Dear parish family and friends of St. Julia,
This Wednesday, June 21, marks the first day of summer, and next Saturday, June 24, we celebrate the feast of John the Baptist, one of the greatest saints.
John understood that his role was to prepare the way for Christ, and then to step aside: “He must increase, I must decrease” (John 3:30). The birth of Jesus is celebrated at Christmas in December—at the Winter Solstice, as the sun begins to “increase” in day light and the day light grows longer each day. The Bible indicates that John was born six months before Jesus (Luke 1:26), so his birth is celebrated during the Summer Solstice, as the sun begins to “decrease” in day light and day light becomes shorter. Summer Solstice has the longest day light and Winter Solstice has the shortest day light. Thus, what St. John the Baptist says of his mission – is even reflected in nature – days become shorter after the feast of John the Baptist and days become longer after Christ’s birth – He must increase, I must decrease.
There is a great deal of activity taking place in our parish community this past week and in the upcoming weeks as we progress through the month of June. End of school year masses and graduations. Our family mass this Sunday morning, with the ministries provided by our kindergarden children of St. Peter Catholic Elementary School. Our Parish Family BBQ next Sunday, June 25. Our regrading and landscaping project at the lower entrance. Our hydragenes are getting ready to bloom with literally hundreds of blooms. All wonderful things as we celebrate the gift of this community of St. Julia. All gifts from God.
May God bless each of you and those that you love.
From Our Pastor