The Feast of The Most Holy Trinity - June 16, 2019
THIS WEEK’S REFLECTION
The Inner Life of God!
“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” Matthew 28:18-20
The Trinity! The inner life of God! The Greatest Mystery of our Faith!
We all are used to the idea that there is one God. And we fully accept that this one God is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. On the surface, this seems like a contradiction. How can God be one and three at the same time? It’s a mystery that is worth penetrating and contemplating.
First, we need to understand that God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three divine Persons. Each one distinct from the other. Each Person has a perfect intellect and free will. Each one is capable of knowing and loving to a perfect degree.
But it is this “perfection” of their ability to know and love that makes them one. They each share in the one divine nature and, within that divine nature, are perfectly united. This means that each one knows and loves the other perfectly. And that knowledge (an act of their perfect intellect) and love (an act of their perfect will) brings about a unity so profound and deep that they live and act as one God.
What’s also inspiring to know and understand is that the unity they share by their mutual knowledge and love also offers each one of them perfect fulfillment as a Person. This shows that “personhood” is fulfilled by unity. What a wonderful lesson this is for each of us.
We are not God, but we are made in God’s image and likeness. Therefore, we find fulfillment in the same way that God does. Specifically, we find fulfillment in life by our love of others and our freewill choice to enter into a knowledge of each person, forming a communion with them. This will take on different forms depending upon our relationships. Of course, husband and wife are called to share in the deepest unity in imitation of the life of God. But all relationships are called to share in God’s life in their own unique way.
Reflect, today, as we celebrate this Trinity Sunday, on the relationships to which God has called you. How completely do you imitate the love of the Trinity in your relationships? Certainly we will all find areas in which to grow. Make a commitment to take another step deeper and, in that step of love, allow God to give you a greater fulfillment as a result.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY
We offer our prayers of blessing and thanksgiving today for all our fathers, living and deceased. You represent for us the mercy, generosity and love of our heavenly Father. May he share those same gifts with you always.
We will be honoring all of our 2019 graduates during our annual Graduation Sunday Mass next Sunday, June 23. Please sign the list in the back of the church if you or a member of your immediate family is graduating from school (Pre-K through postgraduate) this year and will be here to celebrate with us on Sunday, June 23.
Bishop Madden invites you to join him for his next prayer walk on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at Transfiguration Catholic Community – 775 W. Hamburg Street, Baltimore, MD 21230. The evening will begin with a light meal at 5:30 p.m. and end before 7:30 p.m. During the walk, we will pray at specific locations that have been affected by violence, and for all those individuals who have been so terribly affected by violence, and for a change of heart in those given to violence. Transfiguration Catholic Community Parish phone: (410) 685-5044
OBLATE SISTERS OF PROVIDENCE
The Oblate Sisters of Providence will celebrate the 190th Anniversary of the founding of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, Tuesday, July 2nd, 6:30 p.m. at the OSP Mother House at Our Lady of Mount Providence Convent 701Gun Road, 21227. Archbishop William E. Lori will celebrate the Eucharistic Liturgy and Deacon Paul Shelton will provide the Homily. Reception to follow
Discover a way to share yourself with our community. Are you currently in a Ministry or service group at St. Ann? Do you need more members? Or, are you searching for a way to get involved? Perhaps there is a service that you would like to see grow in the Parish. Service is a way to nurture our community and to grow closer to the life Jesus wants for us. Stewardship Sunday is Sunday, June 30. We also ask you to pray for god’s guidance as you prepare to pledge your self-giving at this time of stewardship as your consistent and steady giving is an important part of your involvement in our church community.
As you contemplate on ways in which you may contribute to the mission of our parish, here are just a few of our ministries that you may consider joining:
Altar Server Lector
Choir Technology &
Sunday School Communications
Eucharistic Minister Outreach
Eucharistic Minister Hospitality
to the Sick Evangelization
Usher Sista Circle
St. Ann’s Men’s Ministry Physical Plant
Racial Justice Liturgy
Community Relations Religious Ed
Jubilee Seniors Count Team
Finance Committee Fundraising
PASTORATE ORIOLE GAME
The Baltimore Orioles will host the children and youth of St. Ann, St. Wenceslaus, and St. Francis Xavier parishes at a game against the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards on Saturday, July 20th at 7:05 pm. The Orioles will provide 3 buses and all 3 buses will be at St. Wenceslaus at 5:30 pm on that evening and depart at 5:45pm. They will also provide participants with a hot dog, drink, bag of chips and Oriole gear to wear at the game. Please use the sign-up sheet in the back of church if you would like your child to attend. THE SHEET MUST BE COMPLETELY FILLED OUT IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE!! The deadline for Sign-up is Sunday, July 7!
ROBERTA’S HOUSE CRAB FEAST
Roberta’s House will hold its 3rd Annual Crab Feast on Sunday, July 21 from 3pm – 8 pm at the Patapsco Arena, 3301 Annapolis Rd. 21230. There will be Door Prizes, 50/50 Raffle and other vendors to visit on site. Music will be provided by DJ Sneek. St. Ann’s has purchased a table and tickets are $70 per person. Please contact the church office (410-235-8169) if you would like to attend or you can visit www.RobertasHouse.org. Tickets are limited.
Within the Pastorate:
· The Annual Lucielle Fitzgerald Outreach Center Crab Feast to benefit St. Wenceslaus’ Food Pantry – Saturday, August 10th, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Tickets $60. Rosedale Gardens, 8037 Philadelphia Rd.
· Annual Parish Picnic on Saturday June 29th at O’Dwyer Retreat House in Sparks, MD from 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. SFX parish has extended an invitation to the parishioners of St. Ann and St. Wenceslaus Church to join them. For more information contact Ms. Wy Chambers – 410-961-6198.
Please also continue to pray for all of our sick and homebound, especially Msgr. Lloyd Aiken (Sacred Heart Glyndon), Cornelia Bailey, Florence Barber, Shrene Burnette (St. Wenceslaus), James Butts, Elaine Cousin, Elaine Edmonds, Gregory Epps, John Frederick, Pat Haley, Rita Hardy, Tom Lutz, Nelson Outlaw, Penny Palmer, Larry Sewell, Bernadette Wallace, Sharon Johnson-Stewart, Rita Watkins and ask that God grant them strength, comfort and healing.
Sun., June 16 Feast of The Most Holy Trinity
11 am Mass, St. Ann
Youth Altar Server Training
9:30 am, in the Sanctuary
Thurs., June 20 Evening Mass, 7pm
Bible Study after Mass, Anchorage Chapel
Sun., June 23 Corpus Christi
11 am Mass, St. Ann
Graduation Sunday Mass
Adult Bible Study after Mass, Anchorage
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
1st Reading Genesis 14:18-20
2nd Reading 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Gospel Luke 9:11b-17