Catholic Church  •  Rootstown, Ohio

Mass Times

Tuesday - Friday: 8:30 am

Saturday: 4:00 pm

Sunday: 10:00 am

Holy Days: 8:30 am, 7:00 pm


2nd & 4th Saturdays: 3:15 pm, or by appointment.

Household of God

A special "Thank You" to our Altar Rosary Society who supplied the donuts for St. Joseph's Table and Feast Day last Sunday. The table was decorated very nice. Thanks Ladies!

Also a Special Thanks to Father Sal who gave our "Lenten Evening of Recollection" last Tuesday, and helped us with confessions for that evening as well. This Wednesday, March 28th, will be the last evening for Confessions before Easter. There will be no confessions heard until Saturday, April 8th, for the Feast of the Divine Mercy.

A total of $253.44 was given to the Haven of Rest for Easter Dinner for the needy. This money was used from our special Social Justice Fund. Thank you for your support of this special Fund. This amount was used to feed over 125 people.

Legend of the Pussy Willow While palm branches are traditionally associated with Palm Sunday, in Poland and other Slavic countries the pussy willow (salix caprea or "great willow") is also part of today's celebration (since palm trees aren't indigenous to Poland).

Polish legend says that on Palm Sunday Jesus visited a forest, bare of any foliage because of the harsh winter temperatures. Jesus commanded his angels to bring pussy willows to the woods, as the first blooms of spring.

Early during Lent, the people bring pussy willow branches into the house, place them in water, and wait for them to bloom so they can be used on Palm Sunday.

On Easter Monday in Poland, pussy willows are used in Dyngus Day celebrations, marking the end of Lent. Pussy willows have become a symbol for the resurrection and everlasting life.

Palm Sunday ushers in the final week of preparation for the elect, who will be baptized at the Easter Vigil.

Tips about Prayer It's hard to pray when you are sick or in crisis.
You'd think these would be the easiest times to pray. But it is a common experience that even though these are times when we most want to pray, it's usually most difficult. Don't let it worry you. Go to the basics. For example, simply pray the Our Father slowly over and over. (There's a lesson here. Don't say, "I'll pray when I really need it." Pray when you're not in crisis.)

Don't let prayers get between you and God.
The object of praying is not saying prayers. It is being with God. The different forms of prayer are simply means to open ourselves up to God's presence. Too often we confuse "praying" with "saying prayers."

The more we pray, the more we want to pray.
The less we pray, the less we want to pray. Here is where prayer is different from many other things in life. Like food. Eating the same thing day after day dulls our taste for it. Prayer is just the opposite. Repeated prayer whets our appetite. With prayer, absence does not make the heart grow fonder. It makes the heart grow in attentive.

In what year did Jesus die? When Luke begins his account of the public life of Jesus, he provides some helpful historical data: "In the 15th year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert." (Lk 3:1-2)

Using what is known about these historical figures, scholars have determined that, estimating a public ministry that lasted one to three years, the date of Jesus' death was sometime between 28-33 A.D.

All four Gospel writers agree that Jesus died on a Friday, which was either Passover itself (Matthew, Mark and Luke), or the day before Passover (John).

The only dates between 28 and 33 A.D. on which the Passover or the day before Passover could have occurred on a Friday are the years 30 or 33. Most scholars, calculating that Jesus began his ministry in the year 28, say that he died in the year 30.

In fact, in his book, "Death of the Messiah," the late Scripture scholar Fr. Raymond Brown goes as far as to say April 7, 30 A.D.

-- Fr. David