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Within the Octave of the Ascension

Our 2015 May Crowning.

Daily Sermons
May 11- Fr. Lehtoranta – The Poor Man and the Rich Man
May 12 – Bp. Dolan – God the GPS
May 13 – Bp. Dolan – What are You Doing?
May 14 – Bp. Dolan – Our Lord’s Words Before His Ascension
May 15 – Fr. Lehtoranta – St. Dymphna and the Joker

✠ The Bishop’s Corner ✠
This is one of our quiet Sundays here at church, time to stay with Our Lady in prayer in preparation for Pentecost, even though many of you are busy this busy season. Some of you took time to pray with us this past week, especially for the Holy Day Mass, and for the first Fatima Rosary Procession. The Ice Saints came last week too, bringing the traditional and welcome mid-May cool weather with them.

Mother’s Day was interesting this year. I think I was a little disappointed as I was looking forward to a big attendance, mothers telling their grown up and away children that all they wanted was for them to come to Mass that day, as they used to do. But this has probably passed away with the corsage. High Mass attendance was thin. Even Our Lady of Fatima missed the Mass, but we got her back inside in time to carry her in procession, and crown her. But here the story turns bright. Little Juliana was scheduled to crown the Blessed Mother, but broke her arm the night before. Nothing if not determined, this little trooper came and crowned despite the pain she was in. It was a very touching ceremony. Oh, and the choir was absolutely at its best. Our High Mass refugees missed a beautiful Mass, the same sung for Christmas Midnight, but ever so much more appreciated in the daylight.

We appreciate the Sisters of our Lady of Reparation planting all the stations this year with Dianthus, a perennial which looks like carnations. Still, fill free to add flowers to your adopted stations, and don’t forget to weed. Ditto for the soul. God adopted you, but you have to look after the gardening for your soul. Ignore it a few weeks, and the weeds will take over this time of year. Don’t forget Easter Duty reminders.

I look forward to working with our little ones this Thursday, in preparation for Confirmation and First Holy Communion. Saturday is the great vigil, which sees the Holy Ghost come in Pentecostal flame. Pray for them, pray for all Soldiers of Christ gone AWOL, pretty much the majority, I should think.

The birds’ nests are empty now. I don’t know if the babies flew off or were done in. The cats aren’t saying a word, but passed the whiskers test with flying colors.

Beautiful days of the year, these. Bur for allergy sufferers, the worst. Pollen is higher than usual, and the heat last week rushed everything into bloom. Still, who would trade it? “Fairest of seasons, sweet May.” May Our Lady guard your way.

—Bp. Dolan