From the Pastor June 11, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

     "In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit".  We begin and end the Mass with these beautiful words.  We were baptized with these words.  We receive the absolution for the forgiveness of our sins from the priest in the Sacrament of Confession with these words. We begin and end all of our prayers with these words.  What do these words mean?  They are the confession of our faith in the Holy Trinity - the three Divine Persons of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit ("Tri"), united together as One God ("Unity"). We celebrate this beautiful mystery of our Catholic Faith this weekend with the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.  It is a mystery that we can sometimes take for granted.  When I was at St. Joseph Seminary in Yonkers, NY, I had a class taught by a wonderful religious sister.  One of the many important things that I learned from that class was something that she mentioned about making the sign of the cross.  She said that every time we make the sign of the cross, we should say to ourselves the following: "In the Name of the Father - who created me in love, and of the Son - who redeemed me in love, and of the Holy Spirit - who sanctifies me in love".  Adding these little phrases quietly to ourselves every time we make the sign of the cross, helps us not only appreciate more this sign of our Faith, but also helps us understand the mystery better.  The Most Holy Trinity is all about love, about the sacrificial love with which the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit are constantly loving one another selflessly, as well as pouring their love out upon each one of us. We are called to love the Most Holy Trinity back in the same way, "with all our heart and all our soul, and all our mind", as well as love our neighbor with that same love (Matthew 22:35-40).  As we celebrate this great feast this weekend, let us commit ourselves to this Trinitarian love.  God Bless!               - Fr. Sistare