Dear Friends in Christ,
Greetings of love, peace and Joy in Christ from Fr Zevi HGN.
Pope’s prayer intention for the month of July 2020 is families. Pope Francis asks everyone to pray that today’s families may be accompanied with love, respect, and guidance. It has become the custom of Pope Francis to release a video message detailing his prayer intention for each month. In it, he shared the following message. “The family ought to be protected. It faces many dangers: the fast pace of life, stress… Sometimes, parents forget to play with their children. The Church needs to encourage families and stay at their side, helping them to discover ways that allow them to overcome all of these difficulties. Let us pray that today’s families may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance, and especially, that they may be protected by the State.”
The month of July is dedicated to The Precious Blood of Jesus. July is usually hot and a time for relaxing. It is also the time when crops planted in the Spring are maturing and growing. Just as the crops are dependent upon summer rains not only to grow but to survive so our spiritual development is dependent upon our frequenting the sacraments and receiving the Blood of Christ. As many of us take part in the virtual eucharistic celebrations and participate in the spiritual communion, what does it signify? When St. Paul speaks of unity and says, "The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? (1 Corinthians 10:16)
It has been four (4) months Sundays to be exact since the faithful People of God have received the Eucharist—the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Only the presiding priest drank from the cup of the Precious Blood. The faithful have been asked to receive “spiritual communion” only during the present pandemic. They all yearn to receive the body and blood of Jesus Christ as soon as possible. We can also discover how the People of God can receive by giving their own “Precious Blood.”
On the past Memorial Day weekend, we prayed for all the veterans of the United States armed forces who gave the ultimate sacrifice by shedding their own blood for God and country. some put their prayer into action by donating a pint of their blood to help with the acute blood shortage in the New York area. We could find this to be a worthy cause as a sign of the common good during these unprecedented times.
I reassure the People of God that we miss the sacramental Precious Blood as well. We, priests, only partake of the Precious Blood when we preside Holy Mass—whether it be a livestreaming Holy Mass or a private Holy Mass on the day-off. we do not receive from the cup when we concelebrate at a public Holy Mass. We, including you, were all looking forward when we can resume public Mass.
Hopefully In this month, we will have Public Holy Mass with some restrictions, like wearing Mask, keeping Social Distance, etc., and limited number of healthy people. To know about our responses to Covid-19, visit our website http://www.pccatholics.org/index.html or in our myParish app (Pacific County Parishes: St Mary, St Lawrence, St Joseph at Holy Family/messages/). To participate in the Holy Mass of the weekend, please sign up in advance at least before Friday of the week by calling to our Parish Offices.
Thanking you in the Friendship of Christ,
Rev Zevier H Arockiam HGN
Priest Administrator, Pacific County Catholic Parishes. (www.pccatholics.org)
(St Mary Parish, Seaview & McGowan Station, St. Lawrence Parish, Raymond and St Joseph Parish at Holy Family, Frances & Pe Ell Station)