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May 10, 2020

My Brothers and Sisters,

I recently read an article that referred to these times in this way: “The New Normal is the Old Normal.” The reason for this phrase is that that in our country, in our culture, we have gotten used to the idea that everything is under our control. No matter the earthquakes and floods we hear of, and even experience, there is an underlying assumption that life is safe and predictable. But for most of history, and for most of humanity today, that is an illusion. Life throws us curves. We do not know what tomorrow will bring.

It is our faith in Christ through which we discover that this is not unbearable. For He is with us. He gives us love and peace and direction. He promises us that this peace is but a taste of what is in store in eternity. And in Him we can share that peace and love with others. These may seem like strange times. But all times have been strange, all times have brought about change. And Christ invites us to His abundant life in all times, even strange times.

I thank all of you for your response to Christ in these times. I thank you as you have helped each other. I thank you for your patience. You have exhibited wisdom in knowing that there is only so much we can know. In the midst of loneliness or restlessness, you have been witnesses of the peace that exists within us when Christ the Risen One lives within us. You have clung to Our Lord. You have allowed this time to be one of clarity and strengthening.

This weekend is Mother’s Day. We give thanks to and pray for all Mothers and all women who have had that role in someone’s life.

May is a time of graduations, of “Last School Mass of the school year,” of “Saint Joseph Dinner for eighth-graders,” and of May Crownings. Even though most of these are not being observed at this time, please hold everyone in your hearts who would otherwise be celebrating these events.

As was mentioned in this space last week, please consider praying the Rosary during this month.

In the midst of this time away from being physically present at the Mass, and being unable to receive Communion, several people have written reflections on the Sacrament as gift. This is a good thing to ponder. Just as Faith is a gift from God as well as our response to God, Eucharist is a gift. Perhaps the one thing all of us have heard over-and-over again is the meaning of the word “Eucharist.” It is the word in the New Testament language for “thanksgiving.” We can only give thanks if there is someone to thank. We give thanks for gifts. God freely gives us this gift. It is not something to fight over, but it is something for which to accept and hunger.

In the next few days I expect to hear more about what we might be able to do as the state opens up more. I will let you know our plans as soon as possible. It will probably involve some experimentation as we work out details. In the meantime, let us continue to reflect on the gift God has given us in our Salvation, and in the Sacraments given to aid us in our life in Christ.

I do want to mention the Parish Annual Appeal. It has normally been in the spring. Even before the COVID-19 situation took place, I had been asked to move it back to the fall. There were several reasons for this. One of the major ones was that it would allow us as parishioners to plan our giving around the calendar year, and not the July-June fiscal year. But in the meantime, thank you for your giving (treasure), and thank you for all you have done to serve each other (time and talent) so far, and will again as activities start up again.

Finally, please let us know of your needs.

In Christ the Risen One,


Mis queridos hermanos y hermanas:

Recientemente leí un artículo que se refería a estos tiempos y decía así: "La nueva normalidad es la vieja normalidad". La razón de esta frase es que, en nuestro país, en nuestra cultura, nos hemos acostumbrado a la idea de que todo está bajo nuestro control. No importan los terremotos e inundaciones de los cuales oímos hablar, e incluso la experiencia, tenemos la suposición muy profunda de que la vida es segura y predecible. Pero durante la mayor parte de la historia, y para la mayoría de la humanidad hoy en día, eso es una ilusión. La vida nos lanza curvas. No sabemos lo que el mañana nos traerá.

Es nuestra fe en Cristo a través de la cual descubrimos que esto no es intolerable. Porque Él está con nosotros. Nos da amor, paz y nos orienta. Nos promete que esta paz no es más que una muestra de lo que nos espera en la eternidad. Y en Él podemos compartir esa paz y ese amor con los demás. Esto puede parecer una época extraña. Pero todos los tiempos han sido extraños, todos los tiempos han traído cambios. Y Cristo nos invita a su vida abundante en todos los tiempos, incluso en tiempos extraños.

Les agradezco por responderle a Cristo en estos momentos. Les agradezco que se han ayudado unos a otros. Les agradezco por su paciencia. Ustedes han mostrado sabiduría al saber que sólo hay tanto que podemos saber. En medio de la soledad o la inquietud, han sido testigos de la paz que existe en nuestro interior cuando el Cristo Resucitado vive en nosotros. Se han aferrado mucho más a Nuestro Señor. Han permitido que este tiempo haya sido de claridad y fortalecimiento.

Este fin de semana es el Día de las Madres. Agradecemos y rezamos por todas las Madres y todas las mujeres que en algún momento han tenido que desempeñar ese papel en la vida de alguien.

Mayo el mes el de las graduaciones, “la Última Misa del Año Escolar”, “La Cena a San José por los del Octavo Grado,” y la Coronación a la Virgen. Aunque no los estamos observando en este momento, les pido, que mantengan en sus corazones a todos los que de otra manera los estarían celebrando.

Como mencionamos la semana pasada, considere rezar el Rosario durante este mes.

