Dear St. Charles Family and all Friends in Christ,
In this Sunday’s Gospel for the 6th Sunday of Easter, Jesus says, “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” How do we know that Christ has not left us alone? How do we recognize that Jesus has come to us? He goes on to say, “You will see me, because I live and you will live.” The sign of his presence is a new life that is in us – a life that we cannot attribute to our own efforts, skills, or energy. Has it happened to you that you responded to a situation with an uncharacteristic peace or with words or an understanding that clearly did not come from yourself? Have you experienced a conversion in life that was a grace – a free response of your heart to an unexpected love? Having a child or falling in love, one often discovers a capacity to love that one never thought was possible before that experience. Jesus says that it is “on that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you.” When we do what is right and good not because it is a commandment or a law or out of fear of punishment but freely out of love, Christ is revealing himself to us. This change in ourselves that is not the fruit of our own efforts or merits is “the reason for our hope” and the explanation we can give if anyone asks how we know that Christ is alive and remains with us. May we be witnesses, like Philip (Acts 8:5ff), to how the Holy Spirit changes our humanity in order to proclaim that Christ is with us and calling us today to the joy of the Gospel.
Links to follow Mass at St. Charles On-line.- Please join us via our Facebook live stream as we celebrate the Mass this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. (in English) and 12:00 p.m. (in Spanish). Please follow the Mass on our Parish Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/scbbensalem/ and share this link with family, friends, and other parishioners. Please also subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSf0XIKmwgRsxkG80ItXrwg to view the Mass posted on YouTube. Please share the YouTube link with those who do not have Facebook.
The readings for Mass this Sunday are available here in English: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/051720.cfm
Or through Magnificat’s Celebration of the Word: https://us.magnificat.net/skin/frontend/default/theme278k/images/site/Celebration_US.pdf or here in Spanish: http://www.usccb.org/bible/lecturas/051720.cfm
This Sunday’s Bulletin is available here: https://www.e-churchbulletins.com/bulletins/511434.pdf
Please visit and bookmark the St. Charles Borromeo Website for the latest parish news and Archdiocesan updates: http://stcharlesbensalem.org
To make an on-line gift or become a regular electronic donor, follow this link: https://scbbensalem.churchgiving.com Those who prefer not to give on-line, please mail your offering envelope to the rectory or drop it through the mail slot in the front door of the rectory office. No gift is too small. Every gift makes a difference. Your continued financial support during this time is crucial for the ongoing operations of the parish. I am very grateful for the generosity of the many people who have maintained their weekly offering or given even more at this time.
St. Charles Borromeo Church will be open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for private prayer. Please do not enter the main church when I am celebrating Mass privately. The Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel will be open for private prayer at those times.
Weekly On-line Scripture Reflection Group.- I invite everyone to join me in a weekly on-line reflection on the Sunday readings. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will send you a link to join the on-line meeting through Zoom. The discussion for men is at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays. The meeting time for women will be Monday afternoons.
Presence – A Four Week On-line Study on The Eucharist starts Wednesday May 20 We are offering a four week study through formed.org on the Eucharist. Please sign up for Formed at https://formed.org/signup and join us! (details below)
Pray the Rosary for the End to the Coronavirus Pandemic.- Every night at 8:00 p.m. the Archdiocese Office for Evangelization hosts an on-line Rosary for the end of the Coronavirus pandemic. The Rosary is prayed in Spanish at 6:00 p.m. Please join the Rosary in English or Spanish here: http://www.phillyevang.org/rosary/
I will be the special guest priest leading the Rosary tonight in English. May we open our hearts to the Holy Spirit the Advocate as Mary did, so Christ can live in us!