Sandi – Leung Wedding (Fr. Smith’s Remarks)

As I might never have the opportunity to address so many professional musicians again, I will use it to thank all of you. First, personally, for the pleasure you have given me over the years. Life without Mahler, Brubeck, and Ambrosian Chant would have been little better than silence. But I also wish to thank you professionally. Although music can often tragically be relegated to liturgical decoration it can also aid true worship and give real joy. Whatever your religious beliefs we are all in the transcendence business. If we can’t bring people out of themselves, we should find other work.

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Community Mass – 7th Sunday of Easter

Join us in person or online for the 7th Sunday of Easter. Mass times are:

  • 9 AM ET Sunday – Morning Mass
  • 11:15 AM ET Sunday – Community Mass
  • 7 PM ET Sunday – Evening Mass

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Today’s readings will be from Cycle A.

Readings/Psalms: 1080

The Gather 3rd Edition Hymnal/Missals are available for use in the church – they are at the ends of the pews. Please return the missals to the end of the pew after Mass. Instructions on how to use the hymnal missal are available here: .

Today’s readings are also available to read online at the USCCB website .

7th Sunday of Easter – Being Christ’s Real Presence

Stained glass window in the Cenacle (Upper Room)
Cenacle Window 2, Onceinawhile (CC BY-SA 4.0)

When [the apostles] entered the city
they went to the upper room where they were staying.[…]
All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer,
together with some women,
and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
(Acts 1:13–14)

Fr. Smith’s Commentary on the Church Fathers
Seventh Sunday of Easter
St. Augustine
May 21, 2023

The weekly commentaries after Easter have examined the Eucharistic writings of some of the greatest theologians of the early church whom we now call the Fathers. The Chuch Fathers are always worth reading but especially during the “Year of the Eucharist”. As we have seen, the Fathers have offered wonderful insights and I must admit regret that very few of the copious materials prepared for the “Year of the Eucharist” have included their wisdom. A notable exception is Cardinal Tobin of the Archdiocese of Newark. The central section of His Pastoral letter on the Eucharist “Returning to Grace” is on St. Augustine, the most brilliant of the all the Fathers and the one to whom we now turn:

St Augustine (354-430 AD) is so complex a figure that providing even a superficial biography would be impossible for our present purposes. Most simply, he was a man of his time and place and wished to address contemporary questions. As we have seen, one of them was the consequences of being bodily creatures. Christians held the Jewish view that we did not have a body, we were our bodies. They are good, that the fullness of the Kingdom would be bodily, and we were not just ghosts in a machine.

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Holy Spirit Novena

As we prepare for Pentecost, we invite you to join in praying a Novena to the Holy Spirit. The novena begins with the same opening prayer each day, which is followed by prayer that focuses on one of the fruits or gifts of the Holy Spirit.

We started the novena on Friday, May 19 and will end it on Saturday, May 27, the day before Pentecost Sunday. We will pray it together at the start of our 5 PM parish Zoom events (rosaries on Monday and Wednesday, and Friday Vespers).

Don’t worry if you can’t join in every night. The materials are available on our parish website and in a print-friendly form in the back of the church if you want to pray one or more days on your own.

Homily – 6th Sunday of Easter – Fr. Smith

The experience of doing something that does not reflect our usual behavior that is not “who we are” is disconcerting. Usually, it is also unwanted because we have done something worse than usual. Less common, at least for me, is doing something uncharacteristically good and noble showing unconditioned love. St John looks at how this occurs, what it reveals, and how we can build on it in today’s passage and it is wonderful that we read it on Mother’s Day.

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