November 27, 2022
THIS weekend of November 26/27, we will debut our “Welcome Desk” at OMOS. For 20 minutes before and after Mass this will be available for people to request a Mass card, gain more information on volunteer opportunities, leave a message for a staff member, or register to join the parish. I am grateful to the parishioners, who are collaborating with staff to set up and oversee this new outreach. Once we get this up and running at OMOS, it would be wonderful to cross-train a group of HC parishioners to set up a “Welcome Desk” at Holy Cross, possibly in February or March of 2023.
Pastor of Holy Cross and Our Mother of Sorrows
“Do this in remembrance of Me.” Lk 22:19
Growing up, we had many family traditions, especially around the holidays. From old family recipes, grandma’s lace tablecloth, and the decorations we used. We continued these traditions to keep the memory of the person who started them alive in our hearts and minds. When I see these things or smell the food, they take me back to those times when our loved one was with us. It makes me feel that special love we all felt at those times.
This is the same feeling I get when I attend Mass. Jesus asked His disciples to “do this in memory of me” for the same reason. To share the ultimate love with us and to participate in that love of his ultimate sacrifice on the cross and to share in his resurrection.
When the priest says the words of Christ to transform the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ, I am transported to the Last Supper and have this feeling of awe. This is happening now just as it did 2,000 years ago.
Anyone can go to church, but we, as Catholics, have the unique privilege of attending Mass, to truly participate in Jesus’ death and resurrection. So, the next time you are at Mass, allow yourself to be drawn into this experience of being truly present with Jesus at the Last Supper and allow Him to share His love with you in His sacrificial offering.
David Cataline,, Pastoral Year Seminarian
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