Our Financial Stewardship

Dear Friends in Christ, This past week nearly 2400 of our 5000 families received their tax letters from the parish.  These letters were sent to all registered households that contributed an average of $5 or more per week by a recordable means (envelopes, checks, electronic).  I want to again thank all who financially support our parish.  Without you and your generosity, we simply could not do any of the things we do here at this parish. Money is one of the touchiest subjects when it comes to the life of the Church.  People have very strong opinions when it comes to money. ...

Discipleship, Leadership

In last week’s bulletin, we began looking at our parish priorities: Outreach - Engagement - Discipleship - Leadership We examined the first two: OUTREACH and ENGAGEMENT. If you missed them, they can be found here. We saw how these priorities are rooted in the mission that our Lord Jesus has given us (Mt 28.19) and that these priorities model how Jesus established and formed the Church. Following our outreach to others and our invitation to others to join us in engaging in the mission of the Church by simple and relatively easy actions, we then advance in our response to the Lord’s...

Outreach, Engagement

Dear Friends in Christ, In last week’s bulletin I made mention of the priorities for our parish: Outreach - Engagement - Discipleship - Leadership These priorities are going to be around for some time. They will guide, direct and shape, our parish activities and form us as a parish community and as individuals of faith. As you have heard before, Jesus gave His church a mission, not a maintenance plan! As Catholics and as parishioners of St. John Vianney parish we are all called to live and be part of the mission. We are commissioned by Jesus to “Go therefore and make disciples...

Addressing our Priorities

Dear friends in Christ, I would like to give you an update on a few things around the parish. First and foremost, we were blessed with a most beautiful Advent and Christmas! Words cannot adequately describe how truly wonderful everything has been. From the tremendous outpouring of love on Gift Giving Sunday, to the number of confessions, to the crowds at Mass on Christmas, to the hundreds of parishioners who worked to make our liturgies so beautiful for Christmas by their selfless ministry, we were truly blessed. It was all wonderful and fantastic! On behalf of Fathers Richard, Chuck and myself,...

In the Search for Truth

Dear friends in Christ, The Epiphany narrative (Mt 2:1-12) illustrates the relationship of faith and reason (religion and science). The Magi, the Wise Men of science and human reason, as do the wise of every age were seeking understanding and truth. The Epiphany narrative in St. Matthew’s gospel tells of how they found the fulfillment of their journey in Jesus. Ultimately, their journey of scientific inquiry, following charts and calculations and observing the cosmos, could only take them so far. This is no different than our own times. To reach their goal, the Magi required an additional aid. They needed and...

Ten Helpful Hints for Families

Dear friends in Christ, Today is Holy Family Sunday. With that in mind, I thought I would give my own brief 10 helpful hints for a happy family life. These are in no particular order. Surround yourself with beauty. We all need to be inspired to the good. Beauty elevates our thinking and pleases our senses and our souls. In a crude and disposable culture, we need refinement. Beauty is transcendent and enduring. Monkey see, monkey do.Children are sponges and mirrors. They soak up everything around them and reflect it right back at you. If we want our children to be good, holy,...

Christmas Letter

Dear Friends in Christ, Today is born a Savior, Christ the Lord! Our hearts are filled with joy this day and all creation exalts in praise for Salvation has come to the world in Jesus Christ!  This is our faith and this is what gives meaning to our lives.  That God in his love for us has given us His only Son, who has taken our human condition upon himself so that we in turn might live in all eternity with Him!  Now to many, this sentence seems like utter nonsense.  What is there to be joyful about?  Why should we exalt? ...

Living as Followers of Jesus

Dear Friends in Christ, In just a few days it will be Christmas. As in past years, I fully expect that we will see many visitors joining us for Mass. That is wonderful. Now some may lament that many of these visitors don’t regularly come every week. That is true, but we can and should be glad that they are here. The challenge is to welcome them and encourage them to indeed come back soon. Periodically, but not too often, I will receive a report that a visitor will come to Mass and have an unpleasant experience; that someone made a...

Rejoice Always!

Dear Friends in Christ, Advent is fast coming to a close. Today, the Third Sunday of Advent is Guadete Sunday - Rejoice! Sunday. We hear in today’s Entrance Antiphon the famous exaltation of St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians, “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice..The Lord is near!”~Phil 4:4:5. In our first reading we also hear the Prophet Isaiah telling us how all creation will rejoice at the coming of the Lord (Is 36:1-6). We rejoice today firm in the knowledge, faith and hope, that Jesus is coming and that with his Second Coming, the end of time...

Lord, Teach us to Pray

This week’s letter is from a special guest columnist The Mass is prayer; it is prayer par excellence, the loftiest, the most sublime, and at the same time the most “concrete”. In fact it is the loving encounter with God through his Word and the Body and Blood of Jesus. It is an encounter with the Lord. But first we must answer a question. What truly is prayer? It is first of all a dialogue, a personal relationship with God. Man was created as a being in a personal relationship with God who finds his complete fulfillment only in the encounter...