PASTOR’S CORNER June 20, 2012
Today, June 20th, is the longest day of the year – the summer solstice. People around the world have observed spiritual and religious seasonal days of celebration during the month of June. Most have been religious holy days which are linked in some way to the summer solstice. On this day, typically JUN-21, the daytime hours are at a maximum in the Northern hemisphere, and night time is at a minimum. It is officially the first day of summer. It is also referred to as Midsummer because it is roughly the middle of the growing season throughout much of Europe.
“Solstice” is derived from two Latin words: “sol” meaning sun, and “sistere,” to cause to stand still. This is because, as the summer solstice approaches, the noonday sun rises higher and higher in the sky on each successive day. On the day of the solstice, it rises an imperceptible amount, compared to the day before. In this sense, it “stands still.” This is also the reason that we celebrate the Feast of St. John the Baptist this week. With his life the world “stood still” awaiting the redemption of the Lord Jesus Christ. For the early Church it was a time of celebrating the fact that they “stood apart” from all the other religions of the world and made a decision to follow the true “Son” the Lord Jesus Christ, who never changes.
Along with Catholics throughout the country we are celebrating a Fortnight for Freedom with a rosary being prayed each evening in the Church at 7pm. We will continue until July 4th. Please come and join us. We are reminded that true Religious Freedom is not something that can be granted by governments but a free gift from God that must be celebrated and embraced in order to be an effective instrument of God’s will.
FYI: last week we asked what you thought about ‘name tags’. The vote was almost evenly split but with the number of people who did not fill out a survey it was clear that the parish is not in favor of permanent name tags and so we will not pursue this any further. Thanks for you input.
Our big fund raiser of the year – FOOTBALL MANIA – has begun. This year there are 11 winners each week plus the grand price, you have 208 chances to win over the 17 week football season. All you have to do is buy the ticket and we will do the rest.
We have a new a “business card” in the gathering space that has our mass schedule and other information on it. If you have a business, please take some of these ‘cards’ and share them with your customers.