Pentecost

Do we realize living is the breath of God in us?

Christ is in us always Pentecost is a remarkable reminder of the sacred air we breathe. “…and then He breathed on them and said receive the Holy Spirit…” Pentecost, the foundation of the church in the gift of the Holy Spirit.

That Holy Spirit descended in many tongues to send out in all the languages of the world the great miracle of God’s sacrificial love through Christ.

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6th Sunday of Easter

What’s your favorite meal?

 

On Saturday we had two First Communions and it is a joy for the children, catechists, CRE Director and teachers in both schools and of course me. A few years ago at one of the rehearsals for First Communion in a different parish, I asked the children “what’s your favorite meal?” Of course I got lots votes for pizza, spaghetti, tacos, one child answered sushi—2nd graders are becoming so sophisticated today.

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Third Sunday of Easter

The Road to Emmaus is a daily Journey in Christ

In our relationships, those intimate relationships in families, amongst loved ones, dear friends, often words are needed to open us up, tear away illusions and reveal new ways of thinking. Often such intimacy occurs in the face to face meeting, where a gesture of care, the smiles or tears, the squeezing of a hand, or a familiar ritual, give us a deeper new vision of the person.

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Second Sunday of Easter Divine Mercy Reconciliation is one gift of the Resurrection

“Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” Then Jesus breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them; and whose sins you retain are retained.”  Reconciliation is one gift of the Resurrection

In part this proclamation of love and forgiveness—the formula of our salvation, is what led the Church, under the guidance of Pope St.

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Easter Sunday

I share with you a beloved story by many. It is adapted and greatly shortened from Oscar Wilde’s short story called “The Selfish Giant”, 1888.  Please read the beautiful short story in its entirety.

“The Selfish giant lived in a huge castle of course and had a beautiful garden full of beautiful flowers and green swaying palms trees, and there birds gathered to sing.  Whenever the Giant was away the garden would fill with children who would sneak in and play. 

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11 Things you may not know about refugees

11 Things you may not know about refugees

AUTHOR: MEGAN GILBERT for catholic relief services March 7, 2017

 

 

People in the United States have concerns about refugees coming here. We get that. We understand. But we also know that many Americans have strong misconceptions about just who refugees are, especially about Syrian refugees. Here are answers to the kinds of questions we often get – answers that may surprise you.

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Palm Sunday

“The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue that I might know how to speak ...” (IS 50:4)

The journey of Lent, which culminates this week with Passion Sunday as we head into Holy Week, has been a time to focus inwardly on areas we need to allow Christ to illuminate and heal with His love. Together, for 40 days we traveled inwardly and outwardly to eliminate areas of indifference in our hearts that do not reveal the love of Christ in us.

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Reflections from a Spiritual Director -Julie Garvey

Are you still wondering what you want to do for lent?  May I offer you an idea?

 

I am returning to a prayer practice called, “praying the news.”  It is the perfect antidote for the feelings of helplessness that many of us are experiencing each day as we watch or read the news.

 

The practice is best understood by reading my journal entry from 2003,

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Third Sunday of Lent

This weekend we begin what are known as the Scrutinies –sounds painful but it isn’t. It is a focused examination for our RCIA member.  For three Sundays of Lent we will have different forms of scrutinies from our process, each will come before the parish at our 11:00 Mass and publicly be asked to examine their lives and grow deeper in journeying with the Lord. And all present will pray for them and their families.

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Second Sunday of Lent

Welcome growth in our faith family

One of the many gifts of Lent for our wonderful volunteers is to meet adults who are seeking to enter the church in a deeper walk with the Lord and us.

One member of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is called an “Elect”-a person to be Baptized; all the members of the program-English and Spanish are in the Catechumenate.

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