September 14th, 2014
Today we celebrate the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. This celebration is very old. In a.d. 326, St. Helena, the mother of the Roman emperor Constantine, discovered the true cross of Jesus near the site that generations had venerated as the Mount of Crucifixion. Upon discovering the cross, everyone fell to their knees and cried out, “Lord, have mercy!” A church was built on the site—the Church of the Holy Sepulcher—and the cross was placed in a prominent position within the building. The church was consecrated on September 13, 335, and the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross was celebrated annually on the following day, September 14.
The Cross was the instrument God used to bring us salvation and we must look to the Cross everyday of our life to unite our sufferings with Jesus Christ and to experience the power of His love and mercy. The Cross is the sign of the Lord’s victory over sin and death. As we strive to grow in faith, hope, and love, the Cross is a sure refuge and reminder that love is stronger than death.
We need to pray for a mature faith that isn’t afraid to suffer for the Kingdom of God. St. Paul so eloquently put this desire into words in his letter the Philippians:
More than that, I even consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having any righteousness of my own based on the law but that which comes through faith in Christ,h the righteousness from God, depending on faith to know him and the power of his resurrection and [the] sharing of his sufferings by being conformed to his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. (Philippians 3:8-11)
May this upcoming year be filled with God’s blessings and growth in our faith and ability to embrace the Cross.
Fr. Jim Northrop
St. Brendan This Week
Week of August 26th, 2014
Funeral Mass for Barbara Ascanio
The funeral Mass for Barbara Ascanio will be celebrated by Fr. Pat Ritter at 11am on September 5th in the Nave. A reception in the Narthex will follow the Mass.
All Parish Mass and Picnic on September 21st starting at 10am
- Before Mass starts the Hispanic Dance group will honor the Blessed Virgin Mary with a traditional dance.
- During Mass we will bless our Catechists who help with all our faith formation programs, as well as our altar servers, hospitality ministers, and sacristans who help make our Mass flow smoothly each week.
- After Mass, join us for our annual picnic and games! We will have some new games this year for the kids, the climbing wall returns, and face painting for the kids!
- The picnic this year will include a potluck--bring your favorite dish to share. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served up by the Knights of Columbus!
Electronic Giving Reminder:
Just a reminder as you are traveling this summer, we still appreciate your support of St. Brendan and all our activities here. Certainly you are invited to mail in your offering envelopes, but you can also donate electronically by clicking here: Electronic Giving