Weekend Announcments

Weekend Announcments

▪ Our Annual Parish Picnic and Father Holmes Farewell, Sunday, June 24 —Find more information on bulletin page 9

▪ Father’s Day Novena will begin this weekend —Find more information on bulletin page 8

▪ Theology on Tap presented by St. Mary Young Adults, Monday, June 18 —Find more information on bulletin 10

▪ Welcome our visiting summer seminarian —Find more information on bulletin page 10

▪ Important information for all parish organizations-Find more information on bulletin 10

▪ Summer Youth Group activities —Find more information on bulletin page 7

▪ You’re invited! Mary’s Shelter Annual Soirée —Find more information on bulletin page 11

▪ Join in the engaging Call to Evangelization series —Find more information on bulletin page 10

▪ July 4 Mass Schedule: 9am, 12noon, & 6pm Confessions to follow 6pm Mass until 8:30pm

From Our Pastor

From Our Pastor

Dear Folks,
What happens when we go to the hospital and we want communion?  For all of my priesthood, Hospital records would include the fact that the patient is Catholic and we could get a list of the Catholic patients.  Recently, Mary Washington Hospital has changed its computer systems.  The result of this is that they are “using this opportunity to reevaluate how we gather and disseminate patient religious information.”  The exact reevaluation process is unclear, however they suggest that you contact your parish before scheduled hospitalizations or use the Chaplain’s office to be a liaison between patients and churches.
What does this mean??  It is going to be much harder for us to find out that you are in the hospital, at least for the time-being.
Please call or email our parish offices if you know someone in the hospital.  Emails can be directed to Chris with this address:  clanzarone@stmaryfred.org
With the coordinated effort of the parish staff and Extraordinary Ministers, we will do our best to have a current list of folks who want to receive communion while in the hospital.  That you for your patience.
pax,
fr mosimann

Scam Email Circulating

Scam Email Circulating

Unfortunately, there is a scam email circulating, claiming to be from Fr. Mosimann, that starts with “God Bless You (your name)”.  It looks like it is from Fr. Mosimann but it is not.  Please do not respond to this email, but mark it as junk.

From Our Pastor

From Our Pastor

Dear Folks,

Just a brief reflection on a simple little sign of grace from the past week. After preaching and celebrating Mass, I had a parishioner come up to me to say, “Father, that homily was for me! I was struggling with the very things that you talked about today, and God knew I was overwhelmed. Thank you!” She was overjoyed to see God speak to her so directly.

I bring this up to ask you, “Do you see God working in your life in this way?” I really hope so. I too have had that experience of walking out of Mass and saying that the priest was preaching directly to me and only to me! This is a sign of the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and that the Spirit is the one who is reaching out to our souls directly. If God can use the longish, and sometimes circuitous preaching of this pastor to speak directly to you, then that is more proof that “nothing is impossible with God.” There is something so wonderful and delightful in recognizing these gifts from God personally loving each soul directly.

All of the solemnity that we try to celebrate the liturgy with is directed to our knowing the sublime glory of God. All of our preaching is an effort that you might know and love Jesus Christ. Even doctrine, yes doctrine, is so that you can know the Truth. Truth is a person, and His name is Jesus. Let us remain faithful to Him and all that He has revealed. And be reminded of the direct, specific, and indeed infinite love of God for each and every one of His children.

Sometimes folks say that they get nothing out of Mass. There is no greater gift than God Himself giving His Flesh for you in a one-flesh union and embrace of Holy Communion. Could you possibly know God any more intimately and personally? No way. Now we just have to become what we are and recognize what we celebrate.

pax,
Fr Mosimann