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Dear Friends,
A very short column this week.
You may or may not remember this phrase – The Cooperative Mission Appeal. Years ago, any Missionary Society could approach any parish, or as many parishes as they wanted to, and ask to make an appeal on behalf of their missionary work. It was difficult for any pastor to decide how many to allow in a particular parish and the societies with more members could ask more parishes to be able to make an appeal...

Dear Friends,
Last Wednesday, the Church celebrated the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, and with it, the founding of the Church of Rome.
On a similar occasion, a couple of years ago, Pope Francis delivered a homily on the lessons of those two great saints, as those lessons apply to us today. Following are excerpts from those words, as they appeared in last Wednesday’s Magnificat, which I found very inspiring. I hope you will as well.

Dear Friends,
We Are Living Stones. This past week, the parish sent three checks, each for $5,860 to the three charities that are the recipients of our 10% tithe for the parish portion of the We Are Living Stones campaign. Two weeks ago, the Archdiocese deposited in our account the first return for the parish portion of the campaign, $175,800. The Building and Grounds Committee of the parish Finance Council is in the midst of planning for the replacement of the rectory windows, and we will shortly advertise on the ministry website the position of Pastoral Associate for the Sick and the Elderly. Living Stones is paying off for the parish, thanks to your generosity and your vision for the future of this parish community. So far, 518 households have pledged $2,005,115.49. Thank you for your generosity and for your commitment. Pledges may still be made and pledge cards/envelopes are in all the racks at the doors of the church.

Dear Friends,
I liked last year’s Father’s Day reflection, so I decided to put it in again.

I may fail to be as clever as my neighbor down the street,
I may fail to be as wealthy as some other men I meet,
I may never win the glory which a lot of men have had,
But I’ve got to be successful as a little fellow’s dad.
There are certain dreams I cherish which I’d like to see come true,
There are things I would accomplish when my time of life is through,
But the task my heart is on is to guide a little lad
And to make myself successful as that little fellow’s dad.

Dear Friends,
What a hectic weekend last weekend was. On Friday evening, and twice on Saturday, we celebrated the confirmation of 213 young people from our parish. They stuck it out through classes, service projects and a weekend retreat. And they were a special group in their participation and enthusiasm. The three celebrations were filled with that same enthusiasm, from the up-beat music to the energy of Bishop Cruz. I think everyone left with a great sense that the Holy Spirit was really present in these moments at Mount Carmel.

Dear Friends,
Yesterday (presuming you are reading this on Sunday, June 5th), in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, Archbishop Myers ordained 24 men to the diaconate, often called the “permanent diaconate.” Among them was Bob Liwanag, a member of our parish.

What is the diaconate? The diaconate is one of the three levels of the Sacrament of Holy Orders. The other two levels are priesthood and the episcopacy (bishop).

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,
SOME MEMORABLE QUOTES ABOUT MOTHERS FROM SOME FAMOUS PEOPLE:
“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

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