Prayer of St. Cyprian
Almighty God, we are reminded through your servant St. Cyprian, of your Spirit always within us and Your continued presence in us, and of our oneness with You and the Church. May we always grow together and profess You in Faith, Unity, and Hope. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we ask this through Christ our Lord
From the Pastor’s Desk
May Jesus Christ, who carefully tends us and watches over our growth be with you!
These last few weeks have been a rollercoaster with the weather, remember to stay hydrated. This past week we experienced our first heatwave. Keeping fluids in the body is very important.
I again, encourage everyone to get vaccinated. It has been proven that the vaccine to fight against COVID-19 is working. By getting the vaccine you will be protecting yourself and your loved ones. It is a moral obligation to get it.
I am happy to see, and hear, many more of our parishioners returning to Sunday Mass. Our Church is safe against COVID-19, and we remain steadfast in sanitizing our Church. Encourage fellow parishioners to return and be one with our parish community. Most of all, come back so you can receive Jesus Christ in Holy Communion.
Today, our universal Church returns to the season of Ordinary Time. It is a time for us to relax in the Lord and allow Him to nourish and nurture us with His presence. It is equivalent to nourishing and nurturing seeds planted in a garden. Over time we grow and bloom into beautiful, spiritual followers of Jesus Christ.
Our reading for today’s Mass reminds us of God’s patience, grace, and love as He watches his flocks, and community, listen to God’s word, and experience His nurturing love and care over us.
Peace and Blessings
Feast of the Sacred Heart by Father Abram Joseph Ryan
Two lights on a lowly altar; Two snowy cloths for a Feast; Two vases of dying roses; The morning comes from the east, with a gleam for the folds of the vestments and a grace for the face of the priest.
The sound of a low whisper floats over a little bread, and trembles around a chalice, and the priest bows down his head! O’er a sign of white on the altar-in the cup – O’er a sign of red.
As red as the red roses, as white as the white glows! But the red is red of a surface beneath which a God’s blood flows; and the white is the white of a sunlight within which a God’s flesh glows.
Ah, words of the older Thursday! Ye come from far away! Ye bring us the Friday’s victim in His own love’s olden way. In the hand of the priest at the altar His Heart finds a home each day.
The sight of a Host uplifted! The silver-sound of a bell! The gleam of a golden chalice be glad, sad heart! ‘Tis well; He made, and He keeps love’s promise with thee all days to dwell.
From his hand to his lips that tremble, from his lips to his heart a – thrill, goes the little Host on its love-path, still doing the Father’s will, and over the rim, of the chalice the blood flows forth to fill the heart of the man anointed with the waves of a wondrous grace; a silence falls on the altar – an awe on each bended face – for the Heart that bled on Calvary still beats in the holy place.
The priest comes down to the railing where brows are bowed in prayer, in the tender clap of his fingers a Host lies pure and fair, and the hearts of Christ and the Christian meet there-and only there!
Oh! Love that is deep and deathless! Oh, faith that is strong and grand! Oh, hope that will shine for Ever, O’er the wastes of a weary land! Christ’s Heart finds an earthly heaven in the palm of the priest’s hand.
Our commitment to Christ: Either you do it or you do not.
New Poll Show Favorability of the Church is on the Rise
A new poll by Saint Leo University Polling Institute shows that Catholics have a higher opinion of the Church than they did a year ago. The poll shows that U.S. Catholics expressed a 74% level of favorability of the Church, compared to 57% last April. Similarly, the general population’s opinion has increased from 40% in April 2019 to about 42%. As parishes, diocese and other institutions of the Church wrestle to respond to 2018 revelations of further clergy sexual abuse, this report brings hope that, while much more needs to be done, the Church and its members are healing. The report also recorded the faithful’s view of Pope Francis, which sat at 75%, only slightly down from November with 78%, both of which were higher than the view of the pop by the general public.
Coming To Mass, Please Remember:
Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water.
Wear your mask in church except children 2years old and younger
Do not attend Mass if you are high risk to contract COVID19
Do not attend Mass if you are sick
Use the center doors when entering church.
Please sanitize your hands when you enter church
Missals and hymnals will no longer be in the pews.
Please follow directions on signs when taking your seat.
Members of the same household may sit together.
Sit 6 ft apart if not in the same household
No Sign of Peace at this time
No Precious Blood at this time
Do not hold hands during the “Our Father”
Receive Holy Communion by hand remove your mask before receiving Holy Communion
Do not congregate after Mass, please go directly to your car.
Please leave your mask on as you exit church
We will continue to follow the guidelines from the CDC. The church will be sanitized between each mass and deep cleaned during the week preparing for Sunday Mass.