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Fr. Mark’s Desk - June 16, 2019
Trinity Sunday
“Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.”

John Lyden was born around 1870, was married in 1899 and died suddenly in 1900. He was born in Ireland, came to America, married Maggie Conlon and was the father of a child. He would die before she was born. Maggie would remarry and eventually at her passing be buried with her second husband in a marked grave. John is buried in the same cemetery in an unmarked grave. I am trying to change that! John and Maggie’s child was Helen Lyden. Helen was my great aunt. She had a tremendous positive influence in my life. She was smart, resourceful, independent, prayerful and slightly eccentric. She died in 1980. Her influence on my life has led me, I believe, to where I am today. She would not have had that influence if it wasn’t for her mother, of course, and her father whom she never met. Placing a marker on John’s grave would symbolize for me the sphere of influence one person can make in a life, no matter how known or not known. How could he imagine I would be writing about him 119 years after his death?

Most of us, I suspect, could compose a similar story to mine above. Recognizing the significance of every life, every encounter, every moment of our life is crucial to recognizing the Holiness of God, and His influence in our life. It is impossible for us to grasp the full magnitude of His presence, yet it is possible to grasp a portion of it, when we try.

Many say the Trinity is a mystery which cannot be understood. That is true to a point, but it can be understood when we take the time to delve deep and see the influence of His presence, whether known or not known. Glory to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who was, is, and ever will be. I can understand this!! Who knows, maybe 119 years from now someone who never met me, will reference me? Or, if not, will know God because of the influence of my life. I suspect the same is true for you too!!

This Weekend at all Masses we welcome Fr. Thomas Rayar from the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis who will offer our summer mission appeal on behalf of the Diocese of Ootacamund, India. A second collection will be taken.

Important Announcement: Beginning Monday, June 24, our weekday Mass schedule will permanently change. We will have one daily Mass on Monday through Friday at 7:30 am. There will no longer be a Mass at 7 am or 8:30 am. All Mass intentions will automatically be placed at 7:30 am. Saturday morning Mass will remain at 8:30 am.

Have a great week!
Fr. Mark Walter - St. Linus Parish Pastor

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