This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. We enter into the last week of the Easter Season which culminates with the Solemnity of Pentecost. [Please remember to wear red next weekend]. Today’s Gospel passage is comprised of the last 5 verses of the last chapter of Matthew’s Gospel. Jesus commands his disciples: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations…” and then gives them a promise: “…Behold, I am with you always until the end of the age.” Jesus instructs the disciples to baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and to teach others to observe all he has commanded them. We know that this command and promise is meant for us today. Like the disciples, we, too, have the responsibility for the ministry of evangelization. It is our duty to pass on the faith to others and to form them in the faith. I fear that sometimes we get so caught up in non-essentials that we forget that, as Church, we are about “making disciples.” We really do have much “work” to accomplish. As you know, church attendance is down among Catholics in general and in the mainline Christian Churches as well. We need to be more intentional in reaching out to others, inviting them into the faith, or encouraging them to return to Church, and even offering others a ride to church (if they need it). By our own witness to the faith and the way in which we live our lives, we share in Christ’s ministry of drawing others to him and to faith in God, of giving them hope that Christ is indeed present among us, and that his presence makes a difference in our lives.
This Saturday, we welcome Father Bill Taylor. (Father Jim is traveling home this evening following the State Convention of the Knights of Columbus which takes place every year at this time). Next Saturday, Father Bill will be celebrating his 50th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood. What a wonderful witness and minister to the Church and God’s People he has been! Congratulations, and Blessings, Father Bill!
In last weekend’s announcements, I shared some important information with you that I received from Bishop Cistone’s Office last Friday afternoon. Bishop approved a purchase agreement with Carrollton Public Schools for the sale of the Parish Office Center Building and Grounds on Carla Drive. I noted that, in our diocese, when a building is sold, the Bishop gives the money to the parish (which is not the case in most dioceses). Please see the information in today’s bulletin outlining the process which took place. As I mentioned last week, our parish leadership and staff kept this confidential (as they were asked to do so) until a firm decision was made regarding the Carla Drive site. During the 2017-2018 Academic Year, Carrollton Public Schools will renovate the building in order to have all in place for the 2018-2019 School Year. At this point in the process, there is no definite date set for us to vacate the building. I will let you know when we have a firm date along with the next steps in the process.
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