Pastor’s Reflection for May 1, 2016

Dear Parishioners,

This week we celebrate the feast of the Ascension. Jesus returns to heaven, body and soul, Ascension of the Lord May 5victorious over the powers of sin and death. He ransomed us from death and restored us to new life. He fulfilled the Father’s will and goes back to prepare a dwelling place with Him in heaven. This feast is a reminder of our destination. We are pilgrims. This is not our eternal home. Our home is the kingdom of heaven. May our lives be a preparation for our arrival into the kingdom of heaven. The feast of the Ascension is a holy day of obligation and you can find the Mass schedule on page 3 of this week’s bulletin.

This Saturday, May 7, we will celebrate First Communion for 115 of our second graders. This is a great day as they will receive Jesus for the first time as food for their spiritual journey to the kingdom of heaven. Jesus came as a living bread to nourish us and strengthen us. As food is for the body, Communion is for the soul. The Lord knows that receiving the Eucharistic bread is so important that He made it a commandment – “Take and eat, take and drink.” This is a good time to remind ourselves of the importance of attending Sunday Mass. We gather to worship as the family of God, to listen to His word, to offer sacrifices and to receive His body and blood. When we celebrate Mass, we enter into the realms of heaven. Sunday worship is the most important activity of the week. May you hold it as the highest priority of your week. If it is not, please grow in understanding of what takes place at Mass. Many Catholics have no idea of what happens at Mass. That is why I make it a point to give an instruction on the Mass each year on the feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus which this year takes place on May 29. In many parts of the world, many are deprived of Eucharist. You have many opportunities to receive Communion, even daily.  Do not take for granted how blessed you are with such a great gift: His body and blood as food come down from heaven for us on our way to our heavenly homeland.

For your information:

  • The carpets in the Church were cleaned this past week.
  • We reached our assessment for the Catholic Appeal. Thank you for your generosity.

As a reminder, the monthly Healing Mass will be this Wednesday, May 4, starting with the rosary at 7:00 p.m.

I will be available for confessions on Wednesday, May 4, from 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.

God love you,