Sister Ann Parker, IHM
On this Sixth Sunday of Easter our Gospel offers some sustaining thoughts for us to remember and weave into our life experiences.
This passage takes place in the Upper Room during the Last Supper when Jesus gave his disciples his final message to them.
I would like to emphasize some of these words and how we can or do apply them to our lives today.
The Parish Respect Life Committee invites you to participate in our annual "Baby Shower." The past years have been overwhelmingly successful due to your extraordinary generosity. The recipients are so grateful and continually send their heartfelt thanks. This year we will be supporting several local pregnancy resource centers.
During the month of May, we will be collecting donations through our secure online form found by clicking below. Thank you so much for your kind support of these wonderful centers and the mothers in need!
Before you leave for summer vacation, I ask you prayerfully to consider using Faith Direct, our eGiving system, which allows you to support our parish and our ministries when you are unable to join us for Mass. Through Faith Direct you can make all of your contributions to Little Flower via automatic payment from your checking account or credit card. Sign up is easy, and can be done in just a minute by clicking below.
I hope you have a safe summer full of fun and faith and that you return well rested and ready for another great Little Flower year. We will be here waiting for you.
-Msgr Peter J Vaghi, Pastor
FOR THE DECEASED – Please pray for the repose of the souls of Michael Bradshaw, Bret Brown, Mary Brown, Don Freeman, Ed and Helen Ann Hanner, Griffin Holland, Kathleen Houlding, Elizabeth Hunton, Hal Hunton, Carlos Jingco, Mary Lynn Lawler, Gere Lynch, Norbert Max, Richard McBride, Barry Nace, Terry Radigan, Richard Skoff, Mark Uhar, Robert Walsh.
FOR THE SICK – Please pray for the sick members of our parish and for all who are in need. Keep these and all the intentions of our parish in your prayers.
Poor Box – Donations in May will be for Covenant House, the largest privately funded, nonprofit childcare agency in the U. S. As such, it helps abused, neglected, homeless, runaway and other at-risk youth. Their services include street outreach, health care, job placement, academic remediation, vocational training, substance abuse treatment and prevention programs, advocacy and legal services.
"Let us in all confidence choose as advocate before God the Immaculate and Most Holy Mother of God, the Virgin Mary... She is our most loving Mother, all mild and merciful, she shows herself within reach of every prayer; most kind, she takes to herself all our needs with profound love and tender pity."
(Bl. Pope Pius IX)
Saints as Model Stewards - May the saints we honor next week inspire us to use our own unique God-given talents and opportunities as He would have us do.
Three saints are honored on Wednesday: By courageously instituting reforms, including changing the practice of royalty controlling the appointment of Church officials, Pope Gregory VII (d. 1085) incurred the wrath of Emperor Henry IV, whom he excommunicated - twice! The first time Henry repented; the second time, he forced St. Gregory into exile.
St. Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi (d. 1607) became a Carmelite against the wishes of her influential Florentine family. She wrote numerous letters to the Church hierarchy, even the Pope, urging reforms to perfect her beloved Church.
St. Bede, a Benedictine and the only English Doctor of the Church, was considered the outstanding ecclesiastical author of his time (673-735). Bede used his God-given intellectual gifts for the Church he loved. Thursday - the cheerful Philip Neri (d. 1595) ministered to the poor of Rome and founded the Congregation of the Oratory. In the morning he prayed "Lord, remember your son Philip so that he may not betray you yet again." And he was a saint! Lord, keep us every cheerful in our work for the glory of your name and the good of our neighbor. (From a Prayer over the Gifts.)
Friday – The charismatic St. Augustine of Canterbury (died 605?) used his great gifts to evangelize southeastern England. Following the advice of Pope Gregory, he retained as many of the local customs as possible without compromising the faith.
Come out for some family fun
Tomorrow, Friday, May 20 at 6:30 pm!
The LF Fathers' Club will serve hot dogs, burgers, chips & water on Msgr Kane Field. Please RSVP today!
$25 per family
Cardinal Fun Run!
Saturday, May 21 - 8:30 am Race Start
It's not too late to sign up for the Cardinal Fun Run! Race day packets with T-Shirts (for those who pre-registered) will be available for pick-up at the Fun Run table at Friday Night Lights and on campus at 8am prior to the race. Come join in the fun!
Mother Daughter Bingo & Pizza Event
Thursday, May 26 from 6-8 pm
in the Parish Hall
6 pm - Pizza Dinner | 6:30 pm - Bingo Begins
Cost: Ladies $25 Girls: $15 each
Prizes for winning ladies and girls!
All ladies welcome! Bring gently-used bag and/or new toiletries that we can to give to a local charity for women in need!
JOIN SCOUTING AT LITTLE FLOWER
6 pm May 25th - Parish Hall
Little Flower proudly hosts Cub Scouts (boys and girls in grades K-5) and Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts; boys and girls in grades 6+). Little Flower is proud to be a Family Scouting chapter, which allows for both boys and girls to join our Pack! The Cub Scouts and Scouts will host an open event for those interested in joining Scouts next year or for anyone interested in simply learning more about Scouting. Join us for some exciting family-friendly activities and overview of Scout-life. This is open to all school and parish families. Siblings are always welcome! You do not have to have attended any previous meetings to join in the fun. Questions? Please email Nadia Simon at email@example.com.
Make a secure online donation to purchase Giant gift cards HERE.
The donations will be distributed to the food pantry of Queen of Peace parish, where the need is great. Thank you for your generosity.