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Saturday Vigil
4:00pmHoly Cross
5:30pmBlessed Sacrament

Sunday
8:00amHoly Cross
9:30amBlessed Sacrament
11:00amHoly Cross

Daily Mass
Mon, Wed, Fri: 8:00amHoly Cross
Tues,Thurs: 7:30amBlessed Sacrament

Reconciliation

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Holy Cross
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Blessed Sacrament
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CATECHETICAL SUNDAY

A prayer for our catechists:

May the seeds of faith blossom as you nurture God’s young disciples, and may our ever-present connection to Christ through prayer be a joyful blessing for you and the children in your care.

Each year, the Catholic Church in the United States designates the third Sunday in September as “Catechetical Sunday” – a day on which to celebrate and pray for the Church’s mission to teach the Gospel to all people.

This year’s theme is “Stay with Us” quoting the two disciples on the road to Emmaus who invited Jesus to stay with them (LK24:13-35)

Our catechists are called to share the gift of faith they have received with our children. They have been inspired and have responded to God’s call to serve our children.

We thank God for the generosity of our catechists and ask God to give them the grace to assist our young people as they grow in their knowledge and love of God.

Our catechists will be commissioned this weekend at Blessed Sacrament during the 9:30 AM Mass and at Holy Cross during the 11:00 AM Mass.

The Parish Offices will be closed Monday September


TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

READINGS AND BACKGROUNDS

First Reading: Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 Jeremiah is punished for criticizing the wealthy for their corruption and their injustice to the poor.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 40:2-4,18 A prayer for God’s help.

Second Reading: Hebrews 12:1-4 Let persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.

Background on the Gospel Reading

Having reminded the apostles and the crowd that facing the coming judgment takes patience, Jesus now goes on to speak of how difficult it will be to wait. He tells them that he has come to set the earth on fire. Recall that in chapter 3 of Luke’s Gospel, John the Baptist tells the crowds that he is baptizing with water, but someone mightier is coming who will baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. The fire Jesus speaks of here is the distress caused by the coming judgment. It is also the fire of the Spirit that Luke, in the Acts of the Apostles, will describe descending on the disciples on Pentecost. That fire will strengthen them to go out to the whole world to preach the good news of Jesus’ Resurrection.

The coming judgment forces us to look at the implications of our commitments. As Jesus warned in last Sunday’s Gospel, a commitment of faith requires us to change our attitude toward material possessions and to take even more seriously our moral responsibilities. Here he reminds the crowds that those who commit to him will find it affects the way they relate to friends and family members. The angel who announced the birth of John the Baptist to Zechariah said John would go before Jesus to turn the hearts of fathers toward their children. But a commitment to Jesus forces us to change the way we live our lives, and this can put strains on relationships.

We don’t expect to hear such difficult words from Jesus in the Gospel. But it is good to be reminded once in a while that the decision to do the right thing, the good thing, is not always easy and without conflict. Jesus himself did not make easy decisions and avoid conflict. In today’s reading, he reminds his followers to be prepared for difficult decisions and conflict as well.

2019 Blessed Sacrament Family Festival

Family Festival

WELCOME TO THE 14TH ANNUAL FAMILY FESTIVAL - Friday, Saturday, Sunday!!!

*August 17 Saturday Piggy Dinner Sale until 7 PM or sold out. ($10)---Join us after Mass!

*August 17 Saturday Grounds open until 9:30 PM Menu: Potato Pancakes, Haluski, Pierogies (Butter & Onion or Fried), Pizza Fritta, Porketta, Chicken Fingers, French Fries, Funnel Cake, Sausage & Peppers, Wimpies, Hot Dogs, Pizza, Hamburgers, Corn-on-the-Cob, ice cream, Bake Sale & More.

