Welcome to the Virtual Parish weekly worship! We encourage you to participate with your family in the following Liturgy of the Word. You will find audio recordings of the readings and videos of Father Au reading the Gospel and providing his Homily.
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Audio of the readings, read by Shrine Parishioner Dave Bender
First Reading: Acts 2:42-47
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 118: 2-4, 13-15, 22-24
Second Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9
We must let go of the life we planned on, in order to embrace the life that is waiting for us.
The Gospels after Easter relate the stories of Jesus appearing to the disciples to reveal to them the truth of His resurrection and call them to be His witnesses. The disciples to whom He appears are crushed because their expectations of how things were to happen were turned upside down.
Jesus teaches them that what they lost was only their expectations of how things were supposed to go. They did not lose Him and they must trust that He will be with them in how life was unfolding for them. Joseph Campbell said, "We must let go of the life we planned on, in order to embrace the life that is waiting for us."
This is what Jesus called the disciples, and is calling us to do.
Our heavenly Father loves us and cares for our needs. In faith, we bring our prayers to him with confidence inspired by the Resurrection of his Son.
- That the Church may be empowered by the Spirit to share the faith with all the world, and for an abundance of good and holy shepherds to lead us, we pray to the Lord...
- That Church leaders will bear witness to the good news of the resurrection and stay true to the mission entrusted to them, we pray to the Lord...
- That as the apostles put their resources at the service of the needy, so we may support the efforts of pregnancy resource centers that provide alternatives to abortion, we pray to the Lord...
- That those who are ill may experience the healing power of Christ through the care of those dedicated to their care, we pray to the Lord...
- That those who have died may have their sins forgiven through God's grace and mercy and may share fully in the promise of the Resurrection, we pray to the Lord...
Loving Father, we offer these prayers to you today with confidence in your constant love for us, and through the merits of Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
Closing Prayer - Chaplet of Divine Mercy
You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls,
and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world.
O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy,
envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.
(Repeat 3 times) O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!
Our Father, Hail Mary and the Apostle's Creed
For each of the five decades (On each “Our Father” bead of the rosary, pray)
Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
(On each of the 10 “Hail Mary” beads, pray)
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Concluding prayer (Repeat 3 times)
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.