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IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
CATHOLIC CHURCH
231 East Center Street   -   Bellevue, Ohio 44811   -   419.483.3417

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HOLY MASS

ADORATION

CONFESSION

Tuesday 5:30 pm

Wednesday - Friday 8:00 am

Saturday Vigil - 4:30 pm

Sunday - 8:00 am & 10:30 am

Holy Days - 6:00 pm

Every Month!

First Friday             6:00-7:00 pm
Second Thursday         6:30-7:30 am
Third Wednesday         6:45-7:45 pm
Fourth Tuesday        12:00-1:00 pm

30 Minutes Before

Any Scheduled Mass

& Ending 10 Minutes

Before Mass

* Anytime by Appointment *

EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL!

The Church ever calls us to deepen our devotion to the Lord in the Eucharist.

Body & Blood, Soul & Divinity!

For more information on this National Eucharistic Revival in the United States, visit:

TOLEDO ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL

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please see this special message from Bishop Thomas:

 

 

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Pastoral
Letter


April, 2024

RESURREXIT SICUT DIXIT!

HE IS RISEN AS HE SAID!

   “If Christ had not been raised from the dead,” St. Paul wrote in his letter to the Corinthians, “then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ.”

 

   St. Paul wasn't known for his subtlety. He told the Corinthians clearly that if the Resurrection were not a fact of history, Christianity would be a falsehood, a cruel lie. This remains true for our time also. We claim that Jesus rose from the dead. We proclaim this to be true, and we base our lives upon it. If it were not true, however, we would be living with foolish delusions, as much of the world certainly thinks of us.

   In his book, Jesus of Nazareth, the late Pope Benedict XVI wrote that “the Christian faith stands or falls with the truth of the testimony that Christ is risen from the dead.” Without this, Benedict wrote, “the Christian faith would be dead.… Only if Jesus is risen has anything really new occurred that changes the world and the situation of mankind. Then he becomes the criterion on which we can rely. For then God has truly revealed himself.”

 

   Our Christian faith is not dead! Two thousand years after Christ’s Incarnation, the world is full of believers — men and women who believe that God became man, was born of a virgin, was crucified, died, and then rose again. All around the world, men and women still give their lives because they believe in the truth of this claim.  But why believe?

 

   We believe because of the testimony of witnesses — of those disciples who saw that Jesus had conquered death and risen from the grave. Those witnesses, Benedict said “were confronted with what was, for them, an entirely new reality, far beyond the limits of their experience.” They struggled to describe it. They struggled to understand it. But they experienced that Jesus Christ had been dead, and then was alive. And that through His Resurrection, He was an entirely new kind of being.

 

   “If we were dealing simply with the miracle of resuscitated corpse,” Benedict put it bluntly, “it would ultimately be of no concern to us. For it would be no more important than the resurrection of a clinically dead person through the art of doctors. For the world as such and for our human existence, nothing would have changed.” The Resurrection was something different. In the Resurrection, Jesus returned in a new kind of human life — life that has conquered death; life that is not threatened by death; life that, as Pope Benedict wrote, “affects everyone, that opens up a future, a new kind of future, for mankind.”

 

   When Jesus was raised from the dead, He conquered death — His body refused to be bound by death. He lives in a glorified body, and He opens that possibility up to every single one of us. By living new life in Him now, you and I might live in a glorified body for all eternity, in unity with Him and with the Holy Trinity, forever!

 

   This, and this alone, is what makes our faith true, as St. Paul says. This is what we place our faith in. This is why men and women give their lives for the faith. This is what we celebrate on Easter. Jesus has conquered death. His body is glorified. We too can overcome the pain of sin and death through Him. Our bodies can be glorified. We can live eternally with God.  Truly, Christ is risen, as He said!  Alleluia!

 

   Let us rejoice, and by God's grace, be raised to new life in union with Him!

Oremvs Pro Invicem!

Father Albert Beltz, Pastor

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