Friday, May 27, 2016

Bulletin for the Week of May 29, 2016 and the Pastor's Corner


Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, commonly referred to as "Corpus Christi." In this solemnity, we celebrate the continuing gift God gives to us in the Eucharist, the gift of His very own Presence and Grace, the gift that feeds us and strengthens us to cooperate with His Grace to live a Christian life.

Sunday after the 10am Mass we will have a special devotion to the Eucharist in celebration of this feast. Following Mass we will have a Eucharistic procession in the church and then silent Eucharistic adoration for the afternoon. Benediction and reposition will take place at 4pm. I hope everyone is able to spend some quiet time in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament Sunday afternoon. The Eucharist is the "source and summit" of our sacramental faith, and our devotion to Jesus cannot be complete without devotion to His presence in the Blessed Sacrament.

In years past behavior in our churches generally reflected the reverence we should have when in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. It seems we were more properly attired, were quiet, and were attentive to the fact that we were in the presence of God when entering a Catholic Church. It was a good habit to practice reverence in the church building as a reminder of the Eucharistic Presence, but it is a habit many have abandoned in recent years.  It was not long ago that leaving immediately after Communion was not proper, but rather taking some time to thank God after Communion was the norm, as was remaining after Mass in quiet prayer. Quiet reverence in the church building is also an act of good manners in that those praying would not be disturbed or distracted in their prayers. Reverent behavior is a reminder to us of the awe we should have in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament and God's great love for us in giving us the Eucharist. This weekend, as we celebrate Corpus Christi, let us also reflect on our behavior in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament not only this weekend, but at all times we are in a church or chapel, and if we need, to adjust our behavior to properly honor and reverence the presence of God in the Eucharist.

Memorial Day
This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day, a day when we take time to give thanks to those who have served in our armed forces and given their lives to ensure the freedom we enjoy in our country. A Patriotic Rosary sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of America will be prayed on Monday at 6pm in the church.  As we are reminded every time armed conflict occurs in our world, in order to protect individual and societal freedoms, including the freedom to practice our faith, an armed force is necessary to protect those freedoms. We are thankful for the brave men and women who have served or are currently serving in our armed forces, and we pray for them and their families. We remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their life for us.  John's Gospel tells us: "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends." We thank God for raising up these men and women who were and are willing to lay down their life so that others have the opportunity to live a life in freedom and full human dignity. We pray that God will continue to bless our country, and that He bless and keep in his care our veterans and active service members. May we always appreciate what they have done for us! 

Help Needed for New Life Center
This time of year can be difficult for some of our local charities as donations tend to be less during the months of summer as compared to other times of the year.  New Life Center, our local shelter for women and children, has asked for some help with toiletries as their inventory is running low.  Specifically, the toiletries that are needed are:

     Bath Soap
     Diapers-sizes 4, 5, and 6
     Feminine Products

We were able to help this week as a church community to "bridge the gap" for the moment, but more items will be needed soon.  If you are able to help with these items, just pick them up on your next store visit and drop them by the center, or if it is more convenient, feel free to drop them by our office and we will make sure they are delivered.

Father James Brady

The bulletin for the week of May 29, 2016 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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