St. Paul reminds us that there are many gifts, but one Spirit, many parts, but one Body – each of us has a part to play in the Body of Christ that is the Church (1 Cor. 12). In that passage you will find references to the Pentecost, Holy Trinity, Corpus Christi celebrations that we celebrate in June this year.
On June 4th with the first Sunday of the month we celebrate Pentecost, on which the Church was born in the power of the Holy Spirit. We received the Holy Spirit to joyfully live out the gifts and roles that God has entrusted to each of us to build up the Church on earth! On that day, our Religious Education closing Mass took place and 54 students were awarded for their perfect attendance and outstanding participation.
By celebrating the solemnity of the Holy Trinity on Sunday June 11th we are reminded that there is only one God with three attributes. We have the Father who is the creator, the Son, the Redeemer and the Holy Spirit, the sanctifier. As we celebrate this mystery, may the Holy Trinity guide us in the ways of faith. This is also the First Anniversary of the First Holy Communion class of 2016 and the day of Parish Picnic at the Falcon’s Nest in Hillsborough.
The Eucharist is the source and summit of the whole Christian life. The feast of Corpus Christi is a celebration of Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist and the unity of Christ’s Mystical Body, the Church. When on Corpus Christi Sunday, June 18th the Blessed Sacrament will be carried through the streets of Manville in solemn procession, we will give public witness to our faith and devotion towards Jesus, hidden in the sacrament of the Eucharist and our unity as Christ the Redeemer Parish. That Sunday is also a day to honor our fathers. Come and celebrate Father’s Day with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist giving praise to our Heavenly Father.
On Sunday of June 25th, we will honor Our Lady of Perpetual Help with a solemn bilingual Novena, Mass and Procession around the block next to Sacred Heart Church. Please write your petitions and thanksgivings and drop them in the wooden box in the vestibule or at the office. They will be read during the novena prayer. The Blessed Virgin Mary is always ready to help, we just have to ask, take a step and stop being spiritually shy.
Additionally, on June 17th in the Sacred Heart Church auditorium, the Ministry Day of Retreat for parish groups will take place with guest speaker, Msgr. William Benwell. All the above events will be covered on our newest “mobile friendly” Parish website and CTR Parish App. Stay tuned.
Also, since we are just over a month away from the end of the Fiscal Year. Thank you for your financial support. Please help us to finish the year ahead of our budgeted contributions. Your generous stewardship enables us to carry out our vital mission.
Yours in Christ,