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Faith in Action for May 21

May 21, 2010
By The Rev. Paul Wolf

Holy Redeemer Catholic Church

It is a busy time of the year: This weekend we celebrate the anniversary of the Christian Church with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the disciples, the Feast of Pentecost. Our liturgical color for the day is "red." We have invited the parish to wear this color as a sign and symbol of the unity and oneness of the church. The color for this feast symbolizes the tongues of flames that came upon the disciples, burning their hearts with desire to service the Lord and to evangelize the world in the name of Jesus the Christ.

Next weekend, May 29 and 30, we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. We pray that the unity of the God-head might also be the unity of the Christian church today. This intimate relationship of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is for us what we are to be; with many different gifts and responsibilities we are united in our common goal as the Trinity is united as one.

The school year is coming to an end. Emotions of joy and sorrow fill the air. A time of letting go and new beginnings; especially for those who are having a transition moment between schools or school to work opportunities. It is a good time to turn to our God and seek direction and wisdom, forgiveness, thanksgiving, and peace as we move into our future. Let go of those issues or individuals that have hurt you and embrace those who have strengthened and rewarded your efforts. May you see the hand of God working at this moment. Rest and refresh from your work.

We congratulate our seniors and will celebrate with them at a Baccalaureate Mass one week from this Sunday. Junior high school students and their parents will prepare and serve a brunch for them.

The weekend of May 29/30 is also Memorial Day Weekend. An opportunity will be given to those who might want to join with others at our cemeteries in Marshall and Green Valley, to remember and pray for the Faithful Departed: 12:30 p.m. Calvary Cemetery in Marshall and 1:30 p.m. Green Valley Cemetery. The rosary will be prayed as we process through the cemetery, a short prayer service will follow, water will be blessed, and individuals will be invited to go to graves to bless and offer a prayer in remembrance of the person.

Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have served us in the Armed Forces in times of war and peace. May we also remember our sons and daughters who are serving at this time; may they be kept safe and return home with honor and dignity.

The following weekend, June 5 and 6, we will celebrate the Feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus. It is a special feast of the church to remember the importance of the Sacrament of Eucharist in the daily life of us all. On Sunday, an opportunity will be given from 1-5 p.m. to come and pray before the Eucharist; at 4:40 Benediction will be offered.



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