July 1, 2018
The Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
The Most Precious Blood – Price of Our Salvation
The month of July in Catholic devotion is the month of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The Feast of the Most Precious Blood is celebrated on July 1st in the Traditional Roman Calendar.
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!
CENTERSTAGE: So many of our young people have been working very selflessly and in such a dedicated way to present us with wonderful live entertainment through Centerstage – an integral part of our parish for nearly 30 years. I have always enjoyed these musical plays, but, more importantly, have loved to see so many of our parishioners work on such beautiful productions, three generations. I was always sad that due to our limited space, we had to present these plays at St. Dominic or St. Hyacinth. This year’s production will be right here at St. Paul’s. As your pastor, this gives me great joy. Future bulletins will provide dates and times of the presentation in August. I will see you there!
PARISH PICNIC: Please plan on attending our parish picnic which will be on Saturday, September 8th. More details will follow. I am so grateful for all who make this such a success.
SOLEMN MASS OF THANKSGIVING ON THE OCCASION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RESTORATION OF THE DIACONAL ORDER: On Thursday, September 27th Bishop Barres will come to St. Paul’s for the Diocesan Celebration to mark the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the restoration of the Holy Order of Deacons in the Church. Although this is a diocesan celebration and many priests and deacons will be joining the Bishop, I hope many of our own parishioners will come to the Mass to welcome Bishop Barres once again to St. Paul’s (ours was the first parish he visited in February 2017). More details will follow.
GALA DINNER AND CASINO NIGHT: Please save the date of Thursday, October 25th which will be our annual Gala Dinner and Casino Night at the Milleridge Inn Cottage. I am grateful to our committee and our dear friends at the Milleridge Inn (Butch Yamali, Pam, Adam, Richard, and whole staff) for what they do for us. This year we will mark the 50th anniversary of the building and dedication of the Church (May 26, 1968). This will be a beautiful and fun filled evening.
GOLF AND TENNIS OUTING AND AWARDS DINNER: Please save the date of Monday, May 6, 2019, for our annual Golf and Tennis Outing and Awards Dinner at the Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove. It is a beautiful day of tennis and golf and we will award the Monsignor Mario C. Costa Award and the Sister Regina Kraft Award to parishioners.
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 is also one in the Daily Mass Chapel. Please write your intentions and they will be remembered at Holy Mass and by our prayer Group.
Some quotes for us to meditate upon:
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.
In Jesus and Mary,
Monsignor James F. Pereda