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  • Rev. Msgr. Thomas Derivan, Pastor�

    Rev. Joseph Ligory, Parochial Vicar�

    Rev. Edmundo Gomez, Retired, �

    Rev. Robert Imbelli, Weekend Associate�

    Mrs. Josephine Fanelli, Principal�

    Mrs. Marie McCarrick, Dir. of Religious Education�

    Nadia Papayani, Dir. of Music�

    RECTORY: 718�892�1900/1901 WEBSITE: www.sttheresachurchbronx.org SCHOOL: 718�792�3688�

    FAX: 718�892�1146 E�MAIL: rectorystc@aol.com � RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: 718�792�8434�

    Church of St. Theresa�

    A Caring Community Reaching Out To One Another in Christ�

    SUNDAY MASSES�

    Saturday at 5:00pm, �

    Sunday at 7:30am, 9:00am(Italian), �

    10:30am(Family Mass) 12:15pm , �

    1:30PM(Spanish) & 5:00pm�

    WEEKDAY MASSES�

    Monday thru Saturday 8:00am & 9:00am�

    DEVOTIONS�

    Miraculous Medal & St. Theresa �

    Novenas after Monday morning Masses�

    St. Anthony Novena after Tuesday �

    morning Masses.�

    Thursday 12 Noon Mass �

    & Eucharistic Adoration�

    Exposition & Benediction of the �

    Blessed Sacrament First Friday 6:00PM �

    2855 St. Theresa Avenue, Bronx, New York �

    CONFESSION�

    Saturdays from 4:00pm to 5:00pm �

    and by appointment�

    BAPTISMS�

    Baptisms take place most Sundays �

    after the 1:30pm Mass.�

    We ask parents to attend the Baptism �

    preparation meeting. Register at the �

    Rectory for the meeting. �

    The date of the Baptism will be discussed

    at the Baptism meeting.�

    MARRIAGES�

    Call the Rectory at least six months in�

    advance of the wedding date to make an �

    appointment with parish clergy. �

    ST. THERESA’S FAMILY IS OUR FAMILY�

    “ST. THERESA STRONG”�

  • CHURCH OF ST. THERESA, BRONX�

    FROM THE DESK OF FATHER DERIVAN�

    For forty days after Easter, the apostles had a great gift. It was the gift of Jesus once again being with Him. How wonderful that gift

    was! The apostles must have felt that it was like old times�here was Jesus, teaching them, listening to them, praying with them, even

    eating with them�just being with them again. Here was Jesus, their Risen Lord, but the One they knew as their friend, their brother.

    He was the same Jesus whom they knew before His death, and they must have felt that He would be with them this way always. But

    that was not to be. As you know, forty days after Easter, on Ascension Thursday, the feast we will celebrate later on this week, the Lord

    Jesus brought them to the mountain and returned to His Father in heaven. The apostles must have felt that they had lost Him a second

    time�not this time to a Cross, but rather this time to heaven.�

    But perhaps as they left the mountain of the Ascension, they remembered the words He spoke to them at the Last Supper, the words

    we just heard in the gospel today, “I will not leave you orphans.” And He meant that. He promised He would return to them after His

    death. He would rise again and be with them again. But I think the Lord meant something more. I think He was saying these words

    not just to the apostles in Jerusalem two thousand years ago. He is saying those words to us here and now, “I will not leave your �

    orphans.” “I will not leave you abandoned, forsaken. I will not leave you alone.” How many people feel they really have no one to

    turn to, other than themselves. There is a recent book, describing all our technology, with instant communication and amazing social

    media. But the book is entitled “Alone Together.” That expresses how many people feel. They may be physically together with �

    others, but they have this feeling of aloneness. Our Lord knows that feeling. Remember He felt that way on the Cross when He cried

    out, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” The Son of God was feeling the pain of every person who has felt alone, �

    forsaken by others, forsaken even by God.�

    To every person who feels that way, the Lord has this gospel message, “I will not leave your orphans.” He has not abandoned us. He

    is with us in a deeper way now that He has ascended to His Father in heaven. While He was physically on the earth, He was limited to

    one place and one time, accessible only to the apostles and a few others. But now in glory He is accessible to us all. He is literally only

    a prayer away. He is with us here in this neighborhood and in our families. He is with every person throughout the world, a person

    who worships in the poorest of mission chapels in Africa or Asia and a person who worships in beautiful churches like our own. He is

    present to everyone who calls upon Him. He means what He says�He will not leave us orphans. He loves us too much to do that.�

    When Our Lord said “I will not leave you orphans,” I think He must have been thinking of three gifts He gives us, three gifts that

    show us He is with us here and now. The first gift is the Holy Spirit. In the gospel today He promises to send a Paraclete, a Helper to

    guide us. He promised He would send the Holy Spirit to be our strength. We are not alone. We have the Holy Spirit who is given to us

    in Baptism and in Confirmation, always guiding us towards Jesus and towards heaven.�

    And His second gift was His mother. Who better could He give the apostles to help them? Who better could He give to help us? A

    mother never forgets her children. I always smile when I hear a mother refer to her grown child as “my baby.” For the mother, the

    years make no difference. Big or small, the child is her own. We could say that we are all Mary’s “babies” because Jesus has put us in

    her care.�

    And the final gift: the Lord Jesus gave us the gift of Himself in Holy Communion. How much we miss being able to receive Holy

    Communion at Mass every Sunday at this time because of the pandemic! So many people have said that to me. But we hope for this:

    we hope that this will give us a greater appreciation of Holy Communion, a greater love for Jesus who comes to us. Please God we will

    be able to receive Holy Communion very soon. And when we do, the Lord is saying to us: “Do not worry. I will not leave you �

    orphans. I am here in this Eucharist. I am here for you.”�

    Let us never think that we are alone. We are not. Jesus is here with us. We have His word for that. Let us remember the final words

    that Jesus said before He ascended into heaven, words that He wants us always to remember, “Behold, I am with you always even to the

    end of time.”�

    � � � � � � � � � � � � Father Thomas B. Derivan�

    ASCENSION THURSDAY�

    This Thursday is the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord.�

    Forty days after Easter Our Lord returned to His Father in �

    heaven promising the apostles and us that “I am with you �

    always even to the end of time.”�

    Even though we are not able to join in Mass in church on �

    Ascension Thursday, let us offer our particular prayers on that

    day that all people will remember, particularly during this �

    difficult time, that they are not alone, that the Lord Jesus is with

    them. This can be a time when many people, including �

    ourselves, feel very much alone. But we are not�Christ is with

    us always. May that belief guide us especially at this difficult

    time.�

    SPIRITUAL COMMUNION�

    Since we are not able to actually receive Holy Communion at

    this time, we encourage you to make a “Spiritual Communion,” �

    opening your heart to welcome the Lord Jesus present in the

    tabernacle. We offer this prayer:�

    My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy �

    Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to �

    receive you in my soul. Since I cannot at this moment �

    receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my

    heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and I

    unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be �

    separated from you. Amen�

  • SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER�

    THE EASTER STATIONS OF LIGHT�

    During Lent, we observed the Stations of the Cross, remembering Our Lord carrying the Cross and suffering and dying on the Cross for

    us. A new devotion in the Church is the Easter Stations of Light, recalling the great events that began on Easter Sunday up to the day of

    the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. In our bulletin each week during these Easter days we present these Stations of Light for

    your prayerful reflection. These reflections were written by Father Francis Martin.�

    ■Eleventh Station■ Jesus Entrusts His Disciples with a Universal Mission�

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