Lift Up Your Hearts

Throughout Easter we read from the Acts of the Apostles about the life of the Church in its earliest days. Saint Paul’s teaching and encouragement which we hear at Mass today is as relevant in our time as it was 2,000 years ago: “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” As Saint Paul encouraged the disciples to persevere in faith and charity, he was also able to report to the various Christian communities what God had done with him and his companions in many parts, and how others were coming to faith in Jesus.

This Easter season brings great perspective to our own experience of the Church right here at Saint Joan and Saint Louise. While we sometimes experience hardships, our community is called by the very presence of Jesus among us to find strength of spirit, to encourage and serve one another and our neighbors, and to grow in true love of the Lord and one another. I, and many of you, can report what good things God has done for and with us in our community. We cannot lose sight of this as we continue our work of growing together as one community of disciples. Let me share with you just a few things to look forward to in our parish grouping:

• Next month on June 9, Pentecost Sunday, we will introduce our new bulletin to serve our parish grouping.

• On Tuesday, June 11, at Saint Louise church, we will welcome the relics of Saint Anthony of Padua (feast day, June 13) which will visit us under the care of Franciscan friar, Alessandro from the Shrine of Saint Anthony in Padua. Join us in church to welcome and venerate the relics, pray for Saint Anthony’s intercession, and for the celebration of the Mass. Look to the bulletin in coming weeks for details.

• Sunday, June 23 is the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (commonly called Corpus Christi). For the past 3 years, we have celebrated this feast at Saint Louise with a beautiful Eucharist Procession around our parish grounds following Mass. Please join us at the 12 noon Mass on June 23 for our celebration, procession and fellowship.

• This past week members of both parish Finance Councils met together to discuss our common needs. For Saint Joan’s we are preparing to receive bids to complete this year the long-awaited ‘bridge renovation’ serving our main parking lot, and we approved the replacement of the original air conditioning unit for Domremy Pavilion and a project to wire all of Saint Joan’s building for data and internet which will allow us to integrate the 2 church sites’ telephone and computer systems, as well as providing WiFi or internet connectivity to better serve children, teen and adult faith formation programs.

We indeed have much to be thankful for, and much to look forward to as we are about His work.

Yours In Christ,
Fr. Joe

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