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 feeds his people with the finest wheat, be with you!
This month, which has quickly come and gone, has proven to be a challenging one. We have experienced one of the hottest months recorded; highest number of homicides in the city; and the number of covid-19 cases declining. As I have mentioned many times, stay hydrated during these summer months; get vaccinated against Covid-19; keep praying for peace in our city streets. All these suggestions have to deal with life. Life is a gift and is important. May we respect and cherish it.
In today’s reading, we hear about two miracles around food. The miraculous food which the prophet Elisha gave to hungry people was a sign of God’s concern for the people. Like Elisha, Jesus feeds the people miraculously, but does so even more astonishingly. Even though both feedings are miraculous there is an essential human element in each, without which no miracle is possible.
The concern for the hungry during Elisha and Jesus time, remains a concern in our time. Food Banks are visited frequently by those in need. I am grateful that St. Cyprian and St. Ignatius can provide food to those in need, whether through our Food Bank, Helping Hands for the Hungry, Senior Care Boxes and Peanut Butter Sandwich program. These blessings allow those in need to not only be physically fulfilled, but also help them to know they are cared for. Thank you to all our volunteers who assist at the Food Bank, Helping Hands, PB program, and Senior Care Boxes. You are a great asset and a blessing to these programs.
Peace and Blessings
God cares enough to constantly remind people throughout the Holy scriptures that He loves all people and in turn, a desire for the love of the Father is inscribed on every human heart. As the catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us: “Man is created by God and for God and never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for. The dignity of man rests above all on the fact that he is called to Communion with God. This invitation to converse with God is addressed to man as soon as he comes into being. For if man exists it is because God has created him through love, and through love continues to hold him in existence. He cannot live fully according to truth unless he freely acknowledges that love and entrusts himself to his creator” (CCC27).
Biblical verses about God’s concern for all have the power to open our hearts to receive the love of God. The following is a collection of verses to read and re-read. God really cares!
The Gospel of John 14:1-4 is one that we are most familiar with which says: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be.” God shows that He loves us enough to give us eternal life.
Take some time and sit with these additional passages of Holy Scripture that assure us that GOD REALLY CARES.
He cares enough to call you his child (Galatians 3:26)
God cares enough to make you in His image (Genesis 1:26-27)
God cares enough to give you new life (2 Corinthians 5:17)
God cares enough to send you His Holy Spirit (John 14:16)
God cares enough to give you freedom of choice (Matthew 6:24)
Our commitment to Christ: Finding calm in the chaos.
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.