"When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He then said to Simon Peter a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” Jesus said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that Jesus had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.” ~John 21
Dear Parishioners and Friends;
This weekend we continue our Easter journey with the Gospel resurrection account of Jesus reconciling with Peter. Before Jesus was led off to be crucified, Peter was asked by a young servant girl if he knew Jesus. Peter, who was warming himself by a fire, three times, adamantly denied he even knew him.
Now imagine Peter's distress when, after Jesus appeared after rising from the dead, was asked by Jesus if he still loved him. Not asked once, but three times. Each time Peter responded affirmatively to
Jesus, he received a new commission to "feed my lambs" then "tend my sheep" and finally, "feed my sheep." Jesus commissioned Peter to sacrifice himself for the sake of the sheep, just as Jesus had sacrificed himself for the Apostles and ultimately for all of us.
The Gospel calls us all to a self-giving love that is guided by Jesus. Let us be faithful followers of Jesus!
We wish to congratulate our 54 First Communion children from last weekend. The church had an overflowing crowd with lots and lots of happy parents and children.
The month of May begins with a flurry of pre- Fiesta preparations. The end of the month will mark 65 years the St. Rita parish community has hosted the annual St. Rita Fiesta. Please keep tuned to the bulletin and our church website for all the details on our Spectacular Raffle and opportunities for you and your family to volunteer at this great family friendly event. More volunteers are always needed!
May God bless you!