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 the grace and peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, be with you!
Our country, and world, is now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, with regards to Covid-19. The C.D.C. has announced that cases are on the decline. While this is great news, we must remain vigilant and safe until this virus is completely under control. As the saying goes: “It is better to be safe than sorry.” Continue following the guidelines of the C.D.C. and keep praying for an end to this horrible virus.
I want to thank everyone again, for your commitment and Stewardship to our parish. Your Stewardship of time, talent, and especially treasure is vital to our parish. Please remain steadfast and committed. I also ask you to reach out to fellow parishioners who remain absent in the pew at Sunday Mass. It is important to rebuild and return fully as a community on Sundays. While our faith and Stewardship is important to our parish, our presence at Sunday Mass is also vital and important. It is time to come back to Church.
Last week, I asked everyone to reflect on the two questions based upon our Gospel reading: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” and “What is my purpose in life?” The second question flows into the theme for today’s Mass, which is about service. Just as Jesus Christ gave of himself to all believers and served them with grace and mercy. As followers of Christ, we must offer ourselves in service to others. Reach down into your hearts and see how you can be of service to others, and to our parish. While this can be difficult at times, God can give us the strength and grace to freely and easily be of service to others.
Peace and Blessings
St. Faustina’s Prayer Before the Holy Eucharist
During her short life, St. Faustina drew much of her strength from spending time in adoration before the Holy Eucharist. She Knew that it was not a piece of bread that she saw, but Jesus himself, hidden, but truly present.
I adore You, Lord and Creator, hidden in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I adore You for all the works of Your hands, that reveal to me so much wisdom, goodness and mercy, O Lord. You have spread so much beauty over the earth and it tells me about Your beauty, even though these beautiful things are but a faint reflection of You, incomprehensible Beauty. And although You have hidden Yourself and concealed Your beauty, my eye, enlightened by faith, reaches You and my soul recognizes its Creator, its Highest Good, and my heart is completely immersed in prayerful adoration.
My Lord and Creator, your goodness encourages me to converse with You. Your mercy abolishes the chasm which separates the Creator from the creature. To converse with You, O Lord, is the delight of my heart. In You I find everything that my heart could desire. Here Your light illuminates my mind, enabling it to know You more and more deeply. Here streams of graces flow down upon my heart. Here my soul draws eternal life. O my Lord and Creator, You alone, beyond all these gifts, give Your own self to me and unite Yourself intimately with Your miserable creature.
O Christ, let my greatest delight be to see You loved and Your praise and glory proclaimed, especially the honor of Your mercy. O Christ, let me glorify Your goodness and mercy to the last moment of my life, with every drop of my blood and every beat of my heart. Would that I be transformed into a hymn of adoration of You. When I find myself on my deathbed, may the last beat of my heart be a loving hymn glorifying Your unfathomable mercy. Amen!
Our commitment to Christ: Faith is not knowing what the future holds, but knowing WHO holds the future.
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.