Pastor’s Reflection for May 3, 2015

Dear Parishioners,

Over the next few weeks, 140 of our parish children will receive Jesus for the first time in Holy Communion. This is a great event in their lives. They will partake of the heavenly food to strengthen them on their journey to the kingdom of heaven. As they grow physically, they are also to grow spiritually. This is also a time for us to share in their joy and to remind ourselves of this great gift that Jesus left the church. There are two dangers in our spiritual life – forgetfulness and routine. When things become routine we tend to lose the importance and value. We who have received Communion week after week and year after year, can lose the awareness of what such a special gift we have receiving the body and blood of Jesus into our bodies. Who can fully comprehend it? We also may forget Mary Icon Eucharistthat the Lord did not suggest, but commanded us to eat His body and drink His blood. He came as the living bread down from heaven to nourish us with His very life. Let the occasion of First Communion be a renewal of our commitment to be faithful in being fed at the Eucharistic table. We are called to feed upon the Lord once a week as we gather as a community to worship. You may also consider coming to be fed more often going to daily Mass. We have two daily Masses Monday through Friday at 6:45 a.m. and at 9:00 a.m. Come and join our approximately 180 daily communicants. It is a great way to begin each day by hearing the Scriptures and receiving Communion.

May is the month of Mary. She is the mother of Jesus, thus the mother of the Eucharist. Mary brought Jesus to us when she gave birth to Him. Today she continues to bring us to Jesus by calling us to go to Mass to receive her son. This quote comes from Fr. Stefano Manelli;

“We know that united to the divinity in the Eucharist there is Jesus’ Body and Blood taken from the body and blood of Mary. The flesh of Jesus is the maternal flesh of Mary, the blood of Jesus is the maternal blood of Mary. Therefore it will never be possible to separate Jesus from Mary.”

Padre Pio would sometimes say to his spiritual children, “Do you not see the Madonna always beside the tabernacle?” The reply St. Bernadette gave was very beautiful when someone put this tricky question to her: “What would please you more, to receive Holy Communion or to see the Madonna in the grotto?” She answered, “What a strange question! The two cannot be separated. Jesus and Mary always go together.”

May Mary help us to grow in loving the Mass and the Eucharist.

The monthly Healing Mass will be this Wednesday, May 6, starting with the rosary at 7:00 p.m.

I will be available to hear confessions on Wednesday, May 6, from 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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

God love you,