12 May 2018

This Week Letter – May 13, 2018

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Dear Parishioners and Friends,


The most important command left by Jesus as He ascended into heaven was to preach the Gospel to the whole world. This instruction simultaneously makes known that death, then resurrection resulting in Salvation, applies not only to us, the chosen who believe and accept His teachings, but also to those who, although they do not yet know the principles of faith, are predisposed to believing, reconciliation and salvation.

Jesus instructs us to inform, evangelize, and guide others to shared glory. The words conveyed to us in the Acts of the Apostles: “It is not for you to know the times or seasons that   the Father established by His own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1,7-8) although actually directed to the disciples, are indirectly addressed to each of us, for by Baptism we have become His disciples upon whom is incumbent the proclamation of truth.

How can we fulfill this obligation with dignity? This is our greatest problem, one with which we will wrestle until the end of our earthly lives. But there is hope for us yet, for we are guided by love and goodness. St. Paul clearly spells out our tasks: “May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to His call, what are the riches of glory in His inheritance among the holy ones, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power for us who believe, in accord with the exercise of His great might:” (Eph 1,18-19).

I wholeheartedly thank Teresa Milewska and the entire Committee for beautifully preparing the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of my Ordination; Sister Zofia and committee for decorating the church; and Sister Kinga for coordinating the Mass Liturgy. I am profoundly grateful to you all, both individuals and organizations, for your presence, kindness, hard work and commitment. I did not expect so many of you to honor me with your presence. Your greetings and good wishes were deeply moving and will remain in my memory until the end of my life.  Through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima, may your every need be satisfied.   May the Lord reward you with a future of His abundant blessings.  I promise to keep you in my prayers and ask you to keep me in yours.  I thank you and I love you!

Today the United States and many countries around the world celebrate Mother’s Day. This is a very special day filled with warmth, love, memories of childhood, gratitude and prayer. I encourage each of you to say a very special prayer today for your own dear mother, the one who still walks at your side, or the one who has already passed on.  A mother is someone who gives us life, love and the most wonderful of family values, particularly faith, to prepare us for our future lives. On Mother’s Day all children strive to express gratitude for their mothers. We pray that the Lord blesses all our dear mothers and brings those who are deceased into communion with the saints in heaven.  God bless!