Pastor’s Piece – May 2

Congratulations to the First Holy Communicants at St. Stephen the Martyr and St. Katharine Drexel!
Saint Stephen the Martyr:

  • Gerardo Arellano
  • Tayna Arellano
  • Camila Campos
  • Emilio Campos
  • Michael McGlynn
  • Brandon Vargas
  • Peter Ceigersmidt
  • Kaylee Corona
  • Nathaniel Davies
  • Sofia Luviano

Saint Katharine Drexel:

  • Kenzie Alex
  • Ryan Canton
  • John Carney
  • Oliver Daniel
  • Michael Dalton
  • Emily Dunk
  • Matthew Gentile
  • Elle Gutermuth
  • Ethan Johnson
  • Layla Maglich
  • James Mangiaracina
  • Luca Masci
  • Brooklyn McGinley
  • Vincenzo Misuraca
  • Declan Morrison
  • Quinn Moynihan
  • Tomas Munoz
  • Julia Nazzaro
  • Landon Ray
  • Samuel Severino
  • Noah Szczypinski

They have been given a whole new answer to their prayers, “Give us this day our daily bread.” When God heard the Israelites offer that prayer as they traveled through the desert on the way to the Promised Land, He responded with the bread from heaven, the bread of angels, the manana. Jesus informed the disciples who followed Him after He had fed them in the deserted place that, “it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” (Jn 6:32-33) The Father still answers the prayer for daily bread with a miracle. The incomprehensible source and summit of our faith is the Eucharist. The Lord assures those who questioned Him about this that indeed, “my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.” (Jn 6:55) And that He requires them to eat of It, if they wish to be a follower and enjoy heaven. (Jn 6:53) Thirty-one more parishioners are participating in the super-substantial bread that is God’s answer to our petition for everyday food. “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” (Jn 10:10) He is not content with out limited shortsighted prayers. Rather, He gives so much more.

I thank you parents who have provided the daily bread of these children for so many years. This loving task of parental care is joined in a new provision with the supernatural support of heaven. Your efforts to unite your family with Christ is now fortified with a weekly aid so that the many lessons and good examples that you give to your children daily may make everlasting impressions.

Our volunteer catechists are especially appreciated. Your hard work and fidelity to share in the very task Christ entrusted to the Apostles is a blessing for so many, especially me. My task to take the Gospel message to all people and generations couldn’t get very far without your help. Thank you!

Christ’s Peace,

Fr. Murphy