My Dear Friends in Christ:
“My sheep hear my voice;
I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27)
Here we are – well into Spring and on this Fourth Sunday of Easter, the Church celebrates what has become to be known as “Good Shepherd Sunday”. Jesus reminds us that he is connected to us his “sheep” in a most intimate and holy way. How awesome that “Good Shepherd Sunday” and “Mothers’ Day” occurs on the same Sunday this year! We take time today to honor our mothers, who show us that love is not only a matter of words but even more a matter of actions. May the love and gratitude we show our mothers point us to the love and gratitude we should give to them every day. And for those moms who have passed on to eternal life, let us remember the gift of our mother’s love and pray that they are celebrating forever with Jesus our Good Shepherd.
As your Pastor, I take my ministry as your “good shepherd” very seriously and cherish this gift. A shepherd who is truly “good” should be involved in the lives of the people he serves, sharing in their sorrows and in their joys. A Good Shepherd should be loving and supportive of his people, but also — courageous and steadfast in helping the people entrusted to his care grow in faith. A Good Shepherd must never be afraid to lovingly correct, challenge, and encourage. He must inspire his people to grow in their relationship with Christ the Good Shepherd. Let us entrust ourselves fully with Christ our Good Shepherd, who will never abandon his sheep.
Congratulations to the students in our Most Blessed Sacrament Parish who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday, May 7th! May the outpouring of the Holy Spirit enlighten your hearts and minds, that you may always follow the Good Shepherd!
The wheels are turning for our 2022 Summerfest! If you have not purchased your Mega-Raffle Summerfest Tickets for a chance to win $3,000, $2,000, $1,000 or the “Early Bird” drawing of $500 – you are missing out! Tickets will be sold after Masses the next several weeks. Also, watch your mail for more information on how to purchase tickets.
May Mary, the Mother of Humanity, wrap her mantle of love around all of our mothers, both living and deceased, and may Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. And may Jesus Christ, our TRUE and GOOD SHEPHERD, guide us by his holy grace in all that we do!
It is a joy and blessing to serve you as your Pastor,