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    Last weekend we celebrated Trinity Sunday.  We possibly can call this Relationship Sunday.  It is about Persons, Relationships and Developing Relationships.  I will highlight briefly relationships with the Trinity, with one another and with the Blessed Virgin Mary.


    The Trinity is a Community of Persons.  One description goes like this – the Father loves the Son; the Son loves the Father and that love between the Father and the Son is the Holy Spirit.  The mystery of the Trinity is three persons in one God.  Possibly, we could use the analogy – A husband loves his wife; the wife loves her husband and that love between a husband and a wife produces a child.


    In the Gospel we come across a favorite text, John 3:16; “For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life.”  We sometimes see this text, John 3:16 held up in a sign for sports events or on billboards.  The most important truth about the Trinity is their unconditional love for one another and their unconditional love for us.


    The three persons in the Blessed Trinity are equal in power, majesty and authority.  They have distinctive roles within the Trinity and for us.  The Father is the Creator.  He creates the universe and all of us out of love.  The Son is the Redeemer.  He sets us free by shedding His blood for us on the cross.  The Holy Spirit is the Sanctifier.  Out of love, the Spirit enables us to become holy.  We can address each Person of the Blessed Trinity by name.  At Mass, the prayers are directed to the Father through the Son and in the Holy Spirit.


    As we think of the three distinctive roles of the Persons of the Blessed Trinity we can experience the effects of their love within us and we can share that love with others.  As the Father is the Creator, can I create opportunities of love for others?  As the Son is the Redeemer, can I help to set people free?  Possibly there are ways that I can set people free by alleviating their worries, anxieties, fears and stress.  As the Holy Spirit is the Sanctifier, can I lead people to holiness by praying with them?


    From the Cross, Jesus gave us the gift of His Mother.  In a sense he said, “Here is My Mother, I give her as a gift to you.”  This is the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.  She appeared six times in 1917, May 13th to October 13th.  World War I was going on.  The world was on the path of self-destruction.  She said if people heeded her requests the war would soon come to an end.  People heeded her requests and there was a period of peace.


    During this Jubilee Year of the Fatima Apparitions, all the faithful who can are called to publicly venerate a Statue of Our Lady of Fatima on the 13th of the month to receive the extraordinary graces of this year.  The 13th of the month is chosen because Mary appeared on the 13th of the month from May til October.


    Just as Mary visited Elizabeth, just as Mary visited the three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal; Our Blessed Mother wishes to visit us and lead us to her Son.  The Fatima Devotion is linked with bringing peace to our world ad peace to our individual lives.  We can receive this gift of peace if we heed Our Lady’s requests.


    One of those requests is to pray the five-decade rosary every day.  Back to our theme of Persons, Relationships and Developing Relationships, It is a beautiful way to develop a relationship with your Heavenly Mother.  Nat King Cole had a song, “Red Roses for a Blue Lady.”  Blue is the Blessed Virgin Mary’s color.  I like to say your Heavenly Mother has been waiting decades to hear from you.  At Fatima, Portugal she identified herself as Our Lady of the Rosary.  So, this Lady dressed in blue is asking for rosaries.


    So in light of our theme of developing relationships with the Blessed Trinity and Our Blessed Mother, I hope many of you take this opportunity to venerate the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima during this Jubilee Year of the Fatima Apparitions




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    May our prayers bring healing, comfort and strength to the sick and their caregivers, remembering especially Mary Adams,              Tim Angelone, Greg Basco, Gwen Beres,        Mary Ann Betliskey, Joyce Bican, Phillip Bilelo,
    Donna Czyzynski, Corrine Dawe,
    Maria DeNova, Robert Dunning,
    Jose Dybzinski, Jason Glaros, Judy Glaros,         Ron Glaros, Kristin Hill, Millie Jasany,                Lucy Konkoly, Tom Konkoly, Judy Landolph, Bishop Richard Lennon,  Barbie Lister,               Art Madsen, Regina McConnell,                   Therese McFadden, Rose Meadows,            Jeanette Miller, Marguerite Miller,                Jeannette Morrow, Louis Novac, Art Novotny,
    Dan Palmentera, John Pocius, Betty Rhine, Brianna Rhine, Patricia Rhine,
    Bob Schippling, Margaret Kara Slechta,         Elaine Stack, Lynne Sempruch, Rev. John Tezie, Aaron Thiem, Andrew Turowski, Ed Vitigoj,
    Carole Walk, Ron Walk, Robert Wagner and David Zelenka.
                May our Loved Ones who have died rest in eternal peace in heaven remembering especially Elizabeth Cymanski , whose funeral was last week.
                For the Men and Women serving in the military, especially those from our parish & their families.