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Pastor’s Corner

Published on June 27th, 2014

I. The Blood of Martyrs Is the Seed for Faith! Today, June 29, we commemorate the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, martyred around the year 64 A.D. during Nero’s persecution following the Great Fire of Rome. Tradition says that Peter fled Rome to avoid arrest and saw Jesus on the road. “Where are you going, Lord?” Peter asked. Jesus replied, “I am going to Rome to be crucified again.” Peter turned back and was crucified upside down, because he felt unworthy to meet his death the same way as Christ.  Paul was arrested in Jerusalem and was sent to Rome, where he was placed under house arrest. He was slain by beheading, because as a Roman citizen he could not be subjected to the indignity of crucifixion.

Jesus asked: “Who am I?”  What is your answer? If Jesus is FRIEND to you, be a better friend in your listening this week. If Jesus is BROTHER, mend a relationship within your family. If Jesus is REDEEMER, reconcile a shattered piece of your heart. The nouns we use to describe our knowing Jesus must then also become verbs to live out that knowing in the world.

II. Fr. Suneesh Is Connected to St. Thomas!  According to tradition, Thomas is the only Apostle who went outside the borders of the Roman empire to evangelize. As you know, Fr. Suneesh is from the state of Kerala in South India where Thomas evangelized. Though India has very few Catholics proportionately, many Catholics hail from Kerala, where Thomas planted the seeds of faith centuries ago. Thomas is represented in art with a spear, the instrument of his martyrdom. He is the patron of architects and builders, and of India, where this day is a huge feast. Though Thomas is remembered for doubting the resurrection of Christ, he also proclaimed one of the most powerful acclamations of belief, “My Lord and my God!” It is a tradition (one year in the running) for Fr. Suneesh to cook a wonderful Indian meal for the staff this day, to celebrate the Feast of Thomas the Apostle! Stay tuned!

III. Independence Day Ends the Fortnight of Freedom:
 One of the best ways to celebrate the spirit of the Fortnight of Freedom and Independence Day for our country is to participate in Mass at 7:00AM or 12:05PM on Thursday, July 4. We talk a lot about our freedoms, yet many do not take advantage of these freedoms. Our Freedom to Worship is basic to our faith.

IV. The Cardinals of St. Louis Prevail! The bus left our parking lot a few minutes after 6:00AM last Sunday with all 34 seats filled! Off to St. Louie to cheer the Cards on to victory over the Phillies. In East St. Louis, our bus broke down; we enjoyed 75 minutes at a truck stop (no one complained!), and boarded another bus, which dropped us off at the Old St. Louis Cathedral at 11:59AM for a 12:00 Noon Mass. Fr. Jerry Billing, who was three years ahead of me in Theology, was presider and preacher! (It’s a small world!) We walked a few blocks to Busch Stadium for an exciting, hot, baseball game, 5-3 Cardinals! Thanks to Laurie Hicks for organizing this parish outing!

V. Deacon Michael Charles Ajigo, whom Bishop Medley has assigned to SSC for the summer, is off to his native Kenya, July 3 through August 3. We pray that he has a good visit with his family and friends, and a safe trip! 

Joy and Hope,
Fr. Jerry

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