Sister Rosemaron Rynn, IHM
Let us all rejoice and celebrate Pentecost, the Birthday of our Church!
Today the Scriptures invite us to reflect on the happenings of this very special feast, the Turning Point in the early Christian Church, and to be mindful of its significant meaning for us in this day and time.
Join your fellow parishioners in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament at a Holy Hour for the intentions of the Ordinandi and an increase in Vocations to the priesthood and Consecrated Life on Tomorrow, Friday, June 3 between 1:00-2:30 pm in the church. Unite in prayer with parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Washington as we anticipate the Ordination of our priests on June 18! This year's Ordinandi: Deacon Gerald Andrews, Deacon Ryan Braam, Deacon Mattia Cortigianni, Deacon Carlo de Rodrigo Guitierrez, Deacon Peter Mlynarczyk (who was with us last summer), Deacon James Morgan, Deacon Grzegorz Okulewicz, Deacon Thomas Robertson, Deacon Alexander Wyvil, and Deacon Kyle Vance.
2022-23 CCD REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Little Flower Parish offers religious education classes for children in Grades K- 8. Classes for the 2022-23 school year will begin on Sunday, September 11, 2022.
Classes for Kindergarten through 5th Grade are held on Sunday mornings in Little Flower School from 10:15 am to 11:30 am. Grades 6, 7, and 8 have class on Wednesday evenings in Little Flower School from 7:30 pm to 8:45 pm.
COMINGS & GOINGS
FR. KEITH BURNEY - Effective July 6th, Cardinal Gregory is reassigning Father Keith to be the administrator of two parishes in Charles County: St. Catherine of Alexandria in McConchie, and St. Ignatius in Hilltop.
SUMMER SEMINARIAN - Seminarian Benjamin Bralove will be joining us at Little Flower for the summer beginning on June 19. Ben, whose home parish is Blessed Sacrament, recently finished his second year at the North American College in Rome and worked as an Emergency Room physician for six years in Manhattan and the Bronx before joining seminary.
Ben will be giving a series of talks under the tent on "What is Good Medicine? A Summer of Bodily and Spiritual Self-Care."
If you have not already done so, I ask you prayerfully to consider enrolling in Faith Direct, our eGiving system, which allows you to support our parish weekly 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
CYO Year End Celebration
this Sunday, June 5th 3-6pm
LF Field and Parking Lot
Come join us for our end of year CYO celebration!
We will have food and drink out by the side of the field.
BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair)
Annual 8th Graders vs. 8th Grade Parents Soccer Match at 4:30
Questions? Please contact Bill Jones at email@example.com
SERIES OF TALKS
Monsignor Vaghi gave a series of seven first Thursday talks from
October 2021 - May 2022 with the theme:
The Pandemic Challenge:
A Renewed Appreciation of the Eucharist
In case you missed any talks in this series, the audio recordings can be found by clicking below.
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 during June will go to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul which, in a spirit of justice and charity, seeks to help the "least among us" through direct personal involvement. We are all familiar with the great work done by the Society at the grass-roots level. What should we give? Christ's answer was echoed by St. Vincent de Paul in one word – more. He was referring not only to Treasure but also to our Time and Talents – to do more, more than we thought we could do.
June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Daily Prayer: Sacred Heart of Jesus, today I wish to live in You, in Your grace, in which I desire at all costs to persevere. Keep me from sin and strengthen my will by helping me to keep watch over my senses, my imagination, and my heart. Help me to correct my faults which are the source of sin. I beg you to do this, O Jesus, through Mary, Your Immaculate Mother.
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.
Thursday - St. Ephrem (d. 373), Deacon and Doctor, who used his poetic gift of words to preach. He also used songs of heretical groups but substituted Christian lyrics. St. Ephrem distributed to the poor donations of the wealthy during a famine.
Saturday - St. Barnabas (d. 60 A.D.?) who, although not one of the original apostles, was called an "apostle" by early Christians. He sold his property and laid the proceeds at the feet of the apostles. Barnabas went on to dedicate all of his time, talent, treasure and eventually his life for the Church. His first mission was to Antioch with St. Paul, where they were enormously successful. He is honored as the founder of the Church in Cyprus.
"Charity workers need a 'formation of the heart': They need to be led to that encounter with God in Christ which awakens their love and opens their spirits to others."
(Pope Benedict in Deus Caritas Est.)
There are two ways to donate:
Bring non-perishable items to the rear of the church the first weekend of the month. The next collection is this weekend June 4-5.
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.