June 10, 2018

Dear Friends,

After the celebrations on these last Sundays of the Ascension of the Lord, Pentecost Sunday, the Solemnity of the Trinity, Corpus Christi and the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, we find ourselves this Sunday back in "Ordinary Time."  The Church provides us a liturgical calendar throughout the year through which we celebrate what we believe.  Beginning the year with the Season of Advent, we prepare for four weeks for the Season fo Christmas, marking the Mystery of the Incarnation - Jesus became flesh and was born of Mary.  We enter into the Season of Lent for 40 days to prepare for the Paschal Mystery of Christ's Passion, Death and Resurrection.  For the fifty days of the Easter Season, we reflect upon the significance of this most important event in the history of humanity - the Son of God was crucified and rose on the third day. 

We celebrate Jesus's Ascension to Heaven and the sending of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles at Pentecost.  We then enter "Ordinary Time."  This is a time if you will to "catch our breath."  No time with God is ordinary.  It is in this season of the year that we reflect upon Jesus's public ministry of how he formed his apostles, how he taught the crowds that gathered, how he preached in parables about the Kingdom of God.

As we enter into the Season of Summer, the pace changes.  Hopefully, you will be able to make time to slow down, to be outside more frequently, to enjoy a barbeque with family and friends, to go to the lake, to go on a family vacation.  But we must also remember, there is no vacation from our vocation.  I urge you to continue to make Sunday the Day of the Lord - to come to Mass each Sunday.  We need to give thanks to God each Sunday, for each Sunday is a Day of the Resurrection.  This is the day the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

In Christ's Service,

Fr. John 

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