Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Memorial Day: Parish Bulletin Article (5-30-16)
The definition of Memorial Day in a dictionary states: “a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered, traditionally observed on May 30 but now officially observed on the last Monday in May.”
This year, Memorial Day is on Monday, May 30th. And three weeks ago, our community offered an amazing event: “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Parade and Celebration Ceremony”. Wow…thank you to veterans and current soldiers for our country.
Most of us probably know someone who served for our country—parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts, brothers and sisters, cousins, friends and parishioners. Again, we cannot say “thank you” enough to our soldiers in our United States of America.
Memorial Day offers a national remembrance—those who gave their own lives for us. These men and women are very close to Jesus Christ, who gave His life as well.
This day is special at Catholic and Christian communities around our country. We bring our remembrance, prayers, worships, communities and families in God’s house—our Church. Through our Catholic parishes, we will offer our Mass at 8:30am at St. Thomas Aquinas’ daily Mass at 8:30am. Please come!
Additionally, the history of our Catholic Church has always “baptized” other national, cultural and traditional events. (As an example “Christmas trees” began in the 16th century through a few nations and culture. We brought them to our celebration of Christmas of Jesus Christ). As our national Memorial Day began with “a day on which those who died in active military service” we pray during this day for those who gave their life for our country. We also “baptize” this day for all members of our families who have also passed away.
Come to our Mass on Monday morning. Take some time to pray for soldiers and family members who have passed away. Visit cemeteries to visit our loved ones. Speak to them in heaven—use their name. Chat with loved ones to remember the good days, gifts, happiness, pictures, letters and conversations.
God gave each and everyone of us—those of us alive and those who are resting in peace—a life. God is our Savior. God has created both this earth and heaven. Let us walk with our families this weekend—both on earth, and those who have passed away.