Sunday, May 23, 2010
Tonight, the Notre Dame Club of the Jersey Shore held its annual Universal Notre Dame night. The guest speaker from campus was the new head football coach, Brian Kelly. Coach Kelly was very gracious, and upbeat, and personable...somewhat different from experiences over the past few years. I had a chance to meet with Coach, and I assured him of our club's support, and my own personal prayers for he and his family as they begin this new, exciting chapter in their lives.
A special word of thanks has to go to all of the Club Officers: Jason Korth, our president; Kerrie Wagner, our vice-president; Bill and MaryJane Reilly; Mike and Sarah Shipman; Megan Jones, John Crilly, and all those who pitched in to make this evening a great and memorable night. After tonight's event, our club will be able to make a significant contribution to the scholarship fund, which helps students from our area attend the University.
Again, thanks to everybody who made this a great event! Go Irish!
Posted by Fr. Gene Vavrick at 10:06 PM
Saturday, May 22, 2010
"The inner nature of the church is now made known to us in various images. Taken either from the life of the shepherd or from cultivation of the land, from the art of building or from family life and marriage, these images have their preparation in the books of the prophets.
The church is, accordingly, a sheepfold, the sole and necessary gateway to which is Christ. It is also a flock, whose sheep, although watched over by human shepherds, are nevertheless at all times led and brought to pasture by Christ himself, the Good Shepherd and prince of shepherds, who gave his life for his sheep.
The church is a cultivated field, the tillage of God. On that land the ancient olive tree grows whose holy roots were the prophets and in which the reconciliation of Jews and gentiles has been brought about and will be brought about again. That land, like a choice vineyard, has been planted by the heavenly cultivator.
Often, too, the church is called the building of God. This edifice has many names to describle it: the house of God in which God's family dwells; the household of God in the Spirit; the dwelling-place of God among humans; and especially, the holy temple. This temple is compared in the liturgy to the Holy City, the New Jerusalem. As living stones we here on earth are built into it. It is this holy city that is seen by John as it comes down out of heaven from God when the world is made anew."
CONSTITUTION ON THE CHURCH
Posted by Fr. Gene Vavrick at 9:35 PM
Friday, May 21, 2010
"God's City: that image has long gathered to itself massive human hopes. Would that there were a city, with all the intensity and vigor of the great cities that have centered human life and attracted human imagination and made order out of the human experience of geography, but now whole, sheltering and welcoming all, healing, luminous with God's presence, with the Spirit of God.
Such a city would be where God dwells.
Well, say Augustine and Luther and much of the Christian tradition, to taste the meal is already to find oneself entering into the city. The exchange of the meal--we bring wretchedness and are given blessedness--is the commerce of the city.
But is it for us?
Come to the table. The gift of the meal is the word of Christ--"My body, my blood for you" -- which may be kept, kept in the heart, held, the risen one still speaking there. Those who receive it become the very dwelling place of God. Where God dwells there is the city. Eat and drink. In the visible word which is the bread and cup, you are gathered with all the redeemed little ones into the city of the Lamb."
Posted by Fr. Gene Vavrick at 7:40 PM
Thursday, May 20, 2010
"You are a fire always burning but never consuming; you are a fire consuming in your heat all the soul's selfish love; you are a fire lifting all chill and giving light. In your light you have made me know your truth. You are that light beyond all light who gives the mind's eye supernatural light in such fullness and perfection that you bring clarity even to the light of faith. In that faith I see that my soul has life, and in that light receives you who are Light."
CATHERINE OF SIENA
Posted by Fr. Gene Vavrick at 10:57 PM
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
This weekend, we celebrate the end of the great Easter Season with the great feast of Pentecost!
Wear something red to Mass!
Don't be surprised if we pull out all of the stops, and you smell nice incense, we have extra people in the processions, and great music!!! Get ready! You may hear a very new call to spread the Good News!
Posted by Fr. Gene Vavrick at 10:45 PM