This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. The Gospel passage is from Luke. Before Jesus ascends into heaven, he tells his disciples that they are witnesses to all that has transpired through his life-saving passion, death, and resurrection. Now it is their turn to carry on, and Jesus explains that they, too, have a role in God’s plan of salvation. He commissions them to be his witnesses by proclaiming the Good News of Salvation. He also tells them that he will send the promise of his Father upon them, “who will clothe them with power from on high.” We, too, who have received the Holy Spirit, have been called to witness to our Christian faith. This week, let us reflect upon the ways in which we profess and pass on our faith.
Special Congratulations to our parish graduates - high school, college, and university! They have been blessed by God with many beautiful gifts and talents. We pray that they use those gifts to make a difference in our world and in our Church. May the Holy Spirit guide them in the days and years ahead as they discern their vocation in life. May they always seek what is true, what is life-giving, and what is holy. God has called each of them to do a special work or ministry. May they find fulfilment in answering that call.
Our parish response to the Catholic Services Appeal is going very well. In our third week of pledge returns, we have received a total of 137/343 pledges amounting to $26,681.78 which represents 55% of our assessment. Thank you for your generosity! I am hoping that since this is the first week of the month, we may be receiving several more pledges this weekend and throughout the week. [As you can see, not even half of our households have responded yet, so I am sure we can meet this year’s assessment of $48,151.78]. One Church: Many Parts – we can make a difference!
The Easter Season will soon be coming to a close with the celebration of the Solemnity of Pentecost next weekend. The liturgical color for Pentecost is red. Please consider wearing red next weekend to help enhance the worship space and create a festive atmosphere for Pentecost.
Beginning this Monday, summer office hours go into effect. Please note that the office opens at 9:30 AM and closes at 3:30 PM (Monday through Thursday).
Blessings on your Easter Season!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