Newsletter to our Elderly Homebound

June  Newsletter  from Sr. Mary Jane

To all St. Ephrem’s parishioners,

Now we welcome the new month of June, which traditionally, in fact, since the 16th century, has been set aside to be a special month to honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Friday following the second Sunday after Pentecost. (June 8 this year)

In addition to the liturgical celebration, many devotional exercises are connected with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Of all devotions, devotion to the Sacred Heart was, and remains, one of the most widespread and popular in the Church.

 

Quotes worth  pondering…

  • Knowing the heart of Jesus and loving him are the same thing. The knowledge of Jesus’ heart is a knowledge of the heart. And when we live in the world with that knowledge, we cannot do other than bring healing, reconciliation, new life and hope wherever we go. The desire to be relevant and successful will gradually disappear, and our only desire will be to say with our whole being to our sisters and brothers of the human race, ‘You are loved. There is no reason to be afraid. In love God created your inmost self and knit you together in your mother’s womb.’”  – Henri Nouwen

 

  • Our Lord’s heart is indeed ineffably beautiful and satisfying: it exhausts all reality and answers all the soul’s needs. The very thought of it is almost more than the mind can encompass.” – Teilhard de Chardin S.J.

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  1. EPHREM’S FEASTDAY IS  JUNE 9        

  

St. Ephrem’s story…

Poet, teacher, orator, and defender of the faith, Ephrem is the only Syrian recognized as a doctor of the Church.

Ephrem had a prolific pen, and his writings best illumine his holiness. Although he was not a man of great scholarship, his works reflect deep insight and knowledge of the Scriptures. In writing about the mysteries of humanity’s redemption, Ephrem reveals a realistic and humanly sympathetic spirit and a great devotion to the humanity of Jesus. It is said that his poetic account of the Last Judgment inspired Dante.

Ephrem became one of the first to introduce song into the Church’s public worship as a means of instruction for the faithful. His many hymns have earned him the title “Harp of the Holy Spirit.”

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PRAYER  OF  ST. EPHREM

 

Lord and Master of my life,

Take from me the spirit of

discouragement and inactivity,

of domineering others and empty talk.

 

Give to me, your servant,

the spirit of integrity, humility,

patience and love.

 

Yes, Lord and King,

Let me look upon my own sins

and refrain from judging others.

for you are blest now

and ever and forever.  Amen

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Special  Feastdays in June

3   Corpus Christi

8    Sacred Heart of Jesus

9     Immaculate Heart of Mary

also ST. EPHREM

13 St. Anthony

27   Our Lady of  Perpetual Help

29   SS. Peter and Paul

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A New Marian Feast…

Pope Francis has decreed that “the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church,” should be inscribed in the Roman Calendar on the Monday after Pentecost and be celebrated every year in churches throughout the world.

It is key to understand its placement right after Pentecost, noting that at the time of the original Pentecost, Mary “did what a mother would do – she prayed with and for her children in the Upper Room.” And at Jesus’ crucifixion, when he publicly announced to the disciple John, “behold your mother” about Mary. John, symbolizes all of us, t

A New Marian Feast…

 

Pope Francis has decreed that “the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church,” should be inscribed in the Roman Calendar on the Monday after Pentecost and be celebrated every year in churches throughout the world.

It is key to understand its placement right after Pentecost, noting that at the time of the original Pentecost, Mary “did what a mother would do – she prayed with and for her children in the Upper Room.” And at Jesus’ crucifixion, when he publicly announced to the disciple John, “behold your mother” about Mary. John, symbolizes all of us, the Church.

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Feast of Corpus Christi

   Sunday, June 3—Corpus Christi (the feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus) is a special solemnity that was begun in the 1200s.

This feast is celebrated each year with some parishes having a large Eucharistic procession which I am sure many of you remember from past years.

Above all it is a special space of time for each of us to dwell in and be grateful for the mystery of the Eucharist in our lives. As we celebrate this year, let us pray that we may all seek to come to a deeper understanding of this great mystery of the Eucharist, and may come to exhibit a greater sense of reverence, awe, and wonder as we receive this most Holy and Blessed Sacrament.

O Sacrament most holy, O sacrament divine,

All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment  thine.

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As our school children and teachers will soon begin their summer vacation, please remember them in your prayers!

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You, the members of St. Ephrem parish are remembered daily in our prayers! God bless you!  Sr. Mary Jane

Just to ponder…

“Sometimes God protects you from

what you think you need,

and blesses you with what you

didn’t ask for.”     —unknown