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June 23, 2019

posted Jun 21, 2019, 6:50 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY  this weekend we celebrate the SOLEMNITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI. The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist. "At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet 'in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.  The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life." "The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch."  "The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the Church is kept in being. It is the culmination both of God's action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship men offer to Christ and through him to the Father in the Holy Spirit."  Finally, by the Eucharistic celebration, we already unite ourselves with the heavenly liturgy and anticipate eternal life, when God will be all in all. In brief, the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith: "Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist, in turn, confirms our way of thinking." (From the Catholic Catechism). May we never take for granted this most beautiful and wonderful gift given by the Father. One of the key lines that has been repeated multiple times in Rome in the past few weeks is Pope Francis’ celebrated maxim that the Eucharist “is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak.”

 

After one of the Masses 2 weeks ago, I was greeting people as they left the church. I noticed one lady waiting to talk to me.  After greeting parishioners and guests, the lady came up to me and began to talk about our SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS CAPITAL CAMPAIGN. She looked at our chart in the baptistery area and said how impressed she was in what our parish was doing and how successful it was up to that point. Then she wanted to know if she could contribute to the campaign!  She was not a parishioner; her father is. But even though she did not worship here since she was from out of town, she still wanted to help.  I responded that yes she could and I wanted her to know how grateful I am that she would consider helping out with this project.  Her story is not unique.  I have had others who do not belong to this parish come up to me and express the same sentiment.  I am grateful to all those who have helped us reach the total we have now, both parishioner and non-parishioner.  We are so very close to our goal and I am confident that we will meet the amount needed (1200 pledge cards still outstanding) and provide our children with a safe and efficient school which will benefit many more children to come, long after we are gone from the parish.  Thanks to all who helped.

 

There will be a SECOND COLLECTION this weekend for the mission appeal to solicit your prayers and financial support to help the struggling church in Zaria where Christ still weeps.  Fr. Patrick was here last weekend asking for our assistance and our second collection will be sent to him to continue his work in Nigeria.

 

FATHER ANTONY will be absent from our parish over the next 5 weeks.  Father left to return to his family and Diocese for his vacation.  Please keep Father in your prayers as he returns to his home for rest and relaxation.  He will return mid-July.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Here’s how several elementary school students answered the following questions about moms:

Why did God make mothers?

-  She’s the only one who knows where the Scotch tape is.

-  Mostly to clean the house.

How did God make mothers?

-  He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.

-  Magic, plus super powers and a lot of stirring.

-  God made my mom just the same as he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?

-  God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world...and one dab of mean.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?

-  We’re related.

-  God knew she likes me a lot more than other people’s moms like me.

 

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