Come To The Feast!
A special feast has been prepared for this Sunday in honor of St. Joseph, the patron saint of our parish. I hope you and your family can attend the Pot-Luck luncheon at the Hill Street campus of our school. It’s an opportunity to share some good food and fellowship. The festivities start today at 12:00 noon. A handful of restaurants from Old Town have donated some tasty entrées for us to enjoy. Come to the feast!
What Is God Like?
I rely on several resources to help put my thoughts together for my homily on Sunday. I try to look at the Sunday scriptures from a variety of perspectives and then narrow it down to one or two solid points that seem to make the most sense for the folks in the pews.
This week I came across an interesting reflection about God in my subscription to Faith Catholic magazine (March 2015). It goes like this:
“Once there was a music teacher whose student asked, ‘What is the good news for today?’ The teacher went to a tuning fork suspended by a cord and struck it with a mallet. A note emerged and the teacher said, ‘There is the good news for today. That, my dear student, is an A. It was an A yesterday and it will be an A tomorrow and next week and for a thousand years. The soprano who studies with me warbles off-key, the tenor downstairs flats his high notes and the piano here in the music room sometimes is out of tune, but that, my dear student, is an A.’
God is like the music teacher’s ‘A’ note. God is steadfast, consistent, always giving God’s love. We may go flat by falling into sin. We may stop listening to God’s music. We may decide other notes are more to our liking, but God remains who and what God is. As we heard in the reading from Jeremiah: ‘I will be their God, and they shall be my people.’ God remains faithful to us. God’s will for us is that we be with God, and in spite of our weaknesses and inconsistencies, God offers us new opportunities all the time to reconcile ourselves to God.
Lent presents us with pointed reminders of this consistency, and the fact that God always fulfills God’s promises. The most important and fundamental promise, of course, was that God would send a Messiah to cleanse us of our sins and open the gates of heaven. God sent his only begotten Son to be like us in every way except sin and to die on the cross, so that our sins might be forgiven.
God’s message is that God wants us to grow closer to God and be with him forever in heaven. Sometimes we cannot hear God’s message, like the music teacher’s “A,” giving us a consistent and faithful message.
In these last two weeks before Easter, let us make a special effort to train our ears on the still small voice that calls us by name. Once we hear God calling us to live for eternity in God’s love, we are likely to find it impossible to hear anything else as lovely or compelling.”
I am in real need of volunteers who can help serve as wedding sacristans. Wedding sacristans assist at the rehearsal (usually scheduled the night before) by preparing and practicing with the bridal party. They also assist families on the day of the wedding.
Training will be provided. Please contact me at the parish office if you are interested in this ministry. Our goal is to make the whole experience of being married in the Catholic Church a positive one as we show our hospitality and welcome to those embracing the vocation of marriage.
Next Week… Holy Week!
Next Sunday is Palm Sunday which marks the start of our Holy Week celebrations. This is the most important week of the year for Christians around the world as we trace the life, death and resurrection of Jesus with the special liturgies that have been handed down through the centuries by our Church. Yes, Holy Week is considered our “high holidays!”
I ask that families make every effort to attend the services here at Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph parishes. Please adjust your schedules so that you have time to come, pray, reflect, celebrate the Paschal mystery. The complete Holy Week schedule is included in today’s bulletin.
They Are Almost There!
This is an exciting time for the men and women in the RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program as they near the Easter Vigil. Please hold them in your prayers these final days of Lent as they prepare to be fully initiated into the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. We who are “Cradle Catholics” are inspired by their deep faith and love of the Lord. For me personally, it has been a real joy and a privilege to accompany them on their journey of faith. I am proud of them and their commitment to be part of our faith community.
– Fr. Larry