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  • Rev. Michael P. Hanifin

† Father Mike’s Musings †

Sunday, May 10th, 2020


Fifth Sunday of Easter


The readings on this fifth Sunday of Easter present us with themes of dwelling places and home. We Christians are aware that this world is not a permanent home. As pilgrims, we make our way through life with heaven our true home as our destination.

On our journey to heaven, we are invited to make our dwelling here — whether a household of one or bursting at the seams — a true “domestic church.” Living our lives as Christians and as Catholics starts at home. It begins with our families where are called to be a domestic church. The domestic church plays a key role in our call to holiness because it is the primary place where we practice our intimate and selfless love for Jesus and our neighbor.

In our Gospel passage from John, Jesus spoke of heaven as a home filled with dwelling places. “In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?” This is a beautiful image of the glory that awaits us and the personal love our Lord has for us in preparing the perfect “spot” for each one of us who remain faithful to Him.

This Mother’s Day we are reminded of each mother’s effort to make a house into a home and our own call to transform this earthly residence (home) into true domestic churches where we honor God in our prayer, our thoughtfulness to each other and the hospitality we show toward all.

We are preparing the parish for a return to public Masses. It will not be like turning on a “light switch” but more like a “dimmer switch”. There will definitely be some changes and I personally thank those who gave so generously to our opening efforts. As soon as we know the date when we can open, we will let you know. In the meantime, enjoy the livestream Masses at home on Facebook and on YouTube.

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