This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. We call to mind that even though Jesus is no longer physically with us on the earth, He is with us in so many meaningful ways spiritually. We can think of His divine presence in the Word of God, which we hear proclaimed at every Mass. We can also think of His presence in the sacraments of the Church that bring us nearer to Him. The Feast of the Ascension reminds us of how close Jesus desires to be with us as His disciples.
This weekend we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Ordination to the Priesthood of Msgr. Patrick Irwin. Msgr. Irwin is a former pastor of St. Cecelia parish, and the celebration will take place at the 11:30 a.m. Mass here in our church this Sunday morning. Msgr. Irwin still assists our parish by celebrating Masses and visiting Morton Plant Hospital. We congratulate him and wish him well in the years ahead. A personal note: Msgr. Irwin was pastor of Holy Cross Parish
Whenever a new building is constructed, especially a building of importance like a courthouse or church, the tradition is to have a cornerstone. It identifies the building, tells us when it was built and why it is significant. When we think of Jesus as being the Cornerstone of the edifice of the Church, it’s the same concept. We are built upon all that He taught us and what He did. Our faith is primarily built upon the truth of the Resurrection, which we are celebrating in th