June, I have come to find out, is a big time for Birthday celebrations in Northern Butler County! If you celebrate a birthday in June I want to say, Happy Birthday to you! (I also wish to thank so many of you who sent cards, treats, and gifts my way on my birthday! You are all so kind and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for thinking
There is someone else who celebrates a big birthday in June - St. John the Baptist’s birthday is June 24TH. There is a remarkable aspect of our Church celebrating the birthday of St. John the Baptist, namely, there are only three temporal birthdays we celebrate in Roman Catholicism. When we celebrate a Memorial, Feast, or Solemnity of someone special in our Faith Tradition it is usually on the day the person was named a saint or even the day they departed this life. There are only three people in Roman Catholicism who we celebrate their birthday in time, do you know them?
We celebrate the Birth of our Lord and Savior on December 25TH, we celebrate the Birth of the Blessed Mother
on September 8TH, and we celebrate the Birth of St. John the Baptist on June 24TH, which was this past Monday! Now
this is an incredible recognition by the Roman Catholic Church to celebrate the actual Birthday of St. John the Baptist,
needless to say, it’s an unfathomable honor! Yet, it is not all that surprising, our Blessed Lord Himself said, “Of those
born of Women, none is greater than John the Baptist,” Matthew 11:11.
Despite the incredible honor our Church places on St. John the Baptist, what made him so great was that he
drew attention to Christ. In fact, for thousands of years every painting, statue, or piece of art that depicted St. John the
Baptist, portrayed him always as pointing his index fingers because it was him who said, “Behold the Lamb of God,” in
other words, he pointed out Christ to others. In fact, the placement of St. John’s the Baptist’s birthday itself has
meaning in nature, because as soon as Jesus Christ’s Nativity is celebrated it’s the darkest point of the whole year, but
then little by little it gets lighter and lighter. When we celebrate St. John the Baptist’s birthday it’s the brightest time of
the year and then little by little it gets darker and darker. Many Church theologians think of the time St. John the
Baptist said, “He must increase; I must decrease,” John 3:30. It is so intriguing that the placements of these birthdays
in nature gives us a theology lesson!
I do indeed hope these long, beautiful summer days find you all doing wonderful and enjoying family and
friends. As we celebrate the birthday of St. John the Baptist this month, be assured of all my prayers for each one of
you and your families, and happy birthday no matter what time a year it is!
God Bless You All!
Thoughts from Father Adam
God is always waiting for you to join Him for a holy hour of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
What better way is there to share one-on-one time with our Lord?
ADORATION CHAPEL NEWS
Effective July 1st, the Adoration Chapel hours will be reduced to Monday thru Thursday from
8 am – 8 pm. Please consider taking advantage of this beautiful ministry available to ALL
parishioners. Any questions, please call Carol Kennedy 724-794-3674 or Kathy Fox 724-794-8118
BONFIRE AT ST. CHRISTOPHER CHURCH Please join us for a bonfire at St. Christopher
Church on Saturday, July 20th from 6:30 to 9:00 pm (immediately following Mass). Hot dogs,
s'mores, and drinks will be provided. Seating at the fire pit is limited so please bring a chair if you
have one. Please sign up in the lobby by July 13. We hope to see you there for some fun and