Greetings

05-31-2020Weekly ReflectionFather Brighenti

Dear Parish Family,

It is hard to believe that it has been fifty days since Easter Sunday. Today we celebrate Pentecost Sunday, the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and their followers, and the beginning of their Earthly ministry to make disciples of all nations. The authority that Christ gave his Apostles through the Holy Spirit extends through the bishops today. The Holy Spirit continues to guide the Church. In fact, St. Augustine said that the Holy Spirit was the soul of the Church. Just as the soul gives life to the body, so also the Spirit gives life to the Church. Let us pray to the Holy Spirit and ask for patience and guidance as we continue to navigate through this pandemic.

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Mass Updates

05-24-2020Weekly ReflectionFather Brighenti

Dear Parish Family,

Today we celebrate The Feast of the Ascension, the elevation of Christ into Heaven by His own power in presence of His disciples. Jesus reminds the apostles that he will always be with them, through his Spirit. We can easily see that he says the same to us, especially during this difficult time. Being reassured of his abiding presence and love can only motivate us to continue to live in faith and hope, as he invites us to celebrate this presence with each other, even if we do it from a distance.

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Greetings from Father Ken

05-17-2020Weekly ReflectionFather Brighenti

Dear Parish Family,

As we continue the Easter Season, we are reminded by the Lord that he is the way to the Father, he is the truth of the Father’s love, and he is the life made real for us. This is not just what we believe, it is also a reassurance during this time of COVID-19. We need assurance that all is well, despite the different and difficult situation we are experiencing. There has to be someone who offers us something different, a ray of hope at a time like this. It is Jesus who stands with us, reminding us that he is present in and through us. He invites us to reflect that presence in who we are and how we interact with one another. While this Easter Season has been most unusual for all of us, a time to reflect more deeply on the resurrection and its impact and effect in our lives. We will continue to live-stream the Mass every day at 8:00 am until we can all gather together in the Church for Mass.

Eucharistic Adoration is also available every day for you to come and pray silently, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Please remember that we are to follow social distancing while in the Church.

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May 10 Update

05-10-2020Weekly ReflectionFather Brighenti

Dear Parish Family,

I hope that all of you are taking care of yourselves and your families and are all well. It is easy to become discouraged, frightened or even anxious about Covid-19. But Jesus reminds us that he is present to us and with us, We always have to look for what is positive and hopeful in all of this, or else we give in to the doom and gloom, Think of what Jesus offers us to help us, His presence in the Word reassures us of his presence in our lives. Since we cannot gather as a community in the church, consider reading and reflecting on the Word as a family. Connect to the live streaming of the 8:00 am & 12:00 pm (Spanish) Sunday Mass to help you. It always helps families in times of difficulty to pray together, in whatever way works for you. It is important for all of us to be connected to the Lord and to one another at this time. All of us are in this together, and together we will survive it. But we cannot do this without the connection to the Lord, who reminds us of his abiding presence and love.

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May 3 Update

05-03-2020Weekly ReflectionFather Brighenti

Dear Parish Family,

I pray that you are you and your families are all well. As we are all now living in strange and unsettling times, we as community of the faithful and followers of Christ are truly called at this time to trust in the Lord. This is not easy with many falling ill, at home with no community events and especially not being able to attend Mass and receive the Eucharist. Beginning on May 2nd through May 10, we will begin the Novena to Our Lady in times of Pestilence with May Crowning on the last day. We all need to keep praying, to call on the Blessed Mother, Mary and all the saints for help, guidance and fortitude.

Join us each day for daily live stream Mass at 8:00 am by visiting our website or on our Facebook page. Eucharistic Adoration is also available every day for you to come and pray silently, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Please remember that we are to follow social distancing while in the Church.

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What Can We Offer to Jesus?

05-03-2020Eucharistic Adoration

What can we offer to Jesus when we come before Him in Eucharistic Adoration? Praise for who He is and thanksgiving for what He has done. We can also express repentance for our sins and can trustingly intercede on behalf of others. According to St. Teresa of Avila, prayer is “taking time frequently to be alone with him who we know loves us.” When we come to the deep realization that God loves us, we will automatically feel prompted to show forth praise and thanksgiving. We will seek to avoid anything which could separate us from God and will seek to draw others to Him as well. In Adoration we come to God with all that we have and we are loved in return.