*August 18 Sunday 9:30 AM Liturgy, 10:30 AM, Cash Breakfast $6.00---1:30 PM Bingo ($5.00 entrance-also special drawing for attending). Tickets available at the door. Kitchen open during Bingo. Approximately 4:20 PM Basket Raffles and 50/50 Grand Prize Drawing, usually more than $1000.

Also on Sunday Noon outside clean-up and tent removal (Help of all ages needed and much appreciated? Service hours available.

The 14th annual Family Festival is our Parish largest fundraiser. Volunteers of all ages are welcome.

SEE YOU THEN!!!!

IMPORTANT DATES TO PREPARE FOR 14TH ANNUAL FAMILY FESTIVAL

Wednesday August 14th at 1pm, we will set-up the grounds for the festival.


Family Festival

Jesus’ instructions on how to be ready for the coming judgement

READINGS & BACKGROUNDS

First Reading: Wisdom 18:6-9 The Hebrew people awaited the salvation of the just.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 33:1, 12, 18-22 Happy the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

Second Reading: Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 We will look for the city designed and built by God.

Gospel Reading: Luke 12:32-48 You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.

Background on the Gospel Reading

Jesus’ instructions on how to be ready for the coming judgement continue in the stories and sayings found in today’s gospel. We are not to be like the greedy rich man in last Sunday’s Gospel who planned to store his great harvest in barns rather than share it. We are, rather, to share our wealth with those in need. The antidote for the anxiety brought on by the coming judgement is to relinquish our possessions and provide for the needs of others. Our treasure will be in heaven where it will not wear out or be destroyed.

The other major way to be ready for the coming judgement is to be watchful. In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus tells a parable about watchfulness to begin making this point. We must be life servants waiting for the master’s return from a wedding banquet, which, even now, can last for a few days in the Middle East. We must e watchful so that e3ven if the master comes after midnight, we will be ready for him. This is what the coming of the Son of Man will be like.

Peter asks if this parable is meant for the apostles or for the large crowd that has gathered to listen to Jesus. Without answering Peter’s question, Jesus responds with another parable about servants awaiting the return of their master. It begins with a question: “Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants to distribute the food allowance at the proper time?” This parable adds to the theme of watchfulness; it explains how to wait and reminds us of the reward for the faithful follower at the heavenly banquet after the judgment. If it is addressed to the apostles, then it could also be addressed to leadership in the early Church. Either way, the parables reminds us that we should be found doing our jobs when the master arrives. If we are doing our jobs, our reward will be great. But if we relax, neglect our duties, and begin to act like the greedy rich man—eating, drinking and making merry—we will not have a place in the kingdom. Watchfulness means living in such a consistently moral and obedient way that we are always ready to give an account to God of how we have lived.

2019 Holy Cross Chicken BBQ

Chicken BBQ

This Weekend

HOLY CROSS ANNUAL CHICKEN BBQ SUNDAY AUGUST 4TH 11:30AM – 4PM

Holy Cross Chicken BBQ will take place this weekend, August 4, at Holy Cross Parking Lot. Come join in the fun. Food, entertainment, bake sale, bingo, children’s games, basket raffle. Hope to see you there!

Tickets are $10.00 for a chicken dinner that includes ½ chicken, potatoes, green beans, dessert. Tickets are $5.00 for a children’s dinner that includes nuggets, fries, dessert, and a soda.

Chicken BBQ

Holy Day of Obligation: Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary August 15

Assumption of Mary

KEEP IN MIND the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (a Holy Day of Obligation) is August 15.

Mass schedule: Wednesday, August 14…..5:30 PM at Blessed Sacrament.

Thursday, August 15…..7:30 AM Blessed Sacrament;8:00 AM and 7:00 PM at Holy Cross.

THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY:

As summer vacation draws to a close, Catholics, observe and important feast day, August 15, The Feast of the Assumption. Honoring Mary, Mother of Jesus. This feast commemorates two events, the “falling asleep” (Or “Dormito” of the Blessed Virgin at the end of her life and her being taken up to heaven. The Assumption in which Mary’s body left the earth and entered eternity with God, gives hope to Christians of overcoming death in eternity through union with God. The Feast of the Assumption is an honoring and an exultation of Mary, the most blessed of women and the Mother of the Son of God. As Catholics, we believe that Mary enjoys the full bliss of heaven. It is our belief that on the Last Day, we too shall be raised body and soul and enjoy the same heavenly reward.


Assumption of Mary

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

THE READINGS

First Reading: Genesis 18:1-10a Abraham entertains three strangers and is promised a son.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 15:2-5 Those who do justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

Second Reading: Colossians 1:24-28 The mystery hidden from ages past has now been revealed in Christ.

Gospel Reading: Luke 10:38-42 Jesus visits the house of Martha and Mary.

BACKGROUND ON THE GOSPEL READING

The story of Jesus in the home of Martha and Mary complements the story of the Good Samaritan, which immediately precedes it in Luke’s Gospel. Both stories are unique to Luke, The story of the Samaritan opens with the words “ a certain woman.” The Samaritan is an example of how a disciple should see and act. Mary is an example of how a disciple should listen. Mary, a woman is a marginalized person in society, like the Samaritan. Both do what is not expected of them. As a woman, Mary would be expected, like Martha, to prepare hospitality for a guest. Here again Jesus breaks with the social conventions of his time. Just as a Samaritan would not be a model for neighborliness, so a woman would not sit with the men around the feet of a teacher.

Both stories exemplify how a disciple is to fulfill the dual command which begins chapter 10—love of God (Mary) and love of neighbor (the Samaritan). These are the two essentials of life in the kingdom. By using the examples of a Samaritan and a woman, however, Jesus is saying something more. Social codes and boundaries were strict in Jesus’ time. Yet to love God with all one’s heart and one’s neighbor requires breaking those rules. The Kingdom of God is a society without distinctions and boundaries between its members. It is a society that requires times for seeing and doing and also times for listening and learning at the feet of a teacher.

THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME,CYCLE C

First Reading: 1 Kings 19:16b,19-21 Elijah anoints Elisha as his successor.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 16:1-2,5,7-11 I set the Lord ever before me.

Second Reading: Galatians 5:1,13-18 Christ has set us free.

Gospel Reading: Luke 9:51-62 Jesus resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem.

Background on the Gospel Reading:

Today’s Gospel reading begins a long section unique to Luke’s Gospel. Jesus begins his journey to Jerusalem, which will end with his ministry in Jerusalem. We read that Jesus’ days for being “taken up” were fulfilled. The Greek word that Luke uses for “taken up” is the same word he uses to describe the Ascension. We also read that Jesus is determined to journey to Jerusalem. For Luke, Jesus’ ministry begins in Galilee and then is one long journey to Jerusalem. In Jerusalem, he will meet his death but also enter into his glory. Only in Luke does Jesus then spend 40 days in Jerusalem instructing his disciples. It is in Jerusalem that his disciples wait after his Ascension to be sent the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. And it is from Jerusalem, in Luke’s second volume, the Acts of the Apostles, that the Good News is spread to Rome and the ends of the earth.

Immediately, Jesus is met with rejection, as a Samaritan village will not receive him because he is going to Jerusalem. There was animosity between Samaritans who worshipped on Mount Gerazim and Jews who worshipped in Jerusalem. Jesus was also rejected as he began his ministry in Galilee in Chapter 4, and he will be rejected for the last time when he reaches Jerusalem. James and John want to call down fire from heaven to destroy the people in the village, but Jesus rebukes them and moves on. There is often the temptation to use violence to achieve right. Jesus has come to break this temptation. He is aware that he must undergo violence himself before he can enter his glory.

