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Friday, February 7, 2020
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
I’ve always been impressed with news about former president Jimmy Carter, who even at the age of 95 and a survivor of brain and liver cancer, still joins Habitat for Humanity’s home building teams or teaches Sunday School at his family’s local Church. His faith in Jesus truly shines out in his life of dedicated service.
Last weekend, we celebrated the Feast of Jesus’ Presentation in the Temple. Along with the elders of the temple we proclaim Jesus to be a “Light of Revelation to the Gentiles and glory of your people Israel.” (Luke 2:32).
This weekend’s Biblical lessons return to our yearlong study of the Gospel of Matthew. This weekend’s lessons follow so well last weekend’s celebration as Jesus challenges his followers: “You are the salt of the earth…..You are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:13-14). This definitely is a tall order and a challenge. If you’re wondering how to be the “salt” for our world and the “light” for others, the answer can be found in the text of our first Biblical lesson from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah: “sharing your bread with the hungry, bringing the afflicted and the homeless into your house; clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own flesh? (Isaiah 58:7).
This of course is not an exhaustive list. Isaiah cites these as examples to the people of his day and time. Our challenge is not only to make time for acts of Charity which tend to be easier but also ask the deeper questions and move to acts of Justice. “What conditions such as: lack of opportunities for education and skills development, gang violence within certain neighborhoods, lack of affordable housing, just wages, affordable childcare, ease, affordability, and availability of public transportation, parenting education, etc. and keeping our neighbors in states of need rather than enable them to care more for themselves and their families? These more comprehensive issues of Justice need our attention as well in order to live the mandate of Jesus to be “Salt for the earth and Light for our World.” For generations, our Church has taught that Charity and Justice are the two feet of our Christian walk, as we realistically follow our Lord and Savior in our own day and age. We can be proud that “Catholic Charities” strives to do just that. Our church’s efforts are not only that of Charity which is needed and required, but alone may engender dependence. Through comprehensive programs Catholic Charities seek to work acts of Justice to change situations; moving people from dependence to self-sufficiency.
HOLY SEAON OF LENT 2020 begins with Ash Wednesday on February 26th. Again this year, we challenge all our Parish families to “Reclaim Sundays” as a day of: rest, worship and family time. During this Holy Season, we try to take care of all our assorted business on Saturdays. That may include: our car maintenance, cutting the grass, washing clothes, doing homework, shopping for assorted items, etc. As we have been doing in the past, we will be celebrating Benediction at the conclusion of the 11AM Mass. Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist will be available for Adoration on the main altar from that time until 4:45PM. Come with your entire family to just spend some time in Adoration.
Teach your children about the “real presence” of Jesus in the Sacrament and how to take time to listen to Him speak to us. We will also make available “Intercessory Prayer Intention” slips within the parish bulletin. You may list your needs and thanksgiving prayers by placing them in our parish’s Intercessory Prayer Basket, during Lenten Weekends, they will be placed at the foot of the main Altar. Please come forward before Mass and deposit your prayer requests there.
FR. RON AWAY ON MISSION until Thursday, February 13th. My travels will take me to the Diocese of Masaka Uganda, East Africa, where I will be present for the inauguration of a new phase two addition to a medical store and warehouse sponsored by ROTA: Reaching Out 2 Africa. As founder and board president of ROTA, I travel to the sites where with our mission partners, we are enabled to complete certain projects, that benefit many of our brothers and sisters. I’ll also be visiting a number of schools that have benefited from our local water project fundraising. My time, approximately two weeks, is part of my vacation allotment. Please pray for the safe travel of our four person team. Our parish will be assisted in the interim by; Fr. John Leising, Rev. Paul R. Bossi, Rev James Dugan SJ, Rev. Thomas Doyle, Rev. Andrew Lauricella, Rev. Richard S. DiGiulio, and Rev. Moses Ikuelogbon, as well as Deacons Tom, Don and Carmelo. Thank you