SUNDAY, MAY 22

Dear Friends:

For those who go to daily Mass, this week we will have visitors with us as our diocesan seminarians are in town for their orientation for the seminarians’ Summer Ministerial Program.  Our Parish rectory will serve as a sort of headquarters this week:  a place where our seminarians who have studied at four separate seminaries his year, can come together and renew their friendships and the fraternity which will support them in their future priesthood. Don’t be afraid to say “hello” to our future priests if you see them around the parish!

This past year our diocese sponsored nineteen seminarians.  The financial reality is easy to consider.  The average cost of a seminarian per year is approximately $42,000.00! In two weekends (June 4 & 5), on Pentecost Sunday throughout the diocese we will take a second collection which is solely for the education and formation of our seminarians, our future priests.  Please be as generous as possible to this collection; thank you for your goodness!

The Ascension and Pentecost

In order for God the Father to send forth the Holy Spirit to renew the face of the earth, it was necessary for God the Son, Jesus Christ, to ascend to heaven, where once again united in love they could send forth their Holy Spirit of Love.

This Thursday we mark the 40th day of Easter.  Forty was seen as a special number throughout the Sacred Scriptures:  It was seen as something which signifies new life, transformation, and a change from one great task to another.  This Ascension Thursday begins our preparation for the great task before us when we celebrate Pentecost and the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Ascension Thursday is a Holy Day of Obligation.  The Masses at our Parish will be on Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm, Thursday morning at 9 am and Thursday evening at 7:00pm.  Thank you for marking this Holy Day!

Trust-Patience-Support

This week begins the work on the interior renewal of some parts of our Church.  Thank you for your understanding as the pews are removed and we use temporary seating.  Thank you for your patience!

Parish Picnic – July 17th.

As we prepare for our upcoming Parish Picnic which will be on Sunday, July 17th, all interested parishioners and friends are invited to a picnic planning meeting this Thursday, May 26th. at 6:00 pm in the GYM of the Parish Center.  Thank you for your spirit of service as we work together for this important community event.

Fr. Jonathan Sawicki