From the Pastor

This week is the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings remind us that we need to be faithful and prudent stewards of God’s many gifts and blessings. We need to do everything possible to prepare for the coming of the Lord, the Day of Judgment, which no one knows when it will happen, but…

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Vatican: No More Scattering of Cremation Ashes

Vatican: No More Scattering of Cremation Ashes The Vatican published guidelines for Catholics who want to be cremated, saying their remains cannot be scattered, divvied up or kept at home but rather stored in a sacred, church-approved place. The new instructions were released just in time for Halloween and “All Souls Day” on Nov. 2,…

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From the Pastor

We are in the 30th Sunday in ordinary time. This Sunday Jesus in the Gospel  gives us the greatest commandments; the love of God and neighbor, in loving others we love God. The first reading, taken from the book of Exodus explains the second greatest commandment, namely, loving one’s neighbors.  The chosen people of Israel…

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From the Pastor

In the next few months we will be promoting eGiving in our parish. Electronic giving (“eGiving”) is easy and provides a convenient and consistent method of giving to parishioners. The benefits of eGiving are numerous:  Our gifts are expedited, the system simplifies the accounting process for the parish and strengthens the parish’s base of…

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From the Pastor

This is the 19th week in Ordinary Time. The central theme of today’s readings is the necessity for trusting faith in God’s promises and vigilant preparedness for the final coming of the Lord. The first reading, taken from the book of Wisdom, was written about a century before Christ was born. The purpose of the…

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From the Pastor

We are in the fourteenth week of Ordinary Time. The readings remind us of the need and the importance of preaching the Good News, which is the responsibility of everyone, not just a few. By Baptism we are all missionary people. And, as missionary people, we are called to bear witness to Jesus, and to preach the Gospel….

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From the Pastor

This week is the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings are about God’s call and peoples’ response and commitment to His call. The call of God demands a total commitment in total freedom with the spirit of patient love. It requires the speaking of an unconditional “Yes” to Jesus and to the Christian life…

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From the Pastor

This week is the fifth Sunday of Easter. The readings today describe the concept of renewal, of our commitment to God and to one another. Common phrases that we will see throughout the readings are: “The New Jerusalem,” “a new Heaven and a new Earth,” and “a new Commandment.” Today’s first reading is from the Acts of the Apostles. It beautifully describes the missionary works of Paul…

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From the Pastor

The second Sunday of Easter is celebrated as Divine Mercy Sunday. The readings for this Sunday are about God’s mercy, the necessity for trusting faith and our need for the forgiveness of sins. The opening prayer addresses the Father as “God of everlasting Mercy.” In the responsorial psalm we repeat several times, “His mercy endures forever.”…

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From the Pastor

“Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but He has been raised.” The death of Jesus had shaken the faith of the apostles; everything seemed over, all their expectations had crumbled, and their hopes had died. However, in the gloom of darkness and in the midst of uncertainty, something happened that changed…

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