As we conclude the month of May this Memorial Day weekend we have many things to be thankful for this month. Yesterday, Bishop Carlos Sevilla SJ, the retired Bishop of Yakima WA, celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation with over 70 of our fellow teenage parishioners. It was a great blessing in which they were invited to step forward to complete their full and complete initiation into the Catholic Church.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, “It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost.” (CCC #1302)
As we await the Feast of Pentecost, the outpouring of the Spirit upon the whole Church, we pray in thanksgiving for the blessing of these young people. Youth ministry and the calling of the young to the fully participate in the life of our Catholic faith is one of the great challenges we all face. It is in supporting the family, acknowledging the reality of the baptismal call of parent to be the first and best teachers of faith that we strive to assist all parishioners and faithful to live.
The Catechism continues, “From this fact, Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:
– it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, “Abba! Father!”;
– it unites us more firmly to Christ;
– it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us;
– it renders our bond with the Church more perfect;
– it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross:” (CCCC #1303)
Please pray for the youth of our parish, and all the Catholic Church throughout the world that their hearts, (and ours too) will be set on fire by the breath of the Holy Spirit.
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“For a parish to actually be a ‘family of families’ calls for concrete actions of hospitality and generosity. St. John Paul II said that ‘opening the doors to one’s home, and still more of one’s heart,’ is a mode of imitating Christ. To give help and to receive help are intimate things. No one, especially a child, parents struggling with unexpected crises, vulnerable elderly people, or anyone who is suffering, should be lonely in a parish family. There is no substitute for ordinary parishioners simply befriending and serving one another during the week, extending church beyond Sunday mornings.” (#88 Love is our Mission: The Family Fully Alive) This is our mission and your mission.
St. Lucy Catholic Church strives to live the message of Jesus in inviting all to become members of the family of God in following him in word and action. In living our Catholic faith we are called to enter into a personal and life long relationship with our Lord Jesus.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to serve and to evangelize the world in living the Word of God. Our parish invites everyone to share in this relationship. If you have any questions or cannot find the information you are looking for please call the parish office or send us an email.
May God continue to bless you and hold you gently in his divine hands.
Your servant in Christ,