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  • Hurricane Season

    Hurricane season begins today, June 1st and continues through November 30th. Are you ready? NOW is the time to prepare. O Virgin Mary, Star of the Sea, pray for us!
    Some local, state, and federal resources may be found at the following link: https://www.dosp.org/insurance/hurricane-season/

    Prayer for Protection during Hurricane Season

    O God, Master of this passing world,
    hear the humble voices of your children.
    The Sea of Galilee obeyed Your order and returned to its former quietude.
    You are still the Master of land and sea.
    We live in the shadow of a danger over which we have no control;
    the Gulf, like a provoked and angry giant,
    can awake from its seeming lethargy,
    overstep its conventional boundaries, invade our land,
    and spread chaos and disaster.
    During this hurricane season we turn to You, O loving Father.
    Spare us from past tragedies whose memories are still so vivid
    and whose wounds seem to refuse to heal with passing of time.
    O Virgin, Star of the Sea, Our beloved Mother,
    we ask you to plead with your Son on our behalf,
    so that spared from the calamities common to this area
    and animated with a true spirit of gratitude, we will walk in the footsteps of your Divine Son
    to reach the heavenly Jerusalem, where a stormless eternity awaits us. Amen.

    [Composed by Most Rev. Maurice Schexnayder (1895-1981),Second Bishop of Lafayette (1956-1973), following Hurricane Audrey in 1957]


    The saints are members of the Church who are with Christ in heaven praying for those in the Church who are still on their pilgrimage of faith. The saints in this year’s edition of 52 Sundays all share one thing in common: they are martyrs of the Church.  Saints help us see how our ordinary lives can be lived out in extraordinary ways.

    Stanley Rother, U.S. Priest Killed in '81 in Guatemala, Is Declared a  Martyr - The New York Times



    Ven. Patrick Peyton (Feast Day June 3) January 9, 1901-June 3, 1992

    Fr. Patrick Peyton was perhaps one of the earliest examples of a Catholic influencer. Known to millions around the world as “the Rosary priest,” he made famous the motto, “The family that prays together stays together.”

    Patrick was born in Ireland in 1909, the sixth of nine children. Every evening, his whole family would pray the Rosary together. At the age of nine, Patrick felt the desire to join the priesthood when he served at Mass in his home parish. He and his brother came to Pennsylvania in 1927 to reunite with their sister who was married and living there. He worked at the Catholic parish as a janitor; that parish helped solidify his call to the priesthood. Patrick became sick with advanced tuberculosis during his studies in the seminary. As his health continually declined, he was given the choice to undergo surgery or pray for a miracle. Patrick chose to pray. He asked Mary to intercede for him, and that same year, he recovered completely.

    Fr. Patrick was ordained a priest in 1941. He made it his mission to bring the Rosary to 10 million families around the world. He wrote letters to bishops and church leaders, asking them to join his campaign. He knew that he would reach far more families if he could get his message out on the radio. So,he traveled to New York City, where he gained the support of the Mutual Broadcasting System and convinced Bing Crosby and a handful of other celebrities to join him on his radio show, where he led families in praying the Rosary.

    Fr. Patrick’s radio show was so well-received, he travelled to Hollywood, where his vision began to take shape. Fr. Patrick went on to create radio, television, and film productions, as well as hosting 540 Rosary Rallies all over the world, gathering millions of people in prayer. Fr. Patrick’s organization, Holy Cross Family Ministries, continues his ministry today with rosary and prayer resources, family ministry, and multimedia productions that educate and inspire families around the world to grow in faith and pray together daily.

    •Venerable Patrick Peyton used different forms of media to reach families about the faith.What forms of media do we have available to us today to share about God and the importance of prayer

    ‍‍FAMILY FUN:   

    Shamrock Hunt

    The shamrock is often used as an analogy for the Trinity, representing the unity and distinctions of the Persons of God. This outdoor family activity will help you celebrate the Trinity.

    A shamrock is a clover-like plant that grows in grassland and roadsides. Pack up the family and go on a shamrock hunt. While four-leaf clovers are symbols of good luck around the world, we are looking for three-leaf clovers to remind us of the Trinity. Go to a local park, nature preserve, pasture, or school field. The best hunting grounds for shamrocks are in patches of white clovers. Have each family member pick some clovers and some wildflowers too.

