Pastor’s Column

Fifth Sunday of Lent 2014

My brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus,

At the usual Wednesday morning Mass celebration, I was struck by the first line of the gospel for the day, “My Father is at work until now, so I am at work.” Jn. 5:17; the context was that Jesus did not observe the law for the Sabbath instead, Jesus continued healing people as his day of ministry went on.

At our parishes, the staff joins me in working hard to get things ready for the Faith Renewal/ Parish Mission coming this weekend; beginning with our special guest Father Lon Konold, OMI (Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate) who will be celebrating and preaching at all the Masses that will lead us into the program beginning Sunday evening and ending Thursday evening.  Please look closer at the schedule sheet that was sent to you in the white or gold Lenten envelopes or simply join us on Sunday at 7:00 pm at St. Boniface church.

At the monthly staff meeting, we went around the table checking what is happening at each staff member’s area.  We are all gearing up for the Faith Renewal – Parish Mission event:  Michelle Davis and Shannon Turek will be taking turns to provide childcare for those who attend the event.  Rose Burckhardt is the main contactor between Father Konold and I.  We are  making sure the program will run smooth as well as providing personal need of our guest while he is here with us.  Mary Lou Hilgers and Ralph Widmer continue to run the place as normal,  but a lot of extra setting up tables, chairs and anything else that is needed.  I am free, just kidding hahahahahahahah…. I will be working in the office like worker bees to make sure we have adequate priests for confession, for prayer of healing and running back and forth from here to Minneapolis for Lenten confessions at another parish as well as attending the Chrism Mass on Thursday at the Cathedral of St. Paul.

I have heard from so many of you about the excitement of this coming to the event.  I can assure you this that it is worth your coming and joining us.  I realize there are other things you must fulfill on a daily basis, but what better than this then to spare a few days for God, for our community and for ourselves and our sanctity of life.

The Gospel this weekend is about how wondrous God’s love is for us; that the people at Bethany (meaning town of the poor) witnessed the resurrection of Lazarus who had been buried four days in the tomb.  Yes, His Wondrous Love continues to pour out upon us as long as we are coming to receive Him even if our mortal body is at rest.

Let us together celebrating his Wondrous Love by joining our Faith Renewal – Parish Mission as a commitment to preparing ourselves for the Easter celebration.

I am joining with the parish Council Members of St. Boniface and St. Mary of Czestochowa meeting and greeting you at the door.  Please come and meet us.

Rev. Joseph-Quoc Vuong