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May 26,2019

posted May 24, 2019, 5:39 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  this Monday our nation celebrates MEMORIAL DAY. The custom of honoring ancestors by cleaning cemeteries and decorating graves is an ancient and worldwide tradition, but the specific origin of Memorial Day—or Decoration Day, as it was first known—is unclear.  In early rural America, this duty was usually performed in late summer and was an occasion for family reunions and picnics. After the Civil War, America’s need for a secular, patriotic ceremony to honor its military dead became prominent, as monuments to fallen soldiers were erected and dedicated, and ceremonies centering on the decoration of soldiers’ graves were held in towns and cities throughout the nation.  After World War I, the day expanded to honor those who died in all American wars.  No less than 25 places have been named in connection with the origin of Memorial Day, and states observed the holiday on different dates. In 1971, Memorial Day became a national holiday by an act of Congress; it is now celebrated on the last Monday in May.  The RECTORY WILL BE CLOSED for Memorial Day           weekend and reopen on Tuesday, May 28 at 9:00 AM.  There will also be only ONE MASS ON          MEMORIAL DAY celebrated at 9:00 AM.


I am reading a book right now entitled, BARKING TO THE CHOIR by Fr. Gregory Boyle. It does give food for thought for anyone who is serious about their spiritual growth.  Fr. Boyle quotes Oscar Romero, "A church that doesn't provoke any crises, a gospel that doesn't unsettle, a word of God that doesn't get  under anyone's skin, a word that doesn't touch the real sin of the society in which it is being proclaimed – what gospel is that?”  I think so often we can have a false sense of security in remaining in the status quo.  We fulfill all our spiritual obligations and feel that everything is just fine.  Prayers said, Mass  attended, novenas fulfilled, etc.  Yet, could the gospel be calling us to be radically different?  Could the gospel be calling us to understand God and others in a different way?  Does the gospel pull us out of  ourselves and allow God out of our own preconceived ideas of who He is?  Fr. Boyle continues in his own words, "Yet the Gospel Kinship always exposes the game, jostles the status quo in constant need of  conversion, because the STATUS QUO is only interested in incessant judging, comparisons, measuring, scapegoating and competition.  And we, the Choir, are stuck in complacency."  May we allow the Gospel to move us out of ourselves and see the bigger picture…the picture God wants us to see.


This Thursday is ASCENSION THURSDAY, A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION. Now that the Lord’s work is done on earth, it is time for the disciples to continue spreading the Word through their preaching and through their lives.  Masses will be celebrated on Wednesday at 6:00 PM, Thursday at 7:00AM, 9:00 AM (School Mass) and 12:05 PM.   Adoration ends at 5:30pm on Wednesday.


Sunday, June 16, the nation REMEMBERS OUR FATHERS, on FATHER’S DAY. We need to stop and thank our Dads (if they are living) for all the things they have done for us.  We need to say “thanks” before the time comes when we will not be able to say it to them while on this earth.  As we always have done in the past, our fathers will be remembered on their day at the altar during the masses.  If you would like your father remembered, whether living on earth or with God, please return the envelopes found at the  entrances of the church.  They will be placed in the sanctuary the remaining weeks of June.


This announcement is a bit early, but I wanted all parishioners to have a chance to go to the PITTSBURGH PIRATES – ST. LOUIS CARDINAL BASEBALL GAME on July 25 at PNC Park.  The cost is $70.00 which includes ticket and bus transportation.  The seats are great seats and under roof, just in case of rain.  We will stop in Ebensburg at a McDonalds for a quick breakfast stop.  This trip usually sells out fast so please call now if you have any intention of going.  Remember it is easier to cancel than to wait on the waiting list.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Two elderly sisters donated $5 to a charity and, to their surprise, won tickets to a football game. Since they had never seen a live football game before, Madge thought the free tickets would provide an excellent opportunity for doing so. "I think so, too," said Mabel. "Let's go!" They soon found themselves high in a noisy stadium overlooking a large, grassy expanse. They watched the kickoff and the seemingly endless back-and-forth struggles that comprised the scoreless first half. They enjoyed the band music and cheerleader performance that followed. Then came the second half. When the teams lined up for the second-half kickoff, Madge nudged her sister. "I guess we can go home now, Mabel," she said. "This is where we came in."