Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday is the day we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit to each of us. The promise Jesus gave that we would not be left orphaned or alone by God. What a blessed gift! The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity and brings us the love God has poured into our hearts.  With the gift of the Holy Spirit, we are called to live and walk in the Spirit of God - to grow in His love and share that love with everyone we meet.

Our scripture readings today stress our unity in the Holy Spirit. Do we care about others? Do we seek to see the Holy Spirit in all those we encounter daily? How about with our families and friends?

It is easy to be concerned with ourselves and our own needs are usually at the front of our thoughts.  The image given in the second reading this Pentecost reveals to us that we really need to be concerned with each other. We all make up the body of Christ and in order for the body to flourish we depend on the holiness of each and every part.

Today, take the time to recognize the Holy Spirit in your life. Pray for the courage to allow the Spirit to move in and through your life and draw you closer to the Lord. We pray for God to enliven the Holy Spirit in each of us so that the Body of Christ is strengthened.

May God Bless us.

Pray for a rekindling of the Holy Spirit

“When they entered the city they went into the upper room where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.” Acts 1:13-14

This is the group gathered in prayer awaiting the power of the Holy Spirit promised by the Lord. The Lord promises that were 2 or 3 are gathered there he is in the midst of them.

I would invite everyone to gather with me in prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament as we pray for a rekindling of the Holy Spirit in our parishes and archdiocese. Here are some times I will be in the churches praying if you would like to join me in this.

Saturday       May 12     7:30pm - 8:30pm St Patrick

Sunday         May 13     7:00am - 8:00am St. Joseph

Monday        May 14     7:00pm - 8:00pm St. Francis Xavier

Tuesday       May 15     6:30am - 7:30am St. Teresa

Wednesday   May 16     4:30pm - 5:30pm St. Joseph

Thursday      May 17    12:00pm - 1:00pm St. Francis Xavier

Friday           May 18     7:00pm - 8:00pm St Patrick

Saturday       May 19     3:30pm - 4:30pm St. Teresa

 

Hope is Jesus Christ our Lord

"Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence..."

1 Peter 3:15-16

Hope is a virtue in Christians that stands out. Only in our faith can we have hope that transcends anything, no matter how difficult or earth shattering it may be, that comes up in our lives or the lives of anyone else around us.

We can all react differently and express emotions differently when it comes to experiencing the death of a loved one. There is a difference in a person who has deep faith and hope in that situation. They are able to maintain a calm or peace even in the midst of many tears being shed. It has much to do with being able to live out the passage above from St. Peter.

We can tell others the reason for our hope is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord.

May God Bless us. 

Good Shepherd Sunday

“The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.” John 10:11-18

This weekend we celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday and we hear that Jesus is our Good Shepherd and that salvation will only come through Him directly.

“There is no salvation through anyone else.” Acts 4:8-12

With this in mind, we should focus on the fact that Jesus knows each of us - even if we do not always recognize Him. In scripture, Jesus declares five times that he will ‘lay my life down for my sheep’. The relationship between shepherd (Jesus) and sheep (us) is one that He makes perfectly clear. We belong to Him! Pray today that you may see more clearly your true shepherd and that you may grow deeper in love with Jesus Christ your savior.

Today we also pray for vocations asking the Lord to give us Good Shepherds who lead us to God in the way and values of Jesus Christ. May all young men discern their calling asking whether or not God is calling them to lead His people as a Good Shepherd. 

The Vine & Branches

“Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit,

because without me you can do nothing.”

I have had limited experiences being around grape vines but I can see without a doubt that if you cut a branch off of a vine it withers quickly and has no way of producing fruit. I think a good analogy in our time could be to what I experienced while participating in the Bike Across Kansas. There was a large number of people who had electronic devices needing charging with usually a limited number of outlets. So there would be a spider-web of power strips plugged into one another to charge all the devices (fire codes?). It happened a couple of times, that one would get accidentally unplugged and everything plugged into it would no longer have power to them and sometimes it involved a domino effect on other power strips.

