FUN at Parish BBQ!!
We had awesome weather, a good crowd and great food.
There were moments of laughter, chatter and catching up with friends we haven’t seen for a while. No one was left out from little to not so little. Thank you all for your continued and generous support at our parish events. See you next year!
SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF JESUS (CORPUS CHRISTI)
“Eat my flesh, [Jesus] says, and drink my blood.’ The Lord supplies us with these intimate nutrients, he delivers over his flesh and pours out his blood, and nothing is lacking for the growth of his children.’
Last Sunday June 23rd, 2019, we joined Fr. Raphael and Fr. Anselmus after our tri-lingual 11am Mass in procession witnessing to our faith and love of God. A coming together of priests and laity giving honor, praise and glory to God in prayer and song. Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament was brought to his people the sick, the homebound, the insecure, the persecuted. Thank you all, first communicants, altar servers and hospitality ministry for making this feast an awesome spiritual experience. Special thanks to the 67th Police Precinct Community Affairs Department for keeping us safe throughout the route. May God continue to guide, guard and protect them as they serve us in the community.
All Group Leaders are asked to attend the 2020 calendar meeting on Thursday June 13, 2019 at 7:30pm in the Rectory basement. Please bring your proposed 2020 activities.
HOLY SPIRIT PRAYERS
Spirit of wisdom and understanding, enlighten our minds to perceive the mysteries of the universe in relation to eternity. Spirit of right judgment and courage, guide us and make us firm in our baptismal decision to follow Jesus’ way of love. Spirit of knowledge and reverence, help us to see the lasting value of justice and mercy in our everyday dealings with one another. May we respect life as we work to solve problems of family and nation, economy and ecology. Spirit of God, spark our faith, hope and love into new action each day. Fill our lives with wonder and awe in your presence which penetrates all creation. Amen.
Breathe into me, Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Move in me, Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Attract my heart, Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy. Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy. Protect me, Holy Spirit, that I may always be holy. Amen (St. Augustine)
Masses in English at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Come let’s celebrate together this wonderful Feast!
Congratulations First Communicants.
Let us keep our children in prayer as they continue to walk in the footsteps of Jesus.
Open the hearts of our children to a willingness to serve others as an Altar server.
We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
My dear parishioners,
The Easter festivities are approaching quickly. Next week is already Holy Week. The gospel of this 5th Sunday of Lent tells us the story of the woman caught in adultery. Everyone is ready to condemn her and stone her to death. But the attitude of our Lord Jesus Christ is different. God does not want the death of a sinner, God wants the sinner to change his/ her ways and return to the Lord. Before we condemn others, let us look into our own hearts first.
My dear parishioners,
Since last Wednesday (Ash Wednesday), we have begun the season of Lent. This is an intense spiritual season for all of us Catholics and other Christians. It is truly a moment of grace, of which we should take advantage for our own growth in faith and holiness. The three pillars of Lent are Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving, as we were reminded by the Gospel on Ash Wednesday.
Prayer helps us to enter into communion with God and it strengthens our relationship with the Most Holy Trinity. But prayer helps us also to resist the devil and all his temptations. Among the spiritual weapons that St. Paul mentions in his letter to the Ephesians, he also mentions prayer. He says, “With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit. To that end, be watchful with all perseverance and supplication for all the holy ones” (Eph. 6:18). During this season of Lent, we intensify our prayer life. Invite someone who has been away from the Church to come back and celebrate with us at the table of the Eucharist, which is prayer par excellence; Take time to join us for the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday evening from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM; come and join us for the meditation and prayer on the Passion of the Lord with the Stations of the Cross every Friday after the 9:00 AM Mass or in the evening at 7:00 PM;
pray the rosary daily. If Jesus, the Son of God, was tempted, so are we. But with the power of prayer, we will overcome the devil and his deadly snares.
As for Fasting, many people are asking the question, what to give up? It should be a sacrifice that helps you to get closer to God. And whatever you save by giving up something, should help the poor. That’s what we call Almsgiving. Pope Francis said, when you give to the poor or the beggar on the street, do not ask what they will do with the money or how they will use it. Just give from the goodness of your heart. Let us all embark in this journey of penance, sacrifice, and repentance.
God bless you always.