This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. In a sense it is the very feast of God. We will honor the Most Holy Trinity, one God, yet three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is ONE but God is not alone. God is love and in the Trinity we have an ideal example of a relationship of pure and infinite love. Every time we make the sign of the cross we are reminded of the love that bonds the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. May the love of the Holy Trinity be a model for us in our relationships with each other.
We rejoice with the ix new members of the Church baptized / received into the Church last Saturday night. There will also be an entire family coming into the Church at the 9:30 A.M. Mass this weekend. We rejoice with all of our new members as we ask the Spirit to lead and guide them.
Next weekend, June 13 and 14, we will celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). Before He gave His Body and Blood on the Cross for the salvation of the whole world, Jesus gave His Body and Blood to His disciples in the form of bread and wine, instructing them to continue to this practice in memory of Him. Like the Lord providing water and manna in the desert, Jesus provides food and drink to sustain us, taking it one step further by transforming it to His own Body and Blood, As we receive the Eucharist next week, and every day if we wish, let us realize the sustenance we are given. May the Eucharist we share strengthen and enliven us as we bring Jesus with us to the world.
As you have been told through the e-mail blast which I sent out on Wednesday, June 3, we are adding an additional Mass this weekend, at 11:30 A.M. So our Masses will be on Saturday at 5:00 P.M., Sunday at 9:30 A.M. and 11:30 A.M.
Next Sunday, the Feast of Corpus Christi, we will have an additional Mass at 2:00 P.M., celebrating the First Holy Communion of our Children. Only those with invitations and assigned seats are able to attend in Church next Sunday at 2:00 P.M. Some families might have received seating arrangements in the Msgr. Schneider Hall. Regardless, we rejoice with our children and their families.
We certainly appreciate all that you have done during this pandemic and absence from weekend Mass. However, we are in financial trouble. I know a good number of you are having financial difficulties, too, but not all of us! Please note this information for both the Archdiocese and our own parish. Between March 2019 and March 2020 our collections are DOWN 32%, while the Archdiocese is only down 16%. Between April 2019 and April 2020 our collections are DOWN 28% while the Archdiocese is down 17%. One bring spot is that our “on line” giving between April 2019 and April 2020 is UP 20% (but only up $6460 for a total of $39,553 for the month).
Cardinal Glennon Sunday is traditionally the First Sunday of June, this year today, June 7th. We hope and pray that you will be very generous in your gift to this only Catholic Free Standing Children’s Hospital in the United States. Thank you for your support. May God bless you and keep you! There is an envelope in your set of envelopes.
The Annual Catholic Appeal is kicking off again. You saw the information in last week’s bulletin. We hope that you will be generous. Thank you.
Faithfully yours, in our Risen Lord,
Fr Joe Weber