My dear parishioners and friends of our parish community: Praised be Jesus Christ! Now and forever!
The final line of today’s Gospel of St. Matthew sets the tone the scriptures will echo in the coming weeks of Ordinary Time: “I did not come to call the righteous but the sinner” (Matthew 9:13).
Sometimes we coast through a hum-drum life, not really reflecting on our attitudes and actions. This kind of unconsciousness can often lead us into a complacency that can be likened to the self-righteousness exhibited by the Pharisees in today’s Gospel of the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
We can look around us and judge the behaviors of others without first taking a good hard look at our own. The Lord Jesus came to save us from our sinful behaviors and attitudes. As this long portion of the Catholic Church’s Ordinary Time opens before this Summer, let us cast off complacency and self-righteousness and name our own sins, asking the Lord Jesus to deliver us from the power these sins hold over us. Go to Confession and ask to be freed and absolved from your sins in the Sacrament of Penance. Do it now! Do it soon as yet another Summertime dawns upon us! Jesus is waiting for YOU to come and ask His Mercy.
Friday, June 13th, is the Feast Day of Saint Anthony of Padua, one of the most popular and beloved Saints of the Catholic Church throughout the world. Often, St. Anthony is referred to and popularly called by Catholics, “The People’s Saint.” Immediately after his death on June 13th, 1231, the people of Padua, Italy, cried out, “The Saint is dead!” Many flocked to his tomb seeking his powerful intercession. Miracles began immediately and have continued to today, for all who pray intently to St. Anthony. It is said that his statue can still be found in almost every traditional Catholic church around the world. It’s a tribute to our love for him. As your pastor, I am so very grateful to those of you who have asked me to replace the beloved statue of St. Anthony that once upon a time graced St. John’s. It was placed there by our forebears who petitioned St. Anthony’s help in the struggles of their daily lives.
I am very happy to bless the statue of St. Anthony on his feast day, coming up this week on June 13th. I invite you to join in our annual Parish Triduum Days (three days of prayer) to St. Anthony of Padua. They begin Wednesday, June 11th at the 8 AM Mass, continue into Thursday, June 12th, and end on Friday, June 13th, the SOLEMN FEAST OF ST. ANTHONY. Thank you for all who made donations for the statue of dear St. Anthony. If you would like to donate, simply mark an envelope to my attention “For St. Anthony’s Statue”, and drop it into the collection basket or mail it to the rectory during this month of June. Thanks for your support of our parish church.
Blessings of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus to all!
Devotedly and always,