The Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 17, 2020
This past week we were able to publicly celebrate daily Mass with
joy. It was so different as the parishioners had to keep their social
distance when arriving, sitting, going to Holy Communion and
exiting the church. All who celebrated were happy to celebrate in
communion with others and again experience the presence of Jesus Christ in
the Eucharist. Like the early disciples, they recognized Jesus in the
breaking of bread.
The weekday public celebrations of Mass will hopefully hasten the public
celebration of Sunday Mass. Keep praying the Rosary that through Mary’s
intercession this evil virus will be overcome.
Last Sunday, I was very pleased with all the people who visited the church,
some bringing a flower and lighting a candle for their mother. The
weekday noon Rosary has also been well attended.
We are now in the sixth Sunday of Easter, preparing for the coming of the
Holy Spirit. The early church prayed together and Mary was with them.
Hopefully some of our faith formation students will receive the sacrament
of Confirmation soon. I ask you to pray especially for them.
One of the great gifts of the Holy Spirit is hope as well as the power to be
generous. All the Saints have this gift, to see the presence of Jesus in each
other, especially St. Francis of Assisi, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Bernadette,
St. Pope John Paul II, St. Teresa of Calcutta, and the new Saints of America
– Blessed Sloanus Casey and Venerable Dorothy Day.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful,
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created,
And you will renew the face of the earth.
Lord, by the light of the Holy Spirit,
you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In the same Spirit help us to relish what is right,
and always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Yours in Christ,