Pentecost Sunday Bulletin Reflection by Father Rex Pillai

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The late Metropolitan Archbishop of the Russian Orthodox Church, Anthony Bloom, was a well-known writer and broadcaster on prayer and Christian life. He recalled the time when he was discussing Christianity with a Japanese writer. The writer told Bloom: “I think I understand the Father and the Son, but I can never understand the significance of the honorable bird.” Some might understand his honesty because the Holy Spirit has traditionally escaped the attention of some like a bird in flight.

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Ascension of the Lord Reflection by Michael Bayer

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The Ascension is one of those poorly-understood Church observances. Christmas, we understand—God entered human history in the form of a baby. We know about the manger and the shepherds and the star and the Magi. We sing the hymns and put out Nativity scenes. Easter, too, we are comfortable with—Jesus, who days earlier was put to death on a cross, rose from the dead. At Easter, we celebrate his triumph over death. It wouldn’t be difficult to tell a non-Christian co-worker why this is such a big deal for us.

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6th Sunday of Easter Reflection by Gabriel Mayhugh

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The readings today remind me of the trips and vacations that I have taken and the emotions that have been felt: Excitement, nervousness, joyfulness, anticipation—all of these emotions seem to be tied together in preparing for a trip. What do I pack? What will the weather be like?  What information do I need to share with people; at home, at work, with the dog sitter, with my neighbors? How do I responsibly leave without leaving people hanging? Preparing for a trip in and of itself can become a part time job. It is virtually impossible to simply fill a suitcase and just walk out the door.

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Annual Liturgical Minister Dinner Recap

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On Tuesday, May 7, many of our Liturgical Ministers gathered in Fireside for an Appreciation Dinner. We have close to 500 volunteers that help at various times of the year to make our liturgies more impactful and prayerful – baking bread, preparing for each Mass, proclaiming the Word, greeting parishioners, singing in joyful praise, and joining in communion with each other - and we like to take one evening each year to say THANK YOU. Our volunteers enjoyed a delicious bbq dinner and Fr.

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4th Sunday of Easter Reflection by Maggie Hanley

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The image of Christ as the Good Shepherd is one I have always found great comfort in. One who tends, cares for, protects, calls after, reaches for. The Shepherd who leaves 99 to search for the lost one. A caring, personal Shepherd. The words from John’s Gospel this Sunday reiterate this reassuring image of Christ, perhaps with an added tone: “Jesus said: ‘My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand.

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