The summer seems to be flying by! I can’t believe that we have already reached the end of July. In just a few weeks, college students will begin to make their way back to campus and our young boys and girls will start another academic year. There’s still much more summer to enjoy though. I hope that each of you have been able to enjoy the beauty and rest of these last weeks and continue to enjoy in the weeks to come. Today’s scripture readings focus on how the Lord feeds and nourishes us. Jesus takes five barley loaves and two fish to feed the thousands of people who were gathered around him. Jesus was able to nourish and sustain the great crowds by the miraculous multiplication of the loaves and fish. Jesus continues to feed and nourish us with his very self. The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith. It is in the Blessed Sacrament that we encounter the living Lord himself, body, blood, soul and divinity. We are invited to spend some time with the Lord this summer. We must always keep in our minds and hearts the responsorial psalm that we prayed at Mass today, the hand of the Lord feeds us, he answers all our needs.
Annual Catholic Appeal 2018
I take this opportunity to thank each of you for your support and generosity towards this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal. Our goal for the year is $59,519. As I mentioned, if each of us can participate in some way, we will be able to achieve our goal. As of now we have pledged $18,975 with 64 families participating. Anything that we make over the goal comes directly back to the parish. During the weekend of August 25/26 we will have a special in-pew pledge for those who have not yet given a gift to the ACA. We will welcome Father Patrick Burns, a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn and field director for the Annual Catholic Appeal as the presider and homilist for the masses that weekend. There are extra pledge forms at each of the three churches. Thank you for your support and generosity.
50th Anniversary of Blessed Paul VI Encyclical Humanae Vitae
This past week, the Roman Catholic Church commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the Encyclical Letter on marriage and family called, Humanae Vitae. I would like to share with you the statement from Cardinal Daniel DiNardo who is the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on this milestone. He stated, “Fifty years ago, today, Blessed Paul VI issued the Encyclical Humanae Vitae. In it, he reaffirmed the beautiful truth that a husband and wife are called to give themselves completely to each other. Marriage reflects the love of God, which is faithful, generous, and life-giving. Through their vocation, spouses cooperate with God by being open to new human life. Blessed Paul VI, who bore the criticism of Humanae Vitae with charity and patience, courageously affirmed that when we love as God designed, we experience true freedom and joy. He has also been proven correct in his warnings about the consequences of ignoring the true meaning of married love. On this anniversary, I encourage all to read and prayerfully reflect upon this Encyclical, and be open to the gift of its timeless truths”.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox