With our celebration of the Sixth Sunday of Easter this weekend, we are moving toward the end of our fifty-day long reflection on and celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection. This week brings us Ascension Thursday, when we remember that after his Resurrection, the Risen Lord appeared at various places and times to his disciples, reassuring them that he was alive and that they had not been abandoned. At a certain point, these appearances ceased in anticipation of the coming of the Holy Spirit, who continues to be among us as the presence of the Lord in the Church and in our lives. The Ascension celebrates the mystery that the Risen Jesus now sits at the right hand of the Father in heaven, glorified as the Lord of the living and the dead, forever making intercession for us before the Father as our one true High Priest. Ascension Thursday is a holy day of obligation and four Masses will be celebrated, one on Wednesday evening at 6:00 PM, and three on Thursday at 7:00 and 9:00 AM and at 12:00 Noon.
Our parish is making excellent progress in our response to the 2016 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. We have thus far pledged some $53,000 toward our goal of $63,000. Thus far, though, our rate of participation has been a bit disappointing. Only about 9% of our parish households have made a gift or a pledge. We can do better than that, and so I ask all who have not yet made a gift or a pledge to consider doing so. No gift is too small and every gift counts. I remain hopeful that this year our parish participation level can approach 20%.
The Santa Maria Council of the Knights of Columbus is sponsoring again this year “Ladies’ Knight Out,” a special evening when the Knights serve a delicious dinner to the women of the parish who come, a nice way in which they can show appreciation to the women of the parish for their presence and for all that they do for St. Mary’s. “Ladies Knight Out” is planned for Friday, May 20 at 6:00 PM in Father Cronin Hall. Tickets, at a nominal price of $25, are available in Father Cronin Hall after Masses. A limited number of tickets will be sold.
By way of comment, I cannot help but be amazed at how wonderful our own parish Knights of Columbus council has become. It is an excellent organization, a good way for the men of the parish to come together for friendship and spiritual support. It also does so many good things in support of our parish and its mission. I encourage the men of the parish who do not belong to the Knights of Columbus to consider joining us. You will not be disappointed. The blessings are many and the requirements are relatively few. If interested, please speak to me after Masses or by telephone and I will get you in contact with the membership director.
Have a great week!
Rev. Aidan N. Donahue
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