This weekend the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. The doctrine of the Trinity is at the core of our faith. It is an integral part of our sacramental life and prayer. We were baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Each time we sign ourselves with the cross to pray, we use those same words. The Catechism of the Catholic Church calls the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity “the central mystery of Christian faith and life.” (#234) It also says, “The Trinity is a mystery of faith in the strictest sense, one of the ‘mysteries that are hidden in God, which can never be known unless they are revealed by God.’” (#237) The Catechism of the Catholic Church goes on to explain the revelation of the Trinity: basically that the Father was revealed by the Son – “he is eternally Father by his relationship to his only Son, who reciprocally, is Son only in relation to his Father.” (#240) As for the Holy Spirit, before the Passover, Jesus announced the sending of the Paraclete who would be with and in all the disciples to teach them and guide them “into all the truth.” (#243) “The eternal mission of the Holy Spirit is revealed in his mission in time. The Spirit is sent to the apostles and to the Church both by the Father in the name of the Son, and by the Son in person, once he has returned to the Father. The sending of the person of the Holy Spirit after Jesus’ glorification reveals in its fullness the mystery of the Holy Trinity.” (#244) As we celebrate the mystery of our Triune God this week, we give glory to God who is perfect love, who demonstrates that love in the relationship and unity between Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We give thanks to God for his unconditional love for us and for sharing his very divine life with all of us. Let us continue to praise God by taking time each day this week to pray a simple prayer we learned as children: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
This Sunday we celebrate the Baptism of Aida Cruz Orlandi, daughter of Allison Schneider and Hector Orlandi. We congratulate them on the Baptism of their child! We pledge our support and prayers as they introduce Aida to the Catholic faith and continue to help her to grow spiritually through her formation in the faith of the Church.
Selection Process for two Pastoral Council members will take place next Sunday, June 5, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, at the 9:30 AM Mass. If you would like to submit a nomination, please see the form in today’s bulletin. As noted last week, nomination forms are due to the Parish Office by Noon this Tuesday. Those individuals will be contacted by the Parish Office to see if they are willing to accept nomination. On Sunday, names of those who accept nomination will be placed in a basket. Following the Prayer after Communion, we will call upon the Holy Spirit and two names will be drawn to serve a term of three years.
The next required formation session for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion by Father Jim Bessert is Saturday, June 11. The session will take place from 1:00 – 2:30 PM here at Saint John Paul II Parish Church. If you have not yet taken this class, it is one of the last opportunities to do so this year. This formation session by Father Jim, which need be taken only once, is for those who are Extraordinary Ministers of Eucharist for Sunday liturgy and for those who minister to the sick, homebound and hospitalized. All who complete the session will receive a certificate signed by the Bishop and will be officially commissioned at Mass for this ministry. Our parish has not yet celebrated the ritual of commissioning.
Beginning Friday, June 3, Saint John Paul II Parish will begin summer office hours. Throughout the months of June, July, and August, the Parish Office will be closed on Fridays. The deadline for bulletin articles will be Tuesday at Noon. Any special arrangements for weekend hall rentals or meetings need to take place by Thursday.
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