June 16, 2019
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Happy Trinity Sunday! We know that this is the central mystery of our faith, the mystery of God in Himself. Paragraph 234 of our Catechism states that, “It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them.” It is a mystery in the strict sense which is hidden in God, paragraph 237 tells us. “To be sure, God has left traces of His Trinitarian being in His work of creation and in His Revelation throughout the Old Testament. But His inmost Being as Holy Trinity is a mystery that is inaccessible to reason alone or even to Israel’s faith before the Incarnation of God’s Son and the sending of the Holy Spirit.” Now that we have celebrated the coming of that Spirit at Pentecost, let us ask the Spirit in our prayer lives to guide us into a deeper understanding of this glorious mystery of our God!
Happy Father’s Day! On this Father’s Day, I have been reflecting on how blessed I have been to be your “Father” these past 17 years. It’s been the greatest honor and joy of my life to serve with you as we have continued the mission of Christ here in the heart of Lancaster. Together we have grown in faith, hope and love. We have studied the Scriptures and have grown in holiness. We have trusted in God’s providence and in gratitude for His many blessings and filled with hope, we have left a legacy for our children and future generations. In countless ways we have loved. We no longer host just the Friday Community Meals, but we host the Women’s Winter Shelter, both requiring huge sacrifices of time, energy and resources. We birthed the Catholic Worker House, and through Tithe the Tithe we have partnered with countless organizations local, national and international. You make a difference! God couldn’t have given me a better family of faith! Thank you so much!
Finally, I have to thank our incredible staff: Fran Sescilla, Tina Skubon, Don Peris, Joe Clupp, Steph Sands, Mike Bitts, Bob Cybulski, Nikki Hollister, Amy Patton, Keri Kiefer, Betty Anne O’Brien, Janice Frank, and Clem Filippelli. I love our staff. They are so dedicated, they love God, and they work tirelessly and sacrificially for ALMOST NOTHING. You have made my life a joy and have made me a better priest, man and “Father.” I love you and I love our St. Mary’s family!
Catechism Question of the Week: The effects of the celebration of the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick always includes the following… A) physical healing of the body; B) uniting the person with the passion of Christ; C) forgiveness of sin; D) preparing one for the final journey departing this life; E) all of the above (see CCC 1520-23, 1532)
With family, friends and those you meet, please discuss the following Question of the Week: Jesus tells the disciples to give the people some food themselves; being a part of a Eucharistic people, what does this mean to you?
In Christ’s Peace,
Rev. Leo M. Goodman III