Holy Trinity Sunday

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

Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.  Today we celebrate one of the great mysteries in our faith: that our God is three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in one Eternal Godhead.  This mystery is one that Catholics remember every time w gather together to pray.  We bless ourselves with the Sign of the Cross while naming each person in the Holy Trinity, which in turn helps remind us of the relationship that is the One, True, and Everlasting God. 

As we celebrate Holy Trinity Sunday, let us examine our relationship with the Blessed Trinity.  Is this relationship growing in your life?  Is this relationship in need of some attention?  We may have doubts about our experience of God, just as the disciples doubted the Risen Jesus.  Yet we, like the disciples, are commissioned to spread our Christian faith, leading others to profess their faith in God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and be baptized into the communion of faith, the Church. 

On this Solemnity of Trinity Sunday, the liturgy invites us to praise God not only for the wonders He has worked, but for who God is.  Christian theology summarizes the truth about God with this expression: only one substance in three Divine Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 

God is not solitude,  but perfect communion.  For this reason, the human person, made in the image of God, is fulfilled in love, which is the sincere gift of oneself.  God is life who wants to communicate with us in a deep and abiding relationship.

I remind you that next Sunday, June 14th, 2009 is CORPUS CHRISTI SUNDAY – THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF JESUS.  We will have a combined special Mass only, beginning at 9:00 AM in St. John Church.  We will begin the beautiful outdoor Corpus Christi Procession from St. John Church to our neighboring parishes with the Blessed Sacrament. 

Procession leads from St. John’s to St. Sebastian Church, to St. Mary of Czestochowa Church, and ending at St. Francis of Assisi Church with Benediction celebrated by Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich.  Dinner for all participants follows with Bishop Cote in Monsignor Fox Parish Center. 

Tickets for dinner are limited at $20 each and will not be sold on Corpus Christi Sunday.  Please get your tickets this weekend, before or after Masses.  This is a public manifestation of our faith in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist.  Together we will “walk with Jesus” throughout the streets of Middletown.  May Jesus grant us many blessings upon our parishes, our families, and our City.

June is the month of devotions honoring the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Sacred Heart devotions are held daily after the 8 AM Mass in the chapel.  Please make an effort to attend.

                                                               Devotedly in the Heart of Jesus, 
                        
                                                                            Always, 
                                                                      
                         Father Jim 
                                                           SaintJohnChurchMiddletown.com

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