July 12, 2015
I have just a few thoughts to share with you this week. As we revel in celebrating 239 years of independence, our hearts and minds rightly turn to thoughts of the men and women who have and are fighting to preserve our free dignity. As often as possible we will include in the Prayers of the Faithful at our Liturgies, our own prayers for our veterans and active duty service members.
Speaking of revered veterans, Command Sgt. Major Simon Ramos was recognized at a pre-July 4th community celebration where he was awarded a Purple Heart medal for injuries received in the Korean War in 1953. Command Sgt. Major Ramos held the highest level non-commissioned office rank in the Army during his many years of service to our nation. We are honored by his presence in our Catholic community. He and Emily, his wife, have been registered and active members of the parish since 2004.
On a different note, Father Garcia and I have been tossing around various ideas concerning our offering of the Sacrament of Anointing. We have decided that we will offer the Sacrament once a month (rather than the previous practice of offering it only once every 3 or 4 months). Henceforth, we will offer the Sacrament after every Mass on the fourth weekend of each month. One of your priests will meet those folks in the day chapel, beginning the weekend of July 25-26th.
Fr. Garcia and I have also been discussing the devotional practice of Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament. It has become a much desired devotion among our Parish Family, and thus worthy of being offered with more ambitious frequency. So, henceforth, we will offer one hour of Adoration following every weekday Mass.
I hope that these two changes will meet with majority approval among you, my dear fellow parishioners.
Please let me or Fr. Garcia know your thoughts about these two topics, and anything else that you might want to share with us, especially about things liturgical.
Lastly, thanks to those of you who have given to me/our parish the several birdhouses that we will be putting up around our campus. For now, they are on display in the Narthex so that you can see how clever each “bird abode” is, each in its own unique and charming way. Keep ‘em coming!
Your brother on the Journey,