This weekend we celebrate the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. You may wonder how we arrived at the Tenth Sunday. Before Lent began, we were celebrating the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time. Then we entered into 40 days of Lent and 50 days of the Easter Season. On the Monday after Pentecost, we resumed Ordinary Time with the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time. The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity replaced the Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time and the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ replaced the Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time. Since Ash Wednesday was so early this year, we lost the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time. (The date of Ash Wednesday is directly connected to the date of Easter and its relationship to the first full moon of Spring. However, that history is for another bulletin article). In the Gospel passage this Sunday, Jesus shows compassion toward the widow of Nain. He is moved to pity at the death of her only son. He touches the coffin and says, “Young man, I tell you to arise.” The son sits up and begins to speak. And the people glorify God because a prophet has arisen in their midst and “God has visited his people.” As we further reflect upon the Gospel this week, let us be conscious of the ways in which we are compassionate toward others. What moves us to reach out to them? How do we help them experience God in their midst? How has this Jubilee Year of Mercy encouraged us to extend God’s mercy to others?
The Selection Process for two new Pastoral Council members took place last Sunday on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. (I mistakenly mentioned June 5 as the date of this Solemnity in my May 22 column). Nomination forms were placed in the bulletin for two weeks. Thirteen nominations were received. Among those, six individuals accepted nomination: Jan Deitzel, Tammy Dupuis, Jane Luplow, Chuck Pappas, Joe Preston, and Darren St Souver. After silent prayer to the Holy Spirit and the singing of the refrain Send Us your Spirit, Hannah Roesner drew two names. Tammy Dupuis and Jane Luplowwere chosen. Each will be serving a three year term. Congratulations, Tammy and Jane! Thank you to all who accepted nomination and who continue to share their gifts and serve the parish in various ways. During this coming year, should any individual on the Pastoral Council be unable to complete his or her term, one of the present nominees not selected will be appointed to carry out that term of office. Special thanks to Ed Popielarz and Sharon DeLong who have completed their terms on the Pastoral Council. Their presence, gifts, and ongoing ministry within the parish are greatly appreciated.
PLEASE NOTE: Beginning in June through August, Tuesday evening Mass will be celebrated at the parish Church. Last year we alternated between Saint John the Baptist site and Saint Matthew site. Summer Masses were celebrated at the Saint Matthew Church site because of the availability of air conditioning. This year, the air conditioning is not working at that site and we do not have the funds to have it fixed. Therefore, we will gather at Saint John Paul II Parish Church for Tuesday evening Mass these summer months since it is air conditioned. The next scheduled Tuesday evening Mass is June 14 at 6:30 PM.
Have a Blessed Week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