The Pastor’s Corner
Comings and Goings
Let us all keep him in prayer that the Lord will guide him to fulfill his vocation.
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We welcome another seminarian, Jacob Mason, who will be with us from July through mid-August. I will ask Jacob to introduce himself in the next bulletin.
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This weekend, we also welcome Father Eric Shafer our new parochial vicar. As I mentioned last week, Father Shafer is bilingual (Spanish and English) and will join us in working with our Hispanic ministry. I will ask Father Shafer also to introduce himself in a future bulletin.
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This Tuesday, June 30th, we will have our second holy hour in conjunction with the Miraculous Medal novena as part of the U.S. Bishops’ “Fortnight for Freedom.” I have asked seminarian Jacob Mason to present the reflection on the challenges to faith today.
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“During the 20th Century, some 45 million Christians died because of their faith. And the trend continues. In 2011, the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life found that 70 percent of the world’s population lives in countries with high restrictions on religious beliefs and practices. And nearly a third of the world’s population live in countries where either government restrictions on religion or social hostilities involving religion rose substantially in the first decade of the 21st Century…And while atrocities are committed against peoples and institutions of all the world’s religions…80 percent of all acts of religious discrimination in the world today are directed at Christians…Some 150,000 Christians are killed for the faith every year. So the Age of Martyrs did not conclude (centuries ago). It is still with us.”
(Archbishop Wenski Red Mass homily, April 23, 2015)
In Our Lord
Father Stan Krempa
Meet Rev. Eric Shafer
Our new parochial vicar will introduce himself at a later date. In the meantime, you can read his pre-ordination bio here: Catholic Herald. Fr. Shafer was ordained in June of 2013 and has been a parochial at Blessed Sacrament in Alexandria. Welcome him and introduce yourself when you see him at Mass.
The wonderful gift of Christ’s very self
The real presence in the Eucharist
Fr. Robert Barron