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Saint Gabriel Church
Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 19, 2019
Jesus gives us a new commandment, “Love one another” (Jn 13:34). In doing so, He quotes the Old Testament, namely, Deuteronomy 6:5, You shall love the Lord, your God, with your whole heart, with your whole being, and with your whole strength,” and Leviticus 19:18, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” We might ask, therefore, what is new about the new commandment? It is the radical nature of what it means to love one another, “As I have loved you, so you should also love also another” (Jn 13:34). Loving one another entails laying down our life for our brothers and sisters as Jesus did. Genuine love is not only a beautiful sentiment. Rather, it requires a willingness to make sacrifices for those we love and being faithful to them “in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health.” Otherwise, love will evaporate just as quickly as our fleeting emotions and feelings.
VIRTUES - Part 3
We recently wrote about the Cardinal Virtues of Prudence, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance. "The moral virtues are acquired by human effort. They are the fruit and seed of morally good acts; they dispose all the powers of the human being for communion with divine love" CCC1804. In this writing we will look at another set of Virtues. The Theological Virtues which are faith, hope, and charity (love). These virtues are supernatural capacities to receive three divine powers from Jesus’ fullness of grace. These virtues are called theological, or divine, because they unite us directly to God. God infuses them into our souls, along with sanctifying grace, in the Sacrament of Baptism. The Theological Virtues, along with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and the Cardinal Virtues, are the means God gives us in Baptism for activating and developing the share in His divine nature and life that sanctifying grace confers. These virtues and gifts enable us to function and live in the dimension of God’s own life, of God’s own acts of consciousness, intellect and will. By making repeated acts of these virtues, we develop strong habits of them. These habits enable us to grow constantly in our union with Christ in the Holy Spirit, and with the Father through Christ. The Theological Virtues give us the power to share Jesus’ own possession of and obedience to the truth, His commitment to His Father’s will and plan, and His habit of saying “yes” to all God gives Him and asks of Him. They are also our most fundamental weapons in the battle against evil and our strongest protection against the wiles of the devil.
Next week we will look at each of the three Theological Virtues in more detai.
ST. JOHN BOSCO CHURCH
The next Charismatic Mass and Healing Service at St. John Bosco, Conyngham will be Thursday, May 23, at 7 PM. Fr. John Campoli will preside and Sue Shaw will begin her music ministry at 6:45 PM. Light refreshments follow in Room 3. Come join us.
FEAST OF JOSEPH MARELLO
The Oblates of St. Joseph will celebrate the Feast Day of their founder, St. Joseph Marello, with a Triduum, three days of prayers, at the Oblates of St. Joseph Chapel, 1880 Route 315, Laflin (Pittston).
The triduum devotion will begin on Sunday, May 26th and will continue through Tuesday, May 28th with a Holy Mass celebrated at 7:00 p.m. in the seminary chapel, followed by devotional prayers to St. Joseph Marello and individual blessing with a first-class relic of the Saint. Confessions will be heard before the Mass and the Holy Rosary will be recited.
The Feast of St. Joseph Marello will be solemnly celebrated on Wednesday, May 29th with the Holy Masses at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the seminary chapel. Serving as principal celebrant and homilist will be the Very Reverend Matthew Spencer, O.S.J. the new American Provincial.
The Oblates of St. Joseph have been serving the Diocese of Scranton since 1929 and also they minister in 15 countries around the world.
Everyone is invited to attend the Triduum and the Feast Day Celebration.
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS - UP & OVER JR. HIGH RETREAT
On May 31 -June 2, middle school students from across the Diocese of Scranton will gather at Camp Orchard Hill in Dallas for the Up & Over Jr. High Retreat. This retreat is designed to teach students problem solving skills, communication, and team building through small group sessions and diverse activities such as a low-ropes obstacle course. Students are guaranteed to leave the weekend with new friends, a different perspective of their faith, and skills that they’ll be able to put to use! Call Shannon @ 570-207-2213 Ext. 1155 for more info.
LADIES ... Looks What’s Happening…..
The 2nd Annual Catholic Women’s Conference of NEPA
or you can contact Carol Matz 570-956-0817conference and carpooling.
QUO VADIS SUMMER 2019
Our fifth annual Quo Vadis Days will be held at Misericorida University Sunday, June 23-Wednesday, June 26.
The camp is for young Catholic men in High School (9-12th grade) to:
Deepen their faith
Learn more about all vocations
Better discern God's call in their lives
The camp will once again feature dynamic talks, prayer, games, sports, activities, music and more. Participants will have the opportunity to meet Bishop Bambera, priests and seminarians of the Diocese of Scranton.
For more information, please contact:
Dominick Costantino Jr.
Diocese of Scranton
570-207-1452 (Office) /570-780-2996 (Cell)
FAITH FORMATION PROGRAM
Our Faith Formation Program is over for the 2018/2019 school year.
If you would be interested in becoming a teacher for 2019/2020 school year, please call the parish office.
TOTAL INCOME - Annunciation Parish
Weekend – May 12th
10th Annual Vocations Golf Classic
benefit the St. John Vianney Endowment.
Monday, July 8, 2019
Blue Ridge Trail Club
11:00 AM Lunch/12:00 PM Start
Go online for more details: DioceseofScranton.org and click on
Giving, Vocations Golf Classic
If you have any questions, please call the Development Office at 570-207-2250.
Thank you for your support of the Vocations Golf Classic on behalf of our seminarians and future priests.
MONDAY, MAY 20th FRIDAY, MAY 24th
7:00 AM Baby Coryell…Mary Ellen 7:00 AM In Thanksgiving