Father Carey’s Pastor’s Corner

(Week of 05/26/24)

My Dear Friends,

This week, we return to the liturgical season of Ordinary Time. This Sunday and next Sunday, however, are designated as Solemnities, special days that call our attention to the central mysteries of our faith. Today, on the first Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (Trinity Sunday). This feast invites us to consider what we believe about God, who has revealed Himself to us in the Trinity, one God in three Persons. The Trinity is a great mystery. However, when we use the word “mystery”, we are not talking about something that we can’t understand. Rather, we are talking about a reality that is so endlessly rich and profound that it will never be exhausted. The more we pray about the power and presence of The Trinity, the more of it will be revealed to us. In our gospel this Sunday, Jesus sends out His disciples in the name of The Trinity. They are to announce and proclaim the Good News of the gospel in the name of The Trinity, not their own name! Jesus calls them together and then sends them out as his messengers and ambassadors.

Today, we are the people who are called to be Christ’s disciples and messengers. Today, we are to proclaim and share with others all things that Jesus has done for us and told us. We are to live our daily lives conscious and aware that it is through the sacred name of The Trinity that each of us has been baptized and confirmed. When a child or adult is baptized and becomes a member of God’s family, the Church, the very same words that Jesus says in the gospel are used, “Go, make disciples of all nations; baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Through our baptism and confirmation, we are called to be active, vocal and visible members of the missionary church. When we begin our prayer, whether alone or in church with others, we do so by making the sign of the cross and calling upon The Trinity to guide us. Perhaps, today and during the coming week, we could do this a little slower. This will help us to become more aware that it is through the sacred name of The Trinity that we are members of a missionary Church and that we are all called to live and proclaim the Good News of the gospel and the message of Jesus.

Next weekend, we will celebrate the beautiful Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). This feast was instituted to celebrate our belief in the Eucharist as the Presence of God Himself who comes to us at every Mass under the appearances of bread and wine. To mark this great feast, we will have a Eucharistic Procession at the conclusion of our 10 AM Sunday Mass. Everyone at Mass will be invited to process with our Lord outside and then we will have a concluding Benediction (blessing) in our piazza. As I mentioned above, this Solemnity, along with the Solemnity honoring the Most Holy Trinity, are special celebrations as we now leave the Easter season and enter into the season of Ordinary Time. We hope that you and your families will participate in this special day in honor of our Lord present among us in the most Blessed Sacrament.

Looking ahead, our Assumption Academy will be winding down with a Pre-K Closing ceremony at Assumption Hall on Wednesday, 6/05 and Kindergarten Graduation in the Church on Thursday, 6/06 followed by a reception. I take this opportunity to thank our Principal, Mrs. Patty Welsh for her hard work and dedication throughout the year as well as our dedicated faculty. We are blessed to have such a wonderful Academy that provides a place for our young children to grow both spiritually and academically. Please keep our young boys and girls in your prayers as they prepare for the summer months and pray especially for those who are graduating and moving on to other schools currently. May God continue to bless all of them and their families.

We are still collecting baby bottles for Mother’s Home in Darby, PA. We thank all of you who have so generously contributed this far. You mat bring your bottle of change to the church or drop it off at the parish office. As you know, this annual drive assists many women and children in need. Thank you again for your generous support.

Finally, just as a reminder, registrations for the 2024-2025 PREP classes are due by May 31st. Forms are available on the OLA website, or in the Parish Office.

I thank you once again for your prayerful and financial support to our parish. It means so much. I hope you and your families have a great week and may God continue to bless you as we enter these summer months.

I hope you have a great week and may God continue to bless you and your families!

Love and Prayers,
Father Carey