Just a Thought... from Fr. Dan
This week we find Jesus at prayer. He looks at his followers and asks his Father to bless them. Interestingly, as he prays, his prayer is based on the human condition's reality. He asks his Father to give them the strength to be in the world, transforming the world, yet never be of the world. His prayer is the same for us. The cost of discipleship can be challenging, for we are asked to renew a sometimes broken world. We can do it as long as we always remember that Jesus is the vine, the source of our strength!
In His Peace
Greetings Everyone, at this time of challenge and need, we would like to assist you in your prayers at home. The prayer opportunities below are for your spiritual growth and well being. Many of you have asked about Spiritual Communion, let's pray this prayer together.
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Acts of Spiritual Communion
It has long been a Catholic understanding that when circumstances prevent one from receiving Holy Communion, it is possible to make an Act of Spiritual Communion which is a source of grace. Spiritual Communion means uniting one’s self in prayer with Christ’s sacrifice and worshipping him in his Body and Blood. The most common reason for making an Act of Spiritual Communion is when a person cannot attend Mass. Acts of Spiritual Communion increase our desire to receive sacramental Communion and help us avoid the sins that would make us unable to receive Holy Communion worthily.
A prayer for Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,
Come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there And unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
The Jesuit Post - There are many great spiritual articles dealing with our faith in light of dealing with COVID-19
Readings for the week of May 16, 2021
- Sunday: Ascension: Acts 1:1-11 / Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9  / Eph 1:17-23 or Eph 4:1-13 or
- 4: 1-7, 11-13 / Mk 16:15-20 Seventh Sunday of Easter: Acts 1:15-17,
- Ps 103: 1-2, 11-12, 19-20 [19a] / 1 Jn 4:11-16 / Jn 17:11b-19
- Monday: Acts 19:1-8 / Ps 68:2-3ab, 4-5acd, 6-7ab [33a] / Jn 16:29-33
- Tuesday: Acts 20:17-27 / Ps 68:10-11, 20-21 [33a] / Jn 17:1-11a
- Wednesday: Acts 20:28-38 / Ps 68: 29-30, 33-35a, 35bc-36ab [33a] / Jn 17:11b-19
- Thursday: Acts 22:30; 23:6-11 / Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11  / Jn 17:20-26
- Friday: Acts 25:13b-21 / Ps 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20ab [19a] / Jn 21:15-19
- Saturday: Morning: Acts 28:16-20, 30-31 / Ps 11:4, 5 and 7 [7b] / Jn 21:20-25
- Next Sunday: Vigil: Gn 11:1-9 or Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b or Ez 37:1-14 or Jl 3:1-5 / http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/052521.cfm
- Ps 104: 1-2, 24, 35, 27-28, 29, 30 [cf. 30] / Rom 8:22-27 / Jn 7:37-39
- Extended Vigil: Gn 11:1-9 / Ps 33:10-11, 12-13, 14-15 / Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b / http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/052721.cfm
- Dn 3: 52, 52, 53, 55, 56 or Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11 / Ez 37:1-14 / Ps 107:2-3, 4-5, 6-7,
- Jl 3: 1-5 / Ps 104:1-2, 24, 35, 27-28, 29, 30 [cf. 30] / Rom 8:22-27 / Jn 7:37-39
- Day: Acts 2:1-11 / Ps 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34 [cf. 30] / 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13 or
- Gal 5: 16-25 / Jn 20:19-23 or Jn 15:26-27; 16:12-15