Pastor’s Reflection for May 24, 2015

Dear Parishioners,

Happy Birthday! Pentecost is the birthday of the Church. The Holy Spirit comes down upon the apostles and empowers them to go forth to preach, teach and heal. They continue the Pentecostministry of Jesus in building up the kingdom of God. This is a feast for all of us to pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon ourselves and our Church. “Come Holy Spirit and fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in us the fire of your love.  Come and renew the face of the earth.” May we call upon the Spirit each day to help us to be faithful followers of Jesus, living in His ways and sharing the Good News of His love to those around us.

Today we find the institution of marriage in critical condition. We find marriages in turmoil, couples separated, many having divorced, many just living together without any commitment, and people marrying just to make a relationship legal for all sorts of reasons.  Do we really know what marriage is and what was God’s intention when He instituted marriage by joining our first parents, Adam and Eve, when He told them to go forth and be fruitful and multiply? The parish has subscribed to the online faith formation called Symbolon. The program was to give some teaching on our beliefs of the Catholic faith. I hope that you have taken advantage of this program. Well, I received notice that they have added to our subscription the program: “Beloved: Finding Happiness in Marriage.”  It is six episodes on the mystery and meaning of marriage explaining the theology and reality of the Sacrament of Marriage.  The next six episodes go through the practical skills needed for couples to live out a holy and happy union, including spirituality, handling conflict, fostering good communication, protecting their bond, and more.  If you would like to view this program, the Symbolon website link is Parishioners can enter our parish code: e5d163. 

I wish to thank all who celebrated my priesthood anniversary with their presence, prayers, cards, and gifts. I thank Laurie’s 9:09 Restaurant, Elm Street Bakery, volunteers, and staff that contributed to the reception in the hall after all the Masses. I have asked my staff to perform the flash dance at every future staff meeting.

As a reminder, this Monday is Memorial Day when we remember our departed loved ones. As is our custom, we will celebrate the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Monday at Forest Glade Cemetery.  We will meet at the big cross toward the back of the cemetery.

I will be available for confession this week on Tuesday, May 26, from 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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

God love you,