Pastoral Reflections June 11, 2017

    A Note from Fr. Gary -

    Last Sunday we concluded the fifty days of the Easter Season with our celebration of Pentecost. This is a transition time in our Church’s liturgical calendar. We have now entered Ordinary Time, a term that refers to the numbering of the weeks (from the word, “ordinal”) of the season. For example, this Sunday we begin the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time.

    But, this Sunday and next we observe special feasts in the life of our Church. Both of these feasts focus on a key aspect of our faith. This Sunday, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, we celebrate who we believe God to be: One God, in Three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

    We affirm this name of God each time we make the sign of the cross, each time we baptize a child or an adult, each time we pray a blessing over someone. Our prayer always begins and ends with this naming of our God. We have a special prayer that honors our belief in the Trinity: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit…”

    Beyond “Father, Son and Holy Spirit” being the name of God, the Trinity also describes who God is. We believe that God, in His very essence, and in the way he relates to creation, is a community. By very definition, God is relationship and relates to us as communion of life and love.

    Next Sunday we focus on another key aspect of our faith when we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, also known as Corpus Christi. This feast celebrates the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of the Church and in the life of each individual believer.

    For us believers, the simple elements of bread and wine become the real presence of Christ, and the primary source of nourishment for us in our life of faith. While the fundamental purpose of the Eucharist is that it be consumed by believers, we also have special rituals by which we linger over the real presence of Christ.

    Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, either in the tabernacle or exposed in a monstrance, is a way for us to pause in awe of this most sacred mystery. Time before the Blessed Sacrament is an intense experience of the presence of Christ in the midst of our prayer.

    I hope this transition time in the liturgical life of our Church draws us deeper into the life of God and inspires in us a more profound appreciation of the presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

    This is also a transition time in other ways. This time of the year we celebrate graduations and mark this important transition in the life of individuals and families. In parish life, we also experience transition this time of the year.

    This weekend we welcome Deacon Justin Ryan to our faith communities. Deacon Justin was ordained a Transitional Deacon a few weeks ago and will serve our three communities over the summer. This fall he will continue his studies, and God willing, be ordained a priest next June.

    At the end of this month, Fathers Dwight and Thompson will transition to new assignments and we will welcome Fr. Michael Dion as our new Parochial Vicar.

    During these days of transition, may these men, and all of us, find nourishment for our journey at the Table of the Eucharist and be drawn deeper into the life of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

    God Bless,
    Fr. Gary Lazzeroni

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