• TH2 New Priests Bless the Bishop
  • TH2 Laying of Hands (Ordination)
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  • TH2 Anointing of Hands
  • TH2 Handing over of the bread and wine
  • TH2 New Priests prepare to give first blessings to family and friends

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Chealsey Lolwing, Childcare Supervisor

St. Mary Childcare and Preschool programs are open for enrollment for the 2015 – 2016 school year.

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Our Newest Parishioner

Emrey Furrer was baptized on July 19. Seen here with parents, family and Fr. Faustino.

This Week’s Parish Bulletin

Parish Bulletin July 26, 2015

Pastoral Council: Thoughts for Reflection

July 12, 2015

Gnosticism Is Alive and Well

by Fr. Robert Barron

Two recent news items put me in mind of St. Irenaeus and the battle he waged, nineteen centuries ago, against the Gnostic heresy. The first was the emergence of Bruce Jenner as a “woman” named Caitlyn, and the second was a “shadow council” that took place in Rome and apparently called for the victory of a theology of love over John Paul II’s theology of the body.

I realize this requires a bit of unpacking. Let me begin with Irenaeus. Toward the end of the second century, Irenaeus, the bishop of Lyons, wrote a text called Against the Heresies, and the principle heresy that he identified therein was Gnosticism.

Gnosticism was, and is, a multi-headed beast, but one of its major tenets is that matter is a fallen, inferior form of being, produced by a low-level deity. The soul is trapped in matter, and the whole point of the spiritual life is to acquire the gnosis (knowledge)   requisite to facilitate an escape of the soul from the body. In the gnostic interpretation, the Yahweh of the Old Testament, who foolishly pronounced the material world good, is none other than the compromised god described in gnostic cosmology, and Jesus is the prophet who came with the saving knowledge of how to rise above the material realm. What Irenaeus intuited—and his      intuition represented one of the decisive moments in the history of the Church—is that this point of view is directly repugnant to   Biblical Christianity, which insists emphatically upon the goodness of matter. Scan through Irenaeus’s voluminous writings, and you will find the word “body” over and over again. Creation, Incarnation, Resurrection, the theology of the Church, sacraments, redemption, the Eucharist, etc. all involve, he argued, bodiliness, materiality. For Irenaeus, redemption is decidedly not tantamount to the escape of the soul from the body; rather, it is the salvation and perfection of the body.

Now you might think that this is all a bit of ancient intellectual  history, but think again. As I hinted above, the gnostic heresy has proven remarkably durable, reasserting itself across the centuries. Its most distinctive mark is precisely the denigration of matter and the tendency to set the spirit and the body in an antagonistic   relationship.                                          (to be continued next week)

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Outside the Camp – Bishop Merlino Homily, 2/15/2015

In his homily at the Mass of installation of a member of the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest as Lector and Acolyte, Bishop Morlino reflects on what it means to live ouside the camp - a place of isolation and shame. We must join Jesus outside the camp and suffer with Him as we carry our crosses.

 

Our Lady’s Chapel

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Dear Faithful of Saint Mary’s Parish,

I hope you all are doing well! I want to share with you one idea that the Pastoral council and I have given some thought to in the past several weeks. As you know, our Church has a beautiful Chapel dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In this chapel there is an altar with a tabernacle on it. But the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar is not in that tabernacle except from Holy Thursday evening to Holy Saturday night as a sign of the three days that Jesus Christ was in the tomb. During these days, the liturgy of the Catholic Church says that the main tabernacle in the center of the Sanctuary should be emptied and moved to an altar on one of the sides of the Church.

We want to put the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar in the tabernacle that is in the Blessed Virgin Chapel. Also, we want to keep the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle in the center of the Sanctuary. So there will be two places in our Church for praying: one in the main Church and one in the Blessed Virgin Chapel. Sometimes, people would like to have a quieter place to pray, or more intimacy with God, and if so, they could go to this Chapel. And people who wish to pray in the main Church can continue to do so because the same Lord will be in both places.  

I think this is an opportunity to reinforce our belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. We need this as much as our bodies need to eat and drink. You remember that Saint Paul says, “devote yourselves  to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Col 4:2) as well as “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God” (Phil 4:6). We can pray anywhere, but praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament is the best place to pray if we can. Remember that our Church is open from 3am to 10pm. Wouldn’t it be nice to stop by the Church and just tell God how much you love him? Isn’t it something we like people to do with us? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we acquire the custom of reserving a time of the day for prayer, before or after work, and be with Jesus Christ to give Him thanks?

We would like to do this as soon as possible, on this coming Thursday, after which, Adoration on Thursdays will be held in the Blessed Virgin Chapel. I would like you to know that we need people who want to make a commitment to be adorers of the Blessed Sacrament. The commitment is just to pick a time of the day where you will come to adore Jesus Christ. When you parents ask me what you can do for your children after having raised them as Catholic, they do not practice anymore what you taught them, I say, “Just pray for them because that is the unique thing you can do now.” In the Gospel of Luke 18:1, you see this: “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up”.

Finally, something that you know, which is my love for all of you in the heart of Jesus Christ and my constant prayer for you and all your families.

May God bless you always.

Father Faustino Ruiz

Love Thy Neighbor – Jamaica 2015

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A heartfelt “Thank You” to all of the parishioners of St. Mary’s for their prayers and financial support of the 2015 Mission Team that was in Jamaica 22 thru 30 January!! The lives of several poor Jamaican families were made significantly better because of you! Through your support we built one small new home, resided and reroofed another home, replaced the roofs on three additional homes, and did some minor repair at the church rectory. We were also able to leave Br. Baylon with $4,800.00 to support the ongoing needs of his parish and the local community. Most of the sites we work at do not have water and sewer. Some have electricity. All of the families we helped were in desperate need of assistance. A young family of (5) will live in the new home we built. Their existing home was approximately 8’ X 8’ in size and was constructed out of tree limbs and a variety of other scrap materials. Thank you again and may God bless each of you and your families throughout the New Year.

 

Christ’s Peace To You Always, Deacon Bill Bussan