July 3: Father Oropeza on Vocations: Beginning with Baptism and Our Call to Holiness
July 10: Father Cray on What Does it Mean to be a Disciple
July 17: Father Carter on Praying with Saint Mary Magdalene
July 24: Msgr. Richard Lavalley on Praying with Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
July 31: Brother Hagerty on St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Ascension of Jesus: Bringing About the Kingdom of God
Aug. 7: Farther Harlow on The Transfiguration and Our Transformation
Aug. 14: Father Berube on A Woman Clothed with the Sun and a Crown of Twelve Stars
Aug. 21: Father Theroux on The Apostle Paul and His Letter to the Galatians
Aug. 28: Father Berube on Surprising Conversions: Peter, Paul, and the Woman at the Well
The Solemnity of Pentecost is an extremely important feast day for our faith. The bestowing of the Holy Spirit upon the early disciples propelled the birth of the Church and transformed cowering disciples in hiding into bold public proclaimers of Jesus being raised from the dead. We believe that the Holy Spirit continues to guide the Church some 2,000 years later as we navigate the complexities and challenges of the modern and technological world.
This Pilgrimage Season we again ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we offer many programs to nurture the faith lives of the People of God. In the coming Sundays we will have the Blessing of Automobiles and the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. The 5-Day Silent Retreat is near capacity with 19 of 20 registrations filled. The Wednesday Reflection Series begins July 3 and the presenters and topics have been finalized and listed on our webpage. Weekend retreats with St. Michaels College incoming students and a weeklong retreat by lay associates of the Carmelite Order are scheduled in July. The Family Day for the Diocese of Burlington is scheduled for July 7 beginning with a 12:15 p.m. Mass celebrated by Bishop Coyne followed by a cookout for all provided by our benefactors. Our feast days of St. Anne on July 26 and the Assumption of Mary on August 15 are planned. The summer pilgrimage season looks promising!
We also recognize Sandy Kinney, our Administrator, as she has decided to retire after 50 years of dedicated and faithful service to the Shrine. On July 14 we will honor Sandy with gratitude at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. As we say farewell to Sandy - who will always be close in North Hero to always help us - we welcome with enthusiasm Nancy Dulude to succeed her in this important role as Administrator, collaborating with us Edmundites in serving you, the People of God. We have much to be grateful for, especially the many people who continue to give of themselves for this ministry at the Shrine.
As we journey this summer, I always want to express my gratitude to you for your support of this Edmundite apostolate. Let us join in prayer together this pilgrimage season and pray for one another and for our beloved Church and world. God bless you!