From the Pastor

This week is the thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time. As we near the end of the Church’s liturgical year, the readings become more eschatological—relating to the end of times or the final coming of the Lord. The main theme of today’s readings is the reality of life after death and the relationship between our lives…

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From the Pastor

This is the thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time. The underlying theme of today’s readings is the benevolent and forgiving Mercy of God for sinners and the response of repentance and conversion expected from us. We sin, yet God does not treat us as outcastes; His mercy calls us to a sincere repentance, a change of heart…

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From the Pastor

This is the thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The theme for this Sunday’s reading is humility. Humility must be the hallmark of our prayers and of Christian life. God hears the cry of the humble. However, the central focus of the readings, especially the Gospel reading, is not only on prayer, but also on pride, humility,…

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From the Pastor

We are celebrating World Mission Sunday this week. World Mission Sunday reminds us that we are a missionary people. Today, on Mission Sunday, we recommit ourselves to our common vocation, through Baptism, to be missionaries, through prayer, participation in the Eucharist, and by giving generously to the missionary activities of the Church. On this World…

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From the Pastor

We are now in the 28th week of Ordinary Time. The theme of this Sunday’s readings is gratitude. What is gratitude?  Gratitude is a virtue which is very much at the heart of our search for happiness in this world and in the next. The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that God wants…

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From the Pastor

We are now in the 26th week of Ordinary Time. The readings today serve as a warning that the selfish and extravagant use of God’s blessings, such as wealth, without sharing them with the poor and the needy, is a serious sin. As God shares His life and His blessings with us we must share…

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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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