Today's Spiritual Communion--our last before Masses at St. Joseph resume--is online. Click HERE to view.
May 24: The Ascension of the Lord
My dear friends,
Today is Ascension Sunday. In today’s Gospel, the risen Lord gives his doubting disciples the power they needed to carry out their mission: “All power has been given to me.” Not only that, He also gave them the much-needed assurance of his presence: “And, behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” We have seen the Lord’s power and presence with us during the difficult journey we have taken as a community for the past few months, and we can be assured of his ongoing support and guidance as we move forward.
In this Ascension Day video, you'll see my announcement about our reopening. I hope you will give it your attention as we approach having our first pubic Mass since March 18.
I am thankful to Michele Bowman and Monica Wills for reading this weekend, to Fr. Mathew, for presiding, and to Jim Canzone for cantoring.
This Sunday is a special liturgy as it is offered for our 2020 graduates. We give them our best wishes, and we will continue to keep them in our prayers as they as they seek to serve Lord in their fields of specialty.
Their names and pictures are shown after the homily. We also congratulate the parents and families who supported them all the way through.
We thank Fr. Mathew, our readers, Blanca and Paty and, as always, our gratitude goes to Jeff for music and to Jeff and Vickie for putting this weekend's video together.
By its perpetual devotion to Mary, our Church recognizes how the faith and goodness women express through motherhood help carry salvation and virtue through all generations. Nothing makes truth clearer than love, and no love is more constant and sustaining than a mother's love. So, we say "Thank you!" to all the women, present or at rest, who have shown us love and helped us grow.
Thanks also to Liz Heindereich and Jim Rice for doing our readings, to Deacon David, and to Jeff and Vickie Daignault for their ongoing help with these videos. I also want to thank Melissa Manchester, a friend of Jeff & Vickie's, who gave us permission to use her song, "A Mother's Prayer," this weekend. Its lyrics, and the images Jeff added, are very touching.
I am happy to see Louise Carroll and Sean Newman back reading in this weekend's liturgy. Marilyn Brady is our cantor, and I understand that Jeff's Mom, Doris Daignault, helped out this week with some editing. It's good to see our community active in these ways as we continue to wait and hope for the ability to be able again to celebrate the sacraments together.
For our announcements, check out this week's bulletin. It's available online by clicking HERE (then click on the tab that says "Bulletins").
For a downloadable/printable worship aid with lyrics to this weekend's songs and the prayer for our spiritual communion, click HERE.)
Deacon David's Spiritual Communion Service for April 29, 2020 is available by clicking HERE.
April 25/26: Third Sunday of Easter
My dear parish family,
As I say this Third Sunday of Easter Mass, I would like to ask you to pay attention in a prayerful way to the offertory music and lyrics. I was really touched by it. Jeff, our Music Director, wrote it spontaneously this week as he was alone in the church recording for this liturgy. He told me he felt the loss of so much community, and he was thinking about the things we've been saying for weeks on Facebook about how "matter matters," how everyone being there matters, in the Eucharist. Yet, the song is hopeful. It encourages strength and patience as each of us waits for our Emmaus, for that moment when we will again see Christ before us. He calls the song "My Emmaus."
Also, Marilyn Brady is back singing at this Mass. Thanks as well to our readers, Lily Hernandez and Christy Rood, and to Deacon Dave for his message.
Parish announcements for this week are available by clicking HERE. If you need more information about anything, please check our bulletin by clicking HERE (and then clicking on the "Bulletins" tab) or call the parish office at 813-782-2813.
Our Spiritual Communion service for May 6 is online. Click HERE.