This weekend we celebrate the end of this year’s Easter Season, with the Feast of Pentecost. At the Vigil Mass, to be celebrated at 5:00 P.M. on Saturday we will anticipate the coming of the Holy Spirit. Promised by the Lord to His Disciples at the Last Supper, anticipated by the prophets for centuries, unknown to generations of humanity going back to creation, the Holy Spirit is ready to come into our lives. On Pentecost Day itself, at the 9:30 A.M. Mass, we will hear about the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, as recorded by Saint Luke in the Second Chapter of the Acts of the Apostles. The Gospel will show Saint John’s version when, on Easter Sunday, the Risen Christ imparts the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. We will join together to pray for the action of the Holy Spirit in our world, in our communities, and, most importantly, in our hearts.
Since we were unable to have the Easter Vigil this year, with the baptism and reception of new members into the Church, we will have the majority of our new people received into the Church, and confirmed, next Saturday evening at the 5:00 P.M. Mass. Like the Easter Vigil that Mass is an actual vigil with four Old Testament Readings, before the Epistle from Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans. And just as Jesus will refresh those who believe in Him with living water, so we will welcome our new members into the Church. Unfortunately, with the current regulations, we cannot have a reception for our new members. There will also be an entire family coming into the Church at 9:30 A.M. Mass on Trinity Sunday, June 7th. We rejoice with all of our new members as we ask the Spirit to lead and guide them.
Next weekend, June 6 and 7, we will 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.
Congratulations, again, to Father Dane Westhoff, on his Ordination to the Priesthood last Saturday. We ask God’s blessings on him, his family, and his priestly ministry. May the Lord watch over and protect him (and his classmate, Father Christopher Smith) as they will begin their ministry to God and His people in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis in a few weeks.
Return to PUBLIC MASSES: I think that the return to public Masses has been rather smooth. There were, of course, a few hiccups, but that is to be expected. Since the attendance last weekend at the two Sunday Masses (5:00 P.M. on Saturday and 9:30 A.M. Sunday) was rather sparse, we will keep the same schedule for this week and next.
However, please remember that we will have Masses Monday – Friday at 6:30 A.M. and on Saturday at 8:00 A.M. (at least as long as we have three priests in residence). Those Masses, along with the Sunday Masses (Saturday evening at 5:00 P.M. and Sunday morning at 9:30 A.M.) will continue to be livestreamed. I hope that we will have a better attendance at the Sunday Masses this weekend and in the future. When that happens we will resume more of our “normal Masses this weekend and in the future. When that happens we will resume more of our “normal schedule.” One difficulty, of course, will be the cleaning of the pews between the Sunday Masses.
Please, may we work together, try to follow the directives of the State, County, and Archdiocese, and remember that we are here to PRAY!
Please recall that MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL ATTENDING MASS. It is recommended that, if at all possible, that you keep the masks on during Mass … not just entering and leaving. We are also asking you NOT to use the kneelers; they are locked in place. The entire church will be cleaned after the Masses. For the reception of Holy Communion, please keep social distancing in mind. There are signs on the floor six feet apart. PLEASE FORM A SINGLE FILE LINE, THOSE IN THE PEWS, PLEASE MOVE AT LEAST THREE FEET DOWN FROM THE CENTER AISLE, OR FROM THE SIDE AISLE, TO MAINTAIN THE SIX FOOT DISTANCE FROM THE PEOPLE EITHER
GOING TO RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION OR RETURNING FROM HOLY COMMUNION. [Obviously take the mask off (and if you might be wearing gloves, those too) for the reception of Holy Communion.] If we have to have people in the Msgr. Schneider Hall watching the Mass on TV, Holy Communion will be brought to them.
Planning ahead: Our GROUP First Holy Communion is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 14, the Feast of Corpus Christi. The second grade families all received information about that recently. May we pray for our children who are finally going to receive our Lord in Holy Communion.
The Apostleship of Prayer: The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network: The intention for June, as requested by Pope Francis, is: The Way of the Heart We pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart of Jesus. June is traditionally the Month of the Sacred Heart. With Monday being the First Day of the Month, we will change our prayer intention from praying for Deacons (in May) to The Way of the Heart. I will have more about this important prayer intention next week.
Saint Patrick Center Casseroles are due this coming week, on Wednesday and Friday. The pans and recipes are in the main lobby of Church. Thank you for your continued support for this important ministry.
Cardinal Glennon Sunday is traditionally the First Sunday of June, this year on 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. Faithfully yours, in our Risen Lord,
Fr Joe Weber