News from St. Patrick and Pastor's Message
THANK YOU FR. JONATHAN!
We will miss you. Our love and prayers are with you as you begin your new assignment at Our Lady of Lourdes.
June 28th - July 4th 2020
St. Patrick Church
Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:30 PM
8:00 AM, in the Church
10:00 AM In the Church and Streamed on facebook,
5:30 PM Mass, in the Church
Mon. - Sat.:
8:00 AM In the Church
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:
Wed. 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Sat. 11:00 AM: Rosary for the end of Covid 19 virus
Conference call number: 717-275-8940 PIN Number 369 8340#
Saturday: Confessions 3:30-4:30 PM
PASTOR’S WEEKLY MESSAGE 11
If you thought that living the Christian life is easy, then you haven’t lived it. Becoming a Christian means more than going to Church each week. Jesus asks for commitment from all who want to follow Him. Being a Christian is not only about attending Mass, and loving one another, but calls for personal sacrifices. What does Jesus demand of us if we wish to be His disciples? The Gospel of today gives us the answer. Jesus says: “Whoever loves his father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.” Jesus is telling us He must be first in our lives. We must love Him more than anyone or anything in our life. Ultimately, love and loyalty belongs to Jesus alone. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the first and the greatest commandment, and the second is like it…love your neighbor as yourself. Our number one priority is to love God above everything else. So, Jesus demands that our love, allegiance, and loyalty to Him is to supersede every other relationship. This is not always easy. In many cases, becoming a Christian can result in an on-going conflict with non-believing relatives, friends, work colleagues, etc., and there are many occasions when we are tempted to compromise our faith. E.g. your non-believing spouse says, “Hey, it’s a beautiful Sunday morning, let’s take a picnic to the park. It won’t hurt if you miss just one service, will it?” And you succumb. Are we willing to die for Jesus, if necessary? This is the kind of faithfulness that Jesus demands, and I will illustrate it with this story.
A woman attended Mass at her local parish Church every Sunday, without fail. Her non-believing husband didn’t like it one bit and often asked her to stay home and sometimes even threatened her. One Sunday morning the woman got ready to go to Church as usual, and her husband said: “You are not going…you stay home today.” When she insisted that she was going, her husband pulled-out a gun, held it to her head, and said: “Where are you going now?” The woman replied: “If you pull the trigger, I’m going to heaven, if you don’t, I’m going to Church.” The woman was willing to die, if necessary, and this is the kind of faithfulness that Jesus demands. Ultimate loyalty belongs to Jesus. He comes first. The bottom line is that the love of Christ must exceed every other kind of love.
The second demand Jesus gives is: “Whoever does not take up his cross and follow after Me, is not worthy of Me.” This saying of ‘taking up the cross,’ implies a complete renunciation of oneself. It is a death to self and the beginning of a completely new life. Following Christ means total submission to Him—perhaps even to the point of death. Jesus demands this of all his followers. It is a call to deny yourself and your priorities and adopt the priorities of your Master. It’s a complete life-change. It is a radical call to discipleship. It is the willingness to forsake everything—even one’s own life for Jesus. Are you ready to lay down your life for Jesus?
Part of following Christ is saying goodbye to your old life. If you are unwilling to lay down your rights or opinion, then you can not follow Christ. When we change, we must let go of some of the things of the past. Following Christ is not a passive lifestyle. When we follow Christ, we ignite spiritual devotion. We allow God to transform and change our lives so that we have new desires, new values, new choices, new hopes, strengths, a new heart, and soul. When we surrender to Christ, we look at the world in a different way. Is Jesus Christ the number one priority in our lives? As we live our lives, how committed and faithful are
Sr. Kathleen Luger
on Friday, June 26 at 1:47PM