy Novena continues through Saturday, April 27. On Mercy Sunday, April 28 at St. Matthew Cathedral in South Bend, there will be a celebratory Chaplet at 2:30 pm and Closing Mass at 3:00 pm. There will be a solemn blessing of religious articles and images, plus the opportunity for a plenary indulgence on this day. All are welcome.
All women are invited to join us for the next Blessed Brunch from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 27 in Parish Center Room 2/3.

We will enjoy food and fellowship, a talk by Colleen Moore, M. Div., small group discussion, and prayer. Childcare will be available.

The Whatsoever You Do Outreach Program has been active at Little Flower for going on thirty years. That may be news to some people attending Mass today. The Outreach Program has evolved over the years; today, the program assists families primarily with paying utility bills, especially to avoid disconnection, and rent, especially to avoid eviction. We wish we could do more. We receive 175-200 calls each month and are limited to helping 30-35 families. Most of the available funds are committed in the first week of each month, typically between $5,000-$6,000.

Nothing in human history has been as consequential as what we celebrate this Easter Sunday – the Resurrection of Christ. Christ rising changes everything! As we hear in the exultet, “This is the night, when Christ broke the prison-bars of death….” Not just death itself, but everything that is death-like. Not only does death no longer have dominion over us. Neither does sickness nor disease, neither fear nor condemnation, neither anxiety nor despair.

April 27-28, 2019
Lidenwood Retreat Center, Donaldson, IN

Encounter with the Beloved will help married couples to look at where we have been, where we are now and where the Lord is leading us to go. It will be a time to delight in our beloveds, to heal from past disappointments and to be refreshed to continue anew in following the Lord’s call.