A Letter from Fr. Paul - June 11, 2017
As of Monday, June 5, we have $32,611 for wells in Tanzania. That means we have sponsored 6 wells this year with some left over for repairs! Thank you for your generosity. Pius Parishioners Always Come Through!!!
This is the weekend for our national combined collection to support Black and Indian Missions, Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Catholic Communication Campaign, Catholic University of America, and the Fund for Religious Retirement. Over the years there were many complaints from parishes around the United States about all the second collections, so these collections were combined. They are all very worthwhile causes. Please be as generous as possible. More information can be found elsewhere in the bulletin.
An article on Michael Neeland’s ordination here at Pius can be found at http://catholicherald.org/news/local/sklba-ordainssalvatorians-neeland/
As I was beginning to reflect on what point I would like to make for the feast of the Holy Trinity, the following jumped out at me from an article by Franciscan Richard Rohr: The history of almost every religion begins with making a fatal distinction between the sacred and the profane (when) they put all their emphasis on creating sacred places, sacred time, and sacred actions. While I fully appreciate the need for this, unfortunately, it leaves the majority of life “un-sacred.” That struck me as exactly what we need to hear: the Trinity shows us how close God is to us in daily life: Jesus became one like us to show us how to live, giving us His Body and Blood to feed us, and the Spirit dwells within us, as we reflected last week.
The tendency we have to “come to church” and then go home, to identify our faith with beliefs and rituals and practices, creates a division between our faith and our daily struggles and concerns.
The purpose of “church,” our beliefs, rituals, and practices, is to support us in daily life, to help us grow beyond our instincts and live as Jesus did, bringing peace and healing to those around Him. If beliefs, rituals, and practices are not doing that, then they are not effective.
As we celebrate the feast of the Father Who created us, the Son Who became one of us to show us how to live, and the Spirit Who gives us the strength to live as we should, let us thank our God Who is so close and intimate with us. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…
-- Paul James Portland, SDS
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