From the Pastor
May 26, 2019
THE SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
The week upon which we embark is a grace filled one indeed. Last week was National Police Officers Week and we pray for all who serve and protect us in the police department. Sadly, so many have lost their lives in the long blue line of duty. May God grant them eternal rest. Saturday of last week was Armed Forces Day. On that day we dedicated the Field of Honor prepared by our dear Knights of Columbus and Squires. The flags remain until Flag Day, June 14th.
ASCENSION THURSDAY (May 30th): Thursday May 30th is Ascension Thursday. It is the wondrous feast of Our Lord’s return to heaven where He awaits us and where He has prepared a place for us. It is a HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION. The Masses that day will be Wednesday evening at 7.30PM and on Thursday at 8.00AM and 12.15PM. Make every effort to attend Holy Mass that day. Interestingly, in England the Feast is called Holy Thursday and what we Americans call Holy Thursday (the Thursday before Good Friday) is called Maundy Thursday in England. Maundy is the Old English word for the Latin mandatum which refers to the foot washing ceremony. Please note the parish office will be closed in observance of the Holyday.
MEMORIAL DAY: This weekend we observe Memorial Day when we pray for and thank God for the service of those in the armed forces of our nation. The day began as a day when the graves of our fallen soldiers would be adorned with spring flowers. Thus the original name of the holiday, Decoration Day. (My good father always called the holiday “Decoration Day” until the day of his death 26 years ago. But he also called any sound system the “Victrola.”) May God bless my fellow veterans and all who have served in the armed forces of our nation.
ANNUAL COMMUNION BREAKFAST: Last Sunday Our Knights of Columbus Council and Marian Guild sponsored our annual communion breakfast. This is always a most pleasant occasion when we get to greet our fellow parishioners and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Our guest speaker for the breakfast was Father Leo Song. Father Leo is a newly ordained priest who made his First Holy Communion here at St. Paul.
ST. RITA: Wednesday of last week, May 22nd was the Feast of Saint Rita of Cascia, the saint of the Impossible. She has worked innumerable miracles for her clients. I would encourage all of you to pray to her unceasingly. Over twenty five years ago a wonderful gentleman whom I had befriended while I was living and studying in Rome and his son (Andrea and Carlo respectively) drove me the great distance from Rome to St. Rita’s shrine in Cascia (I had no use of a car while I was a student in Rome). The father Andrea had been miraculously spared when he was in a terrible car accident at the age of 17. He attributed the saving of his life to St. Rita and every year went to her shrine on her feast. How well I remember being with them that day many years ago. I even remember stopping for pranzo with them and eating delicious trout that had just been caught and had been roasted in aluminum foil. Sadly I have lost contact with Andrea and presume God has called him home where he may be with St. Rita forever. Ever since that day, I have been a devoted client of St. Rita and my mother, although her baptismal name was Marie, was known as Rita. It is she who also instilled into me a love of St. Rita, the Saint of the Impossible.
SAVE THE DATE: Our Parish Picnic will be on Sunday September 8, 2019. At the suggestion of the Pastoral Council we will have the picnic on a Sunday this year.
CENTERSTAGE: Please see the bulletin for information on our Centerstage production this summer and the try-outs and rehearsal information.
In Jesus and Mary,
Monsignor James F. Pereda