Feast of the Most Holy Trinity – Does God really want to be a mystery to us?
God has expressed himself to us through the beauty of nature and all of creation, through the twists and turns of human history and salvation history, through the prophets and wisdom of the Old Testament, and most importantly, through the person of Jesus with his words and saving actions. Certainly God does not intend to remain a mystery to us – not now, not ever. Through the Son of God, Jesus the Christ, and through the gift of the Holy Spirit upon us, the Church, we have come to know God the Father, and therefore, the fullness of the Holy Trinity.
It is quite clear that when we open our eyes and ears, when we open our heart and soul, to all the experiences that are made available to us, then we can truly know and encounter our God who is so determined to reveal himself to us as a unity of three persons that we describe as the Most Holy Trinity!
75th Jubilee of St. Bernadette Parish:
- Parish Ice Cream Social – this Saturday, June 11 at 5pm (after 4pm Mass)
- St. Bernadette Relics in St. Louis for the weekend of July 8-10
A display of some relics of the body of St. Bernadette is on a USA tour from April through August this year. The relics of our parish saint, St. Bernadette Soubirous, will be on display for veneration by the public on three different days here in town:
- Friday, July 8 at the Old Cathedral by the Arch, 10:30am to 8pm with some gaps in between
- Saturday, July 9 at Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury, 8am to 10pm
- Sunday, July 10 at the Old Cathedral, Noon to 8pm with some gaps in between.
It would be a fine idea for small groups of parish members to carpool to make a visit to view the relics of St. Bernadette. Talk to your friends who might be interested.
“All Things New” – Archdiocesan Strategic Planning Initiative
This process is moving along in each parish in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Our own St. Bernadette Parish team of five key leaders has come together for four meetings of evaluating the results of the diocesan-wide survey from March, and specifically concerning the 100+ surveys returned by St. Bernadette members about our own parish. This group will be working on a report to give to the parish later this summer.
This planning process has a goal of doing a lot of listening and then fashioning a plan for the restructuring of the parishes in the archdiocese. Archbishop Rozanski, in the recent issue of the Catholic St. Louis magazine, wrote a column to address some of the rumors going around parishes. I recommend that you find that publication that came to every registered Catholic in the mail a week or so ago, and read his comments on this super-important effort.
Here is the conclusion of the Archbishop’s column: “We need to view our own demographic trends with human realism, and we are. But we also need to view them with faith in what the Holy Spirit can do, and what can happen when we cooperate with the Holy Spirit… Many things are genuinely unknown at this point in the process. What often happens, however, is that those unknowns get filtered through our fear, sadness, and anger. That filtering process turns uncertainty into rumor – and rumors are not the Lord’s work! So here’s my plea, ‘Let’s resist the rumor mill!’”
After missing out on any vacation last summer because of my knee surgery, I am really looking forward to some time off to travel with my brother to the Cascade Mountains of Washington state. So I will be gone next weekend.