Dear St. Martin’s Parishioners,

This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost, the day when the apostles received the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Who is the Holy Spirit? Very simply, as the third Person of the Holy Trinity He is the bond of love eternally uniting the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit, who is Love, allows us to love God and neighbor, and the depths of that love are infinite. Most of us settle for what we deem to be an adequate response of love; not the saints, though: they long to love God with the same love with which He loves them, that is, infinitely. This prayer of St. John Marie Vianney is a great example of that infinite abyss of love that the Holy Spirit can produce in a soul.

I love You, O my God, and my only desire is to love You until the last breath of my life. I love You, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving You, than live without loving You. I love You, Lord and the only grace I ask is to love You eternally... . My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You, I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath.

How wonderful to think we could fill libraries with writings and prayers of the saints expressing similar desires!

I look forward to celebrating our trilingual Field Mass and Parish Picnic with all of you this Sunday. The Mass is at 12:00pm and the picnic follows until 5:00pm. There will be plenty of food and refreshments, games for the kids, and a special surprise singer that may be one of our clergy!

On Sunday, June 19 we celebrate Corpus Christi, the Feast of the Body and Blood of our Lord. I invite you to participate in our Eucharistic procession that day following the 9:00am English Mass. We will process from the main entrance of the church, cross 355, and visit five altars that will be set up around Father Meyer Field. All of our children who made their first holy Communion are invited to participate by dressing in their suits and dresses they wore on their first Communion day.

In the Sacred Heart of Jesus,

Fr. Dave

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