The Stone Cutter
There was once a stone cutter who was dissatisfied with himself and with his position in life. One day he passed a wealthy merchant’s house. Through the open gateway, he saw many fine possessions and important visitors. “How powerful that merchant must be!” thought the stone cutter. He became very envious and wished that he could be like the merchant.
To his great surprise, he suddenly became the merchant, enjoying more luxuries and power than he had ever imagined, but envied and detested by those less wealthy than himself. Soon a high official passed by, carried in a sedan chair, accompanied by attendants and escorted by soldiers beating gongs. Everyone, no matter how wealthy, had to bow low before the procession. “How powerful that official is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be a high official!”
Then he became the high official, carried everywhere in his embroidered sedan chair, feared and hated by the people all around. It was a hot summer day, so the official felt very uncomfortable in the sticky sedan chair. He looked up at the sun. It shone proudly in the sky, unaffected by his presence. “How powerful the sun is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be the sun!”
Then he became the sun, shining fiercely down on everyone, scorching the fields, cursed by the farmers and laborers. But a huge black cloud moved between him and the earth, so that his light could no longer shine on everything below. “How powerful that storm cloud is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be a cloud!”
Then he became the cloud, flooding the fields and villages, shouted at by everyone. But soon he found that he was being pushed away by some great force, and realized that it was the wind. “How powerful it is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be the wind!”
Then he became the wind, blowing tiles off the roofs of houses, uprooting trees, feared and hated by all below him. But after a while, he ran up against something that would not move, no matter how forcefully he blew against it – a huge, towering rock. “How powerful that rock is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be a rock!”
Then he became the rock, more powerful than anything else on earth. But as he stood there, he heard the sound of a hammer pounding a chisel into the hard surface, and felt himself being changed. “What could be more powerful than I, the rock?” he thought. He looked down and saw far below him the figure of a stone cutter.
Annual Villa Meeting
The annual Villa Mercede Board meeting will be held on Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, at 7:00 PM, in the Villa Mercede dining room, at 1331 W. 70th St. the meeting is open to everyone.
WEEKEND OF April 4/5, 2015
Saturday, April 4, 2015
7:30 p.m. Lector: Easter Vigil List
Servers: J. La Cavera / J. Mirelez / J. Paez / C. O’Donnell
Sunday, April 5, 2015
8:00 a.m.. Lector : R. Russo
Servers: Dylan & Logan Bastian
10:00 a.m. Lector : M. Montemerano & R. Montemerano
Servers: Joseph Graziani
11:30 a.m. Lector: D. Miller & K. Miller
Servers : Myles Reynolds / Alex Lozada / Miguel Jacobo
This week’s collections: $4,710.
Electrical, PA System & Bell System
Still Need $ 1,625
Thank you for your generosity and support!
LET US PRAY
Please remember the soul of Engor Blaske, (sister of Bernard Blaske) and all the deceased Veterans and all the faithful departed.
We also pray for all those who are ill:
Gianna Andolina, Carmen Beltrante, Sean Barker, John Bender, Sr. Maria Benedict, Vicki Bueno, Nick Carlozzi, Dorothy Ciocca, Giuseppe Cirianni, Joe Coreno, Maria Costanzo, Fannie Costanzo, Francis Costanzo, Jimmy Craciun, Judith Cullen, Anthony DePolo, Pat DiBello, Mark Di Donato, Benny Donofrio, Giuseppa Di Stefano, Mary Fogliano, Justina De La Garza, Judith Gillen, Chester Glica, Martin J. Glica, Enrique Gonzalez, Angela Isabella, Cindy Jontony, Ray Jontony, Michael Laughman, Jean Lavalle John Mazzarella, Ann Mulgrew, Joseph Parente, Josephine Parente, Tom Pienkowski, Jeannine Rini Elizabeta Romano, Beverly Rodriguez, Mark Rudolph, Antonio Ruggiero, Rosa Ruggiero, Tonia Sauro, Betty Scaia, Mary Shofariu, Anton Smuk, Ann Thomas, Diane Viccarone, Nicole Viccarone, Tony Viccaro, Bill Walers, Michael Weiskittel, Margarita Zinicola.
The Holy Eucharist is exposed from 3:00pm to 5:45pm, every Thursday, with Benediction. Come and spend some time with Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament.
Readings for the Week of April 5, 2015
SUNDAY: Acts 10:34a,37-43 / Col. 3:1-4, Jn. 20:1-9
MONDAY: Acts 2:14,22-23 / Mt. 28: 8-15
TUESDAY: Acts 2: 36-41 / Jn 20:11-18
WEDNESDAY: Acts 3:1-10/ Lk 24:13-35
THURSDAY: Acts 3:11-26 / Lk 24:35-48
FRIDAY: Acts 4:1-12 / Jn 21:1-14
SATURDAY: Acts 4: 13-21 / Mk 16:9-15
NEXT SUNDAY: Acts 4: 32-35 / 1 Jn 5:1-6 / Jn 20:19-31
Annual Reverse Raffle: Hosted by The Holy Name Society And Sacred Heart Sodality
Our annual Reverse Raffle will be held on Saturday, April 11th, in the school cafeteria. Doors open at 6:00 PM, after the 5:00 PM Mass. Dinner will be served at 7:00 PM, followed by fun, games, and dancing. Tickets are $35.00 per person. Please see the inserted flyer in this week’s bulletin for ticket information.
Our next rummage sale will be held on Saturday, April 11th, from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. Please, spread the word. If you have any items to donate, please call the Rectory for a pick-up or if you want to drop something off. Thanks for your support !
Divine Mercy Sunday
Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday with us on April 12th, 2015. we will have confes-sions, Holy Rosary, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Divine Mercy Liturgy, and Benediction. We will begin at 2:00 PM. Remember, our Lord’s Promise to Sister Faustina on this special Sunday of Mercy.
