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Dear Friends,
Memorial weekend – the unofficial start of summer. If the weather helps it along. It would be nice, since most of May has not been.  Memorial Day – a day of “runs,” of barbeques and trips to the shore, the mountains and other places of recreation.
Memorial Day – a day to remember, to remember those who paid the price for us to do all of the above, a day we should not forget them, no matter what else we do.

Dear Friends,
I write this week on two subjects, one material and one spiritual. I’ll do the material first, so I can end with spiritual thoughts for the week to come.  The material is obviously on the We Are Living Stones campaign. As of this writing, Thursday, May 19th, $1,862,289.17. has been pledged from 438 donors. The great news is that we are almost $400,000. over our goal of $1,471,300. God bless all who have joined in this “push into the future.” The sad news is that this great “Push” is being fueled by only 438 donors.

Dear Friends,
Enough of stones (living as they may be) and of things practical. Today is given to the spirit, the Holy Spirit. We old-timers would remember the days when Pentecost would have been highlighted as the birthdate of the Church. And this is something that can’t be denied. As it is with all birthdays, so it is with the Church, born from the side of her crucified Lord, (as many great spiritual writers have reflected down through the ages), and brought to life by the power of the Holy Spirit. And so, Happy Birthday, Church!

Dear Friends,
“No man is poor who has had a godly mother.” A. Lincoln
“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” Balzac
“Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; a mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” Oliver Wendell Holmes
“Motherhood brings as much joy as ever, but it still brings boredom, exhaustion, and sorrow too. Nothing else ever will make you as happy or as sad, as proud or as tired, for nothing is quite as hard as helping a person develop his own individuality especially while you struggle to keep your own.” Marguerite Kelly and Elia Parsons
“A mother understands what a child does not say.” A Jewish Proverb

Dear Friends,
Even though I will be back when you read this, I write it from Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, on my semi-annual visit. I was speaking with the priests yesterday of how, in the early years of our presence on the Islands, I would come down four and sometimes five times a year. In those years, there were so many challenges, so much to do, so many plans to be made, new churches, a school, presence on the out-islands.

Dear Friends,
I want to share with you a true story I told at all the receptions for We Are Living Stones. As I have said, all 220 parishes of the Archdiocese are participating in this campaign. But some parishes have chosen to do a major campaign for parish needs as an “add on” to their campaign effort. I’m talking in the realm of 3 or 4 million dollars for additions to their parish buildings or really major renovations. About two months ago, I was at a meeting with some priests at which the pastor of one of those parishes was present. At one point, he calmly mentioned that he was working at this desk one day and a parishioner came in and handed him a pledge to the campaign for one million dollars – one million dollars.

Dear Friends,
Before I get to our plans for the parish segment of Living Stones, I want to share with you what’s happening today at the 11:00 Mass. You know (or may not know) that the Church prepares adults to enter the Church through an itinerary or process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, commonly called the RCIA. It is a process over the course of months, but as long as a year or more, basically for those preparing for adult baptism, those who have never been baptized before. This past Easter Vigil, Kimberly Michel was baptized, after walking in this itinerary. Last weekend, Gail Julian was welcomed into this itinerary and, with the help of God, will be baptized at the Easter Vigil, 2017.

Dear Friends,
I continue this week in my presentation on the We Are Living Stones campaign. As I mentioned in my talk at all the Masses last weekend, We Are Living Stones looks to the future, seeking to ensure that the Catholics who come after us will benefit from as vibrant a faith as we received from those who went before us. It is not just about us – it’s about the future. (If you weren’t here last weekend, you can view my talk on the parish website by going to the home page and clicking on the Living Stones icon.

Dear Friends,
First, let me take this opportunity to express my thanks to all those who helped make the Holy Week and Easter services so moving. I want to especially say thanks to Fr. Robert and the liturgical ministers who planned and carried out some unique Masses/services which really happen only once a year. The liturgies so well done and, therefore, so spiritually moving. A thank you to Peter Sicko and the entire music ministry for the beauty of the music and, again, to Peter for the beauty of the Easter decorations, which he organized and arranged. And lastly to the members of the Youth Group for the Living Stations of the Cross on Good Friday evening and for the liturgical ministries in which they served in the auditorium on Easter Sunday.

Dear Friends,
Six years ago, in a newspaper I never mention by name, there was a story of two young children. They were both eight at the time and their names are Orel and Marya. At the time, they had been neighbors for nearly a year. They talked, they watched television together, they shared favorite foods and treats. She liked his mother’s eggplant dish. He liked her father’s rice and lamb. They are best friends. He is wild and impulsive; she is smart, up-beat and strong-willed. But friends put up with that in each other.


Mass Schedule

Weekend Liturgies
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m.,
11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m.,
3 p.m. (Spanish), 6:30 p.m.
Weekday Liturgies
Monday thru Friday,
6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m.,
and 12 noon
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. only
Holy Days
Eve: 7:30pm (anticipated)
6:30am, 8:30am, and 12noon 




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