Dear Parishioners and Friends Near and Far,
A Prayer for Our Nation
God of Justice and Truth, we ask your blessing on our nation.
Thank you for the freedoms we enjoy, especially those we take for granted.
Thank you for the diversity of our people and enlarge our capacity
for tolerance and mutual respect.
As we celebrate our independence as a sovereign nation,
may we also celebrate our interdependence.
Make us mindful of the blessings of our rich and abundant land.
May your gracious Spirit inspire us to work together
to meet the challenges of our times.
With all hope, faith, and trust in you, we pray.
Happy Independence Day weekend everybody!
One of my favorite vacations was in July 1987, when I went to New Jersey to visit an old friend of mine, Fr. Mark. My priest friend was the pastor of a beautiful parish in New Jersey. However, he was born and raised in Manhattan, New York. Each night I stayed at his rectory but every day, for 10 days we drove into Manhattan. We toured everything that was of interest and Father knew everything and every place to go in the city. I remember going up the Statue of Liberty and touring Ellis Island. Off we went to Broadway shows and the Rockefeller Center. Once we had dinner at the restaurant called “Top of the World” on the top of the World Trade Center. I will always remember the floor slowly rotating so you received a spectacular view of New York City. We went to Mama Leoni’s and Sardi’s restaurants in the evening after touring museums and famous churches like Saint Patrick’s cathedral. But my fondest memory was watching the boats and tall ships, which were celebrating July 4, going down the magnificent Hudson River. I was so proud to be an American!! In spite of all the problems on the news we still live in the greatest country.
Please remember physical distance of 6 feet in church, wearing your mask, and leaving your kneeler down in the pew you use. This way, those who are sanitizing after you, know where you were.
Dealing with this horrible virus, it is easy to become depressed or overwhelmed. But the Gospel this Sunday reveals a great gift from Jesus. He reveals that He provides rest. I repeat, He provides rest. “Come to me, all who labor and are burdened,” He proclaims. “Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. This message should provide relief for us. These days and this life is only temporary. What comes next is way beyond our imagining. And as my mother would say with great emphasis, “Patience is a virtue.”
A little weekend humor:
What was George Washington’s favorite tree?
What was the most popular dance in 1776?
Need an ark?
I Noah man!
With Him and His Mom,