Lord, without you we do not have the power to do anything.

Please Lord may we always remain connected to you.

The Easter Lily

During the Easter Season we use flowers to adorn our churches and altars. They help us to enter into the joy of Easter and experience this season of new life. In the Encyclopedia of Catholic Devotions and Practices by Ann Ball there is a description of how we started to use the Lily for Easter.

“The florist W.K. Harris brought it (the lily) to the United States in 1882, and spread its use here. Because in America it first flowers in mid-spring, it came to be known as the ‘Easter Lily.’ Its flower, known as a trumpet, parallels the jubilant Alleluia proclaimed throughout the Church at the Resurrection of Christ from the dead.”

May God Bless you.

Divine Mercy

Chris is Risen! Alleluia, Alleluia!!

On this the second Sunday of Easter and last day of the Octave of Easter we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday.

The image of Divine Mercy comes to us through St. Faustina and reveals the infinite source of mercy in the two rays that pour forth from our Lords heart. The blood and water poured forth from His side upon the cross. Pope Benedict had a wonderful quote about why the Lord's Resurrected body contains His wounds.

"The Lord took his wounds with him to eternity. He is a wounded God; He let himself be injured through His love for us. His wounds are a sign that he understands and allows himself to be wounded out of love for us. These wounds of his; how tangible they are to us in the history of our time! Indeed, time and again, he allows himself to be wounded for our sake. What certainty of his mercy, what consolation do his wounds mean for us! And what duty they are for us, the duty to allow ourselves in turn to be wounded for him!"

Let us praise God for his infinite mercy and may He continue to pour out Blessings on us this Easter Season.

Alleluia!

Let the Alleluia's ring out! The Lord is Risen today!

Alleluia is an expression of joy or thanksgiving and is derived from the Hebrew word for "praise God." We have refrained from the joyful jubilant cry of Alleluia for the whole season of Lent. Now it is time to rejoice in the Lord's Resurrection.

"But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead came also through a human being. For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life.” 1Cor 15:20-22

Today and for always, may our Alleluias resound out into the world proclaiming Christ's victory over death! Alleluia!!! The Lord is Risen today! May we all have a Blessed and Joy-filled Easter. 

The Journey of Holy Week

We now enter into Holy Week the culmination of our Lenten journey. We start this Sunday by celebrating Palm Sunday remembering the triumphal entry of our Lord into Jerusalem before his passion and death. On Tuesday at Savior of the World in Kansas City all of the priests will be together to renew our promises with the Archbishop at the Chrism Mass. The Mass goes by that name because all of the oils we use in the sacraments are blessed and consecrated on that day by the Archbishop. These oils are used in Baptism, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick, and in Ordinations. Thursday evening begins the Sacred Paschal Triduum. It includes the Thursday evening Mass of the Lord's Supper where we celebrate the priesthood and the Eucharist. We will have a time of adoration after Mass. Friday we focus on the Passion and death of the Lord and praying at the foot of the Cross. Friday after Mass into Saturday the Church does not have the Blessed Sacrament present reminding us of the Lord's placement in the tomb. With the Easter Vigil Mass and the Easter Day Masses we are taken into the Joy of the Lord's Resurrection. If you have not experienced these Masses and Service I would invite you to take the time this year to do it. The Triduum is the center of our faith and is what we pray through each Sunday at Mass but broken down so that we can pray and reflect with each aspect with greater intent. God Bless us. 

Protect Adoption

Because they chose not to violate Church teaching, Catholic Charities’ adoption ministries in Boston, Washington DC, Illinois, and San Francisco were forced to close by government agencies.

Catholic Charities and other faith-based adoption providers in Kansas have been helping children find homes for over 60 years. They need your help so that what happened in other states will never happen here.

Learn more at ProtectAdoptionChoice.org where you can easily contact your state representative & senator. Ask them to support the Adoption Protection Act, HB 2687 & SB 401.