Dear Parish Family,

Happy Father’s Day!

The St. Mary Festival is underway! Please pray for the success of our festival as it benefits the parish as a whole in a number of ways. It provides funds that may be necessary to meet a budget shortfall. The festival has also assisted the parish in enhancing our storage barn, resurface a large section of the parking lot and purchase new 8x12 tables that can be used by the parish both during the festival and at other times as well. In addition, new picnic tables were purchased along with a wide format printer that allows us to print on both paper and vinyl. This saves us from having to pay a firm to print signage when it is needed, as we can do it ourselves.

Jeannette Stone has been with us at St. Mary’s for over 20 years. During that time, she has served as a teacher in our school and, since 2014, our Parish Catechetical Leader. Recently, she shared with me that she has accepted the position of Parish Catechetical Leader at a parish in Columbus. This will allow her to be closer to her family. On behalf of our entire parish family, I would like to thank Jeannette for her years of dedicated service here at St.Mary’s. While we will miss her, we know that she will be a great blessing for her new parish family. May God bless her as she begins a new chapter in service to Christ and his Church. Please pray for Jeannette during this time of transition. Please pray for our parish as we search for a new Parish Catechetical Leader.

This Sunday is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. It is the central doctrine of our faith that we believe in one God, who is three divine persons - God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. This Solemnity always occurs on the Sunday following Pentecost Sunday. Whenever we make the Sign of the Cross or bless ourselves with holy water, we are expressing this central truth of Catholic-Christian faith. If a person denies this reality, then he/she does not possess a Christian faith.

Let’s pray that our homes and communities become ever more receptive to the one, true God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This Trinitarian hymn (Phos Hilaron) was written in Greek in the third century. We know it today as “O Radiant Light, O Sun Divine”:

O radiant light, O sun divine,
Of God the Father's deathless face,
O image of the light sublime
That fills the heavenly dwelling place.
Lord Jesus Christ, as daylight fades,
As shine the lights of eventide,
We praise the Father with the Son,
The Spirit blest and with them one.
O Son of God, the source of life,
Praise is your due by night and day;
Unsullied lips must raise the strain
of your proclaimed and splendid name.

(Text of hymn taken from God for Us: The Trinity and Christian Life by C.M. LaCugna 1992 Harper Collins Publishers)

God bless you.

Fr. Dan Redmond
St. Mary’s Catholic Vacation Bible School
June 24-28, 2019

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