Bulletin for the week of May 13th, 2007.
ARE YOU NEW TO OUR PARISH? WELCOME!
DIOCESAN LAUNCH FOR NEXT YEAR’S INTERNATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS - MONDAY, MAY 28th, 7:30 P.M. IN ST. MARK’S CHURCH IN AYLMER
TWO OF OUR YOUNGER PARISHIONERS TO BE CONFIRMED NEXT SATURDAY
CAN WE AS CHRISTIANS SAY MORE?
I cannot help but wonder — especially now that we find ourselves in the 50-day Easter season — whether as Christians we do not have something more to say than that. Or is this a good example of the fact that our Christian language has become more and more foreign to many? It may very well be that we have become so inadequate in speaking our Christian faith that we look elsewhere for comfort when we are faced with the reality of death.
Where do we as Christians look? To none other than to Jesus Christ, his death and resurrection. That is the prism through which we may look at death anew. It is true that Jesus has not made death disappear. Death is still very much part of the human story. Seeing our own death approaching can be disturbing. Experiencing the death of a loved one can be devastating. Yet, by accepting death not out of defiance, but out of love for us and by being raised from the dead Jesus Christ has fundamentally altered death or the grip that death has on us. Death claims us all, but there is an even greater claim on us: the God of life, who in Jesus Christ broke the bond of death and who raised Jesus from the tomb.
The claim of the life-giving God on us does not wait to be activated at the moment of death. It is first heard, and never revoked, when at baptism the life-giving God calls us by name writes our name in the palm of his hand, in the Book of Life, never to be erased. Is not the life of faith, in the final analysis, a yielding to that claim, a clinging to that claim in good times and in bad, trusting and confident that that claim will have its full impact when we have to let go of everything, when we have to let go of life itself?. After all, we are loved and cherished by the life-giving God who will not stand for it that, in the end, death will have the last work about us. As one author put it: “In the mind of a child who lives under the good care of his mother, the question never occurs whether his mother will still be there to care for him tomorrow...”
That is the sort of thing that, I believe, has come to light in the dead and risen Jesus. Our faith in this Jesus marks us in the 30, 60, 90 years that we have here, but especially when those years come to an end. An end? Yes, but the claim of the life-giving God does not come to an end. In fact, we trust that the claim will become a life-giving embrace of the God of love. That is our lasting home and destiny
ARE WE PUSHING MARY ASIDE?
So, do we leave Mary out of the picture in our Catholic faith? That is impossible. Mary has too important a role to play in the mystery of salvation. We can give expression to that in other forms of Catholic practice apart from the Sunday Eucharist. That is where the problem may be. We tend to put everything onto the Sunday Eucharist, and we are reluctant to maintain or develop other forms of worship and devotion that can very legitimately stand on their own feet? It would be interesting and beneficial to re-read Pope Paul V1’s encyclical on the veneration of Mary on that. But apart from that, there is a readily available means for including Mary in our Sunday Eucharist. How? By, for example, singing Mary’s own song, the Magnificat or the Canticle of Mary, at the end of the Mass every so often. The Magnificat is not a hymn to or about Mary, but it is Mary’s own powerful way of praising God. I cannot think of one who can better lead us in singing the praises of God.
She is, in the words of Pope Paul VI, “the first and most perfect of Christ’s disciples.” And disciples of Christ we are all trying to be. So let us have Mary lead us in praising God.
“A LOOSER AND MORE TENUOUS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CHURCH”
TO THOSE INTERESTED IN THE FUTURE OF OUR LADY OF LIGHT CHURCH The Mayor of the Municipality of Mulgrave and Derry, Mr. Michael Kane, has approached the Fabrique of St. Malachy church in Mayo concerning the possibility of transferring Our Lady of Light church to the Municipality of Mulgrave and Derry. The Mayor is interested in preserving the site for historical purposes as well as its possible use as a municipal hall. Please note the exploratory nature of this contact. No formal proposal has been made.
Before proceeding any further on this issue, the Fabrique of St. Malachy church is of the opinion that those interested in the future of Our Lady of Light church should have the opportunity to express their views on this possible transfer. The Fabrique would like to invite all those interested to an open meeting to be held in St. Malachy church on May 15th, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.
THANK YOU TO THE DONORS OF THE SILENT AUCTION
And last but not least Gale Pearson who did such a wonderful job as master of ceremony. In addition, we would like to thank all those who attended the event in support of this parish activity.
Next year, the event promises to be equally entertaining.
CEREAL BAR DRIVE
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