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Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
24 May 2020

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MASSES THIS WEEK
 
Private Masses will be celebrated for the following intentions.
 

SUNDAY, May 24 - Solemnity
of the Ascension of the Lord

 Parishioners

MONDAY,  May 25
     +Marie Maik

TUESDAY, May 26
     Aiden McCormack

WEDNESDAY, May 27
      Souls in Purgatory

THURSDAY, May 28
      +Jennie Zack

FRIDAY,  May 29
     Noel & Ann McCormack
      and Family

SATURDAY,  May 30
     Shannon Helboe

SUNDAY, May 31
Sol. Pentecost Sunday

     Parishioners
 
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PASTOR’S MESSAGE
“The Ascension ”

Dear friends, Greetings of hope and joy of the Ascension of Jesus!
 
This Sunday we are celebrating the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ into Heaven. It means that Jesus went back to heaven after His resurrection and seated at the right hand of the Father as the Apostles’ Creed teach us. After Jesus gathered His disciples in Galilee for the last time with His physical presence and instructed them on what to do, He ascended into heaven to be with His Father. Therefore, His ascension into heaven is a sign that His physical presence and life here on earth has already ended. So what continues or remains now is ‘His spiritual presence’ with us in the form of the ‘Holy Eucharist’ and the strengthening power of the Holy Spirit. That is why the lighting of the ‘paschal candle’ also ends to signify that Christ has already gone physically in the eyes of His followers.
 
The feast of the Ascension tells us that the Church must be a community in mission, guided by the Holy Spirit and confident of God’s protection even in the face of suffering and death. Jesus’ Ascension is both an ending and a beginning.  The physical appearances of Jesus are at an end and the revelation of the “Good News” is completed; the promise and mission of the Messiah is fulfilled.  Now begins the work of the disciples that is to teach what they have learned and to share what they have witnessed in their lives with Jesus.
 
Consequently, Jesus’ ascension gives us a chance and challenge as well to continue His mission, which He entrusted His apostles and eventually handed down to us through the Holy Catholic Church. What is this mission? Of course, this mission is not new to us. It has already existed for more than two thousand years. This mission is not only given to few people like pope, bishops, priests or religious men and women but to all of us, the baptized! The mission includes witnessing to Christ in the world, to preach the Good news that God redeemed us through Jesus and to show by our love that He is always with us. We, as His disciples, continue the missions in the world through our committed Christian lives, prayer and worship, loving concern and care for others, by forgiving others and ultimately by a good faith life.
 
Certainly, this is a challenging time with regard to what we experience during this pandemic of Covid 19. People and nations have been undergoing so much uncertainties, lack of hope and trust at times. But dear friends, all these are exceptional occasions and opportunities for us, the faithful disciples of Jesus to spread the same hope and trust that we have received from Jesus our savior and redeemer. The Holy Spirit who lives in us and guides us always enables us to bear witness to Jesus’ resurrection and fills us with new hope and trust in God. We are still hoping for the best and to return to the “normal” life and schedules as soon as possible as the Health Department lifts up the restrictions stage by stage.
 
May God strengthen us to faithfully fulfill our mission!
 

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