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Corpus Christi Novena Explanation

June 23 is the Feast Day of Corpus Christi, where we as Catholics honor Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. All are invited to pray the novena prayer below. You can cut it out and pray it for the nine days of the novena. The Novena starts Friday, June 14.
Novena prayers are great for opening us up for the graces of special feast days like this. We look forward to honoring our savior Jesus and the graces He wants to give us.

~ Daily Novena Prayers ~

O Lord, You have given us this Sacred Banquet, in which Christ is received, the memory of His Passion is renewed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.
V: You have given them bread from Heaven. 
R: Having all sweetness within it.
Let us pray. God our Father, for Your glory and our salvation You appointed Jesus Christ eternal High Priest. May the people He gained for You by His Blood come to share in the power of His Cross and Resurrection by celebrating His Memorial in this Eucharist, for He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen. 
O Jesus, since You have left us a remembrance of Your Passion beneath the veils of this Sacrament, grant us, we pray, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of Your Body and Blood that we may always enjoy the fruits of Your Redemption, for You live and reign forever. Amen.

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Symbolism in the Church #15

The Divine Mercy image is one of two images that Jesus explicitly said He wanted made of Him. The other image is the Sacred Heart. The Divine Mercy Image is much newer. It was made in the 1930s, whereas the Sacred Heart image was made in the 1600s. The two images have similarities; both images are of the risen Lord. Continue reading

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Domingo de Pentecostés ciclo C 2019

El domingo pasado al ascender a los cielos Jesús encargaba a los discípulos una misión: guardar todo lo que les había enseñado y predicar el Evangelio por todo el mundo. Tarea ardua y difícil, pero a la vez apasionante. Tienen fe, están juntos, pero tienen miedo a salir fuera por temor a los judíos, necesitan un empujón. Estando juntos, reunidos, compartiendo los miedos y las ilusiones, compartiendo el recuerdo de Jesús, el Espíritu los sacudió como un vendaval violento y como unas llamas de fuego. Es el gran desconocido en la Iglesia, pero su fuerza y su impulso siguen actuando en el interior del creyente. Hoy es el día grande en que Jesús Resucitado nos envía su Espíritu. Es Pentecostés, el punto de inicio de la Iglesia. Juntos, en comunidad y con la fuerza del Espíritu, podemos hacer realidad y mostrar a todos el amor, la misericordia, la comunión entre todos los hombres. Continue reading

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Thank you so much…

It was a great day for May Fest. The weather was a little rainy early, but then the sun came out and so did the people.
Thank you to all who came out and supported our event and enjoyed great food, music, dancing, facing painting, and fellowship. What a beautiful day for an outdoor event. 
A special thank you to everyone that helped set up, cook, clean up, and everything else you did. It is all the little things you did that made the event a success. Thank you to everyone who donated their time, food, and talent. All food and drinks were donated by individuals and restaurants.
Jose Jimenez won the 50/50 raffle. He received $213.
May Fest raised $3,192 to help reduce the St Mary debt.