Happy Trinity Sunday!
This Sunday we give thanks and praise to God for the ordination to the Diaconate of our own Harold Escarcega. He is to be ordained a deacon this Sunday morning at St. Thomas the Apostle. Please keep him in your prayers as he begins his last year of seminary as a transitional deacon at St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver. He will be ordained a priest next June! Congratulations Harold!READ MORE
Happy Pentecost Sunday!
Today the Church celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit given to the apostles at Pentecost. In the Office of Readings for today we hear from St. Irenaeus who says, “This was why the Lord had promised to send the Advocate: he was to prepare us as an offering to God. Like dry flour, which cannot become one lump of dough, one loaf of bread, without moisture, we who are many could not become one in Christ Jesus without the water that comes down from heaven. And like parched ground, which yields no harvest unless it receives moisture, we who were once like a waterless tree could never have lived and borne fruit without this abundant rainfall from above.”READ MORE
This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord. In the Preface Prayer of Mass this Sunday the Church prays,
“He ascended, not to distance himself from our lowly state
But that we, his members, might be confident of following
Where he, our Head and Founder, has gone before.”
And Happy Mother’s Day! Thanks be to God for all of our mothers. Our Gospel is very fitting this weekend as Jesus gives us His commandment: “Love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Isn’t this the example of mothers throughout the world? Women who lay down their lives for those whom they love most, their own flesh and blood. More often than not, this self-sacrificial love happens in secret. I have been very privileged to witness this in the women of our parish. Thank you for being so generous with your gift of motherhood.READ MORE
May begins Confirmation season for us here at St. Joan of Arc. This weekend at the 10:30 Mass we celebrate the adult confirmations. Over the next few weeks we will have First Reconciliation and First Communion and Confirmation for our children. Please keep all in prayer during this very eventful month. As well, we have numerous weddings throughout May and June. Please keep all couples in your prayers as they prepare for the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.READ MORE