Sunday, June 8, 2014

Graduation Time!

Graduation Exercises for Students from St. Stephen - St. Edward School:

Wednesday, June 11 - 8th Grade Graduation Dinner Dance
Friday, June 13 - 8th Grade Graduation Mass and Ceremony at 7:00 p.m. in church
Monday, June 16 - Pre-K Graduation at 1:00 p.m. in the gym
Tuesday - Kindergarten Graduation at 1:00 p.m. in the church

Congratulations to all and thanks to our Faculty & Staff for a job well done!

Funeral Mass - Catherine Matula

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for the repose of the soul of Catherine Matula on Wednesday, June 11 at 10:00 a.m. Please pray for her and for her family.

Funeral Mass - Casameno J. Polizze

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for the repose of the soul of Casameno Polizze on Monday, June 9 at 10:00 a.m. Please pray for him and for his family.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Cenacle

Pope Francis just came back from the Holy Land

1)    Inviting the two leaders to come to Rome & pray

2)    Praying at the dividing wall.

3)    Yad Vashem  "O Adam, where are you?"

4)    Mass in “The Cenacle”  Latin from cena – dinner. The Upper Room

 Upper Room on Mount Zion – just outside old city of Jerusalem.
Mt. Zion:  Catholic Cemetery (Oskar Shindler), Dormition Abbey, Tomb of David, Cenacle

Cenacle:  Last Supper – Gathered after Ascension – Pentecost – Sent Forth

 Holy Father – Cenacle speaks of:

1)    Service – the Washing of the Feet. Follow Jesus example of love. To serve the poor, sick and the outcast.

2)    Sacrifice – every Mass, Jesus offered Himself. So too, we can offer our lives, our work, our joys and sorrows. Offer it up! A spiritual sacrifice.

3)    Friendship – no longer servants but friends. To become a friend of the Lord Jesus – he is our friend – never alone – do not be afraid.

4)    Promise to Return – I will not leave you orphans. He will bring us to His Father’s house.

5)    Betrayal – by our sins, we betray Jesus.

6)    Fraternity, Harmony & Peace – From the Eucharist and from the Holy Spirit.

7)    New Family – church, a great family. WE find hope to keep moving forward, amid all the challenges and problems of life.

 Upper Room – almost impossible to have Mass there today. Only 2 times a year allowed: Holy Thursday and Pentecost. Special permission for the Pope. I visited Cenacle but offered Mass next door – in Dormition Abbey.

But as I always tell you, you do not have to travel to Mount Zion to find this – here in our Cenacle, here in our Upper Room, in the Sacraments, in one another, gathered in prayer with the Mother of Jesus, we receive what we need – so that WE can go forth! Lord, send forth your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth!