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11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

My mother and father fell in love with each other rather quickly. It was only a span of two months between their first meeting and quiet betrothal. They waited for a significant period of time before going public with the happy news. It simply wasn’t time. Love’s strength and speed can sprout scandal in public. Until the big reveal, they gave the outside world only little hints, gestures, and riddles. Something like this — but even more wonderful — is at play when Mark says of Jesus, “He did not speak to them without a parable, but to His disciples in private He explained everything.” Jesus is the long-awaited messiah-king, but His identity as the Lord and Son of God is so new, surprising, and scandalous to human ears that the big reveal would have to wait. Thus, His parables are riddles, meant to conceal more than reveal. Even the disciples — who hear things explained directly — barely grasp what He is up to. It’s only at the cross that Jesus’ love for Israel and the world is explicitly revealed. Until then, much stays hidden and comes in riddles. So it goes with us, too. I wonder at times why doesn’t the Lord just speak to us directly in prayer about what we should do, or how to fix our problems. Or why doesn’t He reveal Himself directly to powerful leaders who are slow to act? Why does He allow life so often to be confounding, contradictory, and crazy? Because it simply isn’t time yet. One glorious day, it will be. Until then, He teaches us in riddles, and only sometimes explains them.
Father John Muir

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
On this Father’s Day I find myself thinking about my dad. This is the second Father’s Day since his passing. At the time of his death a song from Dean Lewis was released with the title “How Do I Say Goodbye”. The song was written due to the fact that his dad was dying. He struggled with how to say goodbye to his dad. I could relate to so many of the lyrics of the song like:
“So how do I say goodbye to someone who’s been with me for my whole damn life? You gave me my name and the color of your eyes; I see your face when I look at mine. So how do I, how do I, how do I say goodbye?”
And:
“When I couldn’t, you always saw the best in me. Right or wrong, you were always on my side. But I’m scared of what life without you is like. And I saw the way she looked into your eyes. And I promise, if you go, I will make sure she’s (my mom) alright.”
However, what I would tell Dean Lewis is the fact that in reality we never have to say goodbye when someone we love passes away. For they are not truly gone. As is stated on my dad’s memorial card – “as long as I have the love of each of you, I can live my life in the hearts of all of you.” Which is true but only half of it, for the rest is the fact that dad lives on in heaven, where he can still hear me, see me and be waiting for me when I die to hug me once again. My brothers and sisters, whether it be your dad and/or anyone else you loved who has died, they remain alive in your hearts and they remain a part of your life for they are listening and watching and waiting to greet/hug you again someday.
Happy Father’s Day Dad! Love you and I will see you again someday.
I wish all of you who are fathers a Happy Father’s Day and I wish you all a wonderful week. God Bless you all, Fr. Michael

 SCRIPTURAL REFLECTIONS ON STEWARDSHIP

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive recompense, according to what he did in the body, whether good or evil.” – 2 CORINTHIANS 5:10
We are all accountable for all of the gifts God has given us – our time, our talent and our treasure; everything we have and everything we are. Each of us is accountable not only for our own life but for the lives of others as well. One day God will ask each of us what did we do with the gifts we were given. How will you respond?
PRAYER REQUESTS
That God will relieve their suffering and restore them to health. Please pray for Please pray for: Kellie Salata, Kelly Chinchar, Jessica, Daniel Breslin, Stanley, Helen Traina, Joseph Marrone, Bill Marshall, Anthony, Michael, Joseph, Jessica Esopo, William, Steve, Audra, Bernadette, James Weiss, Baby Ford, Rosemary Malangone, Elizabeth Malangone, Sue West, Danny, Colleen Emery, Richard, Joan Russo, Christina Martin, Mornia Evans, Valerie Valverde, Diana McGuckin, Pat Peterson, Manny Scarangella.

Please consider sponsoring our Bread & Wine, Altar Flowers, and the oil for the Sanctuary Lamp.
What is our Archdiocesan Assessment?? Much like individuals pay income tax to the government to pay for government services, parishes pay an annual assessment to the archdiocese to pay for Archdiocesan expenses. The formula to determine our annual assessment is based on our revenue (collections, interest, gifts, bequests, etc.) Last year was $143,608 and our rate was 14% making our annual assessment $20,105 or $1,675 monthly. By having our Annual Appeal goal reached and paid, it reduced our assessment rate to 12% lowering our annual assessment to $17,233 or $1,436 monthly. Saving us $2,872 for next year. Thank you so much to all who supported our parish through the Annual Appeal! We appreciate and are very thankful to all our parishioners and friends who continuously support our church. God bless us all.

Opportunities for Parish Support

There are several ways you can help support our parish and honor loved ones at the same time. As you may have noticed on the first Sunday of every month in our bulletin, we thank the donors of our Altar Gifts. You can donate the Bread & Wine, Altar Flowers, or the Sanctuary Lamp in a two-week block for $50 in someone’s memory. We have blocks open for this year. We also need to purchase a new Easter candle each year (the tall candle on the altar) for $300-$400 which can also be donated in someone’s memory. You do not have to fund the entire amount, anything you wish to donate towards the purchase of our Easter candle is appreciated. We also have masses available for your intentions. If you wish to honor someone in any of these ways, please call the rectory.


Prayer for our Nation
God our Father, giver of life, we entrust the United States of America to your loving care. You are the rock on which this nation was founded. You alone are the true source of our cherished rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Reclaim this land for your glory and dwell among your people. Send your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nation’s leaders. Open their minds to the great worth of human life and the responsibilities that accompany human freedom. Remind your people that true happiness is rooted in seeking and doing your will. Through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, patroness of our land, grant us the courage to reject the “culture of death.” Lead us into a new millennium of life. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Praying the ROSARY

The Rosary is a meditation, a time to recall and think about the life of Jesus as seen and experienced by Mary. As the model of faith, Mary’s life sets a pattern that we strive to follow: saying ‘yes’ to God’s will in our lives and sharing His love and message with others. The Mysteries of the Rosary form a mini lesson of faith, using the highlights and significant moments of the life of Jesus. Like paging through a family scrapbook, we see in brief the events of salvation history that are the core of our belief and the hope of our eternal life.

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