My dear people,
Feast of Pentecost has always been very important to me
personally, but especially since I was ordained on the vigil of
this celebration in 1983. The Power of Pentecost was the
driving force from the beginning of the life of the Church and
still needs to be today. Unfortunately, there are other
powers that we rely upon a great deal, and often too much.
Politics, material wealth, and strength of personality have
often replaced our connection with God as the source of our
energy for living, as both individuals and as a Church.
Whenever a pastor hears a parishioner begin a conversation
with a statement of how long they are members in the parish or
how much money or other contributions they have made to the
parish indicates quickly enough that this conversation is not
going to be about what God desires. How often we do get what we
really want and we become miserable for it!
What is the Fire of the Holy Spirit calling forth from you
today? Nothing else matters nearly as much.
- Fr. John
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As of December 1, 2012, our Sunday
Mass schedule is as follows:
this new schedule will require some adjustment for all of us, I
believe that it will help bring our community closer together
for the future. The timing of this change is the beginning of a
new liturgical year. May it bring us all many blessings.
- Fr. John
One of the many delightful things I have learned about this
parish is our presence on the Internet. Facebook
also has a parish presence as well. While I don’t have a
lot of time to spend on the Internet, it is nice to know that we
are well represented there. I want to encourage you to
share this information with family and friends.
Sadly, the Internet has a lot of content that is unhealthy for
human consumption, but there are a few things I'd like to share
with you that have been helpful to me:
SPACE – is a site developed and maintained by the
Irish Jesuits that offers a very simple plan for daily
meditation based on the scriptures of the liturgical year.
While I cannot claim to use it every day, I do have it set as my
“home page” as a way to keep this valuable tool for personal
prayer handy. I have never used it without great benefit
and I am sure that you will find it helpful as well.
CATHOLIC TV – A series of messages regarding the
present and future state of the Catholic Church may sometimes
seem a bit harsh, but Michael Voris does have a message form a
lay point of view that deserves to be heard.
VATICAN also has a very interesting website that
deserves attention. Pope Benedict has been teaching a
great deal on a wide range of subjects that deserve our
- Fr. John