Please click on the link below after preparing yourself for this by following the guidelines listed here:
1. Dispose yourself properly before beginning. Be in silence. Maybe light a candle and put it on the table near you.
2. Remove distractions. Turn off or silence any electronic devices.
3. Pray the act of Spiritual Communion, preferably at the time of Communion.
The Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
For the text of Father Gregg’s homily for the May 17 mass click here: Fr. Gregg homily – May 17
CLARIFICATION ON FATHER VALA’S HOMILY ON THE FOURTH SUNDAY MASS: Father Tom said in his homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter that “we are deserving of God’s love”. The point he is trying to make is that we are deserving in the sense that we are not perfect people and we are not worthy to be in His presence. We are in need of God’s love because of this. We don’t make demands on God or insist that we deserve His love.
HOLY WEEK – LIVE STREAMING – We had over 3,000 views of our live streams last week (mostly NJ/NY/CT) but also Phillippines!
EASTER MESSAGE FROM FATHER THOMAS VALA: Greetings everyone! I hope and pray that you are well at this time of continued uncertainty and testing. Without doubt this has been an unusual Holy Week celebration for us all. I and Fr. Gregg send you our prayers and best wishes for this Sunday’s Easter Day celebration and for the season that follows it. Although we continue to be separated physically, we are united in spirit, faith, and the Eucharist, which is the foundation of our Catholic Church. Some parishioners have told me how they miss sharing in the celebration of the Eucharist. For a child of God, it is only normal to feel that way; it expresses a great love for Christ in the Sacrament of the Altar. We will be gathered together again at Mass, and what a great day it will be when we are together as a community and a family.
I want to thank all of you for your continued support of St. Clement’s parish, not just financial but also your encouragement and prayers. The work of the parish continues, and the financial donations you are making allow me to cover the parish’s payroll expenses and to pay critical bills. Along with the donations, we received many cards and notes from parishioners. Your kind words mean a great deal to Fr. Gregg and to me. Knowing that you take time out of your day, amidst the many sacrifices you now make, to think of us is a source of tremendous support and inspiration. These acts of kindness truly bring joy and a greater commitment to our priesthood. We cannot thank you enough. May God bless all of you and may you find joy in unexpected ways this Easter season. Fr. Gregg and I look forward to being with you again to celebrate Mass.
May God bless you,