Dear Friends in Christ,

There’s a lot of information in this Cornerstone. The big announcement is that in accord with the Governor’s phased approach to reopening, we will begin to once again open our churches for times of private prayer. In addition, there will be time for confessions at St. Patrick from 3:00 – 5:00 pm on Saturdays. See the guidelines below for socially distanced prayer and sanitation, as well as who is best suited to venture out to the parishes for prayer.

Spiritual Reflection

The Easter readings turn our focus to the first disciples and apostles of the Lord Jesus, most notably Peter. In all of them, but especially Peter, we see a dramatic transformation. They all go from being fearful, anxiety-ridden followers during the week of The Passion. All but one abandoned Jesus. The apostles are then found in the upper room behind locked doors fearing that they will be arrested and crucified next. Peter, of course, is also dealing, as he has in all of his time with Jesus, with his shortcomings; his presumptuousness, his temper, and especially his denials of the Lord.

All of that changes after they encounter the Risen Lord Jesus and fully receive his peace and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Their belief turns to faith, which then turns to trust in the Lord rather than in themselves or even in others. Their fears melt away. They begin to think not in a prideful, narcissistic way, but through trust, they have the freedom to become who God planned them to be from the beginning! The evidence is astounding. Peter and the others become bold proclaimers of the Risen Lord and amazing signs, wonders, and healings are done in the name of Jesus through their ministry.  

The scriptural basis of this is found in one of my favorite verses from the Book of Proverbs: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely; In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.” - Proverbs 3:5-7

If we trust in the Lord and not in ourselves, we become open to all that the Lord desires to give to us in any situation we might find ourselves in. We too often rely upon our own “intelligence” and ways of doing things and are left disappointed. We end up being fearful and anxious. If we begin to trust in the Lord, through his peace we are not so much transformed as we simply “become” who we are meant to be. Don’t we all want that? Don’t we all want freedom from what binds us and keeps us down and susceptible to the lies of the enemy and our fallen world?

I don’t know about you, but I am really tired of listing to the social and political culture; the media pundits, and even our leaders who try to convince us of what we should or should not be doing during this pandemic. The TV and social media have become instruments of fear and anxiety rather than realistic information. It wears on me, so I have been tuning them out. Instead, I have been deepening my life of prayer and trusting in the Lord Jesus more and more. The prayer is simple: Jesus, I trust in you! This, of course, is the Divine Mercy prayer. Consequently, I have been given much peace of mind and heart. I do what I am called to do in the present moment and I take things as they come. I rely upon the Lord and not myself. COVID-19 and seemingly all that surrounds it is a source of fear for us. We need to begin to approach it all differently. But not differently based upon our own ways and designs. Rather, we need to trust in the Lord Jesus and ask for his guidance and direction. Jesus is “the” source of peace for us. Saint Peter and the other disciples learned that powerful lesson and it changed them forever. But that is a different way than we are used to. We normally don’t think and act in such a different way. But I think it’s time that we all get used to different! 

Fr. David Mulholland
Pastor
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OUTREACH
We collected 1700 pounds of food and raised $3,400 in donations for  St. Leo Food Connection  to support the needs of the hungry in Pierce County.

Thank you to all the donors and the Knights of Columbus Tacoma Council 809  for masking up and coming out to fill the truck!
ADVOCACY
Super Signing Weekend is here for Referendum 90! Help repeal the radical Comprehensive Sex Education curricula.

Read the letter from the Washington state bishops to regarding Referendum 90, indicating their support for gathering signatures on church premises to put the issue of Comprehensive Sex Education on the ballot in Washington state this November. Signature-gathering may be conducted within the current rules for social distancing.

Find a time to sign by checking out the link to current drive-thru petition signing, drop off & pick up locations including the parking lot at St. Patrick Catholic Church.

If you are unable to get to a signing location, please call 253-383-2783 and will make arrangements to get the petition to you using social distancing guidelines.
STEWARDSHIP of Treasure
Erica Cohen shares stories from the Inclusion Ministry, just one of many ministries supported by the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA).

Your donation to the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) supports the mission of the Catholic Church in western Washington by funding Catholic social ministries, programs for youth and young adult ministries, Catholic Schools, faith programs, and the Inclusion ministry plus administrative support for 169 parishes and missions, such as liturgy guidance, evangelization, human resources, and much more.

This year, 10% of the funds collected from the ACA, INCLUDING our parish rebates, will be placed into a special Parish Solidarity Fund. Through this special tithe, your donations to the ACA will help our parishes continue our core mission of Word, Sacrament, and Charity. Typically proceeds exceeding the parish assigned goal are returned to the parish through a rebate to use for a needed parish project. This year, like all things, is a little different. If we exceed our parish goals and earn a rebate, our intent, as a show of camaraderie and fellowship with the 169 parishes and missions of the diocese, is to donate our rebate directly to Archbishop Etienne’s Parish Solidarity Fund, that will, in turn, use those funds to help parishes most severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Your contributions and generosity are deeply appreciated, much needed and make a real difference in the lives of many. Gifts can be made by mail or you can make your gift online now.
STEWARDSHIP of Talent
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