IMPORTANT FEAST(S) : This Sixth Week of Easter gives us the feast of the Ascension of the Lord to heaven. However, in Thailand the celebration is moved to the following Sunday, May 12. One other feast is commemorated in memory of Peter Damien, the famous Belgian priest who worked with the victims of Hansen’s disease (leprosy) in Molokai. As a member of 4 priests assigned to this work Damien quickly volunteered to take this position on a permanent basis, caring for the people’s physical, medical and spiritual needs. Initially he was their pastor and friend. Later, when he contacted the disease, he became their “brother”, living and dying as one of them. He is honored by his country and Hawaii but, more importantly, by his God and Church. The date is Friday, May 10.
MISSIONARY OF THE MONTH
Youth takes over as one of our three youngest priests greets us as our May Missionary. Ordained May 28, 2011 in Minburi, together with two classmates, Father Joseph Jetana Kit charoen has spent two years as a Redemptorist, working in the Northeast and Bangkok. Like all; newly ordained priests, Father spent 3 months “learning the ropes” in Holy Redeemer, Bangkok. From January to September, 2012 Father worked with Father Shea in Samelli House, Nongkhai, caring for abandoned children and young victims of AIDS. From there he Moved to our “Mission” Band and in August 2012 he was appointed Assistant Director of our International School (RIS), which position he holds currently. Welcome, Father Jetana!
Our Sundays (LMAG, AIC & OUTREACH) roll around with such regularity that we look forward to each of them, knowing that they are valuable to our parish as means of helping the poor and needy. They, too, have something to offer to us with their variety of food, clothing, odds and ends and Feeding Program for the poor. Today, visit the tables of the Ladies Mission Group for what you need for a pleasant family breakfast. Buy a lot!
CCD FIRST COMMUNION: May is Mary’s Month, but it is also Children’s Month as our CCD students prepare to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time. What they learn for the first time can be “re-learned” by all of us: walk to and from the altar with folded hands, say “Amen” to the priest’s greeting, step to the side to consume the Host; spend some time in thanksgiving following reception. These few minutes of closeness to Christ can be the most important moments of our lives. Sunday, May 19th, is “First Communion day!”
REMEMBER: “Ascension Thursday”, May 9lh is NOT a Holy Day of Obligation as in many other countries. Christmas, a moveable feast, is the only Day of Obligation. The celebration is moved to Sunday, May 12.
REMEMBER in your prayers Mr. Alexander Decha Sadissarat, for whom a Prayer Service and funeral Mass were celebrated this past week.
LECTORS, May 11/12: 5:30 (Sat) Faye & Teresita; 8:30 (Sun) Fua & Jennifer; 9:45 (Sun) Edward & Nino; 11:00 (Sun) Jhonna & Maida; 5:30 (Sun) Joe & Nancy.
PURCHASING FLOWERS EACH SUNDAY IS THE EASIEST WAY TO SUPPORT THE CONSTRUCTION OF OUR PASTORAL CENTER.