Temporary Mass Schedule as we gradually return to community Masses
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 Noon
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 8:00 AM
Sunday Vigil 5:00 PM Saturday
Sunday Morning 10:00 AM
You can fulfill your duty of weekly worship
on any of the seven days of the week
HOME PRAYERS AND REFLECTIONS
Prayer to Begin
God, our Father, so much did you want to reveal the admirable mystery of your life to us that you sent into the midst of mankind the Word of your truth and the Spirit of your holiness. You have declared this mystery to us and gifted us with the faith to profess the glorious wonders of your Trinitarian life existing for all eternity so that we adore the unity of your majesty in all its power.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit for ages unending. Amen.
(See readings below on this homepage for the Solemn Feast of the Holy Trinity)
Some brief thoughts about the scriptures of this day:
Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
to God who is, who was, and who is to come
Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9
The Lord calls Moses back up to the top of Mount Sinai after he smashed the original two tablets of the Commandments. While in his God’s presence the Lord once again (as he did in the burning bush) he reveals his name Yahweh which means God is with his people and describes himself in the famous phrase as a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity. This name and description will remain with God’s people for all ages to come.
Canticle Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56 (52b)
Glory and praise for ever!
This is part of the prayer of praise by the three men in the fiery furnace who were being persecuted for their faith. They praise their God who is merciful and faithful to his Covenant. By the way they survived the ordeal to praise the glory of God all the more for saving them.
Saint Paul was a follower of Jesus through and through so much so that he spread the Good News about Christ throughout the world. He was a great teacher and wrote letters back to the faith communities which he founded. Here today he concludes his letter with a greeting we use at Mass: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. This Trinitarian formula is a greeting but also a blessing upon his people showing that Father, Son and Spirit all dwell within us for our eternal salvation — Christ’s favor, the merciful love of the Father and the friendship and companion ship of Christ’s Spirit isi with us.
It is only within the whole of Chapter Three that this short passage gives us its meaning. This is where Nicodemus comes to Jesus because he recognizes that Jesus comes from God. In the conversation Jesus tells him that he must be born from above by water and the Spirit. It is in this context that Jesus tells of the interrelation of Father, Son and Spirit. He reveals here the complete plan of God to raise man to share in his heavenly life. Jesus, the Word made flesh, is the culmination of God’s plan to bring the Covenant to fulfillment. All of this stems from God’s lasting and faithful love of all mankind. We have been given the revelation how this is brought to completion in God’s Son, born to us.
TOWARD A HOMILY FOR TRINITY SUNDAY
Usually when we come to a special feast throughout the year there is something unique about the celebration that day. Today for the Feast of the Holy Trinity we find so many familiar elements of our liturgy which we have used on previous Sundays. For example, we begin with In the name of the Father. and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit as we do every Sunday. Every Eucharistic celebration involves Father, Son and Spirit —we worship the Father through the Son in the Holy Spirit. So why do we have a Sunday dedicated to the Divine Trinity?
We have just completed the Easter Season in which we praised God for raising his crucified Son to his right hand and glory. This is the fullness of what God has in store for us. By being at the “end” we come to realize the whole plan that is laid out before us. So we now clearly have God’s “goal” for us — to share in God’s interior life in the family of the Trinity, i.e. eternal life.
The eternal life, according to God’s ways, in which we shall share in its fullness later is already upon us and therefore it will show up in our daily lives here on earth. So this Feast of the Holy Trinity is really for us to grasp more fully God’s love in what he has done for us and spur us on to live that life more authentically not just for our own benefit but for the benefit of those around us.
To help us in this regard the Lord gathers us together today around his table to worship him for his magnificent love in dwelling within us and so uniting us to brothers and sisters of ours in the same faith and the same calling to eternal life. We are going to spend a lot of time with them for all eternity.
So how do we want our lives to change for the better?
In the bulletin today I told you about three attitudes that Pope Francis teaches us to cultivate in our lives so as to share fully in the our Sunday Masses:
1) Be a person who gives thanks — always and everywhere
2) Be a person who lives a life of self-giving —giving of oneself freely and without expecting anything in return – to both God and man.
3) Be a person who builds communion and Christ like relationships within the Church and with everyone in the human family.
This is a good day to examine our consciences on these three matters. Do I find myself more and more frequently saying thanks to God and to others? Do I have an attitude of “me first” rather that “how can I help you”? Am I concerned and am ready to work for the good of the Church and for the peace and prosperity of those in need materially and spiritually?
A positive response to these questions in our lives will go a long way to giving us a greater share in the mystery of the Eucharist which we celebrate.
Let us conclude with the Lord’s Prayer and this Prayer of Renewal of the Covenant and the Apostles’ Creed. Jesus who is the fulfillment of God’s plan for us taught us this prayer himself. The Covenant which God made with us long ago is the fullness of the divine life we are to share with Father, Son and Spirit.
Through your gift of Covenant love, O Lord, you have opened our hearts to welcome your Son to dwell within us by being baptized into his Church community and enlivened and strengthen by his Holy Spirit as to what you have made us so that we can better answer your call to gather for the Eucharist. Unable to join the body of Christ at this time to celebrate the redemption of your people, we beseech your merciful love to enlarge our hearts so to welcome your presence all the more and that of your Son and the Holy Spirit so that we may give you thanks always and everywhere as befits your name. Open our ears, O Lord, to your word, both spoken and lived. Through your Holy Spirit make our daily lives more in the image of your Son who is the perfect example of your eternal Covenant so that we may soon join his body, the Church, to burst forth in praise of you at the Table of the Lord, sharing his Body and Blood, and to advance with all your faithful people toward your kingdom of heaven, bound together with you and your holy ones in your one family. Make firm that unity of your Church in answer to your Son’s prayer that we be one so that the world come to know your presence here and know that you are always with us. Through Christ our risen Lord. Amen
I believe in God,
the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
He descended into hell;
on the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from there He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Holy Catholic Church,
the communion of Saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting. Amen.