This weekend marks the last Sunday of our five-week journey through Chapter 6 of Saint John’s Gospel ~ Jesus’ the Bread of Life discourse. This weekend’s verses pick up with the shock and murmuring of Jesus’ listeners to the fact that Jesus says, “…unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.” Jesus does not back down from His statements, nor does He change or soften what He said. As a result, many of His followers left Him and returned to their daily lives, causing Jesus to ask the Twelve, if they also wanted to leave. Here we have Saint Peter taking the lead and affirming the Faith: “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”
Jesus, the Holy One of God, shares our humanity, redeems us, makes His grace available to us and offers us victory over sin and death. Jesus, the Holy One of God, who is “the way, and the truth, and the life.” Jesus, a prisoner of love in the Eucharist. Jesus, the model of total obedience to the Father and the One who shows us the pattern for a life that is indeed worth living. Let us draw closer and nearer to Him every day, especially in these trying and difficult times.
In reviewing our Adoration Ministry, it has become apparent that despite the efforts to recruit additional Adorers over the last few years, we do not have enough Adorers to fill all the necessary hours to ensure that our Blessed Lord is not left alone during Exposition. We are looking at the schedule and the days/hours where we do not have the needed support. A change in the schedule, meaning a reduction in the hours of Adoration, will be forthcoming.
We also have begun a reformulation of our RCIA efforts. This acronym is used to identify the process of helping non-Catholics to become Catholic and Catholics still needing Sacraments to receive them.
Catholic life is all about worshipping God rightly and making disciples. This is a task for every one of us from the oldest to the youngest, from those born Catholic to those who have just entered. When we eat the flesh of Jesus Christ, we are sent out to bring Christ to others and to bring others to Christ. I hope that many of you will take the time to investigate this new RCIA effort and to check out where you might be able to become a part of this essential work of Catholic living. Details on an upcoming information night about this reformulation and renewal will be available shortly.
Our Welcoming Ministry Team efforts are slowly getting underway. One training session has happened and others will be planned. The focus here is to have any one entering our Church on the weekend be personally welcomed by not just one person but by several persons. We are a family and families are welcoming people. As God’s family, each of us share the responsibility to greet and meet those coming to worship our loving and merciful Father. I hope many of you will step up for this easiest of all ministries ~ after a short training, all you do is come to Church a little earlier and welcome everyone you see.
God bless you, God love you,