En medio de todo este tiempo lejos de estar físicamente presente en la Misa, y sin poder recibir la Comunión, varias personas han escrito reflexiones sobre el Sacramento como un regalo. Algo muy bueno para reflexionar. Así como la Fe es un regalo de Dios, lo es nuestra respuesta a Dios, la Eucaristía es un regalo. Tal vez lo que todos hemos escuchado una y otra vez es el significado de la palabra "Eucaristía". Es la palabra en el idioma del Nuevo Testamento para "gracias”. Sólo podemos dar gracias si hay alguien a quien agradecer. Damos gracias por los regalos. Dios nos da libremente este regalo. No es algo por lo que debemos pelearnos, pero si algo que debemos tomar y sentir apetito.

En los próximos días espero saber más sobre lo que podríamos hacer a medida que las cosas vayan reabriendo. Le haré saber de nuestros planes tan pronto como sea posible. Probablemente abarcará estudiar algunos detalles que podrían funcionar. Mientras tanto, continuemos reflexionando sobre el don que Dios nos ha dado en nuestra salvación, y en los Sacramentos dados para ayudarnos en nuestra vida en Cristo.

Quiero mencionar el Compromiso Anual a la Parroquia. Normalmente ha sido en primavera. Incluso antes de que se produjera la situación de COVID-19, se me había pedido que la pospusiera para al otoño. Había varias razones para ello. Una de las principales fue que permitiría a los feligreses planificar nuestras sus donaciones para el año, y no para el año fiscal de julio-junio. Pero mientras tanto, gracias por sus contribuciones (tesoro), y gracias por todo lo que han hecho para servir a los demás (tiempo y talento) hasta ahora, y que lo harán de nuevo cuando las actividades se inicien nuevamente.

Finalmente, déjennos saber de sus necesidades. En Cristo Resucitado,

fr.tom sig


Past Issues of Pastor's Corner

5.3.2020 (English)       5.3.2020 (Spanish)

4.26.2020 (English)     4.26.2020 (Spanish)

4.19.2020 (English)     4.19.2020 (Spanish)

4.12.2020 (English)     4.12.2020 (Spanish)

4.5.2020 (English)       4.5.2020 (Spanish)

3.29.2020 (English)     3.29.2020 (Spanish)

3.22.2020 (English)     3.22.2020 (Spanish)

3.15.2020 (English)     3.15.2020 (Spanish)

 

 

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A PRAYER FOR PROTECTION IN TIME OF PANDEMIC

O Mary, you always brighten our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the Cross, took part in Jesus’ pain while remaining steadfast in faith. O loving mother, you know what we need, and we are confident you will provide for us as at Cana in Galilee. Intercede for us with your Son Jesus, the Divine Physician, for those who have fallen ill, for those who are vulnerable, and for those who have died. Intercede also for those charged with protecting the health and safety of others and for those who are tending to the sick and seeking a cure. Help us, O Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who took upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows, so as to lead us, through the Cross, to the glory of the Resurrection. Amen.

 

Under thy protection, we seek refuge, O Holy Mother of God. In our needs, despise not our petitions, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.


Adapted from the prayer of Pope Francis

MAY - THE MONTH OF MARY

month of maryPOPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER

O Mary, you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus' pain,
keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need, and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

pope francis mothers day

 

A PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF FATIMA

We praise you, Lord, and bless you,
For in a time of horrific war
And pandemic plague,
You sent us your mother,
Our Lady of Fatima.

We sing praises to you,
For even in times of sorrow and fear
The Earth is still touched by one such as she.
And we are reminded,
Knowing that whatever war visits itself upon us,
Whatever deprivations,
Whatever want,
Whatever illness,
Whatever calamity endured by humankind
That may cause us to look to the sky and despair,
That your children do not toil in this world apart from your grace,
That our prayers are not unheard
And we do not go forth without a mother’s love.

Keep us devoted to you, O Lord,
Devoted in our prayer, our words and our acts,
That all souls in this world may know your compassion, peace, and mercy,
That all souls who have departed this world may find salvation.

Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco, pray for us.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

Amen.

 

Laudato Si Week is May 16-24!

This year marks the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home. In celebration, he invites us to join Catholics around the world in committing to action that increases our response to “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.”
Visit www.LaudatoSiWeek.org  for resources, action items, and to see how Catholics around the world are making an impact.


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PRAYER TO CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME

Father of all, Creator and ruler of the universe, You entrusted your world to us as a gift. Help us to care for it and all people, that we may live in a right relationship-- with You, with ourselves, with one another, and with creation.


Christ our Lord, both divine and human, You lived among us and died for our sins. Help us to imitate your love for the human family by recognizing that we are all connected— to our brothers and sisters around the world, to those in poverty impacted by environmental devastation, and to future generations.


Holy Spirit, giver of wisdom and love, You breathe life in us and guide us. Help us to live according to your vision, stirring to action the hearts of all—
individuals and families, communities of faith, and civil and political leaders.


Triune God, help us to hear the cry of those in poverty, and the cry of the earth, so that we may together care for our common home. Amen.

This prayer from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is based on Pope Francis' Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home

Amen.

EXTRA COLLECTION NEXT WEEKEND:  Catholic Communication Campaign, May 23/34, 2020

Next week, our special collection supports the Catholic Communication Campaign. This campaign connects people with Christ in the United States and in developing countries around the world through the Internet, television, radio, and print media. Fully 50% of the money collected remains here in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to fund local communications efforts. Your support helps spread the Gospel message! To learn more, visit www.usccb.org/ccc. Please use the green envelope in your bi-monthly envelope mailing.

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