Solemnity of the Trinity Sunday

My dear parishioners and friends of our parish community: “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.”

 As priests, we have heard it so many times: “The Holy Trinity is a mystery too complicated for us to comprehend!” That may be so, but today’s solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity is not so much about trying to understand the theological intricacies of the doctrine of the Most Blessed Trinity. Perhaps it is more about recognizing the fact that in baptism that we were sealed into the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 We were baptized into a community of persons that exist in a relationship. That relationship defines who we are as Christians. We are caught up in the relationship that exists among the persons of the Holy Trinity. This means that we are called to imitate this relationship by sharing God’s love with one another. We do this at work, in our families, in our marriages, and in this parish.

 Rather than try to wrap our brains around the profound mystery of the Holy Trinity, let us take the opportunity today to praise God for the gift of Trinitarian Love.

 This Sunday, May 18th, 2008, following the 10:00 AM Mass, we will honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Heaven, in our parish’s annual May Crowning. I invite all of you to process with me to the beautifully restored statue of our Blessed Mother in the courtyard between the church and school. Last summer, we moved the statues of Our Lady and her spouse, St. Joseph, into the courtyard from their former places near the rectory and former convent, to enable us with space for a new St. John Church Parish Center.

 Today I will bless these beautiful statues and the children will crown the Blessed Virgin Mary. How wonderful it is to have these two outside the courtyard now, welcoming everyone entering church and school. One day, in heaven, they will welcome us into the eternal life of the Most Blessed Trinity. Our Lady, Queen of Heaven and Earth, and St. Joseph, pray for us!

 Next Sunday, May 25th, 2008, is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, or “Corpus Christi” in Latin. It is the special day that we honor Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar. Next Sunday, we have a special combined Mass at 9 AM ONLY! This enables St. John’s to begin the city-wide Corpus Christi procession. We invite all to participate after the 9 AM Mass.

 We will proceed to St. Sebastian, St. Mary of Czestochowa and St. Francis of Assisi. We are the “Mother Church” and I like to say, “the most beautiful and historic church in the city of Middletown.” Please join with us in honoring Jesus Christ our Lord. Hope to see many of you with us on Corpus Christi Sunday 2008. Join us!

Blessed be God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!
Holy Trinity Sunday Blessings to all!
Fr. Jim

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