From the Pastor's Desk

Weekly thoughts and announcements from our Pastor, Fr. Tom Lewandowski.

Give Them a Day

What shall you give one small child? A glamorous game, a tinseled toy, a train that runs on a curving track? A picture book, a real live pet? There’s plenty of time for such things yet.  Give them a day for their very own. Just one small child and their dad alone. A walk in the woods, a run in the park. A fishing trip from dawn til dark. Give that gift that only you can – the companionship of their “Old Man”. Games are outgrown and toys decay. But a child will never forget if you give them a day.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all Dads, Granddads, Uncles, and all who are “Dadlike” as we celebrate the gift of who you are to us by lifting you up to God in prayer and with grateful hearts. THANKS MUCH FOR ALL YOU DO!!!!

Relationships According to St. John XXIII

“Every believer in this world of ours must be a spark of light, a center of love, a vivifying leaven amidst his fellow men. And he will be all this the more perfectly, the more closely he lives in communion with God in the intimacy of his own soul.”        
                                                   St. John XXIII in the document Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) 

The Meaning of Vocation

“Ask yourselves about the love of Christ.  Acknowledge His voice resounding in the temple of your heart.  Return his bright and penetrating glance which opens the paths of your life to the horizon’s of the Church’s mission…Do not be afraid of the radicalness of his demands, because Jesus, who loved us first, is prepared to give himself to you, as well as asking of you.  If he asks much of you, it is because he knows you can give much.”            St. John Paul II

Jesus shows us the many ways that he has been prepared to give of himself completely to us: he was born, died and rose so that we can always be new creations in him;  he sent us the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit so that we can have a share of the divine life of God now on earth as we walk in his glory;  he made us a part of the perfect family that we call the Trinity through the Sacraments, particularly Baptism and Confirmation; and the Eucharist allows for an intimate Presence of God to always be with us.  As Jesus has given himself to you completely, are you prepared to give of yourself completely back to him?

Memorial Day Mass

Memorial Day is a day when we celebrate and remember the lives of all those who have died.  We remember their gifts, their love, and their inspirations in the gift of memories that we treasure in our hearts about them. The celebrations of the day are based on those who are now in the joy of living Eternal Life in God.  They have become our “Eternal Memories” of Love because they are still a part of our lives as they were when they walked here on this earth. They gave of themselves completely to us so that we could be loved by them and God.

As part of our Memorial Day celebration, there will be an outdoor Memorial Day Mass at 10:00 AM which will be celebrated at the circle of Holy Trinity Cemetery in order to remember and celebrate the lives of our Veterans, all of whom sacrificed for us, Family, Friends, Neighbors, All Parishioners, and Everyone who now lives in the Glory of God in Eternal Life. In the greatest prayer that we have, the Mass, let us express our gratitude to them for their gifts of Love and Presence while they were here with us on earth and now as they walk with us from Eternal Life. The Mass is open to EVERYONE, especially the Parishioners of St. Agnes, Christ the Light of the World, Holy Trinity, St. Joseph, and St. Max. If you plan on attending, be sure to bring a chair so that you can be seated comfortably.  See ya there to celebrate our loved ones!!!  (If it rains, the Mass will be celebrated in Holy Trinity Church.)

Everyone’s Role

Everyone has a role to play as the parish groupings are formed:  THE MINISTRY OF HOSPITALITY through relationship building and fostering community as essential; in addition, recognizing the presence of Christ in each other and responding to his call to love our neighbor.                                                                                                  Bishop Zubik 

Look what the Apostles, early disciples, and first Church communities created through relationship building and fostering community!  These works of God need to continue in all of us today, for this is what Pentecost reminds us of. What has been accomplished in regard to the Mission of Jesus and what works still need to be accomplished today and tomorrow.  May our hearts always be open to the guidance, strength, and works of the Holy Spirit so that Pentecost occurs in our hearts daily for the continuous renewal and rebirth of God’s People as Church. Pentecost blessings to EVERYONE!!!!!

A Mother’s Love

A Mother’s love is important for every child to see, a love that is gentle, a love that is so pure, a love that only a Mother’s love is felt and will endure. She knows your every weakness, she knows your every pain, she knows a Mother’s Love for you has everything to gain.  You will see her will to do what’s right and hope you don’t do wrong. But if you do, a Mother’s Love forgives and just goes on.  Of all the gifts that God has given both here on earth and up above, the gift most precious and most dear is the gift of a Mother’s love. Thank you for all the Love that you have given to Me.

Happy Mother’s Day filled with blessings and gratitude for all you do and all the love you give!!!!!