I wish you a blessed Feast day of St. John the Baptist’s birth!
Saints’ feasts and memorials are always placed on or around the date of their death. Only three people are honored with Feast days on their birthday: Jesus, Mary and John the Baptist.
We will celebrate John’s other feast day on August 29th, the Passion of St. John the Baptist.
In just six months it will be Christmas eve. I pray all will be well as we make our way to 2021. John’s birthday coincides with the days becoming shorter and shorter as we approach the winter solstice and Christmas. This prefigures John’s adult ministry of preparing people for Jesus, but when Jesus arrives on the scene, John says, “He must increase, but I must decrease”.
Bishop Spalding has extended the dispensation of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass to August 3rd. If you are healthy please continue to try to attend at least one Mass each week so you can be spiritually fed.
Soon we will begin our new year of catechesis for our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) candidates. If you know someone who is not Catholic but is looking for a deeper faith experience, please invite them to come and learn about the program. The last thing Jesus said before He ascended to His Father in heaven was, “Go out and make disciples of all nations”; He takes this mission very seriously!
Why wouldn’t everyone want to experience God in the Holy Eucharist, the love and devotion the Church has for the Blessed Virgin Mary, the great Traditions of the Church and the deep relationship with Jesus the church offers through its various devotions, celebrations and liturgies.
I continue to pray for all of you. Please pray for me and for Fr. Bulso as we transition to our new assignments. Thank you.
At His service and yours,