St. Paul reminds us that we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses. These are of course the angels and saints who witness to the merciful love of God in Christ Jesus. The Greek word for witness is martyrion from which we get the word 'martyr.' Witnesses of Jesus give their lives for the sake of the Gospel. They sacrifice everything for the sake of the Lord and His glory.
Ladies, high school age and older, are invited to the WOW prayer group's next gathering on Saturday, Aug. 13th, at 9:15 a.m. in the Hospitality Room. We meet for a little over an hour. We hope that you will join us for prayer, discussion, and fellowship!
I wrote a few weeks back about the National Eucharistic Revival that all our dioceses and parishes are taking part in over the next three years. The mission of this Eucharistic Revival is to renew the Church by enkindling a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. The vision is to inspire a movement of Catholics across the United States who are healed, converted, formed, and unified by an encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist—and who are then sent out on mission “for the life of the world.”
St. Mary’s in Chardon and St. Patrick in Thompson are delighted to welcome Greg Clack and Kelly McCloskey to their parish staff. Together with Fr. Scott and the parish staff, they will help grow and beautify the parish. Here’s a little more about them:
This is a monumental week for the Diocese of Cleveland as Bishop-Elect Michael Woost is ordained to the episcopacy and becomes an auxiliary bishop for our diocese. I am excited to attend his episcopal ordination this Thursday, August 4 at 2:00 p.m. in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.
A lot is happening over the summer at the St. Mary’s playground! We are looking forward to having a new playground completed by the start of the school year but we need your help! We are looking for volunteers to help with playground installation.
Are you anxious and worried? If so, I'm sure you can find common ground in Martha's experience in today's Gospel. Like many of us, Martha is a hard-working servant of the Lord busy doing many good and wonderful things for the Lord. She loves Jesus.
Do you love the Lord with all your heart? I sure do hope so! When being in relationship with God is the number one priority of our life, everything else snaps into place. Love for God is based on remaining in a relationship with Him, to be in persistent dialogue with Him, and to have God at the center of all our thoughts and actions. Love is more than a fuzzy feeling we have for someone, or thinking fondly about someone. Loving the Lord with all our heart commits us to Him with every fiber of our being, in good times and in bad.
Happy Fourth of July weekend! I invite you to come to Mass on Independence Day at St. Mary's on Monday, July 4 at 9:00 a.m. Please also note that the St. Mary daily Mass schedule changes this week: the Tuesday Mass time is changing from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. (our new School Mass time), and Friday Mass time is changing back from 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.
Science confirms that the human life of an individual begins at conception and our experience tells us that all human life is precious, fragile and given directly to us as a gift from God. We are brothers and sisters in our human family, made in the image and likeness of God. We are all called to live out our responsibility to protect and care for one another, whether born or unborn.
We've certainly had a lot to celebrate the past two months! Together, we've celebrated the Easter Season with all of its holy days, Fr. David Verbsky's Mass of Thanksgiving, Deacon Larry's 25th Jubilee, Fr. Spisak's 40th Jubilee, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, and the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.
Happy Father's Day! God our heavenly Father has made the gift of fatherhood precious as He has called our earthly fathers to be like Him in every way. He calls us fathers, married men and priests, to grow in our fatherhood by making a generous gift of ourselves for the building up of our families, our society, and our Church.
All women are welcome to join the WOW Prayer Group at our next gathering on Saturday, June 18th in the Hospitality Room at 9:15 a.m. Please come to join us in prayer and discussion. Happy Father's Day to all men: thank you for using your masculine gifts in the imitation of Christ, St. Joseph, and the saints in fatherly ways to edify others. We are praying for you!
Welcome back to Ordinary Time! Our Easter Season has concluded, but our Church nonetheless gives us some awesome feasts to celebrate for the next few weekends. This Sunday is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. The Trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, reveals that our one God exists eternally in a communion of love among the three Persons of the Trinity.
Our Easter Season comes to a close with Pentecost this weekend. With Pentecost, Easter doesn't really "end" as much as it begins anew whenever we call down the power of our Risen Lord in the Holy Spirit. Pentecost celebrates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Church in each of the baptized. Through each of us, the power of Jesus is made manifest in the fruits of the Holy Spirit given to us. Wouldn't you know that each moment is a new Pentecost! Rather than celebrating Pentecost as a static one-time event 2,000 years ago, or even as an annual commemoration, we as a Church celebrate a daily Pentecost as we follow Christ in every part of our lives.
Can you believe we have yet another BIG weekend here at our parish? Two weeks ago, we were engaged in learning about the Angel Scholarship Fund. Last weekend we celebrated the Mass of Thanksgiving for our newly ordained son of the parish, Fr. David Verbsky. And this weekend…
Happy Mother's Day! What a wonderful opportunity we have this Sunday to be grateful for the gift of our moms. While no one has a 'perfect' mom (except Jesus!), we thank God for giving us a mother who said yes to our, your life and mine. We pray that mothers may rejoice in the gift of motherhood bestowed upon them by our Lord.
All women are welcome to join the WOW Prayer Group at our next gathering on Saturday, May 14th in the Hospitality Room at 9:15 a.m. Please come to join us in prayer and discussion. Happy Mother's Day to all women - whether you have children or not, we are all called to use the gifts of our feminine genius in motherly ways to edify others. May our Blessed Mother, created by God as the ultimate human expression of feminine genius, lead us ever closer to Christ as we strive to imitate her! We are praying for you and hope that you will join us.