Praised be Jesus Christ, and Mary, His Most Holy Mother! The month of July in Catholic devotion is the month of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Most Precious Blood is the price of our salvation. We may truly say that without Our Lord’s Most Precious Blood we would not be here today.
I am sure that we have all had experiences in life of how things have profoundly influenced our whole future. We would never be in our present situation in life had some event not occurred, like the encouragement of a teacher to attend a specific school or going to a social event where we met our future spouse.
Just as we may say that these events are the cause of many other things in life, so we may say that without Our Lord’s Precious Blood, shed upon the Cross for us, we would have no hope of the forgiveness of our sins and the hope of going to heaven. Our Lord’s Most precious Blood washes us clean in the Sacrament of Penance. Certainly no Catholic will let a single month pass without going to confession.
Blessed Be His Most Precious Blood!
PARISH PICNIC: We will have our annual parish picnic on Saturday, September 6th. This is a wonderful event when all our families come together to enjoy a fun-filled afternoon and evening. I am grateful to all who have worked on this in the past. This year I have asked our parishioner Mr. Jesse Cromer to be the Chairman of the Picnic Committee. Our first meeting will be on Thursday, July 10th at 7.00pm in the Barn. Please join Jesse and me that evening as we make plans for this parish celebration.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Please see the bulletin notice about our Vacation Bible School. Which will be during the week of August 4th – 8th. The Vacation Bible School will be run by our Seminarian, John Crozier. It is my fond hope that this will be the first annual vacation Bible School at St. Paul’s.
PRAYER REQUESTS: Please remember that we have a book of intentions in the narthex (vestibule) of the Church for you to write your prayer petitions. There will soon also be one in the Daily Mass Chapel. Please write your intentions and they will be remembered at Holy Mass and by our prayer Group.
MEMORIALS: Our parish is in need of several liturgical items that may be donated as a memorial for a loved one. We are already grateful to the Knights of Columbus who have donated two of the four pyxes that we need. The pyx is a large gold vessel with a locking device that is used to bring Holy Communion to our two Nursing Homes, Amber Court and the Arbors. We are still in need of two more. We are in need of two statues for our Daily Mass Chapel. These are woodcut and from Italy and they are statues of St. Ann and St. Jude. Both of these saints are wonderful intercessors and friends and, as we know, St. Jude is the patron Saint of the Impossible. We are also in need of the Processional candles for our Alar Servers to carry. The old pair, so worn and so bent, was donated to the Church in Haiti. We are now in need of new ones.
In the coming weeks we will also be in need of new Holy Water Fonts for the Church. The ones in the Church now are from almost 50 years ago and are in very bad condition. I cannot thank you good parishioners enough. There has been nothing needed for the Church that I have requested that you have not given to our Beloved St. Paul.
LIGHTHOUSE MEDIA: Soon we will have a kiosk in the narthex of the Church which will be filled with good Catholic CD’s and books. I cannot recommend this more highly so that we may all grow in faith.
MASS MANNERS: Please try to care for the kneelers in the Church by not standing on them and by quietly placing them up and down rather than letting them slam. Please place the books neatly on the pew racks and do not leave them open so that the binding will crack.
This week I add another feature to our weekly column. Each week we will have a short quote from St. Philip Neri, St. Josémaria Escrivá and from the Pope.
St. Philip Neri: One of the best ways of obtaining humility is sincere and frequent confession.
St. Josémaria Escrivá: It is not that the Mass is long; it is that your love for God is short.
Pope Francis: One who approaches Jesus without Mary does so as an orphan.
Benedicat Virgo Maria!
In Jesus and Mary,
Monsignor James F. Pereda