In this weekend’s Gospel, St. Philip tells Jesus, “…show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”  Do you know anyone who says things like that?  Things like, “Show me, then I’ll believe.” Or, “Give me proof that God exists, and that’ll be enough.”  God offers us the gift of faith.  What do we do with those who, instead, look for divine drama or scientific proof?  Resist the urge to argue or write them off as hopeless.  Instead, listen…love…and pray.  Then place the results in God’s hands.  You never know what fruit your efforts will bear.  I believe miracles still happen.  Philip didn’t begin to grasp Jesus’ words at the Last Supper until the Holy Spirit came upon him (and the others) at Pentecost.  After that he became a man of faith.

The Easter Season began in the dark, solemn confines of St. Veronica Church one Saturday night.  The Paschal Candle—representing the Light of Christ—was lit outdoors and then carried to its perch next to the ambo by Deacon Pat.  Since then, we’ve seen a flurry of sacramental activities which are synonymous with the Easter Season.  It even began that evening with seven of our own catechumens and candidates being fully received into the Catholic Church.  Congratulations to all of them!  

A week later, on Divine Mercy weekend, our seminarian, Mr. William Arnold was conferred to the Order of Deaconate.  This milestone marks the final path for Deacon Will in his desire for the priesthood on May 19, 2018.  You’ll certainly be seeing (and hearing) from him in the next year as shares his faith and unique talents with you.  Best wishes to Deacon Will in his new ministry!

Last weekend, a select group of our high schoolers got together with their peers, sponsors and family members from other South Shore Parishes to be confirmed by Bishop Jeffrey Haines.  As he marked these young people with the Sacred Chrism, he or she was sealed with the “fullness of the Holy Spirit” and charged with the threefold munera—or mission—of Christ: priest, prophet, and king.  You know as well as I do that it’s no small task being His “witnesses…to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8).  Yet I do, again, believe in miracles in that the Lord is entrusting some part of it to them and He’ll give them every gift they need to fulfill it.  Our blessing and prayers to our confirmands!

Finally, children from both parishes will receive Our Lord for the first time in Holy Communion this weekend.  Celebrating this momentous occasion with them and their families is one of my greatest privileges as a parish priest.  It is my hope that this sacred moment in these First Communicant’s lives will also be the beginning of a new way of knowing Jesus that’ll grow deeper as they journey through the years on their way to the Father’s house.  Peace and all good to every one of them.

Of course, there’ll also be weddings (eight in the next year alone) as well as the usual monthly baptisms and anointings.  It’s a pleasure to acknowledge Mrs. Karen Bushman, Ms. Rebecca Scholz and their volunteer catechist for spending countless hours in making sacramental preparation meaningful and special for our parishes.  They love what they do and it certainly shows!  And it’s all for the glory of God.  Thank you for your dedication to our Southeast parishes.

In God’s Time,



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