The Pastor's Pen
Pastor's Pen - June 16
Today we celebrate the great mystery of our Christian faith, the Holy Trinity. We profess our faith in God who is one in three Persons. The Catechism, #253, teaches us that the divine persons do not share the one divinity among themselves but each of them is God, whole and entire. The Father is that which the Son is, the Son is that which the Father is and the Father and the Son that which the Holy Spirit is, i.e. by nature one God. The prayers of today’s Mass, particularly the preface, help us articulate this mystery: in the confessing of the true and eternal Godhead, you might be adored in what is proper to each Person, their unity in substance, and their equality in majesty. Pay attention when you say (pray) the Creed, which defines what and in whom we believe.
Last weekend I so enjoyed our celebration of Pentecost. What a spirit-filled liturgy to conclude our Easter season! The music was amazing, the environment was incredible, the first reading in Malayalam, Turkish, Spanish, and French, depending on what Mass you attended, and seeing many of you wearing red, all made it special. The choir at 10:00 Mass expanded for other family members to join in. What a treat! See the pictures on Facebook. Planning for all this began weeks ago, and a special thanks to our foreign language lectors. Now is the time to go evangelize; that is, invite a friend, family member, co-worker, to meet you at Mass. Spread the good Spirit of God’s love, and the welcoming spirit of Christ the King.
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads in the parish. May God bless you abundantly for the love and sharing of your lives that you give to your families. As I reflect upon the gift of faith given to me by God, I know that it was nurtured and strengthened by the love of my dad. Whether they are still with us, or with the Lord in heaven, let us be sure to stop and offer our praise and love to them. Check out www.FATHERSFORGOOD.ORG, an initiative for men by the Knights of Columbus. There you will find numerous good articles and videos.
All school families received Pflaum Gospel Weeklies for the summer. I encourage families to use it to prepare for Sunday Mass, and refer to it through the week for the family prayer. At the last School Board meeting Mrs. Fahey reported that the school is growing, which is wonderful news. We will have more in kindergarten than graduated 8th grade. Final numbers will be tallied in August. For several years there was declining enrollment, so this second year of growth is so heartening. The plan for this growth goes back to the school renovation. The first thing we did was add more classrooms to the preschool, since it is a feeder to the primary school. The plan is working; the school renovation has led to more students. We have much to be proud of, and thankful for. God is good!
I am away this week on retreat, going to Mundelein, IL to the Mary and Joseph Retreat Center. It is a silent retreat with conferences, just for priests. It will be a blessed way to start my 61st year of life. Please pray for me. Note the weekday Mass schedule this week.
Have a good week!