A Work of Love

Dear friends in Christ: What a marvelous Holy Week and Easter!  I know that I say this every year, but it is always true!  What many do not realize is how many people are involved and how much work it takes.  This is true for all churches but in a parish this large, it is especially true.  The work of preparing and “executing” everything is truly a work of love for everyone involved.  While many people see the end results of the liturgies (ceremonies, music, décor etc.), we generally do not pay attention to all the behind the scenes work that...

Joy

Dear friends in Christ: Have you ever wondered Why be Catholic? or What difference does it make if I believe in Jesus or not? Most of us have at one time or another. The answer to these very serious questions is both simple and complex. The answer is TODAY. Why be Catholic? Because of Easter. What difference does Jesus make? Because of Easter. It is the joy of Jesus conquering sin and death through his passion, death and resurrection. Why be Catholic? EASTER JOY! What difference does Jesus make in my life? EASTER JOY! Too often, people confuse or simply do not know...

The Holy Week

Dear friends in Christ: We are beginning the holiest week of the year. This year, as every year, we recall the events of that week 2000 years ago when Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem to the cries of exaltation from the crowds and we journey with him to the Last Supper, the agony in the garden, his arrest and torture, and then finally, the journey to Calvary and his crucifixion and death. Increasingly though, Holy Week is not as holy as it used to be for many. If I had to venture a guess, Holy Week is becoming more and more like...

The Curé of Ars Sur Formans

Dear friends in Christ: What a wonderful week! Words cannot express the joy felt by so many in reaching this milestone with the dedication of the altar and the celebrations connected to it. The absolute “icing on the cake” was having Fr. Patrice, the Curé of Ars Sur Formans, with us! What a privilege and delight! There are so many to thank for everything that to begin naming them all would be impossible, so we humbly say Thank You to all who worked so hard and with such love. The job is not done however. Obviously, we still have a little way...

A Welcoming Heart

Dear friends in Christ: Give thanks to the Lord for all of his marvelous blessings! What a joy and privilege we have to offer this work and these sacrifices to the Lord as a sign of our love and thanksgiving for fifty wonderful years as a parish. As we dedicate the altar and the remodeling, we remember and pray for all of those parishioners who have gone before us, both living and deceased, who so tirelessly worked and sacrificed to make our parish the wonderful community of faith that it is today. In a special way, we are so grateful to...

The Dedication of the Altar

Dear friends in Christ: Although construction is not complete, we are blessed to have Cardinal DiNardo with us next Saturday to dedicate our new altar and to bless our renovations. In addition to the Cardinal, our special guest will be Fr. Patrice Antoine Chocholski, the pastor of Ars sur Formans, France, the successor of St. John Vianney. He is bringing with him, for our use at the celebrations, the chalice of St, John Vianney. In this week’s bulletin and on our website will be the list of activities. I hope you and your family will make every effort to join us....

Beauty and Truth

Dear friends in Christ: In a just a few weeks on Saturday, March 25 at 10:00 a.m. we will have the Mass of Dedication of our new altar with Cardinal DiNardo. Our special guest for that weekend will be the current Curé (pastor) of Ars, Pére Patrice Antoine Chocholski, the successor of or our patron saint, Jean Marie Vianney. Obviously, not all of the renovations will be completed as we had originally hoped and planned. As we all know and have heard, “construction is construction!” A friend of mine recently laughed when I told him we are behind on our project....

The Greatest Gift

Dear friends in Christ: A few weeks back, you may recall that I wrote about the Precepts of the Church. The Precepts of the Church You shall attend Mass on all Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. You shall confess your sins at least once a year. You shall humbly receive your Creator in Holy Communion at least during the Easter Season. You shall keep holy the Holy Days of Obligation. You shall observe the prescribed days of fasting and abstinence. The faithful have the duty of providing for the material needs of the Church, each according...

Forty Days of Lent

Dear friends in Christ: This coming week is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.  This is one of the two penitential seasons of the Church year.  Lent and Advent are also preparatory seasons.  We prepare for the great celebrations of the moments of our redemption by performing acts of penance.  While Advent is four weeks long, Lent is forty days long.  In fact, in the romance languages Lent is referred to as the forty days (Latin – Quadragisma, Spanish – La Cuaresma, French - La Careme, Italian – La Quaresima).   These forty days harken to the biblical notion of a...

The Precepts of the Church

Dear friends in Christ: Do you remember The Precepts of the Church? For those of us who are of a certain age and had the Baltimore Catechism, these precepts (laws/obligations/rules) were drilled into us and committed to memory. In some ways they may seem a little odd or peculiar today and need a little bit of an explanation, but they are still very much in effect. To refresh our memories, The Precepts of the Church are: You shall attend Mass on all Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. You shall confess your sins at least once a year. You shall humbly receive...