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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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The beatitude we are promised, confronts us with decisive moral choices. It invites us to purify our hearts of bad instincts and to seek the love of God above all else. It teaches us that true happiness is not found in riches or well-being, in human fame or power, or in any human achievement – however beneficial it may be” To be “blessed” (from the Latin beatus) means to be happy,

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Opportunities for prayers and actions

 

This week, many in our nation celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King who spoke out and marched against the evils of bigotry and hatred. Also, a week from today recognition is given to the 43rd ominous anniversary of Roe vs. Wade supporting abortion—but a denial of rights of the unborn in the womb. Next Sat. we will have the walk for life in SF information for signup and buses in the blt.

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Christ the King

Jesus asks of you and me –to be real and intimate and truthfully open to His love—not submission in a sense of worshipping some king on a throne—He shows us His vulnerability the throne of His cross. Instead of a vengeful warrior king to overcome all ills we are given the cross as a throne for God who came, suffered and died for us. That is the paradox; real hope that comes to us in the kingdom of Jesus—is contrary to human-made kingdoms.

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Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time

I pray that each of you embrace God’s great love for us described in Book of Wisdom today and roughly dated to 2300 years ago:

“God, you have mercy on all, because you can do all things; and you overlook people’s sins that they may repent. For you love all things that are and loathe nothing that you have made; for what you hated, you would not have fashioned. And how could a thing remain,

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