FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, two weeks ago after a Saturday evening Mass, a police officer from the State College Police Department came to me and asked that I remind parishioners to be careful where they park on Westerly Parkway. Unfortunately, he said he had to ticket 3 cars for parking above the “No Parking Signs” coming down the parkway from Hedgerow Drive. The cars were parked on the curve and it was hard to see them as other cars came down the parkway. I told him that I will place something in the bulletin alerting everyone about the PARKING ISSUE. Masses are very well attended so please be careful where you park and try to obey the posted signs.
This Tuesday we will have our BALTIMORE INNER HARBOR TRIP. The bus will be leaving at 6:00 AM from the church parking lot. Because of the early departure, there will not be a 7:00 AM Mass. However, Deacon Dave has graciously agreed to have a COMMUNION SERVICE on that day in place of the 7:00am Mass. Please be on time for boarding. Donuts will be served on boarding the bus, so bring along some coffee, and there will be one rest stop half way to Baltimore.
And speaking of parking, I am going to ask the Councils to look around our grounds and see where we can pick up EXTRA PARKING SPACES. With the land we have around the complex, we should be able to convert part of it into additional parking spaces. We are just in the early stages of planning; but I will let you all know what has been decided as soon as I can.
WHY GO TO MASS? How often we hear these words. The Mass is so boring….doing the same thing over and over again. How do we answer? I can across an answer that is beautifully stated by Demetrius Dumm, a Benedictine in his book, A Mystical Portrait of Jesus. Fr. Demetrius writes that“Christians of John’s day seem to be succumbing to a danger of sacramental religion, namely, the careful observance of ritual without that deep, spiritual counterpart that constitutes the true meaning and purpose of the ritual. This temptation is so dangerous because it is so much easier to observe rituals than to undertake personal conversion. Meticulous concern with external appearances may provide the illusion of virtue while inner conversion to unselfish love and service may be largely absent. As a consequence, we note throughout the Gospel of John an attempt to warn against a superficial Christianity that knows all the right theological words and perform all the right ritual actions but which has not discovered the rich personal and mystical union with God in Christ for which these words and actions exist and toward which they point.” So very beautifully written. The purpose of “going to Mass” is to open ourselves to this personal and mystical union with God – to enter into the Divine Life which is afforded to all of us. The rituals used help us in this journey, but they are not the end and be all of our worship. A loving heart is united to the Lord who gives us so much – that is the end and be all.
As we celebrate the anniversary of the attacks on our country – SEPTEMBER 11 – let us remember in a special way all those who died in the attacks and their families this weekend. I am sure all of us remember where we were on that fate-filled day. May God bless us and our country and may we never forget those innocent victims.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – One beautiful Sunday morning, Reverend Barnard announces to his congregation, 'My good people, I have here in my hands three sermons......
A $100 sermon that lasts five minutes.
A $50 sermon that lasts fifteen minutes
And a $20 sermon that lasts a full hour.
Now, we'll take the collection and see which one I'll deliver.'