what is happening in our parish community
Week of June 1-7, 2019
Christianity versus every other religion believes in the reality of God’s very deep closeness with those whom he loves which is relayed to us in the historical events of the Ascension of Christ and Pentecost. This is summarized in an ancient prayer of the Church which says: “By your Agony and Bloody Sweat; by thy Cross and Passion; by your precious Death and Burial; by your glorious Resurrection and Ascension; and by the Coming of the Holy Spirit, Good Lord, deliver us.” We pray that “by… (the) Ascension… deliver us”: by this we mean that we know that God will one day save us and make a new world where there is no suffering and death. So we ask God to
deliver/save us by it since one day we want to be saved and be a part of Christ’s coming kingdom. We pray that “by… the Coming of the Holy Spirit, Good Lord, deliver us,”: by this we mean that we want God to deliver us from our inclinations towards hatred and error to follow the Holy Spirit. We also pray that we may be filled with the Holy Spirit and our mortal bodies and souls saved by the Spirit’s work in our lives.
Application: Pray the ancient prayer daily until Pentecost Sunday: “By your Agony and Bloody Sweat; by thy Cross and Passion; by your precious Death and Burial; by your glorious Resurrection and Ascension; and by the Coming of the Holy Spirit, Good Lord, deliver us.”
Week of June 8-14, 2019
One of the great beauties of time after Pentecost, (called Ordinary Time) is that the day after Pentecost we celebrate the great new Memorial of the “Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church”. In the decree that established the feast, Pope Francis tells of how St. Augustine thought Mary to be the Mother of all Christian people. He talked about how our relationship as Christians should be close to her. The placing of the Memorial right after Pentecost shares the great tradition that all sections of the Church has had, celebrating the work of the Holy Spirit in his people. This closeness of the Holy Spirit is especially true in St. Mary who as the decree says teaches us that “growth in the Christian life must be anchored to the Mystery of the Cross, to the oblation of Christ in the Eucharistic Banquet, and to the Mother of the Redeemer and Mother of the Redeemed, the Virgin who makes her offering to God.” Let us offer ourselves truly to God, and to His Blessed Mother, the Mother of all Christians as we grow in the graces of the Holy
Spirit during Ordinary Time!