Saturday, May 3, 2014

Bulletin for the Week of May 4, 2014 and the Pastor's Corner

The Pastor’s Corner 

Last weekend, as was widely reported in the news, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II were canonized saints in a celebration in Rome.  Indeed, we do celebrate all the saints and what they teach us about Jesus and living a life in union with Him.  We thank God for the gift they are to us, and try to imitate their good example in our own lives.  Both men canonized last weekend were instrumental in the workings of Vatican II, the Church council that provided so many gifts to us today, including having our formal worship, particularly the Mass, now celebrated in local languages.  This makes our liturgies more understandable for us.  The documents and teachings of Vatican II, even to this day, are oftentimes misunderstood.  Although I certainly cannot provide a full commentary of Vatican II in a Pastor's Corner, it is good to note a few things of which we all should be aware and thankful.

Vatican II, in part, was intended to update our methods of discipline and teaching to be more conducive with the culture of the modern world.  There can be no doubt that the 20th Century (1900-1999) saw an unprecedented increase in technology and availability of information, and technological advances continue at that unprecedented rate even to today.  Education became more readily available to so many.  To think that we went from a time when electrical  power was unavailable to where we are today during that time period is quite simply, astounding.  Medicine went from using leaches and lobotomies to our current state of micro-surgery and other modern marvels never dreamed about at the beginning of the century.  We went from no cars to landing on the moon during that century.  Just in the last 50 years,  we've moved from the invention of bulky calculators to computer technology that is wireless and fits in a pocket; from manual typewriters to word processors.

The participants in Vatican II understood that the teachings of our faith remain the same, because Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.  However, the presentation of Truth taught by Jesus can and should be adapted to the times to promote a deeper understanding of our Faith, and thus a deeper Love of God in our hearts.  Therefore, we not only live the disciplines that Jesus taught us, but with greater technology and information, we are better able to understand them, and better understanding leads to greater acceptance and joy in their practice.  The Truth that Jesus taught will never change, but we can be blessed with a greater means to know and understand the Truth, and thus be more willing to live in the Truth.  Besides the holy lives that Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II lived, we thank them for being instrumental in helping us grow in our ability to better know and understand God.

One such Truth Jesus taught is His Resurrection, which we continue to celebrate until Pentecost Sunday.  Our celebrations include our Parish Picnic, which is today after the 10am Mass.  Our children received their First Communion last weekend, and our young adults will receive Confirmation from Bishop Jarrell on May 25 at the 5pm Mass.  Let us continue to pray for our young people receiving these Sacraments, and pray that we as a community, encouraged by the Hope of the Resurrection, continue to grow closer to Our Lord and Savior!  God Bless!!

     Fr. James Brady

The bulletin for the week of May 04, 2014 has been posted. Click here to see it.

The calendar on the website has been updated with all events for the coming week along with prayer intention information and information on the second collection for all of the masses. Take some time to look at our calendar here.

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