The Ascension is the completion of the Resurrection. When Jesus rose from the dead, He rose up, and now in the Ascension He continues that action, He rises further upward. In fact, He rises all the way to the right hand of God the Father. When we see that the Ascension completes what began at the Resurrection, then it makes a bit more sense. Then also we can see its meaning and the great hope that it holds out to us. Just as Jesus rose from the dead and went up to God, so shall we who have been baptized. In the Ascension, we see the model of our own salvation, which we wait for in hope.READ MORE
Congratulations to our newly confirmed and to all those who received their First Communion. This past Friday we had our First Communion and Confirmation Mass in English and the Friday before we had it in Spanish. I am very grateful to all of our catechists who made this such a splendid year. We have such a great team of catechists and volunteers who make everything run so smoothly. I want to offer a special word of gratitude to Laura Gallant, our Coordinator of Religious Education. This was her first year in the position and she did a wonderful job supporting our families, catechists, volunteers, and all the children who received Sacraments this year. Thank you Laura!READ MORE
This Sunday we have another short yet powerful Gospel reading. Jesus says, “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” How profoundly simply is this new commandment that Jesus gives the disciples. “Love one another.” There are no conditions, just a blanket command to love. Jesus tells us that we are to love as he has loved us. How has he loved us? By dying for us while we were still sinners. He did not wait for us to understand everything perfectly. He died for us knowing that we would still, at times, choose sin. Likewise, we are not to wait until we have assurance that someone won’t turn against us. We are called to love one another even if we are not loved in return.READ MORE
Happy Sunday! And Happy Mother’s Day!
I hope that this day is one filled with many blessings for all of the mothers in our parish. During this month of May, a month of Mary, we entrust our whole parish, but in a special way all mothers to the protection and guidance of the Blessed Virgin Mary. St. Luke tells us twice in the beginning of the Gospel he wrote that Mary would ponder the events of her life in her heart. She constantly kept a contemplative spirit and would bring to the Lord everything happening concerning herself and her Son. She is an example for all Christians and in a special way mothers, who always hold their children very dear to their hearts.READ MORE
We are now in the season of Easter and will be for several weeks. Then comes the Ascension and Pentecost and then after that Trinity Sunday and Corpus Christi. There are many great celebrations ahead of us this year before summer settles in. The liturgical year is just so rich. I encourage you to look ahead at your calendars and maybe plan something nice for those days. Just as at Easter, the family celebrations that go along with the liturgical celebrations add to our experience of God’s goodness to us. But for now it is Easter.READ MORE