Pope's May Prayer Intention Print E-mail
In 2018, the Pope will present one prepared prayer intention per month, rather than two.
Pope's May Prayer Intention

Evangelization: The Mission of the Laity
That the lay faithful may fulfil their specific mission, by responding with creativity to the
challenges that face the world today.

Are you in on this mystery? Print E-mail
Sunday scripture column

Sunday, May 27

The Solemnity of the   Most Holy Trinity

Dt 4:32-34, 39-40
Psalm 33:4-6, 9, 18-20, 22
Rom 8:14-17
Mt 28:16-20

Trinity Sunday -- time for the big mystery. After moving through the story of salvation from Christmas to Good Friday, Easter, Ascension, and Pentecost, we stand back and look with awe at the God who has been revealed. Now we can see that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Three Persons, one God: We see, but cannot understand. And even the most gifted homilist cannot help us much to wrap our minds around this reality.

And yet, while the mystery of the Trinity is unique, we live with the inconceivable all the time. The deer hunter sitting in the blind, looking and listening, cannot grasp the eons that went into setting up that moment in the woods.

The important thing about this feast is not how much of it we understand but where we stand in relation to it. Is the mystery of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -- something we really do know, even though we do not understand?

That's the possibility that St. Paul is addressing. By God's grace and through Jesus' death and resurrection, together with the Holy Spirit living in us, we can know God as Father. "You received a Spirit of adoption," Paul says, "through whom we cry, 'Abba, Father!' The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God" (Rom 8:15-16).

Without understanding how this is or how God is, we can be drawn into the love between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Sitting in church before Mass, one can feel at home. "This is where I belong, I know why I'm here."

Inside I know who wants me to be here. I know what we're going to do -- who we're going to thank, and what we're going to thank him for, who is going to come to me, who is going to be with me when I leave. That would be the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Kevin Perrotta is the editor and an author of the Six Weeks with the Bible series (Loyola Press), teaches part time at Siena Heights University, and leads Holy Land pilgrimages. He lives in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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Holy Days of Obligation Print E-mail

The following are Holy Days of Obligation for 2018.

Holy Days of Obligation Description
Monday, Jan. 1
Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God
Sunday, May 13
Ascension Thursday
Wednesday, Aug. 15
Solemnity of the Assumption
Thursday, Nov. 1
All Saints Day
Saturday, Dec. 8
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Tuesday, Dec. 25
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
Prayer to St. Raphael Print E-mail

photo of Pilgrim Icon of St. Raphael

Glorious Archangel St. Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, you are illustrious for your gifts of wisdom and grace. You are a guide of those who journey by land or sea or air, consoler of the afflicted, and refuge of sinners.

We beg you, assist us in all our needs and in all the sufferings of this life, as once you helped the young Tobias on his travels. Because you are the "medicine of God" we humbly pray you to heal the many infirmities of our souls and the ills that afflict our bodies.

We especially ask your guidance of our diocese as we journey toward the rebuilding of a cathedral bearing your name, and the great grace of purity to prepare us to be temples of the Holy Spirit. As our intercessor, beg the Blessed Trinity to prosper the work of our hands and, above all, to bring us, face-to-face, into their Holy presence.


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