Finding God in Hardship

03-27-2016Encountering ChristAnonymous

I was not raised in a Christian home, even so, I had heard that the Christian God loves us and answers prayers. So as a teenager when my mother was dying of cancer I prayed to God to grant her a cure. I prayed to Him and to every other deity I knew, just to be safe. Yet in my heart of hearts I wanted to believe that God was real and that if He was real He would prove this by preventing my mother from dying. When my mother did die, despite my prayers, I hated God for it.. It wasn't until I was in college and met my husband who was a practicing Catholic, that I acknowledged that God was real and began to understand how God communicates His love to His children.

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Opportunities to grow in faith

03-27-2016Weekly ReflectionFr. Tim Christy

"The Gospel joy which enlivens the community of disciples is a missionary joy."
— Pope Francis - 'Evangelli Gaudium'

Easter is a wonderful time in our lives to be renewed in Christ and the love that God has for each of us. I am so glad you were able to be with us at such a special time within our Liturgical calendar.

I pray that it has set your hearts anew and provided an opportunity to draw closer to Christ. Our parish provides many opportunities for you to consider ways for growth and participation in your faith.

These next few pages are only a few of the many ways and please never hesitate to contact us.

In Christ, Fr. Tim Christy

Meeting Jesus in Adoration

03-20-2016Encountering ChristMaggie Castles

I was in the 2nd grade the first time I ever encountered Jesus in Adoration. I went with my mother to the Carmelite monastery in Flemington and in the stillness of that place I could sense something special was happening. This realization filled me with awe, even as a small child. I would watch my mother shut her eyes and just let go of the concerns and worries she carried as a mother of 12 children. She would go to the turntable and leave her troubles in the hands of the nuns and at the feet of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament—that was the kind of faith she had.

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Entering into Holy Week

03-20-2016Liturgy CornerCheryl Manfredonia

These are the highest, holiest days celebrated each year by the Church beginning with the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday. It is called the "Easter Triduum" or Paschal Triduum". We celebrate the great Paschal mystery of Christ's crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.

Holy Thursday the Church recalls the Last Supper when Christ instituted the Holy Eucharist. The Lord commands the apostles, and their successors in the priesthood, to perpetuate this offering. So not only are we commemorating the gift of Christ's body and blood, we thank God for the priesthood. After the homily, we witness a representation of Christ's service and charity, as twelve parishioners' feet are washed. Our Lord came "not to be served, but to serve." (Mt. 20-28) After Communion, we experience the beautiful tradition of a Eucharistic Procession to an Altar of Repose where we can spend time in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 11:00 p.m…. "won't you come and spend an hour with me"?

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Renewal in the Confessional

03-13-2016Encountering ChristJan Coey

I was raised Catholic, so attending Mass was just something we did every week throughout my childhood. However, as I got older and made decisions for myself, I often struggled to find a real purpose for my faith. I drifted farther and farther away from any kind of relationship with God. I justified myself, thinking, 'If I actually heard the voice of God, like Abraham, Noah or Moses, surely I would listen too! It was easier to forget what I knew about the Ten Commandments than to face how desperately I needed the Sacrament of Penance.

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