Lord, how good it is for us to be here -- Matthew 17

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

May 14, 2020

Dear Friends,

Jesus Christ is risen, Alleluia!

Laudato Si Week (Our Care for Our Common Home) May 16-24, occasions the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’, which was signed on May 24, 2015. Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for our common home, Laudato Si’, is an inspiration during moments of difficulty. It encourages us to reflect on the values we share and create a more just and sustainable future.  

The theme of Laudato Si’ Week is “everything is connected.” During Laudato Si’ Week, we come together as one people around the world to prayerfully discern the lessons of this moment. While the world experiences a history-defining crisis, we reflect and prepare to build a better world.  

Laudato Si’ has been welcomed as a document of deep and abiding beauty, and it has prompted people around the world to reflect more deeply on Creator and creation. Its vision of integral ecology, which sees connections between how we treat God, nature, and each other, offers simple but profound truths about the bonds that unite us.  

Much has changed in the last 5 years and sadly, much has remained the same. This was going to be a time of many gatherings, actions, and group witness and prayer for our one and only earth. Sadly, the pandemic has changed what this week will look like, but the spirit is still there. In fact, I pray that as the pandemic slowly passes that we will emerge changed.  One friend put it this way: “I like to think of us as all being caterpillars.  We were in the world eating and consuming non-stop, suddenly we were forced into our cocoons.”  I pray that when we reemerge we will be something different, something better, recognizing and spreading beauty in new and magical ways.     

Even with these changes, the celebration and crusade must go on! There are many places that have resources.  I turn your attention to www.laudatosiweek.org  where you can find all sorts of resources for your reflection; it is a great 1-pager. In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis teaches us “everything is connected.” Come together in unity with Catholics from all around the world for Laudato Si’ Week. Pope Francis invites you to join in. Learn more at www.laudatosiweek.org  #LaudatoSi5.  
 This week we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension, St. Catherine and Transfiguration Parishes will be offering live stream Masses on Wednesday at 5:00 PM and on Thursday at 10:00 AM.  Deacon Eric will be our homilist, I will preside on Wednesday and Fr. Rob will preside on Thursday.

For the last few weeks, I have shared an experience or two that are a source of inspiration during these most unsettled days! This week a could not help but to be inspired by the parishioners (Gael, Terry and Armand) who volunteer their time to take care for our parish campus by caring for our gardens. Unfortunately, Mother Nature has not been cooperating, so my request is to the non-gardeners, please offer prayers, asking her to turn the temperature up and let the sun shine.      

I look forward to the day when we are together again around the Altar.

May you continue to have a grace-filled Easter season.

Jesus Christ is risen today – alleluia!

Let us continue to pray for and take action to bring about peace in our world!

In peace and courage,

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