My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

      Amid the joy and exhaustion of spreading the “Good News,” our Blessed Lord knew that His disciples needed time for rest and renewal.  Did He not invite them to come away to a quiet place from time to time for just such peacefulness (Mark 3:7)?  In that solitude they had time to listen and concentrate on the Master’s voice, and then go back into daily life to live and witness the Gospel.

      You are His evangelists today by virtue of Baptismal grace and the power of the Holy Spirit in your lives, ever fortified by the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and most especially the Holy Eucharist.  Nonetheless you too need time to listen to the Master’s voice and be refreshed and renewed.  This week we have an opportunity to accept our Lord’s invitation to the Parish Mission.  We are especially blessed to have Father Bill Garrott, O.P. to conduct the four evening sessions.  Each evening Father will lead the Rosary beginning at 6:45 PM, followed by a lively and uplifting inspirational talk.  While hearing confessions the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for our adoration.  We will conclude with Benediction, closing at 8:00 PM.

      On Wednesday evening we have our closing Mass of the Mission, and of course we will be preparing for the 25th Anniversary celebration of our Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel on Sunday, May 3, at the 10:30 AM Mass at St. John’s church.  Let us have a great witnessing of Faith as we welcome Bishop Bambera and joyously praise the Lord with grateful hearts.  Following Mass we will process to St. Mary Magdalen and gather on the green next to the Parish Office (weather permitting) for Benediction and the reposing of the Blessed Sacrament in the Eucharistic Chapel.  Remembering that it is the month of May which is dedicated to our Lady, we ask her blessing upon all of our endeavors.  May she grace us with her presence as we honor her Son, and look kindly upon us, her devoted children.

With blessings,

Fr. Langan