Church of the Holy Trinity

A Family - Centered Catholic Church Serving Northern Tuscarawas County

The Joy of The Gospel


                                                        The Joy of The Gospel


A few months into Pope Francis’ pontificate, the Italian monk and theologian Enzo Bianchi did an analysis of the Pope’s writings, and noted that the two words he used most often were joy and mercy. Of course the two are related. At the heart of Christian faith is the encounter with God’s infinite mercy, revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of God’s saving love is “a treasure which makes us more human” and which helps us to live deeply and joyfully.

 The joy of the Gospel is meant to be shared; “there is nothing more precious which we can give to others”.  The Gospel is meant to overflow in us, to send us out into our neighborhoods and into our world.  As Pope Francis puts it, a Church that has deeply experienced God’s mercy “has an endless desire to show mercy.”  Indeed in responding to God’s great mercy it is summoned to a “revolution of tenderness.”

 But what does it mean to be faithful to the Gospel in a world marred by injustice and extreme poverty; in a world, notes Pope Francis, where a homeless person dying on the street is not news, but a drop of two percent in the stock market is a disaster? 

 It was on the third day of his pontificate that Pope Francis, speaking to the large gathering of journalists who had covered the conclave, explained why he chose the name Francis, and exclaimed: “How I would like a Church which is poor and is for the poor!” The provocative sentence, reiterated in The Joy of the Gospel, summarizes the profound challenge he has placed before the Church. “I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.”

 Holy Trinity's Adult Faith Formation Class will begin an in-depth exploration of this truly extraordinary document, which points us relentlessly to Jesus and the joy, hope and challenge which he brings us. Please join us on November 1st, right after the 9:00 Mass, as we embark on this six week journey of reflection and discussion, and may you know and live ever more faithfully The Joy of the Gospel.










Caps Corner Bio

Mark Capuano

By the Fall of 2008 Mark Capuano (Cap) was comfortable and content with his life as an Evangelical Elder.  Thinking he "had it all figured out" his thoughts were primarily on spending his remaining years in the company of friends and acquaintances within his tight circle of fellow believers in rural Ohio.  God had other plans.  

Spurred by a particularly harsh criticism of the Catholic Church he'd heard from a missionary to Italy, Cap decided to finally explore the history of Christianity in depth.  Only this time, rather than reading what others had to say, he decided to go right to the source - the Apostolic Fathers.  What he discovered changed his mind, his world, his life.  

A study which began as an apology of Catholicism to be a legitimate, Biblically based Christian religion, ended up a defense of Orthodoxy itself, and the first step in a personal journey back to the Church of his youth.  By the summer of 2011 the journey was complete.  His book "Giving My Ancestors a Vote" details this thought process from a first person perspective.  Mark's hope is that it will ultimately be of value as a starting point toward unity, which is the prayer of our Lord.  

"Cap's Corner" is a collection of short thoughts and lessons, also intended to help others along their own person faith journey.  Never at a loss for wit, you may find these articles interesting and enjoyable.

Cap currently resides in Bolivar, Ohio and is a member of The Church of The Holy Trinity in Zoar.  A professional chemical/materials engineer, he is now retired from The Timken Steel Company.  In addition to Jesus Christ, his passions include music, reading, and fishin'.