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Hey Kids! Bulletin Article on April 5 – Palm Sunday

HEY, KIDS! – The Passion of Christ can be a very difficult part of history to read about. There are so many parts of the story that can sadden anyone’s heart. Jesus is betrayed by his friend Judas. Peter denied knowing him. Then, Jesus was tortured and hung on a cross. If you are lucky enough to belong to a parish that performs the Passion of Christ, it truly is a great gift to really understand what Jesus went through on his final days. It gives us the ability to see and hear and it can be very powerful.

You may wonder why it is so important to see this happen every year. It’s hard to watch. I think about how Jesus must have felt knowing he was going to be betrayed, denied and tortured and there was nothing he could do about it. I always get sad when I see Mother Mary cry as she holds her son after he died. I think about how it must have been so hard for his friends to watch him suffer and die in such a cruel way. Although it is very sad to see and hear this part of history, we need to be reminded of what Jesus did for US!

When we walk into our churches, we see Jesus on a cross. It is a constant reminder that Jesus died for our sins. It is something we should never take for granted. Taking something for granted means that we easily forget or we don’t think it is important. It is SO important to know that Jesus died for our sins. He did it because he loved us and he wanted us to be in heaven with God, our Father! He did to show us how to get along with one another so that we could have peace on earth and everyone could be saved. We may only hear the Passion story one time a year but there is a section in this story that we celebrate each time we attend mass. It is the Holy Eucharist. When the priest turns the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ, we are remembering the sacrifices that Jesus did for us. We take a moment to reflect or remember how Jesus just wanted us to love one another and to be in heaven with God. We celebrate him during this time.

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, what an amazing hero Jesus was for us! Thank you for sending him to save ME! Thank you for letting me know that You love me and that you sent Jesus to tell me your message! Help me to always remember and to never take You for granted. Amen.

Hey Kids! Bulletin Article on April 12 – Easter Sunday

HEY, KIDS! – Today we are celebrating a very special day. It’s Easter! It’s so exciting when you wake up and find an Easter surprise waiting for you.

On the Sunday after Jesus was crucified, Mary Magdalene and another woman named Mary went to visit the tomb where Jesus had been buried. When they arrived, the stone that had covered the tomb had been rolled away, and an angel was sitting on it. What a surprise for them to see! “Don’t be afraid,” the angel said to them. “I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, He has risen, just as He said He would. Come, see the place where He lay. Then go quickly and tell His disciples.”

The two women looked in and saw that the tomb was empty and hurried away. They were surprised and afraid, yet they were filled with joy! That is when they saw Jesus and began to worship him! Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Go tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.”

Now, that is the real Easter surprise! They went to see Jesus in the tomb, but he was not there. He had risen! That is why when we celebrate Easter we rejoice by saying, “He is risen!” All the pain and sorrow that Jesus went through was finally a sigh of relief – He is risen! All the people that were sad for him knew all that he did was for us so that we too will see the glory of God! Have a very happy Easter. God bless you all!

Boys and girls – I know this has probably been a really hard time for all of you to understand. Our schools and churches are closed. We cannot even be together at Church to celebrate Easter, the most important day of our Church year. Our lives have changed so much these past few weeks and it can be hard to understand why everything is happening the way that it is. We are very sad that so many of our special Sacramental celebrations have been postponed. People planning to get married had to cancel their special days. Funerals are postponed. Reconciliation services were cancelled and even Confirmation was postponed. It’s all very heartbreaking. I hope you are all praying. I don’t know if our prayers will give us the exact outcome we want, but I do know that praying will help calm our hearts. We will feel peace within us. It is SO very important to remember to pray during this time. Don’t turn away from God – draw him closer to you! Let Him know that you trust in him. Jesus suffered so much – but he never lost his faith in our Father. He rose from the dead and told us to continue to have faith and everlasting life! May God bless you and keep you healthy and safe.

Let’s pray: Dear Father, please protect us from harm. Help us to understand why we need to do what we are doing to stay safe. Amen.

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