Dear Parishioners and Friends Near and Far,
For many centuries the church has celebrated feast days of holy people that we call Saints. The day of celebration is honoring the person’s day of death. This is because the holy person then joins the ranks of saints. There are just a few holy people whose birth we celebrate such as Jesus and Mary. We also however do celebrate the birthday of Saint John the Baptist. This day was June 24 and Saint John was a cousin of Jesus and the announcer of Jesus’ coming and His presence. He baptized Jesus and paved the way for sacraments in our church.
Which well-known American gave the following advice? “When you come to a fork in the road, you should take it.” “The future ain’t what it used to be.” “It’s déjà vu all over again.” These of course were said by the famous baseball catcher Yogi Berra. When he got teased about his fractured aphorisms he said, “I never said most of the things I said.” Some people might say Jesus should offer a defense also of a couple statements He made in today’s gospel. “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” No one or anything is more important than our loyalty to Jesus. Jesus gave us all including parents, children and all that we have.
I have approved the estimate for fixing our tuck-pointing on the north side of the church and the fixing of our front steps. The cost will be about $8,450. We had a Glenmary missionary scheduled for our yearly mission appeal in August. But because of the pandemic, I had to cancel that collection for this year. It’s going to be a while before we can begin second collections again or picnics, or dinners. We pray for an end to the pandemic and the discovery of a healing vaccine.
You probably know our parishioner Chris Korab. She is our receptionist on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and on Saturdays. I now have hired her as our sacristan. This means she will set up things for liturgies, order wine and hosts, fix candles, etc. Welcome Chris to her new ministry!
A little weekend humor:
A fourth grader celebrated his birthday at school but he couldn’t carry his cupcakes in because he was on crutches. The teacher asked another boy to carry the cupcakes for him but he said he wouldn’t. The teacher saw this as a teaching moment so she asked the second boy, “What would Jesus do?” The boy said, “Jesus would cure him and then he could carry his own cupcakes.”
With him and his mom,