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Weekly Bulletin April 25, 2021
by Terrie Evans
This 4th Sunday of Easter marks the 58th Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations; a day set aside to show appreciation for all those who choose vocations within the Church. Also known as Good Shepherd Sunday, it’s to remind us as a way to full fill the Lord’s Instruction and to “Pray the Lord of harvest to send laborers into his harvest”. We are asked to pray for those young men and women who have heard the call and chosen to serve in ordained ministries in consecrated life in all its forms, or in secular institutes, and to those who dedicate their lives to the missionary life.
Sunday, April 25th is also a National Holiday throughout Italy with the anniversary of the liberation of Italy from the Nazi-Fascists in World War ll. The liberation was the end result of 23 years of Fascist leadership, 5 years of war and the victory of the Resistance in Italy (Anniversario della Resistenza). All of Northern Italy was liberated by May 1st with Bologna (April 21), Genoa (April 23), Milan (April 25),Turin and Venice (April 28). On this date in 1945, the National Liberation Committee of Upper Italy officially proclaimed the insurgency in a radio announcement and the death sentence for all Fascist leaders including Benito Mussolini. A decree created April 22, 1946 making this date the liberation of the Italian territory; a National holiday.
On this Sunday in Venice, the Feast of St. Mark, the Evangelist is commemorated with La Festa di San Marco, a public holiday in Venice where it honors the city’s patron saint. St. Mark was one of Jesus Christ’s disciples and is thought to be the author of the Gospel of Mark. He died on April 25th and his relics where moved to Venice years later which then attracted pilgrims from around Europe. In Venice the Feast Day of St. Mark begins with Mass and then a day filled with concerts, carnivals and markets. One of the highlights is the boat race, Regata di Traghetti, featuring competing gondoliers while transporting their passengers. Also on St. Mark’s Day, men will present a single rosebud to the women they love. This tradition comes from the legend of a humble troubadour, Tancredi and his devotion and love for Lady Maria Partecipazio. So every year in St. Mark’s Square in Venice the festival of the Blooming Rose to recall the dying Tancredi sending a rose to Maria, signifying his love for her.
Our mother’s Day May Crowning and Breakfast will be held on Sunday, May 9th. Due to Covid Restrictions, there will be limited seating at Mass and in the Hall. Please contact Tina Kroger to sign up for the May Crowning and organizing family seating groups for Mass. Also please contact Dave Sabatelli (513-405-6444) or Vic Minella (513-520-5594) for a reservation in the Hall.