It has been a very busy and memorable couple of weeks. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all in our parish who received their First Holy Communion and Confirmation. I truly pray that you will always have an openness of mind and a willingness of heart and a strong desire to have Christ Jesus in your lives. I also pray that we, as your parish family, will always be an inspiration to you and continue to affirm you in your faith. A special thank you to Msgr. Gervasio for celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation and confirming all our young people in the faith. Thank you to Margaret Zola, our Religious Education teachers, class assistants and all involved in preparing our young people as they prepared for the sacraments.
Like so many others, unfortunately, I can take our parish ministers for granted. Every time we attend Mass or other parish liturgies we expect to see Ushers, Lectors, and Eucharistic Ministers and think: “They have enough, they don’t need me.” First, I would like to thank all our parish ministers for answering yes to God’s call to minister to God’s people. Second, it’s not about having enough, it’s about responding to God’s call to minister, to witness, to be of service. There is no greater witness to our young people than when their Moms and Dads, or older brothers and sisters answer God’s call and become a parish minister. I have recently met with all the present parish ministers and we discussed a number of topics. One very important item was to extend the invitation to others to become a member of a parish ministry. To that end I have asked them to reach out to family members, friends, work colleagues, and others in our parish and invite them to consider their vocation of a calling to parish ministry and attend our next meeting where we will have a Q&A session and also talk about each ministry.
The dates are:
- Ushers (Open to male and female, adults and youth, post Confirmation) – May 28 @ 7pm Parish Office, Bordentown. Both St Mary and Holy Assumption
- Eucharistic Ministers/Lectors – June 12 @ 7pm School Gym – St. Mary
- Eucharistic Ministers/Lectors – June 20 @ 7pm Divine Mercy Hall, Holy Assumption
On another note and another date for your calendar; many of you may know that I, with Sr. Margaret and Msgr. Cullen are organizing a trip to France in October 2020. The trip will include visits to Paris, Lourdes and a number of other places in France. You may be considering it and have a number of questions that you would like answered. There will be an information evening hosted by Select International where they will answer any questions you may have. The date for this information evening for the trip to France is: June 13 @ 6:30pm in the Parish Office, Bordentown.
I would like to leave you with two thoughts from our gospel reading for this weekend:
First, Jesus tells his disciples that God will be glorified by the works of the Son of Man, namely himself, and elsewhere in scripture he tells them when they receive the Holy Spirit they will do greater things. We all have received the Holy Spirit. If we allow the Holy Spirit to work through us we too can do great things. Then Jesus emphasized the importance of love for one another when he said, “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”