FROM THE PASTOR….MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as some of you know a few months back I sent a PARENT SURVEY concerning our school. The survey asked a few questions, such as “What are our strengths, weaknesses….what improvements need to be done, etc.” Some have asked the question as to what happened to the survey and the results. So I would like to answer that inquiry. As of this typing only 25 surveys have been returned. That is out of almost 100 being sent. I am a little surprised at the result since I am trying to see what areas of our parish need looked at and improved. Since the school has a little over 300 students in attendance, I felt that I could start with the school and move forward. Over the course of the months, when time allows, I have been reading the results and compiling the answers given by the parents who responded. I want to let the parish know that I have not forgotten about the survey, but I am trying to place some order upon them so that over the summer I can begin to address some of the suggestions and concerns and begin the fall school year with freshness and excitement. So please know that the surveys are not forgotten or put aside. It takes a little time to collate them and produce results.
AN OBSERVATION - As we celebrated Easter Mass, and even at our masses throughout the year, I have known that the reception of Holy Eucharist by parishioners varies from person to person. Some genuflect, some give a profound bow, some give a slight head bow, etc. I would like to set the record straight, according to the teaching of the church. Let me quote – “When receiving Holy Communion, the communicant BOWS HIS OR HER HEAD before the Sacrament as a gesture of reverence and receives the Body of the Lord from the minister. The consecrated host may be received either on the tongue or in the hand, at the discretion of each communicant. When Holy Communion is received under both kinds, the sign of reverence is also made before receiving the Precious Blood.” This quote comes to us from the General Instruction of the Roman Missal. When read, this means that there is to be no genuflection, no kneeling, no profound bow (since the bow could knock the paten out of the priest’s or minister’s hands). And the bowing of the head should take place a person to two before receiving communion yourself. I bring this to your attention since it is possible that someone could trip over the person in front of them performing a genuflection or kneeling. Remember, a slight head bow is just a reverent as kneeling or genuflecting.
And along those same lines, when we have EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT, the proper sign of reverence is, and I quote “Genuflection in the presence of the blessed Sacrament, whether reserved in the tabernacle or EXPOSED FOR PUBLIC ADORATION is ONE KNEE.”
CONGRATULATIONS ONCE AGAIN, to our second graders who made FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Saturday morning. May God bless you and keep you close to Him now and throughout your life.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - For a pastor's 50th birthday, the congregation decided to give him a new suit. He was so touched by the gift that the following Sunday he stood before everyone and, with tears in his eyes, announced, "Today I am preaching to you in my birthday suit."