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June 5: From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

As you know I spent most of last week at St. Norbert Abbey in DePere attending and participating in our annual Norbertine Canonry Chapter (meeting). We had many, many sessions and discussed and solved many issues, had time for Spiritual reflection, and of course time also to simply be together as a family and enjoy each other’s presence and stories. It is always a nice experience, but it is equally nice to get back home and return to your normal routine. With the celebration of Memorial Day Weekend and the completion of our annual Chapter, I am now ready to enter into the season of Summer – hopefully Mother Nature will realize that this is the time to warm the air and let the flowers and vegetables grow.

This Tuesday evening my brother Bob and his wife, April, will be flying into Green Bay from their home in Salt Lake City, Utah. They will be staying with me at the rectory until June 18th when they will fly back home. I will be showing them all the attractions of Green Bay, Door County, and of course our Norbertine “R&R” home on Lake Michigan in Algoma. If you see them, kindly give them a warm Holy Cross Parish welcome.

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ into Heaven. This feast used to be called “Ascension Thursday”, but a number of years ago the American Bishops decided to move it to a Sunday so that its significance would be more noticeable and the feast celebrated in a more solemn manner. Keep in mind that in St. John’s Gospel, the resurrection, ascension, and sending of the Holy Spirit are all a “single” action of God. God does not need time in which to act, but we do, so other Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles tell us that Jesus manifested Himself over 40 days and only then ascended into Heaven. However these events unfolded in history, the church uses the 40 days to allow the significance of Easter to sink in. The Ascension is not only about Jesus “going up” to heaven – a biblical sign of a glorious end – but rather that during Easter time we regularly stop to breathe, absorb, even go back and “replay” and allow ourselves to be drawn ever more deeply into resurrected life by the way that we live, act, and carry out the Gospel message in daily lives.

Kindly remember to volunteer to help out at our Parish Picnic on Sunday, June 26th. It begins with our annual Polka Mass at 10 am.

Oremus pro invicem,
Fr. Tom

Related link: 6.5.11 Church Bulletin

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