Pastor’s Corner May 27, 2018

Dear family,


A happy Memorial Day weekend to you all! In our prayers this weekend let us remember all the brave men and women who have given their lives in the defense of our country, and the freedoms we are blessed to enjoy.

We rejoice this weekend to have with us our native son, the newly ordained deacon the Rev. Mr. Timothy Meurer, who is serving at 9:00 am Mass today and preaching his maiden sermon. Please pray for him and for all of our men who are studying for the Sacred Priesthood.

Because it’s Memorial Day, on Monday, May 28th:

  • the parish office will be closed
  • there will be one Mass only, at 9:00 am

No one will be made crazy this week – in other words, no Monday night Bible study.

Next Sunday, June 3, is the glorious feast of Corpus Christi – the day when we celebrate the Real Presence of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament. In observance of this day, we will do two things:

  • Our dear parish friend, Father Jeff Wharton, will visit us and preach at all the Masses on the value and importance of Eucharistic Adoration

We will have an indoor procession with the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction at the end of 9 :00 am Mass. So you have been warned – High Mass will be a quarter of an hour longer next weekend! But what a beautiful extra 15 minutes, to honor Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

The procession with the Blessed Sacrament is the special observance of Corpus Christi. For years we have had an outdoor procession for the day, but attendance has grown smaller and smaller. The truth is our church is just not well located for outdoor processions. There is not even a clear way to walk around the church without going into the parking lot. We can’t have a procession right after Mass because it would block two driveways no matter which way we go. There is no  easy way to process on the neighborhood streets. So we tried it at 3:00 pm in the afternoon, and it is so hot. So – I think that from now on we will just have an indoor procession after Mass each year. I love the idea of an outdoor procession, but we can only do what we can do!

Well, the primary elections are coming up, as we can see from the forest of signs adorning our streets. We pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit and God’s blessing upon our public servants. But I ran across some cute political jokes. I think political jokes have their place, because they help us to keep a right perspective on politics, and help to keep our public servants humble! So here they go:


  • There is no room for stupidity in Congress. It’s already full.


  • Results of a new poll recently released: The majority of Americans approve of sending Congress to Afghanistan. (My comment: But that poor country already has enough problems!)

“Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were in Congress. But then, I repeat myself.” Mark Twain


A blessed week!

Msgr. Doug Raun

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