June 18, 2017

THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST

As we celebrate the real presence of the Lord in the Eucharist, we believe in the transforming power of Christ’s love. The Eucharist in word and sacrament nourishes us as we grow in holiness and as we are empowered to share our time, talent and treasure.
The poem “Praise the Shaper of Hearts” written by Joyce Rupp, O.S.M. is a prayerful opportunity to give God thanks. Thanksgiving is what the Greek word “Eucharist” means in English.

ACTIVITY:

As you reflect on each stanza ask:
• “How do I experience God in this way?”
• “How am I being called to share this gift with others?”

PRAISE TO THE SHAPER OF HEARTS

Praise to the One whose love
stirs the ancient embers
sparks the breath of prayer

Praise to the One whose love
entices the wandering
beckons the confused

Praise to the One whose love
grows wings on the weary
dreams hope in the discouraged

Praise to the One whose love
dips deeply into diversity
pours forth boundless beauty

Praise to the One whose love
soothes the ointment of mercy
transforms with the touch of compassion

Praise to the One whose love
threads the energy of friendship
stiches the strength of fidelity

Praise to the One whose love
tickles the souls with laughter
urges the heart toward joy

Praise to the One whose love
embraces the untamed
dances with the passionate

All praise to this Gracious One
All gratitude to this Beloved
All love to this Mentor of Friendship
All devotion to the Shaper of Hearts.
Joyce Rupp

BLESSING PRAYER FOR FATHER’S DAY

Blessed are You, Lord and Father of All Life,
who has given to us
the gift of the father of our family.
Today, we honor him,
and we thank You for the numerous good things
that are ours because of him.
His love for us
has been a sign of Your divine affection
and a sharing in Your holy love.
His continuous concern for our needs and welfare
is a mirror of Your holy providence.
And so, as we honor him,
we praise You, Father of All Peoples.

Bless him this day
with Your strength and holy power
that he may continue to be a sign of You, our God,
and a priestly parent to our family.

May we, the members of his family,
assist him in his holy duties as a parent
with our respect,
our obedience
and our deep affection.

Bless him, Lord,
with happiness and good health,
and with peace,
so that he who has shared of his very life
may live forever with You,
his God and heavenly Father.

This blessing and all graces, we pray,
descend upon the father of our family:
in the name of the Father,
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Edward Hayes

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SECOND COLLECTION – SEMINARY FUND

This Father’s Day a very special collection is being taken to support those men who are being educated at seminaries in our country and around the world and who will one day serve our own parishes. Just as with your support of our Bishop’s Annual Appeal, this collection will be used to help fund the cost of their formation.

PAROCHIAL VICAR ASSIGNMENT CHANGES, JUNE 2017

Bishop Serratelli has announced the reassignment of
Rev. J. Miguel Jimenez, to St. Mary’s Assumption and
St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Churches on June 29, 2017.
Rev. Mateusz Jasniewicz currently stationed at St. Cecelia, Rockaway is assigned to St. Philip the Apostle Church effective June 29, 2017.

FR. MIGUEL’S FAREWELL

Please join us on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 1:00 PM for a program and light refreshments in the Auditorium

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