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May 7, 2017

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

JMJ

May promises to be a very busy month for us. We got off to a good start this past Monday with the celebration of Mass on the feast of St. Joseph the Worker. The instruction of that day was that Pope Pius XII, in 1955, inaugurated that memorial to counter-balance the May Day festival in the communist world, where they emphasize the worker. The Holy Father wanted to honor Joseph as the model for all workers,  as well as to recognize the dignity of human labor as being part of God’s plan from the beginning in the garden of Eden.

But as you know, the month of May is traditionally dedicated to Joseph’s spouse, Mary, the Blessed Mother of Jesus. She has two feastdays this month, one of which will be the last day of the month when we celebrate The Visitation. We also have a few other special days: May 13th we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the apparition of Mary at Fatima, and on Sunday May 28th, the Ascension, (transferred from the 25th in our Diocese). There are also a few important saints in there as well, like the somewhat obscure St. Paschal Baylon, the saint of my birthdate, and St. Joan of Arc, one of my favorites. On  top of all of that, we also have Memorial Day on Monday the 29th. We will have our traditional outdoor Mass up by the cemetery on that day.

The first Sunday in June is Pentecost Sunday and our parish feastday as we honor the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, the Holy Spirit. We’re going to do something a little different this year. The 4 o’clock Mass will be more elaborate; it will be something like the Easter Vigil. All the smells, the bells, and extra readings, as we recall the descent of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the Church. We will do a novena leading up to that day. More information will to come as we continue to plan.

I am not with you this weekend as I went to Pennsylvania to visit relatives, living and deceased. I’m sure there may be a few other adventures in there, too.

Addenda:

Congratulations to Tony DiMaria, our Faith Formation Director, who completed his degree at Sacred Heart seminary this past week.

Also, congrats to all of our children who received their First Holy Communion this weekend and to our young adults who will receive the sacrament of Confirmation this Wednesday here at the parish along with those from Old Saint Patrick Church in Whitmore Lake.

Fr. Gerald Gawronski, former pastor at Old St. Pat’s, was recently interviewed on an EWTN news segment. You can see the story about persecuted Christians here (starting at the 20:50 minute mark): https://goo.gl/88qk47. Fr. J

 

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