The rest of today’s reading is about the radical demands of discipleship. The three people who volunteer to become disciples on this journey show that they do not understand the demands Jesus will bake of them. Neither care of self, care for the dead, nor care of one’s family (as required by the Fourth Commandment) can come before the demands of discipleship. Jesus reminds the first volunteer, who would go wherever Jesus goes, that animals in the wild have more security than do Jesus and his followers. The second, who wants to bury a parent, is reminded that the demands of proclaiming the Kingdom of God take precedence. The third, who wants to say farewell to his family, is reminded that once you put your hand to the plow, you cannot look back or the furrow will be crooked. Such a person is not ready for the Kingdom of God.

Jesus seems harsh here, but he is only asking of his disciples what he asks of himself. Jesus’ unconditional commitment to God’s saving work will demand of him his life. He know this, but the disciples do not understand. Jesus does not want anyone to rush into discipleship because the demands of discipleship require everyone considering it to be aware of the cost, make Jesus and his mission central to his life, and then go forward without looking back.

THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST, CYCLE C

First Reading: Genesis 14:18-20 Melchizedek, king of Salem, blessed Abram.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 110:1-4 You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.

Gospel Reading: Luke 9:11b-17 They all ate and were satisfied.

Background on the Gospel Reading:

Today, the second Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate a second solemnity, which marks our return to Ordinary Time. Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. At one time, this day was called Corpus Christi, Latin for “the Body of Christ.” In the most recent revision of the liturgy, the name for this day is expanded to be a more complete reflection of our Eucharistic theology.

The feeding of the 5,000 is the only one of Jesus’ miracles to appear in all four Gospels. Luke places it between Herod’s question, “Who is this about whom I hear such things?” and Peter’s response to Jesus’ question about who he thought Jesus was: “You are the Messiah of God.” In Luke the feeding is not the result of Jesus’ compassion for the crowd but is instigated by the disciples. They wanted Jesus to send the crowd away to town. Instead Jesus tells the disciples to give them some food on their own.

The passage is meant to remind us of two feedings in the Old Testament: the feeding of the Israelites in the desert and Elisha’s feeding of 100 people with 20 loaves in 2 Kings 4:42-44. It is also connected to the institution of the Eucharist. As in the Last Supper accounts in Matthew, Mark and Luke and in Paul’s account in 1 Corinthians 11:23-24, Jesus takes bread, looks to heaven, blesses the bread, breaks it, and then gives it to the disciples. In using this exact language, Luke is reminding his readers that in the miracle Jesus is doing more than feeding hungry people as God did for the Israelites and the prophet Elisha did as well. The bread he gives is his body, which he will continue to give as often as the community breaks bread in remembrance of him in the Eucharist.

Next Week’s Readings:

Sunday, June 30th Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 1 Kings 19:166, 19-21 Galations 5:1. 13-18 Luke 9:51-62

SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, CYCLE C

First Reading: Acts of the Apostles 7:55-60
Stephen is martyred as Saul looks on.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 97:1-2, 2-7,9
The Lord is king over all the earth.

Second Reading: Revelation 22:12-14,16-17,20
Come, Lord Jesus.

Gospel Reading: John 17:20-26
Jesus prays for his disciples.

CONFIRMATION 2019

Pentecost

On Pentecost Sunday, June 9, our 8th grade students will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation:

Blessed Sacrament-Sunday, June 9; 9:30 AM Mass

Holy Cross-Sunday, June 9, 2:00 PM

Please keep our Confirmation candidates in your prayers as they complete their preparation to celebrate the Sacrament.

Please note practice times:

Sunday, June 2; 1:00 PM Holy Cross (with sponsors)

Sunday, June 2; 3:00 PM Blessed Sacrament (with sponsors)

“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love….”

The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord (Holy Day of Obligation)

Ascension Thursday

Mass schedule: Wednesday, May 29, 5:30 PM, Blessed Sacrament; Thursday, May 30, 7:30 AM, Blessed Sacrament; 8:00 AM, Holy Cross; 7:00 PM Holy Cross.

