Thursday, May 9, 2013

May Celebrations

The month of May brings many happy celebrations in the life of our two missions. 

May Crowning Procession
We had four people receive confirmation at neighboring churches last week.  The first Sunday of May was May Crowning.   May 4th was a baptism with more to come.

This Sunday will be Mother's Day and First Communion.  May 19th will be another set of Baptisms on Pentecost.   Then we will have on the last Sunday of May celebrations of our graduating High School Seniors.  In other words, every Sunday is a party!!!  Who ever said church was boring?

These various celebrations during May are a true joy.  They require work and planning on everyone's part.  Fr. Aaron has taken the lead this year with Faith Formation and English Sacramental Preparation.  Parents and sponsors are busy planning all the parties that go with these.  Our choirs' are focused on provided good music.  Many happy hands are required for the church to rejoice with the members of the body of Christ.
Baptism of Three at JP II

May also marks the end of our second year of faith formation.   This year faith formation at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta was very successful.  We had eight classes on Wednesday night:  Two adult classes (one in each language) two classes for new members (one for adults and one for children), High School, Middle School, Primary and Pre-School classes.   It is wonderful to have such energy and enthusiasm at the church on Wednesday night.   Yet, it was not so successful at Blessed John Paul II.  Our first semester went okay with high school classes, middle school and primary classes meeting every Thursday night.  The Adult English group meeting before Mass and the Spanish Adult group meeting after Mass.   Yet from Lent on the participation dwindled.   Yet, with a good meeting with the parents last month, I am optimistic for a better result next year.
Confirmation Recognition

Still after only being open since November 2011, both of these communities of faith are a marvel.  I could not be more humbled and surprised by all the activity that occurs here.   What a wonderful blessing.

As May is the month to honor Mary, the Mother of the Church, I give her thanks for looking after her children.  I praise her son Jesus, Our Lord and Savior for guiding these communities of faith.   May every day be a witness to others from us of Christ's great Love and Sacrifice.

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