    When you return home arrange the clovers and flowers in a vase or planter and use it as a table decoration for dinner.


    Mango Agua Fresca

    Enjoy this refreshing drinkthat needs three ingredients—one in two forms.

    2 cups of peeled and chopped ripe mangos (About 4 mangos)

    ½cup sugar

    5 cups of water

    3 cups of ice cubes

    Place the peeled & chopped mangos, sugar, and water in your blender. Process until you have a fine and smooth texture. Pour in a large pitcher and add the ice cubes. Taste to check sweetness. https://www.mexicoinmykitchen.com/mango-agua-fresca-recipe/



    Reflection on the Trinity

    On this Trinity Sunday, think about each Person of the Trinity by doing an extended reflection on the Sign of the Cross.

    Gather the family together for a time of meditative prayer. You may consider playing some instrumental music in the background. Bring a notebook or prayer journal to write down your reflections. Select one person to lead the meditation. Pause after each set of questions and invite family members to write or draw. Share your answers after the prayer.

    In the name of the Father–How have I encountered God’s love? How do I feel his protection and care? When do I turn to him? How does he encourage me? 

    and of the Son –What was Jesus like when he was little? How does Mass help me grow closer to Jesus? How can I grow my friendship with him?

    and of the Holy Spirit –Where has the Holy Spirit worked in my life this past week? How has the Holy Spirit brought me hope? What direction do I need from the Holy Spirit?


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  • An Updated Message from Bishop Parkes

    June 10,2022

    I want to thank everyone for your continued prayers and words of encouragement. According to my surgeon, the amputation surgery yesterday went very well . While I’m experiencing some expected pain and discomfort, overall I’m doing great. Again, I’m very grateful for all the prayers and support! #courageouslyliving

    Please show your  support for Bishop Parkes by following him on social media (official accounts are listed below) and commenting with a prayer or positive message.

    Also, if someone posts a prayer for Bishop Parkes on social media, we are asking that they use the hashtag: #PrayForBishop

    @BishopParkes on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
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  • Liturgy Link/
    Enlace de Liturgia

    June 12, 2022

    In the Nicene Creed, we describe each member of the Trinity.Listen closely today tothe words we speak.
    En el Credo de Nicea, describimos a cada miembro de la Trinidad. Escuche atentamente hoy las palabras que pronunciamos.

    Unleashing the Gospel in your Family
    (Desatando el evangelio en tu familia)

    Charisms are gifts of the Holy Spirit given to each Christian to build the kingdom of God. Discovering these spiritual gifts helps individuals discover one’s call from God. Look up common charisms and discuss as a family which charisms you see in each other.
    Los carismas son dones del Espíritu Santo dados a cada cristiano para construir el reino de Dios. Descubrir estos dones espirituales ayuda a las personas a descubrir el llamado de Dios. Busque carismas comunes y discuta en familia qué carismas ven en cada uno.


    •Why is it important to be truthful?

    •What truth is Jesus referring to in today’s Gospel? Why does Jesus want to guide us to “all truth”?

    •If you could ask Jesus anything, what would you ask him?


    •¿Por qué es importante ser sincero?

    •¿A qué verdad se refiere Jesús en el evangelio de hoy? ¿Por qué Jesús quiere guiarnos a “toda la verdad”?

    •Si pudieras preguntarle algo a Jesús, ¿qué le preguntarías?

    Fun Facts! ~ ¡Datos curiosos!

    The concept of the Novena-nine days of prayer–comes from Acts 1 where Mary and the Apostles prayed together “continuously” for nine days after the Ascension leading up to Pentecost. Traditionally, the Church prays the Novena to the Holy Spirit in the days before Pentecost.

    El concepto de la Novena, nueve días de oración, proviene de Hechos 1, donde María y los Apóstoles oraron juntos “continuamente” durante nueve días después de la Ascensión que conducía a Pentecostés. Tradicionalmente, la Iglesia reza la Novena al Espíritu Santo en los días previos a Pentecostés.