Pauline Lewis (center) celebrates her birthday with her daughter
Mary Testani (left) and granddaughter Valerie Allen
Front, left to right: Jane Long and Pauline Lewis
HOLY HOLY HOLY! Which?
by Fr Pete Williams
The Feast of Corpus Christi (“Corpus Christi”
is Latin for Body of Christ) is celebrated on a Sunday in June. This feast
day reminds us all that God gives us a very precious gift whenever we share
Holy Communion at Mass. For us Catholic people, we remember that Jesus
is REALLY WITH US when we share Holy Communion. The bread is Jesus’ body
shared with us. The cup of wine is Jesus’ blood poured out for us.
That means Mass is a special time for us. People sometimes disagree on what is the right way to celebrate that special time together. Some people say this: “Mass is a special, HAPPY time. We are the people of God. We are the Body of Christ. When we are together to share Mass, it is wonderful. We should sing and rejoice together. We should be able to talk together and tell each other we are glad to be there, happy to see each other. We should be able to laugh together and share our life stories. Our faith is not a quiet, private faith. A church where people hang around and talk after Mass is a good place.”
Who is right? Is Mass supposed to be HAPPY, or is it supposed to be HOLY??? Which?
I am pleased to tell you that the Mass is BOTH!!! Mass is a happy time to be with each other. We cannot really be alone at church. We do church prayers together. Jesus is really with us, we can see Jesus in the other people sitting there. We should be happy to see each other in church. We should talk with each other, and say “good morning!” and “how are you?”
Mass is also a HOLY event. Yes, Jesus really is there in a special way at the altar.
During communion time, it is good for people to take a minute to say thanks to God for the miracle of God’s love. To be able to share in God’s life in Holy Communion is a really amazing gift! We should always show respect for that when we are at the Mass.
Often, at certain times in the Mass, hearing people are listening to hymns, or joining in the singing. Many deaf folks feel left out. Even with an interpreter, the songs are not always something they are interested in. If that is the case for you, when you are at a hearing church for Mass, why not use that quiet time in church to pray for other people? You can also think about what you learned from the Bible readings that day, or from the preacher. Maybe there are problems in your life and you need to ask God to help you. The quiet moments of Mass can be a good time to do that, and to show respect for the awesome presence of God.
So, you see-- Mass really is HAPPYHAPPY
HAPPY as well as HOLY HOLY HOLY.
Maria Capoccetta and Ralph Mingolelli were married in Rome on June 16th. Best wishes for a blessed marriage!
The rest of the news is in our printed newsletter,
which you should get by June 20th or so.
and Elena Ciccarelli
Emma and Linda Van Voorhes
| People show God's love by being good friends. How?
Just ask Joan Emerick. Joan is a member of the Catholic Deaf Community
in the Southern Region. For several years she was an officer of the
Binghamton Chapter 67 of the ICDA.
While she was an officer, she did many good things for other people. When an earthquake did devestating damage to Kobe, Japan, she wanted to help the people there. She encouraged the Chapter to make a donation to the Catholic
Deaf group in Kobe. When someone needed a ride or encouragement, Joan would be one of the first to volunteer.
Last year, Joan had a serious operation on her spine to remove a tumor.
The tumor was removed, but the surgery left her unable to walk. She
spent many weeks in the hospital in Syracuse. Then she was transferred
to a hospital in
Throughout all these weeks, there was one lady in Binghamton who remembered
Joan by sending her a card or note EVERY week. Joan said this woman,
Mabel Edic, was like having a friend who is an angel. Mabel has been
part of our
Mabel would always be the first to volunteer to help at bake sales or help us cook our annual spaghetti dinner. Mabel knew that Joan would do nice things for other people, and when Joan was sick, Mabel wanted her to know she was thinking about her. Since Mabel does not drive, she did the next best thing. She made sure Joan received a card each week.
When Joan was in the nursing home in Vestal, a seminarian named Tom
Servatius came to St. James. One of his duties was to visit some
of the people of St. James who could not come to the church for Mass.
Joan was on his list to visit. Joan and Tom had a lot in common.
Both had studied at Syracuse University for their Masters in Social Work.
Tom doesn't know much sign language, and Joan says she cannot lipread,
but the two of them have a regular time together every Tuesday when Tom
stops to visit Joan. They seem to communicate pretty well, and always
Tom bring Holy Communion for Joan and
At the end of June, Tom will leave St. James and go back to his seminary in Baltimore for his last year of studies. In June 2002, Tom will be ordained a deacon, and in June 2003 he will be ordained a priest. Joan plans to be there for those special events. And thanks to computer email, Joan and Tom can still visit and share prayers together. Joan will be praying for Tom's success in his studies, and Tom will be praying for Joan's recovery.
Friends like Joan, and Mabel, and Tom are a wonderful example of our Church Community in action. Joan calls these two special friends: her "angels".
We can learn from the example of Mabel and Tom. How have we been a friend for others?
Here we are heading into the REAL summer. Religious Education classes at NYSSD are done till the Fall. It was a good year with 7 students, my assistant Krista Chapple, and lots of Team Teaching with Rev Ginger Nagle during the Lenten and Easter Seasons. The children enjoyed the Seder Meal, and Krista as the angel in the tomb.
I was able to attend the NCCL (National Conference of Catechetical Leaders)
Conference in Buffalo in early May. The theme was Evangelization, with
ICDA 102 had a Spring Picnic. It was chilly outside, but warm inside. In the raffle, Jean Hebbard won 5 prizes!! Lucky day!
Now we are looking forward to the big ICDA Conference in Providence RI in July. Remember the summer of '95 when it was here? Smile.
Jane Long, Anne Parish, Jeanette Romanowski, and myself were able to
attend the NY State pastoral Workers meeting in early June. It is always
good to find out what is happening in other places. Save the dates for
Pat Graybill's talk in September, and think about making a Cursillo in
As I said to each child after Religion class: Have a nice summer
and remember to pray! And remember Sunday Mass
Mary Margaret Van Damme