7th Sunday of Easter - The Ascension of the Lord
“The Ascension of Jesus into heaven,” Pope Francis said, “acquaints us with this deeply consoling reality on our journey: in Christ, true God and true man, our humanity was taken to God. Christ opened the path to us…If we entrust our life to him, if we let ourselves be guided by him, we are certain to be in safe hands, in the hands of our Savior.” Thus, as Benedict XVI wrote, it would be a mistake to interpret the Ascension as “the temporary absence of Christ from the world.” Rather, “we go to heaven to the extent that we go to Jesus Christ and enter into him.” Heaven is a person: “Jesus himself is what we call ‘heaven’” (Magnificat 2019).
Next weekend we celebrate the Birthday of the Church, Pentecost. Saturday evening we will be celebrating the Vigil of Pentecost, which in many ways mirrors the first part of the Easter Vigil. This Mass will start at 4:30 PM (Confessions at 3:30) and the Mass will last about ninety minutes. A beautiful celebration of this great feast. On June 22nd and 23rd, the Church will celebrate Corpus Christi. As in the past, we will have a Corpus Christi Procession after the 5 PM Mass on June 22nd. Please plan to attend and show witness to our Eucharistic belief.
Just think, this time next year you could be walking in the very sites that Jesus walked, lived and gave witness to his miracles. Please consider attending the 2020 Holy Land and Rome pilgrimage next June, open to people of all ages and faith. We will host our first informational meeting on Wednesday June 19th at 6:30 PM in the All Saints Center. Additional meetings will take place on Sunday June 23rd after both the 8 AM (main part of the Church) and 11 AM Mass (All Saints Center). Additional information meetings will be held at later time. Please also feel free to email me any questions at [email protected] or you can directly contact the tour company. Looking forward to experiencing this great opportunity with each of you!