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His Voice 

“I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me."
(John 10:14)

To be called a sheep is not a compliment. Sheep are sheepish, that is, backward and timid. Sheep can't even eat grass without destroying the field where the grass grows. That's one of the reasons they need shepherds to move them elsewhere. When Jesus called us "sheep," He implied that we weren't just weak but helpless. Without Him we can do nothing.
Do you listen attentively to the voice of the Good Shepherd and obey his word?

Good Shepherd Sunday

National Day of Prayer for Vocations

TODAY IS KNOWN AS GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY because, in each year of the liturgical cycle on this 4th Sunday, the Gospel is always taken from the 10th chapter of John where Jesus speaks of himself as the "good shepherd". 
In today’s passage Jesus emphasizes the self-sacrificing element in his own life: "The good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep." He contrasts the good shepherd who owns the sheep to someone who is simply hired to look after them. The hired man thinks primarily of his own welfare and, if he sees a wolf coming, he takes off, leaving the sheep to be attacked and scattered in fear and terror. Jesus, on the other hand, will not be like a hired person: "I lay down my life for my sheep." Perhaps he contrasts himself with those mercenary religious leaders among his own people – and to be found in every religious grouping – who do just what is expected of them but have no real commitment or sense of responsibility to those in their charge. 

Giving Life Willingly
Jesus emphasizes that, in giving his life for his sheep, he is doing so of his own will. It is not just by force of circumstances. His death is to be the living proof that "the greatest love a person can show is to give one’s life for one’s friends". This is the proof that Jesus truly is a Good Shepherd. 
On the face of it and looked at with purely secular eyes, the life and mission of Jesus seemed an utter failure. Even Jesus’ friends and admirers must have shaken their heads in sorrow as they saw him die on the cross. Jesus himself said "It is finished." But, for him, the words had a completely different meaning.

Vocation 
Lastly, all of this is intimately linked with the second theme of this Sunday. Not only is it Good Shepherd Sunday, it is also "Vocations Sunday". On this day we are especially asked first of all to pray that the Church may be provided with the leaders needed to do its work of spreading the Gospel. 
We know that at the present time there is a critical shortage of such leaders, at least in the traditional sense – priests and religious. But, while we may earnestly pray that our Church be supplied with the leaders it needs, there can be a tendency among us to pray that OTHERS may answer that call. We do not see ourselves as included. We may pray earnestly for more young people to offer themselves as priests and religious but clearly exclude our own children. 
But the problem is a wider one. We have for too long given a much too narrow meaning to the word ‘vocation’. We tend to limit it to a calling to be a priest or a member of a religious institute. But, in fact, every single one of us has a vocation. For most of us, probably, it is what we are now doing be it as spouses, parents, teachers, doctors, civil servants, running a business, salespersons… or whatever. 
Nevertheless, each one of us should be asking ourselves today:
Is what I am spending my energy on every day my real vocation?
Is this what God wants me to be doing with my life? 
How is what I am doing giving witness to my Christian faith? 
What contribution am I offering to making this world a better place for people to live in? 
To what extent am I a spreader of truth, of love, of justice, of freedom, of tolerance and acceptance…? 

And, if I am in a position which would be difficult to change (as a spouse or parent or holding a particular job), how, within that situation, is God calling me to greater service of my Church and my community? Am I giving something through my life or am I just using society (and even the Church) to get what I want? 
God is calling every single one of us to work for the Gospel. For a small number it may be as a priest or religious – and that call can come at any time in one’s life. But there are hundreds of other ways of serving the Church and helping to build up the Christian community. Where is God calling me to make my own unique contribution based on the particular talents God has given me? 
If every single one us were to answer that question sincerely and to act upon it, I am confident that our Church would have all the leadership it needs.

©1999 Sacred Space
Tickets on Sale NOW!
Pre-Sale Ride tickets and Food & Game tickets are now on sale in the Parish Center. Tickets may be purchased using cash, check, or card. Stop by the Parish Center this week and take advantage of these pre-sale ticket discounts.

Yes, You Can Win $6,000!
The Grand Prize for the raffle is $6,000! If you don't win that, not to worry, because there's over $10,000 that will be given away through the raffle. Donations for Raffle Tickets are $2.00 each and are available in the Parish Center.

Dinner with Fr. Don
Are you interested in having Dinner for 6 with Fr. Don in the Rectory?
How about something a little different like Dinner for 4 watching a ballgame with Fr. Don at Buffalo Wild Wings? These are just two of more than 80 items available for bid at the Silent Auction. Stay tuned for more information each week about exciting things happening at the Silent Auction.
If you are interested in donating an item for the Silent Auction Booth you may drop it off at the Parish Center (Attn: Silent Auction) or click here to email the Silent Auction chairperson for more information.

Looking to Help?
Are you interested in volunteering before, during, and/or after the Carnival (that Monday cleanup is A LOT of hard work!)? We have plenty of different opportunities for you to get involved and lend a helping hand in this year's Carnival. Remember, many hands will lighten the load! Please contact Mary Salzman via email here or at 562-755-1625.

Memorial of St. Athanasius

Bishop & Doctor of the Church - Feast Day: May 2

Is St. Athanasius the name of a saint that you can't even pronounce, let alone know anything about? It turns out that St. Athanasius (at̸h′ə nā′s̸həs) was an incredible saint who lived during the late 200s and early 300s. As a priest, and later Bishop, Athanasius was one of the greatest defenders of the Faith in his time. His writings were well regarded by all Church fathers, noting their rich devotion to the Divinity of Christ. Athanasius is considered one of the four great Eastern Doctors of the Church. 

St. Athanasius inspires us to look deeper into our own faith in Jesus Christ through His church. Have you ever heard someone say "I love Jesus but don't like/need religion"? Perhaps, at times, you've even thought that the Church seems too out-of-touch with the world today? Take a look at the following two videos. Watch them in order and click below to share some of your thoughts.

Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus || Spoken Word
Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus 
Why I Love Religion, And Love Jesus || Spoken Word
Why I Love Religion, And Love Jesus

Click here to share your thoughts about these videos on the St. Bruno Catholic Church Facebook page.

Candidate & Sponsor Retreat
Monday, April 27 or Tuesday, April 28 at 7pm
High School Confirmation Candidates & Sponsor
Catholic Men's Fellowship
Saturday, May 2 in the Parish Center
after the 8am Mass until 10:30am
with Sister Faustina from the Carmelites 
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