Sixth Sunday of Easter

This weekend we celebrate the Sixth Sunday of Easter. We continue reading from the Gospel of John.  Jesus assures us that both he and his Father will make a home within each of us who loves him.  They will always be with us.  He promises us the Holy Spirit and gives us the gift of his peace.  What comforting Good News!

Welcome, Father Bill Taylor and Deacon Marc Hopps! Both Father Bill and Deacon Mark serve at Saint Dominic Parish along with Father Steve Gavit who is Pastor.   It was very kind of Father Steve to share them with us while Father Jim is attending the Knights of Columbus State Convention.

This Friday, at 2:30 PM, at the Cathedral, Bishop Walter Hurley will ordain three Deacons to the Priesthood: Stephen Blaxton, Marc Hopps, and Matt Federico.  Please keep all of them in your prayers.  Beginning July 1, each will begin a new parish assignment.   The soon-to-be Father Stephen will be parochial vicar at Saint Dominic Parish; the soon-to-be Father Marc will be parochial vicar at Holy Spirit Parish; and the soon-to-be Father Matt will be parochial vicar at both Saint John Paul II Parish and Christ the Good Shepherd Parish.  May the Lord bless them in their ministry!

A special thanks to all of you who are making a conscious effort at returning your CSA pledge before the end of this fiscal year.  Thank you for your generosity!  Thus far, the parish has received 103 pledges amounting to $19,646.78 which represents 40% of our assessment.  That is great as we enter our third week of the appeal!  Remember, we are “One Church: Many Parts.”  Together we can make a difference!

I visited Father Richard at the hospital this past Tuesday.  He is doing well and is in good spirits.  He has been waiting to be moved to rehab.  Father Richard really appreciates our prayers and asked me to extend a special thank-you to all.  He requested that you keep up the prayers because he has a recovery period of 6-8 weeks.  I promised him we would do so.

Next Sunday, at the 9:30 AM Mass, we will be honoring our parish graduates: those graduating from high school as well as college.  If you are graduating, have received a degree this past year, or will be receiving a degree this Spring, and have not heard from Amy, please call her at the Parish Office by this Tuesday if you and your family plan on attending Mass and breakfast next Sunday.

Blessings on your Easter Season!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