This Week in Prayer, Service & Community - May 25, 2017

Dear All: 

Fr. Hank is on retreat this week and will return next week to the writing duties. 

This Week in Prayer

“Whoever has my commandments and observes them

is the one who loves me.

And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,

and I will love him and reveal myself to him."


This week’s Gospel from John provides us a glimpse, well, more like a majestic view into just how Jesus wants us to follow him. It’s the story of Peter getting his instructions for the Church. It’s Peter’s roadmap to knowing, loving and serving and in turn, Peter's passing those instructions on to us in the subsequent readings.

In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, Peter acts on his call when he heads to Samaria, a traditionally unfriendly place for a Jew. As Peter lives out his call, he transforms hearts. There is great joy and a true awakening as the people of Samaria receive the Holy Spirit.  

In the second reading from the First Book of Peter, Peter reflects on his life as an apostle and his direction to us to become excellent apostles. 

Jesus has put into each of our hearts, and the hearts of the apostles, the desire to know God, to love God and to serve God. St. Peter’s story as an apostle specifically, is one of knowing, loving and serving. It can be our story as well.

So what about it? Who in your life has been an excellent apostle, helping you along as you know, love and serve God? And on the flip side, for whom are you called today to be an excellent apostle?  

  • GREAT blessings to all the young people who made their First Communion this month! It is a great day for the entire church, even the people who don’t know you. Thanks for making your Communion.

  • The 2018 Mass book is now open. If you want to arrange a Mass intention, stop by the office. So that more people get a chance to arrange Mass intentions, we need to limit the number of intentions to eight per family for the book’s first three months. After that, come back for more.

  • Ascension Thursday mass is tonight, May 25 at 7:30pm. May 25.

  • Listen to this week's readings and homily
  • Read last Sunday's readings 
  • Read the coming Sunday's readings 

This week in service:

  • There are many opportunities to become involved. Download the project form if you have an idea for a service project!

  • The church coat closet is undergoing minor renovations that will allow better use of the space. Be patient with us during the transition. The result will allow ministries to better serve, especially the liturgical ministries who help make our weekend liturgies so beautiful.

This week in community:

  • Please save the date for a parish celebration on June 17. We will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Fr. Hank’s ordination with a special mass at 4:45pm followed by a family BBQ in the parish hall and grounds. Please plan on joining us for a great time to pray and celebrate together as a community. Bring your croquet shoes. There is no charge but donations will be accepted to help offset the cost. 

  • Online CCD registration for next year is up and running. The results have been impressive as we are well ahead of the typical number of registrations for this week in the registration cycle. All families intending to register for next year should do so as soon as possible – to take advantage of the discount for early registration and to enable the program directors to get a jump on planning an even better program for next year.

  • The Pasta and Wine Tasting evening was another great example of community! The Knights of Columbus cooked their hearts out and it really showed! Petrock’s Liquours, one of the evening’s lead sponsors, provided a great sampling of wines and tons of expertise! 

  • THE PARISH COOK BOOKS are here. Be sure to pick up yours this weekend. We are selling the books for $5.00 each.  Everyone who contributed one or more recipes should take a free copy.  Every household should also take one home, for free or for a donation of $5 if the spirit moves you. Let’s try to get one copy into every parishioner’s kitchen. Major thanks to Kate Shaughnessy and Joanne Gagliardi for the extensive labor of love it took to get the book from concept to print. And thanks to all who contributed recipes.

  • Have you already signed up for the St. Joe’s leg of the Hillsborough Triple Crown of 5ks – “I Run Hillsborough". Invite your running friends and relatives to run Hillsborough and feel the holy burn. 

  • Be sure to check out the signup sheets in the gathering space for the Patriots Ministry

May this Memorial Day weekend be a special one as we remember all those that sacrificed so we can enjoy our freedom. 


Bob Ferretti