Pastor’s Reflection for May 21, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

This past Friday, we celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation with our young adults. They received the outpouring of the Holy Spirit as they confirmed their baptism. We pray that as they begin a new chapter in their spiritual life they be bold witnesses and faithful followers of Jesus.

As we continue to offer opportunities for adult faith formation, we will be offering a four week session in June on the topic, “Who Am I To Judge?” How do we talk about morality in a world that no longer believes in truth? When we are bombarded with messages of “Be Tolerant!” and “Don’t Judge!” many people feel afraid to say anything is right or wrong. Edward Sri, the program presenter, uses engaging stories and the wisdom of the saints to unpack the Catholic moral world view. He equips us to engage relativism appealing to both the head and the heart. Learn how Catholic morality is truly about love, how making a judgement is not judging a person’s soul, how to share the truth is compassion and how, in the words of Pope Francis, relativism “wounds people” and is the “the spiritual poverty of our times.”  This program will be presented on the Tuesday evenings in June at 7:00 p.m.

For your information, we will upgrade the floor in the chapel. Recently, as I spent time in prayer in the chapel, I noticed how the carpet is stained in different areas. The chapel is used for weekday adoration. It is also our children’s crying room for our Sunday liturgies. To make the chapel neater, we will replace the carpet with luxury vinyl plank flooring that will be easier to clean and present a more attractive area for prayer. This work will be done in June over the course of a week. The cost will be $ 6,800.  For those who wish to help defray the cost, your contributions will be graciously received.

The commentary books on the Gospel of John have arrived. For those who ordered the book, you may pick it up after Mass or may go to the rectory during the week. We had close to 200 who ordered the book. The Gospel of John is a Gospel with much spiritual meaning so a commentary is helpful to understand the message.

This Thursday we celebrate Ascension Thursday, which takes place 40 days after Easter. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. The Mass Schedule can be found on page 4 in this week’s bulletin.

I will be available for confession this week on Tuesday, May 23, from 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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

 God love you,