June Newsletter

Mass Schedule
10:30 a.m. Charles Fillmore Chapel

June 1: Ascension Sunday
Bishop Cliff Kroski
June 8: Pentecost Sunday
Bishop Janet Sunderland
June 15: Trinity Sunday/Father’s Day
Bishop Cliff Kroski
June 22: Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ
Bishop Janet Sunderland
June 29: Feasts of Sts. Peter and Paul
Bishop Cliff Kroski

Thank you
Thank you so very much to Catherine Clauder for her gift of new candlesticks. They’re beautiful!

Reflection
On June 1st, we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. Jesus tells his disciples that repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached in
his name to all the nations. Jesus also reiterates the “promise’ of the Father, the gift of the Spirit, to the disciples. How bitter-sweet must this second departure of Jesus have been to his followers. He rose from death, was in their midst for a while, but now leaves them once again. He had to leave for the disciples to now assume their mission and responsibility to preach the Word.
The following Sunday celebrates Pentecost Sunday. For the Jewish people Pentecost was a feast of thanksgiving that marked the conclusion of the harvest and celebrated 50 days after Passover. For Christians, Pentecost, re-designed, celebrates the sending of Spirit. This has also been called the “birthday of the Church.” This event marked a new beginning for the followers of Christ. Filled with the Spirit they went out to spread his message of love and peace.
For the last 50 days we have celebrated new life and resurrection. Now we are asked to live a new life and spread the resurrection message. The Christ lives in us and we are filled with that spirit. The Easter season officially ends with this Sunday. We move the Easter candle from its location next to the altar, and place it adjacent to the prayer table.
But wait, there’s more. On June 15th, we celebrate the feast of the Trinity: God Father/Mother, Son, and Spirit; God-Creator, Word, and Love. This celebration dates to the seventh century and has been on the church calendar for 700 years. The Trinity feast teaches that God’s self- revelation is more than a theological mystery or puzzle: we are drawn into a special relationship with all aspects of our God. We are encouraged to ascertain for ourselves what this Trinitarian formula means in our lives. How do we celebrate and connect to all aspects of the divine? We also might ponder how we celebrate the many aspects of ourselves, which make us who we uniquely are, and how we encompass the divine in our body, mind, and spirit?
We also celebrate Father’s Day and we remember our father’s, living and deceased. We honor them and thank them for their guidance, strength and love. As we do every year, we will bless the men in our community today.
On June 22nd, we celebrate the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. We are His voice, hands, eyes and ears to the world. We are to be the light of Christ to all we meet.
Finally, on June 29 we celebrate the joint Feasts of Sts. Peter and Paul. It may seem ironic that we celebrate these two men’s feasts on the same day, given their volatile relationship, but both were said to have been executed on the same day. Paul was beheaded and Peter was crucified upside down, according to tradition, in about 67 AD.

Peace,

+Janet and +Cliff

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