A Bike Ride

Dear Parishioners,

A poem compares our life with Jesus to two people on a tandem bicycle. It reads:


At first, I sat in front; Jesus in the rear. I couldn’t see him, but I knew He was there. I’d feel His help when the road got steep. Then, one day, Jesus and I changed seats. Suddenly everything went topsy-turvy. When I was in control, the ride was predictable – even boring. But when Jesus took over, it got wild! I could hardly hold on.


“This is madness!” I cried out. But Jesus just smiled – and said, “Pedal!” And so I learned to shut up and pedal – and trust my bike companion. Oh, there are still times when I get scared and I’m ready to quit. But Jesus turns around, touches my hand, smiles, and says, ‘Pedal!’


“I may trust Jesus too little, but I can never trust him too much.” – Anonymous

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick

Never Give Up

Dear Parishioners,

Winston Churchill was such a bad student that his father feared he would never be able to support himself as an adult. Thomas Edison was so slow in school that his father was convinced he was a dunce.

Churchill would become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom two different periods of time for a total of nine years. Edison became an inventor of many devices that influenced life around the world and is best known for his invention of the light bulb.

Neither Winston Churchill nor Thomas Edison let bad judgments stop them. They never gave up. They followed through and achieved great success.

In today’s gospel, Jesus is telling us not to let anything get in the way of following Him. We’re going to face challenges as we practice our faith, and we’re going to have questions. This is where Jesus tells us not to look back. As we focus on Jesus, follow His teaching and build our relationship with the Lord, we prepare ourselves to one day live with the Lord in His Kingdom.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick

Pray AND Work

Dear Parishioners,

There was a high school English teacher who had a student in class who didn’t study all year. On the day of the final exam, the student came up and told the teacher that he was confident he would pass the exam. The student said he had prayed every night during the past week for God’s help in the English exam.

God never intended prayer to be a substitute for study. He never intended prayer to be a substitute for hard work. Receiving God’s help is a two-way street. It involves our cooperation with God. We are to do our part and God will do His Part.

St. Ignatius of Loyola describes our cooperation with God this way: “We must work as if everything depends on us, but we must pray as if everything depends on God.”

In other words, we are to cooperate with God and make use of the ordinary means He gives us before we ask Him to intervene in some extraordinary way.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick

John the Baptist

Dear Parishioners,

Today, June 24, we celebrate the birth of John the Baptist. Jesus, himself, called John – who prepared the way for Him by his preaching – the greatest of men. “A voice of one crying out in the desert,” John told the people of his time that the Lord was near.

The angel Gabriel announced to Zechariah, John’s father, that his wife Elizabeth would give birth to a son. Zechariah did not believe this because Elizabeth was beyond childbearing age. Yet the angel insisted, “You shall call him John, for he will be great before the Lord and filled with the Holy Spirit.”

John the Baptist, who proclaimed throughout Judea the message of repentance, prepared the way for Jesus. Many were baptized by John in the River Jordan as a sign of their conversion. Jesus, after being baptized by John, began His public ministry.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick

Fathers

Dear Parishioners,

I’d like to begin by wishing Happy Father’s Day to all fathers, grandfathers and godfathers. It’s wonderful to have a day where we can acknowledge our fathers and thank them for all they do for us.

This is a time we can show thanks to God. As we celebrate Father’s Day, we can thank God for our fathers and for all they have done for us and our families. We can also ask God to continue to watch over our fathers and give them His Blessing.

As we celebrate Father’s Day, summer is about to begin. We can recognize God in so many ways. By looking out at the ocean, watching the sun shine on the horizon and any way we enjoy the outdoors, we’re making the most of the gifts God has given us.

At this beautiful time of year, we can see how God is present to us. Let’s be sure to thank God for all of His Gifts. In a special way today, let’s ask for God’s Blessing on all of our fathers, grandfathers and godfathers.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick

Power and Prayer

Dear Parishioners,

There was a young high school teacher named Mary. She wanted so much to succeed as a teacher. But a student named Billy was turning her into a nervous wreck and turning her class into a three-ring circus.

