From the Pastor’s Desk,

Lately there have been different articles and television shows concerning Christianity in the United States. One of those
was titled, “Modern Churches have nothing to offer”. The article took a look at several “preachers and pastors” and what they had
to say and the reasons they left their churches and ministry. Yes, Catholic priests do burn out and leave the active ministry; we are
not immune to the stresses of ministry. BUT there is a difference, and I would like to address several differences.
In many of the non-Catholic faiths, a board of directors, or deacons; hire and fire their ministers. This puts a tremendous
amount of stress on the minister. Ministers in those denominations are contracted on their ability to perform, fill the pews and the
bank account. The large mega “churches” have huge operating expenses as they have all types of paid personnel performing all
types of ministry. If the people are not happy with the message or the leadership of the pastor, he/she can be fired. The Sunday
service is built around the pastor’s sermon and many times great music; and today, many use the latest technology for sound and
sight.
Within the Catholic Faith and Sunday Mass is found a liturgy that traces its’ beginning back to the Last Supper. It is not built
upon music, technology or the latest trends. It is the participating in a “living memorial”, which puts us at the table of the Last
Supper with Christ Himself. In the fast paced, technological age in which we live, so many people want an instant spirituality or an
entertainment religion. The Lord moves slowly in our lives, and it takes a lifetime to build that solid spiritual relationship. The
latest trends are actually that: trends, and they will be gone tomorrow. The Liturgy of the Mass may be boring at times to people,
but so is going to work every day for 40 years, or school every morning for students. Do we simply allow our young people to stay
at home and not go to school because they find it boring, or do adults simply quit their jobs and lay around the house?
Our Catholic Faith is built upon Sacred Scripture and Tradition that can be traced back to the founding Apostles. If we get
bored with the Mass, perhaps we need to look at ourselves in the mirror and ask, “What are we putting into the celebration?” Are
we reading the scripture readings before mass? Do we come racing into the liturgy at the last moment or even after mass has begun,
or go racing out to something else before the mass is concluded? Do we look to be entertained rather than pray and worship God???
The Catholic Mass embraces the mystery of our loving God who sent His Son to die for us. It celebrates that love in an ancient
ritual with music, scripture, incense, vestments, liturgical movement that is counter cultural in our society today. We find ourselves
this third Sunday of Easter right in the midst of the great season of Easter, celebrating Christ rising from the dead. My prayer is for
all of us to truly enter into the celebration each Sunday.

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