A Message from
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Peace and all good!
On this Second Sunday of Lent each year, we hear an account of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor. This is commonly understood as a preparation of the disciples for Christ’s death and resurrection, his ultimate glorification. The end of today’s Gospel passage certainly supports that interpretation. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus tells his disciples: “Do not tell the vision to anyone until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.” We might also see in this Transfiguration of Jesus an image of the transformation that all of us must undergo. In our second reading today, St. Paul writes in 2nd Timothy that God “saved us and called us to a holy life.” What is holiness anyway? Holiness is ultimately being in union with God—embracing God’s will for us. Jesus’ intimate communion with God the Father was made manifest on the mount of Transfiguration. The more we are united with God, the more we will be transformed as well. This morning, we will celebrate the penitential rite for our candidates who are seeking full communion in the Catholic Church. They will enter the Church on the Second Sunday of Easter, “Divine Mercy Sunday.” In the rite, they will be invited to look interiorly and “scrutinize” the areas of their lives that need reform. As they take a good look at their lives, we are offered an opportunity to look into our own lives as well. We are all called to continuing conversion and transformation. One beautiful way to become more transformed is in the reception of the Sacrament of Penance. I especially encourage everyone to our Communal Celebration of Penance on Tuesday evening of Holy Week or at another time during these holy days.Each year, millions of religious people and people of good will of no particular faith tradition, contribute their time and energy to the pro life movement to save innocent lives of children still in their mother’s womb. One way for us to give witness to our Christian faith is by participating in the world wide “40 Days for Life Campaign.” St. Mary’s will support the campaign by participating in a Prayer Vigil outside the Family Planning Associates Clinic, 1331 N. 7th Street (7th St. and Wiletta St.) on Saturday, March 22nd. All of us are urged to spend some time in prayer between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. in front of this abortion clinic. Please bring your rosary and please do not park in the parking structure of the clinic. Pray for an end to abortion!
This week the Church celebrates the beautiful Solemnity of St. Joseph. St. Joseph is the Patron of the Universal Church. We will commemorate his feast day with a Solemn Mass at 5:30 p.m. and then continue with a festive Italian Dinner in the social hall. Part of the celebration includes the traditional St. Joseph’s Table filled with home made baked goods for sale. As is the tradition, all the proceeds from the St. Joseph’s Table will benefit the poor. This year the Table will support the needs of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Please mark your calendars for a beautiful Mass, a delicious dinner and the St. Joseph’s Table. Please sign up today after Mass to bring baked goods for the Table. Thank you!
As you read this letter, we will have returned from our pilgrimage to the Franciscan Missions of California. Thank you so much for remembering us in prayer. Know that all of your intentions were remembered daily at Mass in each one of the Missions. May you receive blessings in abundance!
(from left to right) Fr. Luis Baldonado, Fr. Vincent J. Mesi, Fr. Micah Muhlen
and Brother Tito