June is a wonderful month. The Summer Solstice arrives June 21 when the sun reaches its northernmost point in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere. Called the Longest Day, the night of the 21st of June is the shortest for us in the year.
With summer officially arriving and swimming being a seasonal recreation, we can ponder on the saint who used water to confirm the good dispositions of his listeners. John the Baptistbaptized them in the Jordan River, to draw attention to the purification of Divine Justice and this ritual, more than anything else, attracted public attention to such an extent that he was surnamed "the Baptist.”
Miraculously born to an elderly and pious couple, John lived as a hermit in the desert and preached on the banks of the Jordan against the evils of the times and called people to penance and baptism "for the Kingdom of Heaven is close at hand.” He attracted large crowds, and when Christ came to him to be baptized, John humbly recognized Jesus as the Messiah. John is presented in the New Testament as the last of the Old Testament prophets and honored by Jesus: "Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist! Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he” (Matt 11:11). The feast day of St. John the Baptist is June 24.
May John’s intercession protect your recreation during the summer. Allow yourself to find the Word of God at the shore and feel His presence in your surroundings.
On the feast of Saint John the Baptist, I will be leaving my assignment as pastor of Saint Edmond Parish. I have been transferred to St. John the Beloved Parish in Wilmington as pastor; and the present pastor there, Father William Cocco, will be my successor in Rehoboth. The switch of assignments, for both of us, is addressing Diocesan needs at this time.
My two years as pastor of Saint Edmonds have been a rewarding experience for me. Fortunate to open the Diamond Jubilee Year of our church this year, I admit that I have encountered many good people, local and visitors. Every one of you builds up the Church community and have influenced me favorable as much as I have desired to influence you in the Lord. God reward your kindness to me and your generosity to Saint Edmond Parish.
Until we meet again, God keep you safely in the palm of His hand.
Happy Father's Day to our Dads! God reward your many labors of love for us.
Daily Mass in Church: 8:30 a.m. Mon. - Sat. year round
Saturday Evening in Church: 4:00 p.m. year round and 5:30 p.m. May 23 thru September 26, 2015
Sunday in Church: 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 4:30 p.m. year round
Sunday in Hall: 7:30 a.m. May 24 and July 5 (the 7:30 a.m. Masses will be Quiet Masses with NO music), 9:00 a.m and 10:30 a.m. May 24 and June 21 thru September 6, 2015
Sunday at Rehoboth Elementary School (500 Stockley St): 9:00 a.m. May 24 and July 5 thru September 6, 2015 This a Quiet Mass with NO music. Click on tab above for a map.
Catholic Byzantine Rite Eucharistic Liturgy in Church: 6:00 p.m. May 31, June 28, July 26, and August 30, 2015.