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Gospel reading Matthew 28:16-20

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity : May 31, 2015

The eleven disciples went to Galilee,to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.Then Jesus approached and said to them,“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

.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.And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

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Msgr. Jim Fetscher

St. Sebastian Church

The Most Holy Trinity: May 31, 2015

Praise God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit


Dear Family,

Today we rejoice with Father Joseph Mathew Adoppillil and the members of St. Jude’s Knanaya Catholic Church, as they consecrate and inaugurate their new building. We give you the details of the location of the new buildings on the next page of the bulletin. The buildings are actually the ones used by Divine Mercy Mission before it was joined with St. Clements. The Syro-Malabar rite community purchased the property from the Archdiocese of Miami. It’s good to see the use of the property remaining sacred.

There’s always excitement in being able to do something that expresses the growth of your community. As welcoming as St. Jerome’s has been for Father Jose (pronounced Joes, not José,) and as much as we have welcomed many activities of the community here at St. Sebastian, there’s a special blessing in being able to call a place your home. Father Jose will still be living with us until the work in his house at St. Jude’s is finished.

As I join them with some of you for the dedication this afternoon, we pray that they will know the love and compassion of the Lord as they sail off on the next step of their journey.

And what better time for them than on Trinity Sunday? Trinity is far more than a sterile doctrine, no matter how tricky it is to try and get your head around one God, three persons, Father Son and Spirit, and if you want to make it trickier, add two natures in the second person, Jesus. Why did I say this is a good time for the dedication? Basically, the Holy Trinity is about God being in holy relationship with himself, as St. Bonaventure puts it, a dance of holiness. The next idea is that we are created in God’s image. And that calls us into relationship with each other.

For those of you with internet availability, go to usccb.org/bible/reflections/ and see where I’m stealing some great thoughts. Go to the reflections and scroll down to the bottom of the page for May 31st. wish I knew who the Franciscan is but I don’t have time to research it right now.

I remember from somewhere in my youth, I believe it was Thomas Aquinas who talked about the Father looking on the Son, and the Son looking on the Father, and the love that they shared “spirated” into the Holy Spirit. Reflecting on that made me think of being baptized into Jesus and being caught up in that rush of love flowing between the persons of God.

We’ve just gone through the birth/life/passion and death/resurrection and ascension of Jesus; then we saw Him keep his promise and send the Spirit. He goes to his Father, sits at the father’s right hand, and sends his Spirit to enliven us. Because Baptism made us part of His Body, we are part of the Trinity. I think this might be the first time in 47 years that I have reduced the Trinity into a giant hug. But what else is there to say?

If you want to renew the sense of being enlivened by the love and God and the LIFE of God, sit and stare at a crucifix and then pray, “Come Holy Spirit” and see what happens.

Next Sunday you will celebrate the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi, with a great priest by the name of Father Mike Hippee (Monsignor to his fellow cheese heads back in Madison, Wisconsin.) He will be with you for three weeks and then Father Ronald Brohammer will return for two more Sundays. I’m going to do a week of study and then take my vacation – thanks to the generosity of these two priests. Pray for them and pray for me.

In Jesus our brother,

Sacraments of healing: Reconciliation (part 3)

May 31, 2015

The priest makes visible the love and mercy of Christ with the penitent in a very unique way through the sacrament of Reconciliation. However, many Catholics are uncomfortable confessing their sins to a priest, even though it is in fact an essential part of the sacrament.

Why do you think some Catholic don’t receive the sacrament of Reconciliation more regularly?

Source: Fountain of Grace, published by archdiocesan Office of Lay Ministry

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