Still on the on-time newsletter streak. How many months is it?

And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near.” Summer is about preparation. Going on a picnic? Having a barbecue? Friends coming over to sit on the deck or hit the pool? Heading off to the beach or on vacation? Going on a summer walk?
We gather food, charcoal (if you are old school like me), sunblock, bug spray, our more colorful clothes (I’m getting my Hawaiian shirts ready). Summer joy is about two things – preparation for joy and getting to that place where we can be joyful. This summer let us reflect on our spiritual preparedness and to focus on what that preparedness will bring for us – true and eternal joy. This summer, as we gather food, let us reflect on the food of everlasting life – in Word and Communion. As we put on sunblock, let us block the evils that challenge our faith. As we spray away the bugs, let us push away the things that sting our soul. And, prepare that colorful garment for the joys of the kingdom.

Also in our newsletter, prayers for Orlando, a huge thanks to the Matsiko Orphan Choir, a Year of Reverence update, a happy summer to our youth – we are off to Kurs and Convo, our parish and community picnic on the church grounds on Sunday, August 21st, and special thanks to all those who pitched in at PolishFest. So much more too…

You may view and download a copy of our July 2016 Newsletter right here.

This week’s memory verse: But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge.1 John 2:20

Pray the week: Lord, You have anointed me and placed Your cloak around me. Grant me the grace to respond wholeheartedly.

This week’s memory verse: And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.Matthew 23:9

Pray the week: Father, guide my life and lead me in all things. Help me, by Your grace, to do Your will.

This week’s memory verse: “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”Mark 11:25

Pray the week: Lord, forgive me my sins. Free me and in doing so help me, by Your grace, to forgive.

This week’s memory verse: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.”2 Corinthians 1:3

Pray the week: Lord of all joy and comfort, come to me and show me your peace. Take away all weeping and help me to delight in You.

Still on the early newsletter streak – only hours early, but still…

Thus Joseph who was surnamed by the apostles Barnabas (which means, Son of encouragement)” St. Barnabas’ life is modeled on Jesus, the ultimate Son of Encouragement. Barnabas’ goodness, faith, big heartedness, courage, generosity, humbleness, self-sacrifice, open-mindedness, boldness and the fact that he was full of the Holy Spirit – were also stamped on the believers that he encountered. As today’s sons of encouragement, alive in the Spirit, or willing to be, are we working so that the gifts of the Lord are stamped on our families, community, and the world? Let us focus our efforts on being positive sons of encouragement, lifting up all we encounter – helping them to know the power of Jesus.

Also in our newsletter, the Matsiko Orphan Choir is coming to Holy Name of Jesus. Thank you to all who helped make Memorial Day so special. Like bread? – check out our table at PolishFest. Our Bible study is growing, special Holy Masses this month for healing (June 20th) and on the Commemoration of St, Anthony (June 13th). Considering the priesthood? Praying for dads and vocations. A great and comprehensive list of summer activities and so much more…

You may view and download a copy of our June 2016 Newsletter right here.

Memory verse for this week: Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” — John 6:35

Pray the week: Body and Blood of Jesus, fill me and satisfy my hunger for You. Grant me the grace to witness to You in every way.

This week’s memory verse: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy SpiritMatthew 28:19

Pray the week: Holy Trinity, fill me with Your mutual love. Grant me the grace to love as You do.

This week’s memory verse: Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?1 Corinthians 3:16

Pray the week: Holy Spirit, fill me with Your gifts and use me to do God’s purpose in the world.

Memory verse forth week: But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the lawGalatians 4:4

Pray the week: Lord Jesus, you set Your mother, Mary, before us as an example. Grant us the grace to follow her example in serving you.