It’s not often that a Saint’s day is celebrated on a Sunday, but this weekend is one of those rare exceptions, as we celebrate the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. Our Lord Himself said “that of man born of woman none is greater than John the Baptist.” He was the great bridge spanning the Old and the New Testament, preparing the way for his cousin and Lord, Jesus Christ. He is the great example of how we should be bringing others to Christ.
Our Summer Adult Bible Study continues on Monday night: “Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist.” This week the topic is: The Story of the Eucharist: God is the Master Storyteller. He authors His great love story not only with words, but with deeds. All of God’s mighty deeds throughout history make up one beautiful narrative of salvation, which culminates in the Paschal Mystery. Jesus’s teachings and actions throughout his ministry prepare for the moment he offers himself for, and to, each of us, filling his promise that “My flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed” It’s at 7:00 pm, Fr. D’Arco Parish Hall.
This Tuesday we start a new Alpha Course. As we know, Alpha is “Christianity 101” – an introduction to the faith of Jesus Christ. It is a series of twelve talks, preceded by dinner and followed by small group discussion. It is a no-commitment, no-pressure invitation to faith in Christ. It is perfect for non-Christians, non-Catholics, non-practicing Catholics, or those Catholics who just want a refresher in the basics of the Faith. What a beautiful thing if you know someone who is interested in the Faith to invite them to come to Alpha – maybe even offer to go with them! As I said, it starts this Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 pm, at Fr. D’Arco Hall. Just show up!
This next weekend many women of our parish will be making their ACTS retreat. Please keep them in your prayers. I think the ACTS Retreats are wonderful – they are an occasion of powerful spiritual renewal in the lives of so many men and women. We are blessed to have the ACTS Retreats in our parish.
There is still room on our parish pilgrimage to Fatima and the shrines of Spain : October 1-12. Just call or stop by the parish office for more information!
A few more clever sayings by Steven Wright:
- My socks DO match. They’re the same thickness.
- I used to work in a fire hydrant factory. You couldn’t park anywhere near the place.
- What’s another word for Thesaurus?
A blessed week!
Msgr. Doug Raun