The Church has provided for us a rich variety of the Sacred Scriptures in the three-year cycle of Sunday readings which we read at Mass. Now that we have concluded the long seasons of Lent and Easter (and the Solemnities in honor of the Holy Trinity and Holy Eucharist) we enter “Ordinary Time” in which the various teachings and miracles of our Lord are presented for our instruction. As I’ve mentioned before, through the rest of this liturgical year (which ends with the Feast of Christ the King at the end of November) we read from the Gospel of Mark, except in Sundays 17 through 21 when we read through the 6th Chapter of John. But there is also a pattern with the other readings. For example, today - and for the next several Sundays - the second reading at Mass is from St. Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, and then 7 Sundays from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. In his letters, St. Paul covers a wide range of doctrinal and moral issues. Sometimes it can be difficult to understand his writings. And there are many instances in history when people have misinterpreted his teaching, and the teaching of the Holy Catholic Church. A good Catholic Scripture study can be of immeasurable help to avoid these errors. For the past three years we have had a parish subscription to Formed, which has a variety of excellent videos, including many Catholic Scripture studies. I heartily recommend Formed.org which is FREE to use for all our parishioners. Just go to our parish website for the link to subscribe.
I’m happy to announce that we will hold our annual Parish Picnic on Sunday, June 27, 2021! You will find sign-up sheets in the Holy Family Cenacle to indicate numbers attending so that we can prepare sufficient brats, burgers, and hot dogs for all who come. You’re invited to bring your own tableware and a dish to pass (desserts, salads, or side dishes). See you at the Picnic!
As we near the end of our fiscal year on June 30, I want to thank again all our parishioners for your financial stewardship. When the Wuhan virus ‘shutdown’ occurred over a year ago you continued to generously support our parish. Indeed, we are on track to exceed our annual budgeted income. We are also very close to matching last year’s total for the Diocesan Annual Appeal. Thank you for your generous support of Saints Peter and Paul!
May God bless you!