Bless me Father, for I HAVE been singing!! It's been 50 years since Vatican II.
Yes – fifty years since Pope John XXIII (now Saint John XXIII) convened the Second Vatican Council. Pope Saint John XXIII was perhaps the most influential pope of the twentieth century. One of the greatest reforms resulting from Vatican II is the full and active participation of the assembled congregation.
What exactly does that mean for us? The opportunity to enter into the sacred liturgy with all of our senses, heart, body, mind, and voice - - a sacred, prayerful dialogue with the celebrating priest in spoken and sung prayer.
I am grateful for all the parish cantors, musicians, and a singing congregation! Together we praise and thank God, the angels and saints, the Blessed Mother in joyful hymns and songs. I encourage all ages, men and women, boys and girls, to please… Don't be shy…..Give Music Ministry a try! Summer is a great time to join the team who lends support to our congregational song. Sacred song, united to biblical text, forms a necessary and integral part of the treasure of the Catholic Church – our solemn liturgy.READ MORE
Dear Parish Family:
I'm happy to invite you to a parish meeting for anyone interested in touring our present Parish Center and to hear a brief presentation on the needs and potential plans of the building. As many of you know, the building is aging, built in 1974, it has never had any significant improvement over the past 40 years. This is presenting us with a number of decisions that must be made to responsibly address the deteriorations and end of life issues of several vital systems. It also presents us with the challenge of how it could be used more effectively in the future.
While we have a number of organizations, ministries and events that currently take place in the Parish Center, we also need to ask the deeper question of how can this building serve the heart of the mission of the parish for the next generations? This is a visionary question that I wish to consult you about.
We are in the initial stages of working with an architectural firm to begin to work with concepts that will then allow us to develop the best possible use of the current space with our needs and vision for the future.READ MORE
A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly."
Happy Easter! What a beautiful gift the Church gives us: 50 days, from the first Sunday of Easter until Pentecost, to celebrate and meditate on the "joy of glorified life and victory over death." Our faith is predicated on this truth, as St. Peter affirms: "If Christ has not been raised, then empty is our preaching; empty, too, is your faith." (1 Cor 15:14). The resurrection is the reason for our joy. In one of his letters, Pope Francis wrote "Joy adapts and changes, but it always endures, even as a flicker of light born of our personal certainty that, when everything is said and done, we are infinitely loved." (EG 6).
This past semester, I took a course on the Nicene Creed we profess each Sunday. At the beginning of the course, I came across a sentence in my readings that stopped me in my tracks. "…if a man loves God knowing a little about Him, he should love God more from knowing more about Him: for every new thing known about God is a new reason for loving Him." After I read this, I thought about my marriage of 26 years. I was able to see the journey my husband and I have taken, how we got to know each other and how that led to a deeper more meaningful love for each other––a selfless love. It is the same way with God. Like my marriage, my relationship with God has been a steady process of opening to grace, of having courage to seek, and learning more about the immensity and majesty of God––and His perfect, infinite love.READ MORE
Dear Parish Family:
I love the springtime for so many reasons. Nature shows in dramatic form what God wants to do for each one of us in our heart. That is the reason why Sacraments of Initiation happen during the Easter Season and on a Sunday.
Easter Sunday is the Center of the Church year and every Sunday is a "little Easter." We celebrate the Resurrection and keep in mind that this day needs special significance in our week. If we don't mark any special time during our week, everything looks the same. We forget that God orders our lives. We think its all up to us. Ultimately, life becomes very boring without Sunday as a special day. Try to reclaim Sunday as a family day. Try to reach out to someone who is left alone on Sunday and visit them or invite them to your home. Pope Francis continually asks us to go out of our comfort zones to find where life sad, depressed and lonely. We might need to just look in our own families. Perhaps all the frenetic activity that families can get involved in with so many complicated schedules actually takes people into more isolation rather than into an experience of loved, recognized and cared for. We definitely need more quality time with those who love us and depend on us.READ MORE