Memo from Msgr. Raun - Friday, June 26th, 2020

My dear family,

Greetings in the Lord Jesus!

Ways to Find Peace While Transitioning out of Quarantine

Don’t Surrender to Fear

“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7.

Its been said that we fear what we don’t know. From the beginning, humanity lurched toward fear in multiple ways. Despite seeing God work miraculously in the past, we, like the Israelites, quickly forget. Once again, the fears loom large before us and discomfort creeps in and pulses through our veins. The heartbeat becomes an unrecognized rhythm-frantically trying to keep up with the racing thoughts running through the brain.

This description of the disciples hiding in the upper room following Jesus' execution speaks to life in any age. "The dangers did not evaporate—they would huddle in this room many times in the months to come, sheltering, praying. Life would never be “normal” again, not ever, not at all. But Jesus was in the room with them. The disaster itself became a sacred space."

Like, the disciples, we will encounter seasons of confusion, unpredictability, and even danger. They encountered it before they met Jesus and while they journeyed with Him on earth. Yet, they followed Him even though they likely faced more reasons to be afraid. Jesus offered them peace through his presence. In word and action, it was promised and experienced. The repetition confirmed it in their lives.


Our topic for next Monday is really fascinating : WEAPONS OF SELF-DESTRUCTION. What are they? Shame, uncontrolled thoughts, compulsions. fear, hopelessness, bitterness and insecurity. Ever had to deal with any of those? I sure have! What we are going to do is study what St. Paul teaches us in Romans 8 - how we can overcome these weapons of self-destruction! You need to attend this Bible study for yourself and for others! I do hope you will be able to join me for this important teaching.

Monday, June 29, is the great feast of St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles and the first Pope of the Church, and St. Paul, the great Apostle of the Nations. They were martyred for Christ by the wicked Emperor Nero in the city of Rome about the year 65 AD.

On Friday, July 3rd, there will be no 5 pm confessions or 6 pm Mass. The reason is that on Saturday the 4th we priests will be busy, so we are going to have a little Independence Day B-B-Q on the evening of the 3rd.

Of course Saturday, the 4th of July, is Independence Day. As is our custom, it will be a day of special prayer for our beloved Nation, and the 9 am Mass will be the special Mass of Independence Day. Our nation needs prayer so greatly right now! Only God can solve our problems and heal our wounds. I do hope we will all try to keep our nation in our prayers as we approach Independence Day!

There will be 2:30 pm confessions and the 5 pm Vigil Mass on July 4th.

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

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.


HOLINESS TIP : words of wisdom from St. John of the Cross:
“It is great wisdom to know how to be silent and to look at neither the remarks, nor the deeds, nor the lives of others.”

Real quotes from church bulletins......
Next Sunday Mrs. Vinson will be the soloist for the morning service. The pastor will then speak on "It's a Terrible Experience."

The sermon this morning: ‘Contemporary Issues #3 – Euthanasia.’ The closing song: ‘Take My Life.’

OUR PRAYER FOR THE DAY: as we come to the end of the month of June, another prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.....

Oh Lord Jesus Christ, to Your most Sacred Heart I confide all my needs.
Only look upon me, then do what Your love inspires. I count on You. I trust in You. I throw myself on Your mercy. Lord Jesus, You will not fail me.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in You.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Your love for me.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Your kingdom come.

 Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in You. Let me not be disappointed. Amen.

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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