Monday, July 27, 2020
Hello Faith-filled Friends,
What wonderful messages our priests had this weekend about our treasure. How blessed are we that because of technical difficulties at 10AM we had a 2nd LIVESTREAM at 1PM, there are 2 opportunities on YouTube, St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, Virginia Beach, VA to hear both Fr. Cristiano’s message from the 10:00 AM Mass and to hear Fr. Dominic’s message from the 1:00 PM Mass. I would say God must want everyone to hear these messages. If you already heard Fr. Eric at the 4:30 PM Vigil Mass, you hit the jackpot with all 3!
This week, we begin what we are calling the faith trifecta! Confirmation, Catechumens/Candidates, and Communion. As announced this past Sunday, 67 of our youth will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Wednesday or Thursday evening at 7:00 PM. These liturgies will be Live on FACEBOOK so our parish family and additional family and friends of the Confirmands can join us.
On Sunday afternoon at 3PM, we will celebrate a private Mass for our Catechumens and Candidates (children, youth and adults) who have been preparing for the Initiation Sacraments for almost a year. (The Church will NOT be available for private prayer on Sunday afternoon.)
Finally, on Saturday, August 8th we will have 3 First Communion Masses for our children who eagerly await this very special day when they receive our Lord in the Eucharist for the very first time.
So many of our parish family share in this longing for the Sacraments and wait in hope that the day will soon come, when they too are able to safely return to the table of the Lord. We join our prayers with you, for that day. This is our special intention every day! While some of our parishioners, make the decision to come to Mass, it is very difficult for them to be in public, for others it is hard to wear the face covering and for others having to be directed to seats is completely unsettling. These times are a struggle for everyone, whether at home for your health and well-being or trying to come to Mass and taking the risk. We ALL need to remember we are in this together. We are in different places in our lives, different places on our journey and have had different experiences that define who we are. The bottom line is our focus on that CROSS where Jesus, scourged, crowned with thorns, and spat upon - hung for us! Nothing we endure will ever compare to His sacrifice, but it is that sacrifice that unites us as the Body of Christ. If we can put aside our differences and keep our eyes on that Cross, we will share in the joy of the Resurrection. That is the treasure of my heart! What is yours?
July 27, 2020
On a hot Monday at the end of July we look for refreshment. A quick dip in a pool, turning down the a/c, an iced cold beer, while those will provide some physical refreshment; in today’s climate (not just the weather), what we need is spiritual refreshment. Technology has been used for some very good resources during this Pandemic. You can stream a Mass every day from about everywhere in the world, you can listen to great spiritual music, you can attend a Zoom Bible Study, you can connect to FORMED. All of these are excellent and will help you grow in faith…but to refresh your soul, what you need most is quiet conversation with the Lord. I encourage each of you to find your own private place and to talk to the best listener you will ever find and be refreshed!
Spiritual Communion Prayer
by Saint Alphonsus Liguori
I believe that You
and unite myself wholly to You.