Forty days after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, The Acts of the Apostles records Jesus’ ascension into heaven. The Ascension is an important Christian holiday that attests to the reality of Jesus Christ, God and human, returning to the Father, to return again in the future second coming. The Ascension is the final component of the Paschal Mystery, which consists of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.

Congratulations to Dante Hernandez

CONGRATULATIONS to Dante Hernandez, celebrating his First Holy Communion on Sunday, May 12 at the 11:00 AM mass at Holy Cross.

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day

On behalf of Monsignor Delaney, and the entire parish staff, best wishes for a blessed and enjoyable Mother’s Day to all mothers, grandmothers and godmothers.

Loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so you watch over your Church. Bless these women, that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers, grandmothers and godmothers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

How to Pray for Vocations

HOW TO PRAY FOR VOCATIONS

Today on World Day of Prayer for Vocations consider praying a rosary for vocations:

*Pray the first decade that you may grow in holiness in your own vocation.

*Pray the second decade for all those called to marriage.

*Pray the third decade for those called to the permanent diaconate.

*Pray the fourth decade for all those called to religious life.

*Pray the fifth decade for all those called to the priesthood.

At Every Sunday Mass when you take time for personal prayer at Mass, ask God that a young man from your parish will hear the call to the priesthood or religious life, and that a young woman will hear the call to become a sister. At Home during mealtime, pray for vocations with your family and encourage your children to be open to God’s call.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

God our Father, You made each of us to use our gifts in the Body of Christ. We ask that you inspire young people whom you call to priesthood and consecrated life to courageously follow your will. Send workers into your great harvest so that the Gospel is reached, the poor are served with love, the suffering are comforted, and your people are strengthened by the sacraments. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

Thank You Reception!

Thank You!

Monsignor Delaney would like to thank all parishioners, both from Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament, for their generosity over the past year. Every time we have a fundraiser or ask for donations there is an overwhelmingly positive response and it is sincerely appreciated. There will be a Thank You Reception on June 22nd after the 4:00 PM Mass at Holy Cross and on June 23rd after the 9:30 AM Mass at Blessed Sacrament. All are invited to attend.

FEAST DAY OF DIVINE MERCY

In Saint Faustina’s vision, Jesus asked that the Feast of Mercy be celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. In this, our Lord is showing us the close connection between the Easter mystery of man’s redemption and His Divine Mercy. The Feast of Divine Mercy is a day of grace for all people.

Jesus attached great promises to this Feast, the greatest of which is tied in the reception of Holy Communion. He promises complete forgiveness of sins if one approaches the fountain of Life on the Feast of Mercy with an attitude of trust.

The greatness of this Feast lies also in the fact that everyone, even those who are converted that every day may obtain grace for the asking, if what they ask is compatible with God’s will.

“I want this image of Divine Mercy” Jesus told Faustina to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter. I desire the Feast of Mercy to be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy.

The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though their sins be scarlet.

ALLELUIA! CHRIST IS RISEN, HE IS RISEN INDEED, ALLELUIA!

I want to extend wishes of a beautiful and happy Easter to all parishioners and staff and visitors who gather this weekend at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Throop and Holy Cross Parish, Olyphant. We have prepared for 40 days, how we enter into the joyful season of Easter celebrating Jesus’ Resurrection and our participation in His Risen life.

We celebrate with Crystal and Steven, Stephen and Heather who celebrated the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil. Their desire to know, love and serve the Lord is a gift and grace reminding us all of the blessing it is to share our faith and to invite more and more to experience with us the love of Christ we encounter in Word and Sacrament.

We enter into these fifty days of rejoicing preparing our second graders to come to communion for the first time and our eighth graders to complete their initiation on Pentecost Sunday as they take ownership of and responsibility for the living out of this Resurrection faith we celebrate today.

