Dear Epiphany Family,
June is the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The term “Sacred Heart of Jesus” points to the entire mystery of Christ, the whole of his being, and his person considered most fundamentally: “Son of God, uncreated wisdom, infinite charity, principal of the salvation and sanctification of mankind. The ‘Sacred Heart’ is Christ, the Word Incarnate, Savior”, containing in himself, in the Holy Spirit, “an infinite divine-human love for the Father and for his brothers” (Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy). Jesus’ Sacred Heart points us to and reminds us of God’s infinite, intimate, amazing love and mercy for us. His heart was pierced by a sword on the cross and poured out blood and water, signifying the life we share with and in him through the great gifts of the Eucharist and baptism. What a beautiful expression of God’s love for us, the God Who is love!
When my Grandma Mueller died in 2005 I received some of her religious artwork, most of which is now hanging up in the rectory. There was a small image of the Sacred Heart that I especially treasured which I have not been able to find since my move to East Toledo, but am hoping to still recover this special gift from her.
The feast of the Sacred Heart falls on Friday, June 24th this year. We will have a feast day Mass at our Sacred Heart campus that day at a special time, 6pm (which will be the only daily Mass that day). I hope many will be able to come to honor Jesus’ Sacred Heart on this special feast. On Tuesday, August 16th we will also celebrate the Feast of St. Stephen at our St. Stephen campus, also at 6pm. I also hope many will be able to join us that evening to honor one of our patrons and ask for his intercession for our parish. Then on Saturday January 28th, the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas will be recognized during our 4pm vigil Mass.
I want to offer a huge thanks to all those who have either brought me meals or hosted me in their homes for dinner as part of the Meal Train! It has been a huge blessing and help for me! I am not the best cook and when someone shares food they are sharing love. Thank you to all who have shared your love by providing meals. Sharing food points us to the most amazing food we have, the sharing of Christ Himself – Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. Thank you again!
Next weekend, Sunday June 19th, the Feast of Corpus Christi, we are hoping to have a small procession of the Blessed Sacrament at the conclusion of the 10:30 Mass at Sacred Heart. Eucharistic processions help proclaim our faith outside the walls of our churches, proclaiming Jesus to the world. I hope you will consider joining us.