We as a community unite our prayers with the people of Ukraine. Below you will information regarding our parish effort to provide support, prayers that can be offered, Pope Francis’ consecration of the Immaculate Heart of Mary to Russia and Ukraine, and more.
The donation efforts of our parish reflects putting our faith into action. Our Gospel for this weekend illuminates for us that we must produce good works, and that our lives must radiate the presence and love of God in our actions. The Scriptures tell us that faith without actions is dead faith.
This weekend, we will transition to distributing communion at the traditional time within Mass. So why stay after receiving communion?
This brings us to the blessing and dismissal at the end of Mass. The final words, proclaimed by the deacon (when one is present) or the priest, “go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life” are the marching orders to produce good works, and for our actions to mirror what we hear at Mass by the example of Jesus. This is the link between our celebration and our mission. We come to listen to the Word of God and to be fed by the Eucharist, and then we go out into the world, to announce the Gospel, and to put our faith into action.
As we continue our Lenten journey together here at St. Julia, may we be mindful of our mission and that we are eyes, hands, and feet of our Lord, called to mission to carry on the works that Jesus began some 2000 years ago.
May God bless and keep safe each of you and those that you love.
From Our Pastor