Tomorrow, Thursday, is the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Mass is at 10 am.
Sunday, we will celebrate the Sunday after Ascension at 10 am.
We continue our Bible Study on Tuesday evenings at Peet’s in the Hamilton Marketplace at 6:30pm. We are working our way through the book of Genesis. Study is a very important activity for Christians. When we read Sacred Scripture, most especially the Old Testament, we see a bigger picture of the Kingdom of God. It is a real neat realization to find out the Kingdom was built brick by brick in the relationships with people from the past, who believed in God. They are the saints that have preserved the faith, so that we have the choice today to enter into a deeper relationship with God and one another. The New Testament has deep roots in the Old Testament. Genesis is especially a good book to read to make the connections. Come join us for study and fellowship. It is a good thing that we are present to the community. Studying in public gives us an opportunity to have interaction with others. Our being there may inspire others to study or to draw near. We will never know what our being there has done for others, but God does.
If some of the parish family would like to study at the church during the day, your priest is available. Please let me know so we can arrange a time for this. It might be good to have a date and time set for this purpose. The Sisterhood of Martha and Mary was established in our province by our Bishop for the purpose of women getting together to nurture their relationship with God and one another in study and prayer. If you would like more information about this Susan would love to chat with you about it. As is in most of our parishes, women are the backbone. You take care of many people with altar guild, refreshment, love and support for the liturgical activity. For this I am deeply thankful. I want to encourage all of you. You pray and hold things together, so that we have a place to worship, pray, sing and meet one another and God. The Martha side is needed for the preserving of our faith. But what about the Mary side? Are you tired? Are you worried about the future of the church, world, family or life in general? How is your prayer life? Are you being nurtured by our Lord? Do you sit at the feet of our Lord to listen to Him? If you would like to learn how to be a Mary, let’s talk and work together to learn this.
With the passing of a dear friend, Liz Campbell, I have realized a need for all of us. Last Sunday after Mass, a few of us were talking about life and death issues. It would be good for your priest to have contact information of your next of kin. Liz was unique in some ways as she had friends, who were her family. I have contact information for them and I pray they will join us on June 9th at 10 am for a Memorial Mass. We never know how or when our end may come. Liz was in a coma and unable to contact others. I thank God that her neighbor, Steve Gregory, came down to the church to get my cell number, so that he could call me to let me know about Liz’s condition. I was able to respond to her end of life needs.
It would be a good thing for not only your priest to have this information, but your loved ones to have information on how to contact the church. Please feel free to share my contact information with your loved ones, so they may contact me also. Next Sunday, I will have information sheets available to help us in this regard.
I am reminded that the church is here for each of us as we travel through this life. It is a comfort to know that we cover birth thru death here and prepare us for Life Eternal.
What are we doing to preserve the faith for those who come after us? This is a good question to ponder in the days to come.
May the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Blessings this day and always,