From the Pastor’s Desk

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 9, 2024

For we know that if our earthly dwelling, a tent, should be destroyed, we have a building from God…
-2 Corinthians 5:1

 

Brothers and Sisters,

Are you going camping this summer? I have many fond memories of camping trips from my childhood, usually with my paternal grandfather, an uncle, and cousins or with my maternal uncle and a large group of his extended family and friends. My father didn’t care for camping, and as I got older, I understood why. It’s not for everyone to wake up with aches and pains after sleeping poorly, deal with bugs, and endure the humidity. However, the beauty of a scenic overview after a long hike or the coolness of a lake or pond on a hot afternoon is hard to beat.

In his second letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul provides great insight into this kind of life. His wisdom is still relevant today, as he emphasizes that the key to enduring challenges and struggles is the reward. He compares this life to dwelling in a tent—not the most comfortable or intended to be a permanent dwelling. This world was not created to last forever, but the reason to bear “light affliction” or hardships is the deeper reality of what is “unseen.”

This summer, let’s encourage one another to maintain a healthy rhythm – time for Mass and worship, personal and family prayer, service and charity, work or learning, and recreation. Don’t let your vacation be a “vacation” from the Lord but with the Lord. Allow the Lord to renew us.

As summer begins and schedules slow down, take note of our exciting summer offerings at OLPH Parish. We have a variety of activities planned, including the much-loved Vacation Bible School (VBS), Youth Ministry gatherings, the return of our Tech Safety Series, and the Screen Strong parent course. Additionally, join us for the New Parishioner Ice Cream Social and the Men’s Ministry’s Manly Burger Night.

For more information and registration details, please keep this bulletin or visit our website at OLPHParish.org. Let’s keep learning and growing together this summer. We are especially excited about the Scuba theme for VBS the week of July 15. We greatly need adult volunteers to make this highly anticipated week a success for our kids. Please visit OLPHParish.org/reg-hub to sign up and lend a helping hand.

Please continue to pray that we find the right candidates to fill our need for a Middle School Faith Formation Coordinator and key teaching and support positions at our parish school. May the Lord send us passionate and faith-filled individuals to help build His kingdom here and now!

In the Lord,

Rev. Michael S. Triplett

What’s Happening In and Around OLPH:

WEEK-LONG SPIRITUAL EXERCISES For Women: July 8-15. For Lay Men: July 23-28. For Priests: July 23-31. The Week-Long Spiritual Exercises are for those familiar with mental prayer, silence, and the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. This format allows more time for personal prayer. With longer periods of silence, you are challenged to stretch your soul, thus engaging in deeper intimacy with God. A trained spiritual director will be available for the daily colloquy to help you detect and understand the movements of the Holy Spirit in your soul. Cost: $675 per person for the lay retreats and $975 for the priest retreat. Find more details on our website, www.ourladyofbethesda.org, or call 301-365-0612—our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center, 7007 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda, MD 20187. Registration is required so that we can properly prepare.

CELEBRATING THE FEAST OF ST. ANTHONY The Shrine of St Anthony will celebrate their patron, St. Anthony of Padua on Saturday, June 15th from 10:00am until 1:00pm. The day will begin with a talk by guest presenter Fr. Jude Winkler, OFM Conv, followed by Adoration at 11:00 am and noon Mass. For more information call 410 531 2800 or visit their website.

SUMMER 2024 SPIRITUAL RETREATS FOR WOMEN at Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center -Whether you can spare just one night or are looking for a week-long escape, we have the perfect duration to suit your needs. Come, ignite your spirit, and immerse yourself in a transformative experience at our upcoming retreats. Let’s embark on a soulful adventure this Summer! Please find more details on their website, www.ourladyofbethesda.org, or call 301-365-0612.

INDIVIDUAL UNBOUND MINISTRY PRAYER Many of us are fighting invisible battles with anxieties, negative thoughts, sins, unhealthy relationships, destructive habits, resentments, and bitter wounds that never seem to heal. You can experience God’s merciful love, healing, and freedom! Unbound Ministry Prayer releases the power of the Gospel of Jesus into wounded lives. On Saturday, June 22, trained teams will be available to provide individual prayer using the Unbound Model of Prayer. Unbound Prayer is based on five scriptural keys that help you unlock those areas of your life where you want greater freedom, healing & spiritual growth. We ask that you read at least the first seven chapters of the book Unbound by Neal Lozano before your appointment to receive Unbound prayer (available at www.Amazon.com OR www.heartofthefather.com). To schedule an appointment or for more information, please contact Dan or Peggy Gahagan by Monday, June 17th, at UnboundMinistryMaryland@gmail.com.