Pastor’s Reflection for May 28, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

This is Memorial Day weekend. It is the unofficial start of summer. On Monday, we remember all our beloved dead especially those who died in service to their country. As Christians, we bring to mind our faith. For the faithful Christian, death is not the end of life but a change of life. This is one of the fruits of our Easter celebration. Jesus is the One who by His resurrection overcame the power of sin and death. We are now sharers in the power of His resurrection.

This is a good weekend to pray for our beloved dead as it is one of the spiritual works of mercy. Some souls may be in the process of purification (Purgatory) and in need of our prayer and sacrifices. You may notice that at every Mass, we pray for our beloved dead in our Eucharistic Prayer. May our beloved dead rest in peace and enjoy eternal life in the kingdom of heaven. Weather permitting, the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Monday will be celebrated at Forest Glade Cemetery.

Next Tuesday, June 6, at 7:00 p.m., we will be offering a four week session 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.” 

The commentary books on The Gospel of John are available. You may pick them up in the rectory or in the foyer after Mass.

I will be available for confession this week on Wednesday, May 31, from 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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

God love you,