From the Pastor’s Desk
On this Lord’s Day at the 9:00 a.m. Mass, we will celebrate the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens for several people who officially with us a time of spiritual and religious growth in the Catholic faith. The word catechumen comes from the Greek meaning “one who is a learner” or “one who desires to learn a specific way of living.” At one point in ancient Greece, the term was used for those who wanted to learn from the philosophers of the time. Since at least the late first century A.D., it has been used by the Christian Church to name those who have not been baptized into the Paschal Mystery of Christ’s Death and Resurrection, yet sense that the Spirit of God is moving in their lives to bring them to life in Christ.
Also, this is Deacon John Sollee’s final Sunday with us. His joy of heart and zeal for bringing the Good News of Jesus has been an inspiration to many in our parish community. Thank you, Deacon John, for these past two months with us and be assured of our prayers as you prepare in the next ten months for ordination to the Priesthood.
Finally, with much joy, we will bless our two parishioners who will begin their journey of discernment in the seminary later this week. At the 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. Masses and the 5:00 p.m. Mass we will ask God’s favor on Filippo Schiavo and Michael Hines as they will travel to St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami later this week. Along with three other new seminarians from our Diocese they will use this time to not only start college, but also by the discipline of seminary life, discern God’s call for each of them. Please remember them in your prayers.