April 22 Fourth Sunday in Easter
“I am the Good Shepherd….” If ever an image resonates within my heart and mind as a pastor it is the image of Christ the Good Shepherd. What does the Good Shepherd do to distinguish himself? Our Lord gives the following characteristics:
The first is that the good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep. During the ordination rite for deacons and priests a posture that often people are most moved by is when the candidate prostrates himself on the ground during the Litany of the Saints. This ancient posture is a sign that the person desires only one thing: namely, to give his life for the people to whom he has been asked to serve. Today, please pray for all priests and deacons that we may always lay down our lives for the people to whom we have been called to serve.
The second is that the Good Shepherd knows his sheep by name. One of the things that many people shared with me about Fr. Curran was that he knew the parishioners of the parish by name. Sadly, my memory for names is not as great as his; however, I can say that even though I may not know all parishioners by their names, I recognize you all as people desiring the same thing: to follow Christ! This weekend please join together and continue to pray for our parishioners (those whose names we know and those whose hearts we know) who are sick, homebound, or suffering and ask the Lord to heal them and help them.
Finally, the Good Shepherd knows for Whom he works. If you are a part of a company you know that there is always the “boss” to whom you report. But in the case of the Good Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ responds and says, “I ‘work’ for my Father in Heaven.” This weekend let us all renew our commitment to follow Christ and to live not for ourselves, but may we all continue to live for the ones we are called to serve.
The Church encourages us to pray for all vocations, all people, and all Christians. This week may we continue to live for Christ alone, follow the example He has given us, and respond generously to His call. May our love for Christ enlighten the world and may our witness give clarity in the darkness.
May the Lord Bless You and Keep You,
Fr. Timothy Kalista
The Elizabeth Ministry would like to invite women 16 years and older to our Mary's WAY dinner. The dinner will be held on Sunday May 6, 2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm in St. Joseph Hall. The evening will include appetizers, dinner and desert followed by an inspirational talk from the founder of Mary's WA, Ann Winkle. Tickets are $15.00 and will be sold after all masses the weekends of April 21-22 and April 28-29 as well as through the church office. For any questions, contact Michelle Gordon at 440-510-8480
Mark your calendars for the Immaculate Conception OKTOBERFEST Invitational
Sunday July 15, 2018
Become a sponsor for the Inaugural OKTOBERFEST Invitational!!!
2018/2019 First Penance & First Communion Registration
2018-2019 Confirmation Registration
2018-2019 PSR Registration Form
2018-2019 Homeschool PSR Registration Form
Join Fr. Gurnick & Fr. Kalista on the 2018 Pilgrimage to Poland & Eastern Europe
12 Days: November 5-16, 2018....
Fr McNeil's Irish Nut Soda Bread Recipe
SEE THE PASTORAL PLAN 2016 IN PARISH DOCUMENTS OR CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW
There is a new Used Clothing Drop-off Shed located along the fence-line in the main parking lot. Items accepted are:
All clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, drapes, and stuffed toys. Please....NO rags, fabric scraps, pillows, toys, or household goods; please understand that these unwanted items are a hardship and expense to dispose of.
The company servicing this shed is St Pauly Textile. They have been working with a large number of parishes in New York State and are expanding now into Ohio. They send the clothing to people who can use it all over the US and World.
Recycling these clothing items help the environment by keeping your clothing out of the landfill.
You may be able to receive a tax deduction for your donation. Receipts are on the shed.
Please help us to keep your donation clean and dry. If possible, please put in tied or closed bags. Thank you!
Immaculate Conception Food Pantry is a part of
McKinley Community Outreach Center
1200 Lost Nation Road
Willoughby, Ohio 44094
Choice Food Pantry Hours
(one visit per family per 30 days)
McKinley Community Outreach Center Taxable Distribution:
(one visit per family per month)
Donation Drop-off, Cleaning and Sorting Hours:
Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday 9:00 AM - 1:00PM
Saturday 9:00 - 11:30AM