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June 10, 2021

Over the last few months we have been sowing the seeds of good luck and good fortune as many parishioners purchased Spring Fling raffle tickets — in the hope that their ticket(drawn on June 26th) will result in a $10,000 win.

The fruits of our on-going fundraising efforts are on display for all to see: the beautiful restoration of St. Patrick’s church and the beautiful new stained-glass windows which are enhancing St. Joseph Church. Without you (our faithful parishioners and friends) and your on-going support, it would not be possible to continue to maintain and enhance God’s house here on earth.

In this week’s Gospel reading Jesus compares the kingdom of God to a farmer sowing seed. The farmer allows time for the seed to mature and when the time is right he harvests the crop.

Our parish community continues to be like the farmer we read about in scripture, keeping the soil tilled to welcome fresh seed, new members, as many of our community of faith are being called by God to their eternal joy. Through the wonderful on-going efforts of our parish team, staff and volunteers, our parish, like the mustard tree, continues to grow and welcomes many new families. Weddings, baptisms and celebrations of life are occasions of welcome. Together we celebrate the sacraments as we look forward to embracing the many new talents and opportunities that new members bring to further grow our community of faith through active participation.

As a community, let us continue to build God’s family of faith united with Christ who guides, directs and protects us on the journey through life. God sows love in our actions, prunes anger from our thoughts and he harvests our souls to eternal life after we have lived, loved and cared for others as Christ taught us.

Fr. Brendan McCarrick SAC

June 4

What a beautiful occasion it is to celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, The Feast of Corpus Christi.

St. Thomas Aquinas | Saint thomas aquinas, Catholic images, Catholic artSaint Thomas Aquinas said that the Holy Eucharist is the Greatest of all miracles, and no other sacrament has greater healing power. He wrote Christ himself, the true God, is set before us as our food. What could be more wonderful than this? Indeed, what could be more wonderful? Christ himself is set before us at each mass, he is given to us as our spiritual food for the journey through life. At every Eucharist celebration, our Father in Heaven gives us his Son — fully and completely, truly present in the Host when we receive Holy Communion.

Every time we celebrate the Holy Eucharist, we enter into a wonderful exchange: we give ourselves to God and God gives himself to us through his son so he can save us from our sins. At each Mass we celebrate the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ, as we join the Lord’s table. We “Take and Eat” as Christ asked as we celebrate in memory of Jesus.Catholic Trivia: The Eucharist – To Jesus Sincerely

Recently, as I was distributing Holy Communion I noticed a woman, weeping/crying. After mass she came to me to say it had been over a year since she was able to receive Jesus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The woman proceeded to tell me that the reception of the Holy Communion warmed her heart, dried her tears and renewed her strength in God, allowing her to accept that God’s love for her is never ending, she concluded by saying “absence made my heart grow fonder, from now on I will never miss mass again — unless I am with the Lord in Heaven.”

I pray we may all accept the love of God as this lady does. That we may receive Jesus with reverence and love as we accept his unending love of us, on our journey to eternal life.

-Fr. Brendan McCarrick SAC

May 21, 2021

Pentecost Sunday is the seventh Sunday after Easter. The name is derived from the Greek word Πεντηκοστή Pentēkostē meaning “fiftieth” as Pentecost always takes place on the 50th day of Easter.

In Ireland, Pentecost Sunday is also called Whitsunday. The term is principally derived from a practice in the early Church that made the celebration of Pentecost similar to the Easter Vigil. There was a service called “Whitsun Eve” where the catechumens who had not been baptized at Easter received the sacrament on the even of Pentecost. Similar to the Easter Vigil. There was a service called “Whitsun Eve” where the catechumens who had not been baptized at Easter received the sacrament on the even of Pentecost. Similar to the Easter Vigil, it was celebrated in a “nigh watch” liturgy that included the reading of six prophecies and a solemn blessing of the baptismal font. After the celebration of Baptism, the newly baptized would be vested in a white alb, symbolizing their new birth in the life of grace.

The First Pentecost occurred when the apostles were inspired to speak in tongues after the Holy Spirit descended on them and Mary in the upper room, as they prayed together, Upon hearing the unfamiliar language spoken, the gathered onlookers believed them to be drunk. But,  Saint Peter explained they were in fact inspired by the Holy Spirit. He then delivered the first Christian sermon, outlined in the Acts of Apostles (2:14-36) where he stresses the resurrection and exaltation of Jesus — that Jesus died and rose again, and he is now seated at the right hand of God the Father in Heaven. This sermon led to the conversion and baptism of 3,000 people. It is this sermon that many believe was the birth of the Christian church.

As an Easter people who truly believe in Christ’s death and resurrection, I pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to guide us in the true knowledge, understanding and love of God all the days of our lives.

– Fr. Brendan McCarrick SAC