Happy Mother's Day

Dear Friends,

Prayerful best wishes on this Mothers’ Day to all Moms! May each of you know every grace and blessing from above today and every day.

At the end of Mass, we will continue with our recent tradition of crowning the statue of Mary in our Sanctuary. We honor her who is the Mother of God, Mother of the Church and our own Mother, as disciples of her Son Jesus Christ. May her Motherly intercession on our behalf, win us many graces, favors and blessings as well as protection during this pandemic crisis.

Our Following Christ series has been moving along quite well via Zoom meetings. I joined them two Monday nights in a row. The first was to lead them in a litany prayer of forgiveness. The second to encourage their own stepping out in praying aloud for another. Prayer is so essential, so vital for the health of our souls. And praying together in small groups and one-on-one accesses the unfathomable mercies, healings and strength of our loving Father! May we become prayer warriors, constantly lifting up one another and all those in need to God.

As we continue through this Easter season, our first reading this weekend recounts the calling forth of the first deacons in the Church. We salute all deacons but especially Deacon Jack Hasson and Deacon Ed Hinson who serve our parish family with devotion.

In our second reading, Saint Peter reminds us that, “You are “a chosen race, a royal pries

thood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises” of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.’ May we embrace this wonderful gift of being able to offer up sacrifices to our God in union with Jesus Christ. Joining our sacrifices with Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross, brings forth sanctification for us, for others and for our world.

In our Gospel, Jesus tells us that He is preparing a place for us in His Father’s House and that He will come back to take us to Himself. Why? So that we can be where He is which is with the Father in the glory of heaven. Jesus alone is “the way and the truth and the life.” May we follow Him joyfully, preparing ourselves to join Him and all our brothers and sisters in the glory of eternal life.

Archbishop Perez shared a particular saying of his that he tells everyone and repeats regularly ~ “Never underestimate the power of the Holy Spirit working in you, through you, and despite you.” Yes, the Lord is with us and is working in us, through us and despite us. May we find comfort that our God never grows tired of us or of our needs. May we be strengthened to go to Him now and every day, knowing that He hears us and offers us all that we need for our salvation.

God love you, God bless you,

Monsignor McCulken

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