Please join us on our retreat journey of
“Polished Arrows in Action”
(See Isaiah 6:8 and 49:2)
When: April 17, 18, and 19
Friday Evening until Sunday Morning
Where: Hiram House, Retreat Center in Chagrin Falls
All men 18 and over are welcome to join us in discussion of Praise, Prayer, sharing of our faith. Cost for the retreat is just $125.00 per person. Please call 440-935-0191 for more information.
Thank you to all that helped make the Easter season a great success.
Please remember your Church during this Easter season.
We appreciate all of your generosity.
Father Marino Endowment
Everyone has now received, in the mail, an envelope for our parish endowment. Please return your envelope in the Sunday collection basket.
Thank you for your support !!
Catholic Charities’ Annual Appeal, 2015
The Catholic Charities’ funds drive for our Diocese, has begun! This program provides health and human services to the poor in our Cleveland Community. Envelopes are located at the end of each pew for donations. For over 100 years, Catholic Charities’ has been helping people in our community. Please give generously.
“2014” Tax Letters
Any parishioners in need of requesting a re-ceipt of their 2014 church contributions for their income taxes, should leave a message on the Rectory answering machine at 216-651-5043. they will be mailed to you as quickly as possible.
Our annual festival is quickly approaching, July 8th through July 12th. We will be having a festival meeting in the Mercy Room on April 8th, at 7:00 PM.
All are welcome to attend!!
School registration in now in progress at OLMC School for the next school year. We are currently registering for all grades, from Pre K 3 through 8th grade. Please call the school to schedule an appointment. Help spread the word to all your friends and family. Your child deserves the best!!
Sunday, April 5, 2015 Alleluia ! Easter Sunday
Masses: 8 AM, 10 AM & 11:30 AM
P.N. NO 5 PM Mass Today
P.N. NO BINGO TODAY –
See you next Sunday April 12th, 2015
Monday, April 6, 2015 Easter Octave
P.N. Office is closed.
10:30 AM N.A. Meeting in Mercy Room
5:30 PM *Recitation of the Rosary & Litany in Church
After 6 PM Mass, the Miraculous Medal Novena
P.N. No Italian Classes until April 13th, 2015
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 Easter Octave
5:30 PM *Recitation of the Rosary & Litany—Church
4:00 PM * Girl Scout Meeting in Fr. Marino Hall
8:00 PM AA Meeting in Cafeteria
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 Easter Octave
5:30 PM Recitation of Rosary & Litany in Church
Novena to Our Lady of Mercy after the 6:00 PM Mass
Thursday, April 9, 2015 * Easter Octave
3:00 PM to 5:45 PM Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
5:00 PM *Evening Prayer, Rosary & Litany
5:45 PM * Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Followed by the 6:00 PM Mass
7:00 PM * ISDA Meeting in Mercy Room
7:00 PM *Scout Den Meeting in Fr. M. Hall
8:00 PM AA Meeting in Cafeteria
Friday, April 10, 2015 * Easter Octave
Saturday, April 11, 2015 Easter Octave
8:30 AM to 2PM * Rummage Sale
3:30 to 4:30 PM Confessions
Annual Reverse Raffle hosted by Holy Name Society & Sacred Heart Sodality
6:00 PM * Doors Open / 7:00 PM Dinners served
Sunday, April 12, 2015 * DIVINE MERCY
SUNDAY / Second Sunday of Easter
2:00 PM DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONS
4: 00 PM Doors open at Pope St. John XXIII Hall
6:00 PM Bingo games start. All are welcome
Mass Intentions for the Week
SATURDAY, April 4, 2015 HOLY SATURDAY
P.N. * NO MORNING MASS
1:00 PM * Blessing of Easter Foods in C hurch
7:30 PM + Antonio Lavalle by Ray, Fran & Jean Lavalle + Bunny Haselow by Angela & Joe Keeling
SUNDAY, April 5, 2015 * EASTER SUNDAY, ALLELUIA
8:00 AM + Nicholas & Frances Sfiscko by Johanna & Jim Czajkowski
10:00 AM + Raffaela D’Onofrio by Benito, Augie & Rose Baker
11:30 AM + Filomena Isabella by Mary Gorman
P.N. NO 5:00 PM MASS TODAY
MONDAY, April 6, 2015 * Easter Octave
6:30 AM + Virginia & Anthony Mazzarella & Angela
Mazzarella-Krulik by Robert Mazzarella
6:00 PM + Assunta & Pasquale Lavalle by Phyllis Lavalle
TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 * Easter Octave
6:30 AM + Antonietta Bovenzi by Zona Family
6:00 PM + Arthur Richard Fitzgerald by Neubert Family
WEDNESDAY, April 8, 2015 Easter Octave
6:30 AM * Michael King by Gertie Stefanik
6:00 PM + Pat Di Massa by Family
THURSDAY, April 9, 2015 * Easter Octave
6:30 AM + Deceased Members of the Leonard Family by Family
6:00 PM + Howard Ivey by Malindale Family
FRIDAY, April 10, 2015 * Easter Octave
6:30 AM Devotees of the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Mazzarella Family
6:00 PM + Nino Di Stefano by Famiglia
SATURDAY, April 11, 2015 Easter Octave
6:30 AM + Joseph Costa by Mary C. Gallo
5:00 PM + Samuel. Frances & Joe Coreno by Family
SUNDAY, April 12, 2015 * DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY / Second Sunday of Easter
8:00 AM + Dolores Augustine by Jan Di Marco & Sons
10:00 AM + Angelo & Gina Di Vito by Raffaela
11:30 AM + Pete Raffa by Raffa Famiglia
5:00 PM + Carmela Bellflower by Jim Craciun