Let’s take God up on His word. Let’s not save God for only the really hard things. God looks to us in mercy, saves us, and holds us tenderly. Let’s not waste God’s passion for us and our holy energy trying to figure out who is the greatest.
On behalf of myself and the Finance Council we are pleased to report the parish financial results for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021. Despite many challenges posed by the pandemic, we were greatly blessed by your generous support, resilience and patience. Click here to read report.
The introit serves to ground us firmly: knowing who God is, who we are and why we gather. We will need to have this disposition if we are to be present to the serious instructions in the Scriptures we hear today.
When we hear the exhortations to God from His people (us) beginning the mass, we are invited to re-member. Re-membering is one of the miracles that happens at mass. We come as separate members of this Body and by God’s invitation, beginning with our baptism and reinforced weekly in the Introit and Lessons, we arrive at the Table of the Eucharist as One.
We come to mass today asked to join with heaven to “praise the Son of God.” As Christians, we are privileged to spend our lives on the happy and difficult path that leads to Christ. We are constantly striving to praise the Son of God in our words and deeds and to understand what constitutes praise. Today’s feast and its lessons show us an individual who gave unequalled praise to the Son of God.
Welcome Back! Let's continue to come together and celebrate our faith and St. Ann family. All are invited to Mass this weekend for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Help create the St. Ann outdoor Marian Shrine. The first step in the creation will occur this weekend, August 14/15.
The close of the Gospel today gives us God’s eternal answer. “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
Where does God live? There are many different biblical and theological answers to this question. When we praise the “holy place” in this introit, we think about, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matt 18:20) and the Church document, Sacrosanctum Concilium, article 7: Our liturgical gathering itself is a mode of divine presence in the world.
God is good and can only be good. Pride and humility are so close to each other here. We are proud to have a relationship with God, and humble that this relationship is an undeserved gift. This is both the pain and the promise of Christianity.
We are invited by God to gather at mass with the attitude of a pilgrim: every song, every prayer, every scripture, every procession, both expresses our existing relationship with God and one another and deepens those relationships.
Many of the introits so far this summer have focused on the deep places in our life where we seek God’s comfort, his forgiveness, his assurance and the knowledge of his mercy. This introit reflects a spirit of pure joy and celebration.