Who is your Divine Person?

Dear Parishioners,

One of my favorite hymns is "Praise the Holy Trinity." Here are the lyrics:

O God Almighty Father,
Creator of all things,
The Heavens stand in wonder,
While earth Thy glory sings.

Refrain: O most Holy Trinity,
Undivided Unity;
Holy God, Mighty God,
God Immortal, be adored.

O Jesus, Word Incarnate,
Redeemer most adored,
All Glory, praise and honor,
Be Thine, our Sov'reign Lord. R.

O God, the Holy Spirit,
Who lives within our souls,
Send forth Thy light and lead us
To our eternal goal. R.

It is a beautiful, simple hymn. Listen to it on YouTube if you get a chance. An encounter with beauty, whether it be in music or art or poetry, can convey the significance of something. We can appreciation the Holy Trinity by just listening to a beautiful hymn about it.

There are a few iterations of the hymn. It is also called "Sing Praise to God the Father" and "God Father Praise and Glory." The lyrics are slightly different in each of these hymns, but they all convey the same message about the Holy Trinity. Each person of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) plays a role and has unique attributes.

Which person of the Trinity do you pray to/with? That is, when you pray to God, are you relating to the Father, to Jesus, or to the Holy Spirit?

Don't change if what you're doing is working for you! But maybe you could explore praying with another Person of the Trinity on one occasion, one with whom you do not normally pray. It can't hurt to expand our "prayer repertoire." Besides, you might be surprised with the results.

And if there is a Divine Person with whom you are afraid or struggle to pray (for instance, you can't relate to the Holy Spirit), then let the hymn convince you that Person is beautiful and only looking to love you and fill you with joy.

This Saturday, May 26th following the 5pm Mass we have altar server training for rising 5th-8th graders for our public school children. (We will train the St. Juliana students during the school day). If you are not able to make this session, we will have another one next week, on Saturday, June 2nd following the 5pm Mass. We will hand out permission slips at these sessions, so children can indicate which Mass they prefer to serve and the best contact information.

Congratulations to SJS 8th graders. They have their dinner dance on Tuesday and graduation on Wednesday. We will miss you and will keep you in our prayers.

Next Sunday, June 3rd at 11am is the Farewell Mass for Margie Shiel, Fr. Laurent, and Fred LaCerra. Thank you to all who are helping with the Mass and reception. A big thanks especially to the Missionary Spirit Team for organizing the great reception for Fr. Robinson's First Mass last week.

Yours in Christ,
Father James

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