Week of June 18, 2017

Ask and you will receive. Mt. 7:7

You have been an answer to prayer.  I asked for people to help with our work day and you responded.  There were lots of workers and younger workers to help and much was accomplished.  The first phase of improving our berms along the main drive to church has been done.  Thanks to all of you who volunteered your time and work.  Thanks to Aaron and Rachel Vogel for coordinating the effort.  Thanks to our Knights of Columbus who provided funding from last summer’s parish golf tournament.

Then last weekend you were asked to be drivers to deliver sandwiches for our summer lunch program for our youth in the community.  I was going to take one of the drop off points, but ended up not being needed.  Thank you for responding to this need.

At many of our weekday masses we pray for vocations to diaconate and priesthood and to the religious life.  May 13th Bill Fox was ordained a Transitional Deacon.  We look forward to his ordination to the priesthood next year.  This past Saturday, June 10th, Fred Lange was installed into the Ministry of Acolyte.  This is one of the stages people go through before ordination.  We look forward to Fred’s ordination to the Permanent Diaconate next year.  There is much to be grateful for.

Hopefully you have noticed the articles in the bulletin about our parking lot repair.  We are in our second phase that will be happening the middle of July.  Some of the work may be happening the end of June.  I am grateful for those who have responded to this need.  There is still money pledged to come in.  If you haven’t made a pledge and are able to help with this campaign it will be appreciated.  Our hope is to finish the project by next
summer 2018.

This week I am attending an Assembly for priests from the United States in Atlanta, Georgia.  The theme for the assembly is “Peacemaking in a Fractured World.”  I will be gone Monday through Thursday.  There will be Mass on Monday morning and a Communion Service Wednesday morning.

In today’s reading from John’s Gospel he compares Jesus’ body and blood to earthly food.  This passage is located not long after the multiplication of the loaves and just before Peter’s confession of faith.  This passage connects Jesus the new Moses with Jesus the Christ, a source of life for those who believe.

Jesus’ body was a place of action.  In his body, Jesus healed, fed, forgave, called and taught.  Through Jesus’ body, humanity felt God’s love.  Jesus teaches us today how we too can, like Jesus, give God a body from which to act and a heart from which to love.

The medieval sisters of Liege who instituted the feast of Corpus Christi coupled eucharistic adoration with a robust commitment to the works of mercy.  Their love of Christ’s body made of their own bodies a place from which God could act in love.  So must we continue the mission of Christ.  (Michael R. Simone, S.J. – Taken from America)

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