We have so much to celebrate, so many reasons to be hopeful. We do not dismiss the hardships of life or the crosses we carry, do not diminish in any way the sufferings of the wounded Body of Christ in our midst, but we, in the midst of a broken world cry out “Christ Our Light,” Alleluia! We carry the hope and share the message of Easter—that we can move beyond darkness and doubt, that love is possible, that all people are imbued with sanctity and dignity as cherished children of God.

“Do you choose this day to reject sin so as to live in the freedom of the children of God?”... I do!.. We do! “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad.” Christ has won the victory for us. The Church in her wisdom asks us to keep this festival alive for 50 days. Let’s reflect on this and just how much our Lord loves us. Flowers, Easter eggs, candy, keilbosi and butter lambs, beautiful music and so much more! The victory has been won in Christ who gives ultimate purpose to our lives.

We welcome all who join us this Easter. Pope Francis writes: “I invite all Christians, everywhere at this very moment to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them: I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step toward Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms.”

I am grateful to our parish staff and to all who have helped us to celebrate Easter—Judy Novak, Tom Pearce, Ed Bush, Steve Senko, Deacon John Musyt, Karen Doyle, to Mary Therese McKane, Ned Dructor and our music ministry, John Kilker, Michele Malewicz, Jeannie Commadario, Sally Dziedzic—and to the army of volunteers who help us to live our Easter faith with joy and in hope.

May the Peace of the Risen Christ be with you all United in His Service,

Monsignor Delaney, Pastor

First Holy Communion Class of 2019

Congratulations to the following children who received Holy Communion for the first time! May God bless you and strengthen you throughout your life every time you receive the Body & Blood of Christ.

BLESSED SACRAMENT

Ashlyn BradshawAngela Laskowski
Luke CollinsEric Meleski
Thomas CollinsKate Rose Melesky
Ethan CortazarJeffrey Miller Jr.
Rhys GriffinKayden Miller
Jack Mackar-Muller

Holy Cross

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Emily BeckHayden Panusky
Karsyn CainesPaige Paone
Joshua CarrollSean Patchcoski
Jake CarrollShane Patterson
Richard CarrollMichael Peregrim III
Aziel ChavezLyndsay Powell
Dominick DelRossoGary Puhalla
Lily DesirMia Ricciardi
Annabelle FrableZachery Sadavage
Kali GilgallonJoseph Sandrowicz
Dante HernandezEva Schuler
Jack JudgeGreyson Shimkus
Andrew KarsnakMia Ricciardi
Stephen Klem IVOlivia Thomas
Falynne LukasikJulian Williams
Marley MoranoRobert Wilson
Ryan MonroeLeo Wisniewski
Salvatore PalazzariTess Yanoski

THANK YOU

to our second grade teachers: Mrs. Barbara Tracewski and Miss Amanda Rimosites; assistant: Mrs. Linda Sablan. Thank you to LaSalle Academy, St. Clare/St. Paul Elementary School and St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Elementary School teachers. Thank you to our directors of Religious Education: Mr. John Musyt and Mrs. Karen Doyle. Thank you to our parents and grandparents and extended family for your dedication to your child’s religious education and his/her faith development.

HOLY COMMUNION

The first time I received Jesus

Was a wondrous day for me!

To be united with Christ, my Savior

Who died for us on Calvary.

This prayer reminds me to thank Him

For the special gift He gave:

The sacrament of Holy Eucharist

Through which we all are saved.

It helps me think of the first time

Jesus came into my heart

And if I but follow His message

He and I will never part.

As Jesus said on that holy night

So many years ago

If we but take and eat this bread

Eternal Life we will know.

Each time I receive communion

I’ll think of His love for me

And I’ll thank Him for giving to us

The greatest miracle in history.

“I am the living bread which has

Come down from heaven. Anyone

Who eats this bread will live forever.”

Carnation Sale 2019

Pro-Life Carnation Sale

will take place after each mass on Mother’s Day Weekend. Please support Pro-Life and purchase a beautiful carnation.