JMJ 23 June 2015 My Dearest Parish Family, God be with us always. I would like to clarify a statement that I made both in the bulletin and verbally to many parishioners. Rather than being assigned by the Diocesan Missions Office to St. Irenaeus, Fr. Marc was invited by Fr. Patrick Moses to speak at each Mass, during which the congregation was invited to stop by his table after Mass. There was no second collection taken at any of the Masses. The distinction between the assignment vs. the invitation was not clear to me when I made my statement in the bulletin as well as verbally to many.
JMJ 21 June 2015 Dearest Parish Family, God be with us always. “Thank you” is an expression we have always been encouraged to say ever since we were young. This week we have plenty of reasons to say it and yes; even proclaim it. First on the list is the beautiful Profession of Faith made by Hugh McConahey, husband of Mary Ann, who has actively volunteered in many of our Parish Ministries. It was a grace-filled moment as friends, family and daily Mass participants witnessed how Hugh received the Holy Eucharist for the first time.
JMJ 7 June 2015 My Dearest Parish Family, God be with us always. Congratulations to our Eucharistic Ministers who have been commissioned at the Masses we celebrated today. To all of us I say, “Happy Feast of Corpus Christi.” “For this is my body, which will be given up for you. For this is the Chalice of my Blood, the Blood of the new and eternal covenant.” These are words that are prayed and said in each Eucharistic Celebration . . . which through the centuries have probably been proclaimed more than a billion times, if I may be so bold to claim.
JMJ 31 May 2015 My Dearest Parish Family, God be with us always. Happy Feast of the Holy Trinity. Last Sunday on the Feast of Pentecost I shared this beautiful thought: “When we love with our eyes it lasts for a day. When we love with our hearts it lasts forever.” I heard this from Sally, one of our sacristans, who heard it from a Monsignor at a Mass she attended. I know and believe that God loves us with His Heart because it is a perfect love that lasts for eternity. It even outlasts Time itself. On the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity we are once again challenged to Believe, to Trust, to