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26 Jan

We Are the Galilee of the Gentiles...

With the 7th graders. Happy Catholic Schools Week!

Letters from a Pastor to His People- January 26, 2020

 

Dear Parishioners,

 

"He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali..." 

 

Galilee was a sort of melting pot, kind of like Chicago, I imagine.  Think about the people whom Jesus would encounter: fishermen, farmers, tax collectors, Roman soldiers (pagan), Jewish synagogue officials, beggars, rich landowners, Greeks, Syrians, etc.  Only in Galilee could have had the assortment of spiritual experiences.

 

Pope Francis made this comment in an Angelus address several years back:

19 Jan

Called to Be Holy


Thank you to the church sacristans for their good work preparing for Mass

Letters from a Pastor to His People- January 19, 2020

 

Dear Parishioners,

 

Called to be holy.  That is what Saint Paul says in our second reading from First Corinthians.  He tells the people they have been sanctified in Christ Jesus and are called to be holy.  What does holiness mean?

 

Let me answer by giving you what some folks, far holier and smarter than I, have said about the topic.  By the way, in my reading whenever I come across a definition or description of holiness, I write it down.  This is from my catalogue...

12 Jan

The Baptism of the Lord


Talking with the pre-school students about baptism

Letters from a Pastor to His People- January 12, 2020

 

Dear Parishioners,

 

On this feast of the Baptism of the Lord, a quote by Saint John Henry Newman comes to mind.  I used this quote recently in a homily at a wedding on New Year’s Eve, thinking of ends and beginnings.  "Fear not that thy life shall come to an end," says Newman, "but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning."

 

The Sacrament of Baptism, like Marriage, is both an end and an beginning.  It's the end of a former way of life; the beginning of a new life in God's grace. 

 

05 Jan

The Epiphany

Letters from a Pastor to His People- January 5, 2020

 

Dear Parishioners,

 

Ah, the Epiphany.  Christ's display of divinity; his manifestation to the gentiles.  Jesus Christ is God indeed.  He is God of all peoples.  That is what we celebrate this feast today.

 

But there is something about us that we recognize and celebrate too.  Saint Paul says that we are "coheirs" with Christ (cf. Ephesians 3:6).  Because we are grafted on to Christ, when we celebrate Christ, there is also something we are called to celebrate about us.  That is, we celebrate the divinity within us