Memo from Msgr. Raun- Friday June 19th, 2020
My dear family,
Greetings, and special blessings upon the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus!
WAYS TO HOLD ON TO JOY IN TROUBLED TIMES
Remember that God Finds Joy in You
Over and over in the Bible we read that God made us, planned for us, desires a relationship with us, and loves us.
Have you ever created something? Maybe you quilt and just finished a beautiful wall-hanging or bedspread. Or maybe you design and carve objects from wood or metal. Perhaps you’re a painter, photographer, interior designer, or musical composer.
Regardless of your medium, don’t you feel a great sense of accomplishment and pride when the finishing touch goes on your most recent masterpiece? Does it fill you with joy to stand back and stare at your magnificent project?
This is exactly—times about a gazillion—the way God feels about you. He even sings over you! Rest assured that you, the source of his joy, will be protected and sheltered. You might not feel it, but the Lord is watching over you. Let his joy permeate your day today.
“May the glory of the Lord continue forever! The Lord takes pleasure in all He has made." Psalm 104:31
Joy is not some hypothetical, fluttery feeling. It is an imperative. It’s also a solid foundation we can build our lives upon so that we are able to withstand whatever we face. All we need to do is turn to the Lord and ask him to help us find it—and then be sure to thank him when it floods our souls.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW CATHOLICS: Last Monday we received our new parishioners Jessica Lovato, Keenan Bash, and Shane Jeremich who were confirmed as converts into the Holy Catholic Church. May God bless them and grant them many years of holiness in the communion of the Church!
We are working hard to catch up with everyone who should have received Sacraments at Easter and in May. We hope we will be all caught up by the end of the month.
BAPTISMS, MARRIAGES,SICK CALLS and FUNERALS are all taking place, albeit under the restrictions mandated by the Archbishop and the Governor. Just call the parish office and we will gladly help you with the preparations needed.
ARE YOU UNDER 60 YEARS OLD? If so, your parish family needs you now to be helping with ministry in the Church: especially as ushers, readers, sanitation crews (helping to disinfect the church between Masses) and Eucharistic ministers. At this time we do not want to be needlessly exposing our more high-risk parishioners. If you are under 60, not involved in ministry and reading this, you need to ask yourself why you are not doing your part to build up the Body of Christ in His hour of need! Just call the parish office and leave your name and phone number - we will get back to you and help you to find a ministry that matches your gifts!
REMEMBER OUR UPCOMING BIBLE STUDY STARTS NEXT MONDAY : Biblical Hope For Mental Health.
Friends, we have all been battered by what we have gone through the past three months. And some people have been seriously hurt by fear, loneliness, depression, and a host of other mental and emotional problems. I feel this Bible study is important not only for ourselves, but so that we can learn the tools to help others to regain mental health. Jesus Christ is the Great Physician: He was us to be healthy not only in body and soul but in mind also! The Bible teaches us very important lessons about how to have and keep a healthy mind!
Plan on joining us every Monday at 7 pm for this important study!
HOW TO GO TO MASS:
1. All Masses - just show up. But remember that we have to close off the church when we reach 250 people in attendance.
2. Wear a mask.
3. Be prepared to receive Communion in the hand.
IF WE REACH 250 PEOPLE AT A MASS, and a person arrives after that, they will be invited to come to another Mass, or they can go to their car and wait, and they will be allowed to join the Communion line at the end of Mass. Together with this, we are now broadcasting every Sunday Mass on our new low-wattage FM transmitter, at 106.5 FM. You can receive this signal from anyplace in the parking lot of the church. If you still do not feel comfortable going into the church for Mass, you can listen to it in your car and at the end of Mass come in to receive Holy Communion!
Weekdays: 8 am and 5 pm
Saturday: 8 am and 2:30 pm
PLEASE SHARE ALL THIS INFORMATION WITH THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET!
HOLINESS TIP : words of wisdom from St. John of the Cross:
“In tribulation immediately draw near to God with confidence, and you will receive strength, enlightenment, and instruction.”
LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE:
Real quotes from church bulletins......
If you need to heave during the final hymn, please do so quietly.
Next Thursday, there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
The ‘Over 60s Choir’ will be disbanded for the summer with the thanks of the entire church.
OUR PRAYER FOR THE DAY: for the beautiful feast of the Sacred Heart, by the Blessed Father Miquel Pro...
I believe, O Lord; but strengthen my faith...
Heart of Jesus, I love Thee; but increase my love. Heart of Jesus, I trust in Thee; but give greater vigor to my confidence.
Heart of Jesus, I give my heart to Thee; but so enclose it in Thee that it may never be separated from Thee.
Heart of Jesus, I am all Thine; but take care of my promise so that I may be able to put it in practice even unto the complete sacrifice of my life.
I send you my fatherly blessing, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen !
Msgr. Doug Raun
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