Pastor's Letter - May 27, 2018

Having closed the Easter season last Sunday with the Solemnity of Pentecost commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, the Mother of the Lord, and all His disciples, the Church now enters “Ordinary Time”, during which the many teachings of the Lord are presented and the different mysteries of the Faith explored. One such mystery - in fact, the fundamental mystery of our Faith - is the Holy Trinity. God has revealed Himself as one God, yet three Divine Persons: the Father is made known through His creation, the Son in the Incarnation, and the Holy Spirit is manifested in a startling fashion at Pentecost. This is not some trivia about God that we can easily dismiss. The doctrine of the Holy Trinity expresses who God is in Himself, as a community of Persons, yet remaining one God. The identity of the family and the nature of the Church - communities of love - find their model in the mystery of the Holy Trinity, which is the first community of love. We should always be mindful what it means to call this a mystery. It shouldn’t be confused with the contemporary use of the word, for instance, a “murder mystery”, where persistent investigation reveals facts not known before. Rather, the mysteries of Faith refer to realities that can be known by us, but only in a limited way, since our capacity to know is limited. Of all mysteries of Faith, the Holy Trinity is the most mysterious”, since our finite understanding of an infinite God will always be incomplete. That is one more reason why our Catholic Faith will always be a journey and an adventure: we can always grow in our knowledge, understanding, and love of God.

Next Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus. Following a long custom in the Church, we will have a procession with the Blessed Sacrament immediately following the 10:00am Mass. All are invited for this beautiful expression of devotion and love of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament!

I am most appreciative of the positive response by many parishioners following my recent presentation on our financial situation in our parish. To mention a few: an additional gift of $1,000 to the Diocesan Appeal; an extraordinary gift of $6,000 to the parish; and a gift of $1,750 to fund an evangelization project for our parish. And of course, many have increased their weekly giving, which is especially important for ongoing needs. Thanks also to the members of the North American Explorers and several parishioners who helped out last Saturday for our “Spring Cleanup”!

May God bless you!
Fr. Schaller