One morning, before school began, Mary was sitting at her desk writing something in shorthand. Suddenly Billy appeared at the door. “What are you writing?” he asked her as he approached her desk. “I’m writing a prayer to God,”

she said. “Can God read shorthand?” he joked. “He can do anything,” said Mary, “even answer this prayer.” Then she tucked the prayer inside her bible and turned to write on the chalkboard. As she did, Billy slipped the prayer from her bible into his notebook.

Twenty years later, Billy was going through a box of old things his mother had stored in her attic. He found his old notebook and the prayer his teacher had written was inside of it. Billy brought the prayer to his secretary and asked her to decipher the shorthand. After doing this, she typed the prayer out for Billy. It said: “Dear God, don't let me fail at this job. I can’t handle my class with Billy upsetting it. Touch his heart. He can become very good.”

Billy took this prayer and put it in his wallet. During the next week, he took the prayer out several times and read it. He began to use this prayer as a basis for any decision that he made. Weeks later, Billy located his former teacher and told her that her prayer had changed his life. Prayer has enormous power. To experience the power of prayer, we must persevere in praying. We can’t expect immediate results. That will come in God’s own way and in God’s own time.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick

Summer Beauty

Dear Parishioners,

Summer is just around the corner. Weather will be getting warmer and we will be planning our vacations. Throughout the year, we often think about the summer and look forward to it, especially during those cold winter months.

During the summer, we see the beauty of nature in many different ways; the green grass, a beautiful garden, the ocean water. As we appreciate nature in its various forms, we recognize the many gifts of God.

Today in the Catholic Church, we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi. This is a celebration of the body and blood of Christ, which brought us our salvation. As we prepare for summer and to see God’s many gifts, today we celebrate God’s greatest gift, the gift of eternal life.

At the Last Supper, before Jesus died for us, He turned the bread and wine into His body and blood. At that first Eucharist, the disciples were able to receive the body and blood of Christ. Today we can still receive Jesus in the Eucharist. We can receive the saving power of His love.

As summer begins, we will experience the beauty of nature. Let’s be sure to recognize the many gifts of God. As we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi, let’s be sure to recognize God’s greatest gift, the gift of eternal life.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick

Trinity

Dear Parishioners,

There was a missionary who worked in the villages in Africa. At one time, when he was home in England on a short vacation, he happened to run across a beautiful sundial. He thought to himself, “This sundial would be ideal for the people in Africa who live in the villages. I could teach them to tell the time of day.” So the missionary bought the sundial and brought it back with him to Africa.

When the people in Africa saw this sundial, they set it up in the center of the village. The people were thrilled with this sundial; they had never seen anything so beautiful. They were even more thrilled when they learned how it worked. The missionary was very happy to see how the people responded. Unfortunately, he wasn’t prepared for what happened a few days later. The people in the village wanted to see that the sundial was always protected, so they got together and built a roof over it.

It’s obvious that the people in the village didn’t fully understand everything about this sundial. But is the mistake they made something we all might do? Instead of trying to understand something that might be difficult to understand, might we just put a roof over it?

Today we celebrate Trinity Sunday, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit; the three in one. This whole idea is something that’s a little too much for us to humanly understand. That’s why when we pray, we pray to God and ask for His help. There may be other times when we pray to Jesus or even times when we turn to the Holy Spirit. But do we ever pray to the three of them together, or have we put a roof over this idea of the Trinity?

A way we can try and get a better understanding of the Trinity is by finding references made to the Trinity in the Bible. A good example, and I believe the clearest reference, is the Baptism of Jesus. Immediately after Jesus is baptized, the Holy Spirit descends upon Him in the form of a dove. Then a voice from heaven says, “This is my beloved son with whom I am well pleased.”

We can also find reference made to the Trinity in today’s gospel. Jesus says to His disciples, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”

So how can we take the roof off the Trinity and make it more a part of our life? How can we pray to the Trinity? We can start by thanking God for everything good we have in our life, which is a true example of God’s love for us. Then we can think of any way we have fallen to sin and talk to Jesus about this, asking for forgiveness. Then we can think of any challenges we may be facing or we’re going to face and ask the Holy Spirit to guide us.

In this way we can grow both in our faith and in our prayer life. Because we will still be praying to God, but we’ll also be praying to the entire three in one. Then we can take the roof off the Trinity.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick