Letter of Father Lester for 5/25/2023

Dearest Parish Family and Friends,

"Virtues are formed by prayer. Prayer preserves temperance. Prayer suppresses anger. Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy. Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to heaven.
~ ~ ~ St. Ephraem

"Enrich your soul in the great goodness of God: The Father is your table, the Son is your food, and the Holy Spirit waits on you and then makes His dwelling in you."
~ ~ ~ St. Catherine of Siena

How's life treating you? Perhaps there are good days and there are not so good days. What is important is that we are alive and persevering in our faith. Whatever we are going through and wherever we are, always live in the presence of God. And I am sure you have been praying a lot to our Blessed Mother in this month of May.Truly, Mary, our loving Mother, comes to help us in all our needs and concerns. We are ending the month of May, but let us continue to pray the rosary everyday and ask Mary to bring us closer to her son, Jesus.

As your family comes together this Memorial weekend to visit the graves of your deceased loved ones, I join you in prayer. I will be offering my masses for them, especially the deceased veterans who sacrificed their lives for our nation.

We are blessed to have children in our Religious Education classes this school year. Join me in thanking their parents and our dedicated volunteers for their love and support. There will be a Thanksgiving Mass on June 11, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, to culminate another fruitful school year. May I also request you all to join the hospitality after mass at the parish hall.

Consider joining our Eucharistic Procession on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi in Mt. Shasta at 8:30 am and in McCloud at 11 am. May we take this opportunity to renew our love for Jesus, the bread of life, as we continue with the three-year (2022-2025) Eucharistic Revival in the US.

We are one Family of Faith and let us keep the spirit of love alive in our hearts. Reach out to our fellow parishioners in whatever way you can. I also encourage you to visit the homebound and to give hope and joy to everyone you meet. As we celebrate the birthday of the church on Pentecost Sunday let us give thanks to God for the gift of Catholic faith. I request that you join me in inspiring and encouraging fellow Catholics who have not been to church for a while, and together let us make the faith alive in our midst. May God grant us all the grace to persevere in living our Catholic faith in this challenging time.

I pray for you, and please pray for me.
Fr. Lester

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Readings for May 28th,2023

The Holy Spirit descends upon the apostles gathered in Jerusalem.
(From 1st Reading)

Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were.
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

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Sunday Connection" from Loyola Press(Press this link or image below for more commentaries)

We are all one in Christ Jesus.
(From 2nd Reading)
1 Corinthians 12:3b-7,12-13

As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ.
For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.

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Reflections on "Pentecost Sunday"
from "Catholic Culture" (Press this link or image below for more commentaries)

Jesus appears to His disciples and gives them the gift of the Holy Spirit.
(From the Gospel)
John 20:19-23

Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When He had said this, He showed them his hands and His side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”

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