June 25 Blessed John XXIII 6:30 pm
June 26 St. Bernadette 10:00 am
June 26 St. Gerard 6:30 pm
June 27 St. Martin H.S. 10:00 am
June 27 St. Jerome 6:30 pm
June 28 St. David of Wales 6:30 pm
My Dear Graduates,
As you graduate from Grade 8, high school, college, or university, keep strong your faith in God. God blessed you with unique talents and abilities and you should use those gifts well. Work hard to prepare for a challenging future.
As you celebrate your graduations remember the love of your parish, family and friends. Remember your own sacrifice and hard work and remember that God has a special plan for your life. You have so much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to. I wish you many new joys and accomplishments and go as far as your dreams can take you. May God give you all the faith it takes to make your dreams come true. May His light shine down upon you each and every day and may His love and wisdom guide you on your way.
Congratulations and best wishes in everything you do.
God Bless you.
Father Joyson Pottackal, O. Carm.
We celebrate the loving example of your life this Father’s Day. You bless not only your own children and family, but also all others who have the special privilege of knowing you.
Thank you for “fathering,” mentoring, guiding, and nurturing so many whose paths you cross.
Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful fathers in our parish and may God Bless you all!
Think for a moment what it means that blood is in us to give. Whether donating to the blood bank, working for a worthy cause or giving birth, are we not really talking about more than blood cells, platelets and plasma? Do we not mean that life itself is in us to give?
To the people of Israel blood symbolized the pouring out of their lives to the God who had chosen them, redeemed them from slavery in Egypt and made a covenant with them. Moses sprinkled both the altar (which represented God) and the people with blood to show how intimate was the bond between God and the chosen people.
The story might have ended there. But the same people who had promised to be faithful later built the golden calf. On the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, the high priest asked forgiveness for the people’s sins when he entered the Holy of Holies (the Temple’s innermost sanctuary) and sprinkled sacrificial blood on the altar.
“God so loved the world …” Love is the first step in the dance, and God always takes the lead. It’s the dance into which we have been introduced at our baptism; life in the Trinity.
If you want to begin to approach the mystery of the Trinity as anything other than a math equation, begin with love. It’s love poured out, love given, love received and shared that is the essence of this mystery. Then, think love in motion – not a static equation, but love moving between persons whom we name as Father, Son and Spirit. Think of a dance between three equal lovers who have nothing else to do but love. That’s the essence of Trinitarian life.
We tend to think of the Trinity as ‘up there,’ distant from us – a distance that absolves us from any obligation to participate! But Trinity, in fact, is our home address. We live in the Trinity. From the time of our baptism, we have been caught up in the dance that is love poured out, handed over, returned, shared. This love is our highest calling, our source of morality and our greatest delight.
That humanity is invited into the communion of love that is the God of Jesus Christ boggles our minds. But don’t get caught in the boggle. Ignore your two left feet. Let God lead you in the best dance of your life.
Bernadette Gasslein, Edmonton, AB.
Feast of the Most Holy Trinity
God, the Father, Creator; God the Son, Redeemer; God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier.
When we “go out to make disciples of all nations”, we have a lot to tell! God is present everywhere.