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The Pastor’s Corner

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Gratitude

            This Sunday, June 25th, we will have a parish reception in Muldowney Hall after the 11:15 Mass to thank Father Bartlett for his four years of service to our parish. It will also be an opportunity to wish him well as he begins graduate studies in canon law at Catholic University.

            Over the past four years, Father Bartlett has been involved in virtually every aspect of our parish’s life. He has been a wonderful example of patience, faith and common sense in approaching the many issues that came to him.

            We wish him well and an abundance of God’s grace as he enters this next chapter of his priestly life in the Diocese of Arlington.

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            Next Tuesday, our novena will be expanded  to include a holy hour as part of the Fortnight for Freedom sponsored by the Bishops of the United States. This holy hour will be not only a thanksgiving for the religious freedom we have in our country but also a call to vigilance that freedom of religion will always thrive in our land.

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            Last Sunday, on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Pope Francis gave a homily in which he said, “Today’s Solemnity reminds us that in our fragmented lives the Lord comes to meet us in “fragility” which is the Eucharist. In the Bread of Life, the Lord comes to us, making Himself a humble meal that lovingly heals our memory, wounded by life’s frantic pace…the Eucharist is flavored with Jesus’ words and deeds, the taste of His Passion, the fragrance of His Spirit!”

            The feast of Corpus Christi reminds us of the great blessing that we have in our Adoration Chapel. In a few years, we will be approaching the 25th anniversary of the opening of the chapel- a quarter century of faith and prayer. A true blessing!

 

                                                In Our Lord

                                                Father Stan Krempa