Each year, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops reminds us the importance of defending our religious freedom. From June 21st to July 4th Catholics are called to take part in the Fortnight for Freedom. Resources on How to Talk About Religious Freedom are available online at www.usccb.org where you can also find ways to get involved.
The U.S. Bishops encourage all citizens to keep in mind that "if religious liberty is not respected, all people suffer and are deprived of the essential contribution to the common good, be it in education, health care, feeding the hungry, civil rights, and social services that the Church and other people of faith make every day, both here at home and overseas".READ MORE
Today, we celebrate The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. This is the second solemnity that marks our return to Ordinary Time in the liturgical calendar. As we listen to this Sunday's scriptures, we are reminded of the presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
"I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is the flesh for the life of the world"... "For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink" - John 6:51-55
The risen Christ is present to his Church in many ways, but most importantly through the Holy Eucharist.
On the journey,
Fr. Dennis Lewandowski
Today we celebrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity, one God in three persons. This week we have also returned to the liturgical season of Ordinary Time. However, this Sunday and the next, are solemnity Sundays --special days that call our attention central mysteries of our Catholic faith.
Today's Gospel calls our attention to the actions of God revealed in three persons: God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God the Father sent his Son, Jesus, into the world to save us through his death and resurrection. In turn, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to strengthen our faith in God and so that his love for us would also be strengthened.READ MORE
Today we celebrate Pentecost Sunday, one of the Church’s greatest feast. This was the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon Mary and the disciples, as Jesus had promised them. The apostles were all still together in the same upstairs room they had retreated to after the Ascension of the Lord.
Pentecost marks the culmination of the difficult days gone before the triumph of life over death with Jesus’s resurrection, and of the transition of the disciples from people of uncertainty and fear to people of commitment and action. Listen carefully to the readings and the Gospel as these give an account of what took place on this day.READ MORE
I have been a parish nurse at Holy Spirit for 13 years. I have observed parishioners face the greatest threats to their lives, asking, as did Jesus on the cross, echoing the words of Psalm 22, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” They may be so overwhelmed and frightened that they may lament, “Where is God? Has God abandoned me? Has God done a disappearing act just as the enemy, cancer, is at the door?”
We tend to forget that our God is the God of the difficult times in our lives as well as the good times. When the threat of cancer arises, our faith, the foundation of our hope, is challenged, as we see the possibility of death. The reality of the threat of no longer being here as a living, breathing person, stands in contradiction to our hope, even threatens our hope.READ MORE