Voices of Faith

The Ascension of the Lord

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Dear Friends:

As we celebrate the Lord’s Ascension into heaven this weekend, we celebrate a time of great contradiction and confusion. There is confusion over when we celebrate this feast, but I think more about how we celebrate the abiding PRESENCE of Christ even as we celebrate his being taken up into heaven to take his place “at the right hand of the Father.” His abiding presence is often veiled, hidden, or hard to recognize, but he does promise to be with us. Recognizing that he is present in the life of the Church, in the Sacraments, particularly in the Eucharist, in acts of charity and compassion, and in the least of his brothers and sisters, we are encouraged that he is indeed with us even as we await something greater in his promised return to us at the end of time. In the meantime, we also pray for the Holy Spirit, whose presence we will celebrate next weekend on Pentecost Sunday. In short, the presence of God abounds in our midst… look around with an open heart, and recognize the blessing and the gift!

Happy Mothers’ Day to all our Moms, grandmothers, and all who share the joy of motherhood. We give thanks for your love and care, and we pray for God’s blessings upon you. We turn to Mary, our Blessed Mother, who teaches us how to love and to be loved by God and ask her intercession for all mothers, especially to watch over all mothers who have gone before us to heaven.

This weekend we also celebrate with many of our young children as they receive the Lord in the Eucharist for the first time. It is always a joy for all of us—especially parents and family members—to lead people to Jesus and watch as they open their hearts to the gift of his presence. See in our children the kind of openness to the Lord’s presence that we need if we really want to be his disciples, and be encouraged by their example.

We begin the election process for our Parish Pastoral Council this weekend. I encourage all registered parishioners to give your voice to this process in support of all who are willing to serve on the Council. I am grateful for the generous spirit of our nominees and for the members of the Council who give of their time and share their wisdom for the good of our community. May
God’s Holy Spirit guide our voting and the work of the Council as we work together to guide our community in the path the Lord marks out for us.

God’s peace,

Fr. Rick