"Let the whole world of mankind tremble, the whole world shake and the heavens exult when Christ, the Son of the living God, is on the altar in the hands of a priest" (St. Francis of Assisi)
In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, the Three in One, the One in Three, is exactly what we celebrate this weekend. Although we are back in Ordinary Time, it doesn't quite feel like it with this weekend and next (Corpus Christi) as we celebrate such tenets of faith. These two weekends are vital for us to know and for which we must be known, the Trinitarian relationship we share in so profoundly and the Eucharist which binds us. So, how can we not have a profound appreciation for what our diocese particularly celebrates this weekend as Bishop Lennon calls forth five men to be ordained as priests? Through the imposition of hands and the consecration of their hands with Sacred Chrism these men will forever be called Father, yet they do not realize the joy and privilege it will be for them and the Church to live in persona Christi (in the person of Jesus Christ). As I shared with many of you last weekend after I spoke with Bishop Lennon, I have been given an extension to serve as your pastor for six more years. The Bishop recognizes that there are many fruits of the Spirit growing from our parish and said "why should we make a change?" The hard part for me was waiting to hear if I would be staying or transferred to another parish since the end of my first term last November. The Bishop and I spoke of the increased responsibility I was given with seminarian and priest spiritual direction (how fitting to have the patron of spiritual directors intercede-St. Francis de Sales). Even though the calling to serve in this way takes a significant amount of time from parish life, he reminded me why we have been given two newly ordained priests over the past seven years in order to help carry the ministerial load. It is such a blessing and privilege to journey with these men of faith. Please pray for me and the newest priests to serve our diocese: Fr. John Mulhollan, Fr. James Kulway, Fr. Patrick Schultz, Fr. Andrew Hoover, Fr. Kevin Klonowski.
Please keep in prayer our day school and PSR teachers, staff, volunteers who give of their spiritual and personal lives so that our children may grow in their Catholic faith. Our newest day school graduates will celebrate their big day this Friday, May 27, which just so happens to be the anniversary of the founding of our parish in 1948. May they always Learn. Believe. Soar. in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Pax, Fr. Bline