Dear Sisters and Brothers,
St Patrick’s Day
It was wonderful to see so many gathered at our 11:30 mass on Sunday as we celebrated St Patrick’s Day. I want to thank all who were involved to make it such a wonderful celebration. I know the danger in thanking individuals that the danger is leaving someone out, but I feel it is important to name some individuals because of their efforts the celebration just wouldn’t have been as good. A big ‘Thank You’ to the Knights of Columbanus, Gabriel McCabe, our piper, our Irish dancers and to our 1st and 2nd Grade Religious Ed students for doing a wonderful job with our Prayers of Intercession. I want to thank Jack and Peggy Laciskey and their team of helpers for preparing our school gym and for the refreshments served after the mass. It completed a wonderful mornings celebration.
Soup and Scripture
Thank you to the hard-working team at Holy Assumption, lead by Donna Frappolli, for doing a wonderful joy at our first Cohort 5 Soup & Scripture talks. Everyone felt so welcomed and LOVED the soup and fellowship, it all tasted beautiful. Pity about the speaker!! I hope you get a chance to come to one of our Soup & Scripture talks. Wednesday, March 27 will be held at St Mary school gym, Bordentown at 12noon. Hope to see you there.
Christchurch, New Zealand
I purposefully began my column on a positive note because so often the news we read or listen to is always or mostly sad and the sadness of the news can often block out the goodness of others in life, as in the above two paragraphs, and in the reaction of the Christchurch/New Zealand people in particular. It is so heart breaking to see how someone could act in such an evil way and think they are doing good. In some twisted way thinking that everyone would come to believe in their cause. The people of Christchurch didn’t react negatively but positively. The Catholic community invited their Muslim brothers and sisters to come and join them in prayer in their Cathedral and after prayer they walked together to the mosque and prayed together again. The New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinta Ardern, said she would never mention the killer’s name and encouraged others to only speak of those whose lives were taken. She wore hijab as a mark of respect to her New Zealand Muslin brothers and sisters and promised to cover the funeral costs of all who lost their lives and to give financial assistance to the families as they try to move forward. For me, more light should be given to the MANY people who do good for those who have suffered evil at the hands of one. As Christians this should be how we respond to evil: ‘Think Good, Speak Good and Do Good.’
“Remember that the passion of Christ ends always in the joy of the resurrection of Christ, so when you feel in your own heart the suffering of Christ, remember the resurrection has to come. Never let anything so fill you with sorrow as to make you forget the joy of Christ risen.” (Mother Teresa) ~Fr Martin