Monthly Archives: May 2015

Alter Server Carnival at Nativity Church

Dear Altar Servers and Families,
Next week we will be celebrating the graduation of our eighth grade altar servers, and also welcoming all our new fourth graders with an evening of fun at the Nativity Church Carnival. Since this is the first year of service for many of you, let me explain this event. On Friday night, June 5th, we will be meeting at a reserved area with picnic tables just in front of the main entrance to the Nativity School Gym. Please make all your own arrangements for transportation to the Carnival and home again that night. I will be at the reserved area from 6 to 9 P.M. with pizza, soft drinks, and ride tickets for all servers. This is a great chance for you to be at the Carnival with many of your friends
I welcome the company and support of all parents who wish to attend the Carnival that evening. Please let me remind all of you that it is your responsibility to be very careful, stay with your friends, and observe all the rules.
Each summer, servers from St. Raymond School are also assigned 3 weekday Masses in the small chapel at 8:00. Please come and assist our priests, especially if you are the partner of a server in training. If there is a conflict with your family’s vacation plans, please call another server and trade Mass responsibilities.
I look forward to seeing you at the Carnival. Call or e-mail me if you have any questions about the summer Mass schedule or Carnival Night.
Bonnie Morey(326-3511 or b_morey@comcast.net)

Pastor’s Corner

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Grace to you and peace. Happy Easter! That’s the last time I’ll get to say that this year. Our Easter season draws to a close today as we celebrate the great feast of the Holy Spirit called Pentecost. It’s often said that Pentecost is the “birthday” of the Church. Up until now in our Scriptures, in the salvation story we’ve relived in our liturgy since Christmas, the Church has existed only in a kind of embryonic or fetal form. It’s clear from the inconsistent behavior of the disciples during Jesus’ ministry and their disintegration when He was arrested and killed that, without some intervention on God’s part, there would be no Church to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.

We too can experience inconsistency and disintegration in our lives and in the life of the Church. Yet the need to spread the good news remains. In light of this, we can appreciate the importance and necessity of Pentecost, this “birthday” of the Church. It is a time to recall not only events from the past, but the continuing and powerful reality that God’s Spirit moves us even now.

After Jesus’ resurrection and appearances to His disciples, He knows they will need a transforming Spirit if they are to be His witnesses. So at the end of Luke’s gospel (24:47) and in Acts (1:8), also written by Luke, Jesus instructs the disciples to wait for the power that will come upon them with the arrival of the Holy Spirit. St. Luke fixes the beginning of the Church on the Jewish feast of Pentecost and places the event in Jerusalem. It’s the fiftieth (“pentecoste”—Greek) day, known as the Feast of Weeks, celebrated 50 days after Passover and the end of the wheat harvest. The feast was a time to recall the abundance of life, and in particular, life with God in the covenant begun by the giving of the Law on Sinai.

With Pentecost’s occurrence in Jerusalem, Luke shows the continuation of salvation history which God had begun among the Jews. The great prophet Isaiah promised (2:2-4) all peoples would come to Jerusalem where God would establish His reign on earth. Like so much in biblical literature, the list of nations Luke provides (Acts 2:1-11) has symbolic meaning as it moves from East to West and ends in Rome. On Pentecost and in Jerusalem, the time and place are right for God to begin a new age which would spread to the “ends of the earth”—symbolized by Rome. The new age begins, as the prophets had promised, with an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost among our Jewish brothers and

sisters celebrated the life given by the covenant of the Law. Now, for disciples of Jesus, Pentecost celebrates the life given by the New Covenant and the New Law— the New Law which is nothing other than the grace of the Holy Spirit given to us by faith in Christ.

Birth into new life, which occurred for the whole Church on Pentecost, is renewed for every believer at Baptism, when we are immersed “in one Spirit” to become members of “one body” (1 Cor 12:13). We read in St. Irenaeus: “Just as flour cannot become one loaf without water, so we who are many cannot become one in Christ Jesus without the water that comes from heaven” (Adv. Haer., III, 17, 1). The “water that comes from heaven” and transforms the water of Baptism is the Holy Spirit. The gift-giving of the Spirit begun at Baptism is completed by Confirmation.

In our daily Eucharist, the priest prays that the Holy Spirit come upon the bread and wine we offer so that they might become the Body and Blood of Christ. As we enter into Holy Communion with Jesus by receiving his Body and Blood, we pray that we become one body, one spirit in Christ. The Holy Spirit’s presence in the Church enables us, despite being marked by sin, to preach the Gospel every day and be preserved from ultimate defect. We can say with St. Paul that where sin abounds, grace even more abounds (cf. Rom 5:20). God’s promise to us by the presence of His Sprit is that holiness will overcome sin.

Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord!

Fr. Christopher, O.P.

Kathy Hanley’s Retirement Blessing & Farewell

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Please join your St. Raymond’s parish family  on May 17, 2015 as Father Christopher blesses and acknowledges the years of service of Kathy Hanley at the 10:00am Mass followed by chocolate cake in the rose garden with donuts to celebrate her retirement.

“Lord, here I stand with a new horizon ahead of me. I know I am entering a later phase of life, yet I feel so much the same inside.

Help me to seize each sunrise, and fully live each day. May I be guided by You, and walk into this new landscape with hope and confidence.

May I engage with the beauty of creation, and connect with the passions, hopes and dreams I had as when young.

My prayer is not to leave anything behind, but to walk forwards into all I can be, all I can enjoy, and all I can give.

To this new page
The next chapter of my life
– Shared with You.”

Amen.