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Solemnity of Corpus Christi

work-of-human-hands-cover-for-webNEW! Fr. Cekada’s book on the New Mass.

Pentecost Vigil
New photos posted June 3rd. Click the photo above for a slide-show from our Pentecost Vigil ceremonies.

zelusdomustuaeBishop’s Corner
The first Sunday of June sees, in the shining light of the glorious Monstrance of our Eucharistic Lord, the very high point and summit of all the year. Each event in Our Lord’s life is summed up and made present in some sense in the Blessed Sacrament, which is truly our Lord and our God. The little ones who receive Him for the first time receive God Himself, who deigns to dwell in their innocent hearts, in our quiet tabernacle, and in our midst “all days, even unto the consummation of the world.” Let us then rejoice and celebrate and pledge our fidelity once
again before the Altar Throne.

We all congratulate the First Communicants, and thank everyone who, by dint of generous, persevering devotion, has made this glorious day possible. Prolong it, if you can, by watching before the Thabor of Jesus Hostia on the altar, and returning again for extra Masses and Communions this week.

Last Sunday was a special one at St. Gertrude the Great, with Fr. Cekada once again preaching, after an absence of many months, and introducing his very powerful book Work of Human Hands. Over eighty copies were sold, and many of them autographed by our distinguished author. Fr. Cekada will be promoting his book in Florida and Michigan later this month.

Our sweet school choir sang on Sunday, for one last time before term’s end, the High Mass for the Feast of the Trinity, giving our adult choir a little rest, and our congregation the edification of the innocent children’s voices and their beautiful rendition of the chant and hymns. Joan Lotarski has faithfully served much of this season as director to both choirs, and we thank her sincerely for her many sacrifices for the glory of God.

Last weekend I visited St. Hugh of Lincoln Church in Milwaukee, and gave Confirmation to some nine new Soldiers of Christ. It was a delightful visit, and I was impressed by the many improvements under the pastorate of Fr. McGuire, and the piety and enthusiasm of the very devoted congregation.

Finally, some of you have asked about Puccini. It looks like he’s on a Mexican standoff with the baby garden bunny. Fr. Cekada and I each rescued the poor creature (such piteous cries!) from the clutches of the cat, who is only doing what God intended. The bunny seems reluctant to move on, (it is a nice garden!) even though Puccini has taken more than one bite out of him. Stay tuned.

We are looking forward to welcoming again the Sisters of St. Thomas Aquinas for our Girls’ camp in two weeks. I hope you will all take advantage of this wonderful opportunity, and support it fully.

God bless you all on this day of days.
–Bishop Dolan