pastor1My Dear Friends,

This weekend, we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. Of all the world religions, only Christianity has a belief in Three Persons in One God. For Catholic Christians, this belief is so central to the Faith that we begin our prayers with a Sign of the Cross, saying “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

We are incredibly pleased to have Padre Alex with us this weekend! He is the Vicario of our sister parish—San Francisco de Asís—in Reitoca, F.M., Honduras. He’ll be with us from May 21-31. Although he doesn’t speak English, he does speak “Smile” and “Handshake,” so I hope you can meet him this weekend.

Many thanks to Sr. Isaac, Jo Ann Daley, and everyone who worked so hard to make Pentecost very special with the ministry fair! I hope you got to participate and learn a bit about some of our vibrant and exciting ministry opportunities at St. Mary Parish!

This Monday, we celebrate Memorial Day in the United States, a day when we remember all those who gave their lives in the service of their country. In some places of the country, it is also known as “Decoration Day,” a day when people visit loved ones who have passed on and bring flowers to the gravesites. Please say a special prayer for those who died defending our country.

This coming Friday, we will have the Passing of the Colors following the 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary Church. In this ceremony, the 8th-graders from St. Mary School relinquish their flag duties to the 7th-graders. Fourth-degree Knights of Columbus then explain the American flag and proper flag etiquette to them.

Graduation is right around the corner! On Thursday, June 6th, Feast of St. Norberto, we will have our annual Baccalaureate Mass at 8:30 a.m. There will be no 7:30 a.m. Mass that day. On Friday, June 7th, we will begin our summer Mass schedule which means that we will have Friday Mass at 7:30 instead of 8:30 a.m.

Our St. Mary Hispanic community has a new ministry called Hijos de María. The purpose of this ministry is for St. Mary families to enjoy more time together in community. I applaud this new ministry and wish it great success!

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Bob