"> May 2023 – Prince of Peace

Memorial Day

Dear Friends

All too often people see this weekend as the “beginning of summer” – the first backyard cookout of the season, the beginning of families’ summer visits to the shore or the cabin, and for all of our kids Memorial Day weekend is a sign that the school year is nearly at an end. But our enjoyment Memorial day has come at a tremendous cost – our freedoms, our American Liberties, are not free. Just as our adoption as sons and daughters of God came at the cost of Jesus’ death of unconditional love, our American principles were backed by the sacrifices – all too often on the battlefield – of our veterans.

Memorial Day is a time for visiting cemeteries, They are places of quiet but profound witness. The dozens of flags we see waving in the breeze on those hillsides and above those stone monuments are signs that a veteran is buried there. Some of those veterans died in battle: defeating slavery, defending our nation’s orders, defeating fascism and communism and terrorism, and ultimately defending the proposition that we “are endowed by (our) Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among those are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

On Memorial Day we also visit our other deceased loved ones. They were immigrants who came to this land lured with the promise of roads paved in gold but then realized they would also be filled with hardship and perseverance. On these same roads those immigrants often said farewell to their sons and daughters who would return “home” to fight for other peoples’ liberty and freedom.

This Memorial Day – Monday, May 29 – Holy Mass will be offered at 9:00 am. Please come together that we may pray for the happy rest of our beloved deceased, and let us exercise our gift of the free practice of religion to offer the Sacrifice of Praise in gratitude for the blessings we have in the land of the free and home of the brave.

Fr. Jonathan Sawicki, Pastor

Sunday, May 28th

Dear Friends,

This Saturday, June 3rd at 10:00 am Bishop Gainer will ordain three new priests for the service of our Local Church. You are ALL warmly invited and encouraged to attend the priestly ordination of Kevin Key, Richard Groff and Chiedozie Ononuju.

Bishop Timothy Senior will be installed as the 12th Bishop of Harrisburg on Wednesday, June 21st. at St. Patrick Cathedral, Harrisburg. This Mass must be by invitation-only due to the limited seating at our Cathedral, but you are all warmly invited and encouraged to attend the Vespers (Evening Prayer) at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Harrisburg on Tuesday, June 20th at 6:00 pm Please come as parish groups as well as individuals!

Pentecost Weekend!

Last, but most important of all: this weekend we celebrate the “Birthday of the Church” – the Feast of Pentecost. May we open our hearts to the inspirations and guidance of the Holy Spirit more and more. May the Holy Spirit not only enlighten us, but indeed dwell within us and animate us in all we do.

This weekend I am serving as chaplain of our Diocesan Office of Youth & Young “Come Alive” Young Adult Retreat in East Waterford, PA. Please pray for the success of this retreat and for the nearly 100 young adults from throughout the diocese on the retreat this weekend!

Have a Blessed Memorial Day!

Fr. Johnathan Sawicki, Pastor