The Pastor’s Corner

May 9, 2021, 6th Sunday of Easter
Stewards In The Garden – Emerging From The Pandemic

“When Peter entered, Cornelius met him and , falling at his feet, paid him homage.  Peter, however, raised him up, saying, “Get up.  I myself am also a human being.”  The Peter proceeded to speak and said, “In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.”
“As the Father loves me, so I also love you.  Remain in my love.”
“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.”
“Can anyone withold the water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit even as we have?”

Dear Folks,

The readings this weekend challenge us to examine how well we have open our hearts, minds, and souls to others around us.

Who do we find difficult to love?
Have we withheld loving others?

 Fr. Steve

Goings On:

Steering Committee –  The committee is looking forward to rebooting a variety of committees and activities in the months ahead.  Much will depend on people stepping forward to volunteer.  This includes Sunday morning coffee and donuts, visitation of the homebound,  jail ministry, and a variety of small groups that meet for reflection, prayer, and outreach.  Consider volunteering to help with the ministries of the parish.

A reminder of the arrangements for Sunday Eucharist, we have replaced the hymnals to the pews.  The two central sections of the pews are open for people to exercise personal good judgment in regards to physical distancing.  The two side sections will remain structured for those who will be more comfortable with structured physical distancing. We do ask that those who wish to receive communion on the tongue to wait til last.  All should continue to wear masks.  These arrangements are in line with the new guidelines issued by the Archdiocese this week.   https://strosechurch.saintrose.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Archdiocesan-Covid-Guideline-May-2021.pdf

TTR – Time To Return – As more and more people are vaccinated it becomes safer for people to gather for mass.  To this end, I want to encourage people to consider coming back to in-person mass.

Gethsemane Prayer Chapel

If you are struggling in any way, take some time to seek guidance from God.  Visit our Gethsemane Prayer Chapel.  At Gethsemane Jesus found the strength to fulfill His mission.  The same can be true for us.

For a further reflection go to https://strosechurch.saintrose.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Eucharistic-Prayer-Chapel-Poster.pdf

DRE/CRE Search – We have offered the position to a qualified candidate.  We will announce the name of the individual once the hiring process has been formalized.  Many thanks to the search committee which did a great job!

Stewards In The Garden – We Live In A Challenging World – As Stewards We Have The Privilege Of Making A Positive Contribution To Create A Little Bit Of Heaven In The Here And Now – Through Deep Sacrifices And Leaps Of Faith We Can Follow In The Foot Steps of Jesus – By Baptism, We Are Called To Be Stewards Of Jesus’ Mission.  I Encourage Everyone To Make A Prayerful Reflection Upon Their Call To Collaborate In The Work of Jesus

Remember the 6 P’s – Prayer, Prevention, Protection, Patience, and Perseverance –  Not Panic

 

“Stewardship is a spiritual way of life that defines who we are in relationship to God
And everyone and everything we ever encounter”.

Stewardship – May 9, 2021 – 6th Sunday of Easter

In today’s Gospel, Jesus commands his disciples, whom he calls “friends,” to love one another as he loves them. Jesus uses the word “love” as a verb or a noun nine times. He also employs the word “command” or “commandment” five times. His command to love one another is explicit. Those who understand the depth of Christ’s love for us have reason to be joyful. We are called to be stewards of this loving friendship; to love one another as Jesus loves us. Do we give serious attention to what this love requires of us? What is the price of this friendship with the Lord? Are we willing to pay this price to keep Christ’s friendship?

 Our inherited Catholic Legacy is what our Catholic forebears have done for us.

Our stewardship is the means by which we will hand on our Catholic Legacy to those who will follow after us.”