Thank you to all who attended and participated in our Parish First Annual Couples Retreat “Come Celebrate Love” Saturday 15th June 2019. Thank you to all of the team of helpers who organized and enabled the Retreat to be a success. Special thanks to Ramon and Natalia Molano for coordinating the whole Retreat.

This week is full package of celebrations. Our Parish Vacation Bible School begins tomorrow, Monday June 24. Our Director of Religious Education, Maribel Hernandez has been planning and working very hard with the group of volunteers for months to bring powerful experience of God’s love to our little ones. Our kids will learn that “life is wild but God is good”.

Monday, June 24 we celebrate the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist. This feast, dating from the 4th c. in both East and West, came to be celebrated, in accord with Lk 1:36, six months before the Lord’s birth. Please come join to celebrate the feast at 8:30 AM Mass.

Church, invites us to pray with a special devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus during the month of June. And on Friday, June 28 we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. This indeed is the feast of God’s love. I invite you to the celebration of Holy Mass at 8:30 AM.

On Saturday, June 29, Church celebrates the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. Saints Peter and Paul are probably the most known of all the saints in the Catholic Church. It is a feast commemorating their martyrdom. To seek Jesus like Saints Paul and Peter is our greatest task and to find him in the same manner is our greatest human achievement. Come let us pray through their intercession at 8:30 Am Mass. (Special Mass on Saturday morning)

Today we celebrate the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Here are some thoughts of St. Francis de Sales on the Eucharist.

After the resurrection, Jesus entered into the room where the Apostles gathered, although the doors were locked. He wanted to assure them that He was still alive and present to them. Similarly, Jesus gives us His body and blood under the form of bread and wine to assure us of His real presence among us.

The height of God’s self-giving love for us is the Eucharist. Christ instituted the sacrament of the Eucharist so that the whole human family might be intimately united with Him. United in Christ, this sacrament also calls us and helps us to unite with one another in that spiritual union that Our Savior desires us to have. This union unites many different members and forms them into one body. Thus, this sacrament is also called Communion as it represents to us the common union of holy love that we ought to have together.

In the Eucharist, the perpetual feast of divine grace, we have a pledge of infinite happiness. When we frequently and devoutly receive the Eucharist, we build up our spiritual health so that we may effectively avoid evil. It strengthens our hearts and makes us God-like in this world. Very tender fruits such as strawberries are subject to decay. Yet, they can be easily preserved for a whole year with sugar or honey. How much more so are our frail and weak human hearts preserved from evil in receiving the Eucharist.

Both the perfect and imperfect ought to receive the Eucharist often. The perfect, as they are predisposed to It. The imperfect, so that they may become perfect. We are all loved with the same love by Our Lord who embraces us all in this Sacrament. Let us grow in the gentle and strengthening bonds of holy love through receiving the Eucharist.

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