First Communion at 4:00 p.m. Mass Next Week
We have a First Communion for a little girl who is part of a military family home with extended family for the July 4th weekend. We welcome her to the table of the Lord for the first time.
Fortnight for Freedom
The USCCB is encouraging all parishes in all US dioceses to pray the Fortnight for Freedom prayer again this year from June 20 to July 3 asking God’s intervention for the restoration of our religious liberty in light of the Health and Human Services mandate a few years ago requiring religious schools and institutions to provide abortive drugs under our employee health care programs. Although there has been some relief for certain religious entities, the oppressive regulation persists and continues to pressure some religious schools, nursing homes, etc to violate their conscience. We pray for restoration of the legal right of conscience as regards abortion and other moral issues.
Special Blue Mass on July 3
We will have a special Mass honoring law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical personnel and other first responders on July 3 at 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. As terrorism is so much in the news of late, we need to lift up the heroes in our own communities who don’t run from trouble but rush in to help victims. Please join us in honoring our local heroes and remembering those from their ranks who have passed to eternal life.
Reflection on Scripture
Don’t put conditions on your commitment to God. Elisha wanted nothing more than to kiss his mother and father good-bye. Elijah took offense. A young man says to Jesus he will follow him as soon as he buries his father. Jesus says, “Let the dead bury their dead.” Like a recruit in boot camp; when an order is barked out, you jump to it. Jesus expects nothing less than absolute obedience. If we have not put Jesus first and foremost in our lives, he cannot be our Lord and savior. He held nothing back and we must hold nothing back in our obedience to Christ.
So do we have to be faithful to Christ even when ISIS is holding a beheading sword over our necks? Yes! And what do we do when the secular world threatens to ostracize us if we refuse to engage in their sins? Yes, we still obey Christ. No matter the threat; no matter the cost; we must be obedient to Christ. Denial is not an option. Adherence to Christ is essential.
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