Solemnity of the Ascension
May 24th 2020
Solemnity of the Ascension
Bible Readings can be read
PSALMS 47:2-3, 6-9
We have received from the Diocese the time frame for gradually resuming Public Masses. At St. Martin's, Fr. Rex is planning on having the first public mass on Saturday the 30th of May. The Vigil of Pentecost. This Mass will be for those considered most vulnerable by the Diocese: those with underlying medical issues, and those over 65. We will then have a 9 a.m. mass on Pentecost Sunday for those not attending the Saturday night mass. Preparations are now being made for these public masses, using the guidelines set forth by the Bishop. We are limited by the Diocese on how many should attend each Mass, so let us know if you are coming and which Mass you will attend.
One of the most urgent steps is to have the Church Sanitized before we begin Public Masses. We are asking for Volunteers to clean and Sanitize. This means cleaning the church and wiping down the pews and other areas we may come in contact with.
Please prayerfully consider helping with the cleaning.
This Sunday is the Solemnity of the Ascension and we will live stream the Mass of the Ascension on Saturday at 3 p.m.. on Fr. Rex's face book page.
Confessions, Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered this Saturday from 4:30-5:30 p.m..
Jesus ascended into heaven. Of course, we know heaven is
in space. Our accounts of the Ascension are symbolic. What the Ascension tells us is that Jesus Christ who rose from the dead is now exalted in glory as God.
says Jesus took his seat on God’s throne, “
far above every principality, authority
power and dominion. God has
put all things beneath his feet and gave him as Head over all things.
” Our Opening Prayer says, “
Ascension of Christ your Son is
, and where the
has gone before in glory, the
is called to follow in hope
.” Jesus who ascended into heaven is still
members of his Body, the Church
Jesus told his disciples to wait until they received the
of the Spirit, who would continue his presence among them, so that they would be his witnesses. As Fr. Luke Johnson says, “
signal a removal
of Jesus from the story but symbolizes his
in a new mode.
The period of the Church is a period
in a new and more powerful way, through the Holy Spirit.”
We are all
called to be witnesses.
Christ’s mission is
The question asked by the angels, “
hy are you standing here looking up
?” is meant for
too. Especially in this time of crisis, we should
but should be
at the needs of Christ’s brothers and sisters, and in the power of the Spirit, to truly be Christ’s witnesses here, and
to the ends of the earth.
on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 4:09PM