Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service

01-31-2016From the PastorFr. Mike Straley

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Next week is Catholic School Week, beginning today (Sunday) with an Open House from 10am-2pm. Even if you do not have children attending our school, it is good to see all of the great things happening in the school. Parents, there will be students and teachers available to talk with if you are interested in having your child join us next year.

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Every Sunday is a Holy Day of Obligation

01-24-2016From the PastorFr. Mike Straley

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I think it is always good to remind people that every Sunday is a Holy Day of Obligation; going to Mass is not an occasional thing or a “when it is convenient” thing. Christians celebrate Jesus every Sunday, the day of His resurrection.

The “obligation” is not so that the church gets more money, although your contribution is important. Keeping our two facilities in good working condition is not an easy task and it takes all of us doing what we can. But money, or tithe, is not the reason we attend Mass.Also, we do not come to Mass to “get” communion. “If I cannot receive communion then I don’t need to go!”

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Considering God's Great Mercy

01-17-2016From the PastorFr. Mike Straley

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Considering God’s great mercy, St. Hippolytus, a priest who died in the year 235, wrote:

We put our faith in words spoken by the power of God, spoken by the Word himself at God’s command. God wished to win men back from disobedience, not by using force to reduce him to slavery but by addressing to his free will a call to liberty.

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Celebrating Life in the Holy Year

01-10-2016From the PastorFr. Mike Straley

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As I reflect on our Year of Mercy I am so thankful to our Holy Father for directing our attention in this way. What a wonderful gift to us and to our world. To be merciful is to be pro-life, for mercy is always directed to life and restoring life. Let me offer a couple of ways for us to celebrate life in the Holy Year.

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The Mystery of Mercy

01-03-2016From the PastorFr. Mike Straley

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As we begin our new year and our Year of Mercy, let me share with you the words of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, from the Bull of Indiction creating this Holy Year:
Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith. Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth, reaching its culmination in him. The Father, “rich in mercy” (Eph 2:4), after having revealed his name to Moses as “a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Ex 34:6), has never ceased to show, in various ways throughout history, his divine nature. In the “fullness of time” (Gal 4:4), when everything had been arranged according to his plan of salvation, he sent his only Son into the world, born of the Virgin Mary, to reveal his love for us in a definitive way. Whoever sees Jesus sees the Father (cf. Jn. 14:9). Jesus of Nazareth, by his words, his actions, and his entire person reveals the mercy of God.

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