Greetings in Christ!
May God bless our Memorial Day with a great gratitude for all those who died in service and defense of our country. As Jesus said “No one has greater love than this, than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
We’ve got a big one this weekend: Trinity Sunday. This is the day when we Catholics celebrate a special mass to honor the unity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The catechism defines the Trinity as “The Central Mystery of our Faith”…the trinity permeates so much of our worship and our theology that, honestly, we often miss it! But, right there at the beginning of our mass we say “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”, which is also the words we use to end our mass. We believe that the three persons of the Trinity are so perfect in their love for each other and self giving that they are one. Catholic marriage is an attempt by two humans to imitate that mystery and such a wonderful thing is only possible through the power and working of the Trinity: this is why we recognize marriage as a Sacrament. I could go on and on and if you are at any of the masses I celebrate this weekend, I very well may!
We thank God that He is a community of persons who created us and recognize that this fact has placed within us a hunger for community. May God bless and strengthen our efforts to love Him and each other by imitating the beauty of the Trinity.
Monday is Memorial Day and this is a big day for our country. As Catholics we recognize the value of honoring the dead and we pray for them as well. Let’s use this great day as a reminder to be grateful for those who have died in service to our country and also as a time to remember how important it is to pray for the dead.
I think it important that we pray together that day and, weather permitting, I am going to pray mass at the Sacred Heart Cemetery on Memorial day at 8am. If you would like to come pray with me, bring a lawn chair or something to sit on and we will pray mass together back by the crucifix in the back of the cemetery. If it is raining at 7am, then count on us NOT praying mass at 8 and I invite you to pray a Rosary for our dead.
Even though Fr. Dan is not leaving until July 1st, we have had our farewell parties for him. Please be sure and thank him for his generous heart and wonderful presence among us these last few years. As I typed a couple weeks ago, I would have been lost without him…what a great man. Starting in August, it will be Fr. Tomy and I covering St. Mary on the Lake and Sacred Heart. Fr. Tomy will also be helping at St. Anthony on Sunday nights.
Finally, I was genuinely touched and blown away by the response from both parish families in regard to DSA. I can’t tell you how much that meant to me. I actually had a few of you ask if there was a way to set up a monthly automatic donation for DSA and it turns out the diocese is working on that. For my part, I am pledging $20.00 as month in perpetuity to the DSA as soon as it become available to us. If we all do $10, $15 or $20 a month, we won’t even need to do a DSA pitch anymore and we’ll actually get money back from the diocese each year. Please pray about this and, if you feel called, look for further updates here in the bulletin.
Whew! it feels like I typed a lot this morning! We are so blessed to be alive at such interesting times.
I am so very grateful to God for the gift he gave me in serving you. Let’s be Saints.