Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ
For those choosing not to come to Mass, be patient and be safe. This will pass and we can all receive the Body and Blood of Christ together again.
Jesus said to the Jewish crowds:
“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 my flesh for the life of the world.”
The Jews quarrelled among themselves, saying,
“How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.
For my flesh is true food,
and my blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
remains in me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me
and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on me
will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
As the culture opens us more, please remain safe and vigilant. The virus is still out there and cases are actually going up in many areas!!!
Sunday Mass will be lived streamed at 11:30 am!!!
Daily Masses (except Saturdays) will be lived streamed from Holy Spirit Parish / Newman Center at 12:10 pm!!!
We are making the effort to live-stream all weekend masses so someone sitting in the courtyard can follow the Mass
To access the live-streamed Masses:
-Go to YouTube and search Catholic Wildcats for our Catholic Wildcats YouTube Channel
-or use this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZCNv6PnFvZbnTr6TpCEEUw
Remember to reserve seats for next weeks Masses if you choose to come.
Thanks for everyone’s patience and understanding.
The Bishop has stated that we can increase our capacity for Mass to 50% occupancy as long as social distancing is maintained. When we reconfigured our Church we had this increase in mind and set up for more than the 30% capacity. With social distancing, the capacity for Holy Spirit Parish is 143.
Just a couple of important reminders.
Remember wearing a mask is required to enter the building for Mass and the masks need to remain on during the entire Mass.
Again, thank you for your cooperation as we strive to keep everyone safe.
Don’t forget the courtyard option, we had several take advantage of that this weekend.
Remember, each weekend will require a new reservation to be made.
Please come as early as you can so we can get everyone seated and
know ho many walk-ins we can bring in.
What to expect when returning to Mass
WORDS HAVE POWER
You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa,’ will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna.
Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun set on your anger,
and do not leave room for the devil.
That Monday I went home with a heavy heart, I was weighed down by a terrible sense of guilt, remembering that on two or three occasions I had allowed myself to become angry and indignant. I had spoken hastily and resentfully. Yet I knew that this was no way to solve a problem. ‘You must not harbor anger,’ I admonished myself. ‘You must be willing to suffer the anger of the opponent, and yet not return anger. You must not become bitter. No matter how emotional your opponents are, you must be calm.'”
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The first weapon—the most cruel weapon—is the tongue. Now you examine, what part has your tongue played in creating peace or violence? We can really wound a person—we can kill a person just with our tongue.
And it’s good to ask ourselves: Do I sow peace? For example, with my tongue, do I sow peace or do I sow discord? How many times have we heard it said of a person: ‘But they have a serpent’s tongue!’ because they always do that which the serpent did with Adam and Eve, destroying the peace.” And this is an evil, this is a sickness in our church: Sowing division, sowing hate, not sowing peace. If a person, during their life, doesn’t do anything else but make peace and reconciliation, they can be canonized. That person is a saint. We have to convert ourselves, never a word that may divide, never; never a word that can bring war, small wars; never the gossip.
As Christians, our speech should always be directed toward the promotion of CHARITY and JUSTICE.
Another trap we can easily fall into when it comes to speech is anger.
There is certainly something known as “righteous anger.”
Anger is a normal human passion that experienced when we see or experience some injustice. Who is not angry when seeing injustices against another human being, like we just witnessed with the unjust killing of George Floyd. Who is not angry when someone is abused.
The Scriptures often speak of the anger of God; Jesus himself became was angry as He cleansed the Temple for the hypocrisy that was being shown in the wrong worship of God. Why does God become angry? Because God is just and loving. One author commented, “ I am unable to commit to any Messiah who doesn’t knock over tables.” (Garret Keizer)
So if directed in the correct way, justified anger can move us to appropriate Christian action. Anger directed in the right direction has, as one author put it, “justice as it’s object and love as its root.” (Rebecca DeYoung)
But we all know how easily anger can turn from something positive to something incredibly detrimental and damaging. Jesus himself gives us a harsh warning against anger. Anger is listed as one of the deadly sins for good reason.
Unhealthy anger can lead us to demean the offender of justice by magnifying our own importance and really making the whole issue about us. We can justify harmful words and actions because of anger. Unhealthy anger may lead to seeking revenge and can lead us to acts of violence (through speech, deeds, or psychological). If we are not careful, anger can lead us to become just like the perpetrator of injustice that we are protesting (anger and violence answered with anger and violence).
As we ponder our “anger”, let’s ponder whether justice is truly its object and whether love is truly at its root.
Bishop’s Document on Racism
Here is an excellent document and study guide on racism from the Catholic perspective by the US Catholic Conference of Bishops.
Helen Arciz, a long time parishioner, husband died a couple of days ago. His name was Richard “Dick” Cambron. Please keep Dick and Helen and all the family in your prayers.
Helen said that the family is holding a private family funeral service this Sunday in his home town. She hopes that after the COVID ban that she can have another service in honor of Dick where friends can attend.
Please pray for Sarah Henry, parishioner Mary Mintu’s mom who has been suffering from acute heart failure due to atrial fibrillation. She went from being a very lively, vibrant, fiercely independent woman to a very sick woman. Please pray for her and the whole Mintu family.
Fr. Lobo and I do hear confessions on an individual basis using proper social distancing. Just contact us for an appointment if you would like to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
There are limited office hours from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.
Fr. Lobo and I will be available for any emergent spiritual needs or if you find yourself in a vulnerable situation concerning food or medication. My cell phone number is 859-285-9824 and Fr. Lobo’s cell number is 609-457-0049.