Celebrating the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

12-28-2014From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

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Well, Christmas is over and I hope that we have all celebrated well. It is such a wonderful time for most of us. But we need to remember that Christmas is a season, not just a day, and that there are many important celebrations during this season.

Next week we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. This is a very ancient title for Our Blessed Mother and it is important to celebrate it. Without Mary there would be no Christmas celebration; Without Mary there would be no Lady of Guadalupe celebration. Everything we have been celebrating this month leads to Mary as Mother of God.

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It is better to give than to receive

12-21-2014From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

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There is an old proverb, "it is better to give than to receive" or "it is more blessed to give than to receive." Many of us experience this often without thinking about it. Parents know the joy of giving their child a gift that they do not expect; watching the wonder on the child's face is such a joy. And of course, if the child returns the gift, by saying "THANK YOU!" you are gifted in return. Even more, if the "thank you " comes with a big hug, you understand the blessing of giving and receiving.

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Where is your focus?

12-14-2014From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

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Have you noticed how fat Santa Claus has gotten lately? I mean, you can hardly see anyone or anything except him in the picture! Even baby Jesus seems to have disappeared behind Santa because he has gotten so large.

If baby Jesus were to come today, I don't think the Magi would be able to find Him because of all of the signs calling us to shop for gifts because Santa is coming. And those shepherds would probably be shopping themselves, thinking that was more important than visiting a new-born baby.

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The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

12-07-2014From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

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This week we come to the end of our novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of our diocese and of our capilla. We can be proud that we have one of the great celebrations to our Blessed Mother here in Glendale.

We conclude our novena on Thursday evening with the rosary at 6pm followed by a vigil Mass at 7pm in the church. Then we all process the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe from the church to the capilla. Our young people will present a drama reenacting our Blessed Mother's appearance. Prayers will continue throughout the night.

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Year of Prayer for Consecrated Life

11-28-2014From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

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Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has declared this year a year of prayer for Consecrated Life. We at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glendale are blessed to have two consecrated sisters living with us, and others from different communities who often worship with us. Our history is filled with many women and men from religious communities who have served us.

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