FORMED

01-21-2018From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

During Advent last year, we introduced a new program for our parish: Formed. We enrolled as a parish with the Augustine Institute so that you can receive and use this valuable resource to your Catholic faith.

Formed is a program that allows you to watch or listen to some of the great current speakers in our church today. Also, there are movies available at various age levels that promote our values rather than secular values. These programs are available in English and Spanish.

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Nothing ordinary about ordinary time

01-14-2018From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

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Today we begin our Sundays of what the church calls "ordinary time". Maybe a better translation would be "ordinal time", or "counted time". These are the numbered Sundays that do not fall in one of the four great seasons of the liturgical year: Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter.

Of course, there is nothing ordinary about ordinary time. This is the time when we walk with Jesus through his adult ministry and listen closely to his teaching. It is a time just as important as the other great seasons.

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Feast of the Epiphany

01-07-2018From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

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Blessed John Henry Newman wrote: "The year is worn out: spring, summer, autumn, each in turn have brought their utmost, but they are over and the end is come. All is past and gone, all has failed…and the austere weather which succeeds, though ungrateful to the body, is in tone with our feelings, and acceptable. Thus the soul is cast forward upon the future…and does it rejoice that there are new heavens and a new earth to come. These are the feelings of holy men (and women) waiting earnestly for the Advent of Christ."

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The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

12-31-2017From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

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This time of year we are so focused on our Blessed Mother! We celebrated the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, and of course, I am still remembering the beautiful procession and the faith-filled mass of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Monday, we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God; this year it is not a day of obligation, but how can we not celebrate Mary's motherhood since she is our patroness.

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Merry Christmas

12-24-2017From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Advent Greetings and Merry Christmas,

As we celebrate the Incarnation, the gift of our God coming among us, it is important to remember the many gifts we have received from our God. I know, our secular society wants us to concentrate on what we do not have and what we want, but as Catholics we are a Eucharistic people, and the Greek word "eucharist" means thanksgiving. In the season of Christmas, let us truly be a Eucharistic, a thanksgiving people.

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4th Sunday of Advent & Christmas Mass Schedule Explained

12-17-2017From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

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Next weekend is a little confusing so let me explain it. Sunday is the 4th Sunday of Advent so the Saturday evening vigil Masses and Sunday Masses until 4:00pm are not Christmas, they are Advent Masses. Since Christmas falls on Monday, Christmas Eve masses cannot begin before 4:00pm; our first Christmas Eve Mass will be at 5:00pm as usual. It is important to attend both the 4th Sunday of Advent and to attend Christmas Mass; parents please do not teach your children that mass is optional or when it is convenient.  

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Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pray for Us

12-10-2017From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

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Next Tuesday we will celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of our diocese and the Queen of the Americas. This is not just a Hispanic feast, Our Lady of Guadalupe is the first great appearance of our Blessed Mother and the only one where she left her actual image. This image is not a painting, but a miraculous image on fiber that should have disintegrated after about 20 years.

We will conclude our Novena on Monday evening at 6pm at our Capilla on 55th Avenue. After the novena, about 7pm, we will process our image of Our Lady of Guadalupe through the neighborhood. If you have never walked in this procession you have missed a wonderful devotion, not just for those who walk, but for those who come out of their home to greet our Blessed Mother.

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Welcome to Advent

12-03-2017From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

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Many of us have probably had the experience of being in a very dark place, maybe a room, or even outside away from the city lights. If it is really dark, we look for some little light to guide our way. When we see the light, we move towards it, because it will show us the way we need to go.

As we begin the holy season of Advent, we begin looking for that light to guide our way. Life can sometimes seem dark and despairing, but St. John the Baptist and our Blessed Mother will guide us to the light, Jesus Christ. This is the Advent experience.

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