Weekly Bulletin Message (Page 3)

Fourth Sunday of Lent

“While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion.” (Luke, ch. 15) Dear Friends, The story of the Prodigal Son comes right at the right time in Lent. Introspection and self-discipline very often leads to brooding for me! I am so much in need of spiritual growth and…

Third Sunday of Lent

“Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God; But only he who sees, takes off his shoes. The rest sit around it and pluck blackberries.” (Elizabeth Barrett Browning) Dear Friends, Today we begin the third week of our Lenten journey in this Year of Mercy. The first reading from Exodus (the account of Moses and…

Second Sunday of Lent

“If you are what you should be, you will set the world ablaze.” (St. Catherine of Siena) Dear Friends, These forty days of Lent are nothing other than a call for us to come back to who we really are. In a world which distracts and divides us from our true selves and from each other, we…

First Sunday of Lent

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13) Dear Friends, With the recent release of the Star Wars sequel, we are reminded of how much we like stories, especially those that deal with the ancient struggle of good and evil. Look at the popularity of the Harry Potter books and…

Standing/Kneeling Posture During Mass

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Dear Friends, Our family of four parishes are so blessed to be able to celebrate the Eucharist in beautiful churches and with beautiful music and with a true spirit of welcome and hospitality. Not to mention the great homilies! (Just kidding. Well sort of!) God the Father’s almighty power is…

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“So faith, hope, love remain, these three, but the greatest of these is love.” (I Cor.13:13) Dear Friends, The readings for today talk about the cost of being a prophet. Jeremiah, Paul and Jesus were called by God to proclaim the Word of God despite persecution and rejection by the people. Ultimately, they were sent to proclaim Good…

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart don’t know how to laugh either.” (Golda Meir ) Dear Friends, Our Scripture this Sunday is filled with deep emotion. Sometimes in our culture being emotional is seen as a sign of weakness at best, or instability at worst. But the things that really move our…

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Everybody can be great….because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.  (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) Dear Friends, As we continue this four week period of…

The Baptism of the Lord

The God of glory thunders, and in his temple all say, “Glory!” The Lord is enthroned above the flood; the Lord is enthroned as king forever. (Psalm 29) Dear Friends, As I watched the news of the floods affecting so many parts of the country right now, I was amazed at the power of water. At one and…

The Epiphany of the Lord

Dear Friends, From a youngster on, I always loved Epiphany (aka Three Kings). Prior to the reforms of Vatican II, this feast was always celebrated on January 6. We moved the figures of the Magi and their servants and camels gradually throughout the house until they arrived in Bethlehem and offered their gifts of gold,…