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

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.

 

This Week’s Parish Bulletin

Parish Bulletin February 22, 2015

Letter from Fr. Faustino

IMGP1829Dear Faithful in Jesus Christ,

Knowing that Lent is at hand, I want to address you about both the meaning of this liturgical season and the resources we have to increase our faith and love for God. You know that Lent is a time of reinforcing our prayer and penance in order to prepare for the feast of Holy Week. Each one of us may think of a short list of sacrifices to be offered to our Lord Jesus Christ, like fasting or being more patient or dedicating more time to the sick and the elderly and so on. The Catholic Church establishes that every Friday of Lent is a day of abstinence (no meat) and Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are both days of fasting and abstinence. This is just an example of things we may do in order to show how much we love God.

Besides these offerings, I would say that the most beautiful way to show our love for Jesus Christ is by coming to Mass every day and receiving the Body of Jesus Christ, if that is possible in your schedule. As you know, we have daily masses during weekdays at 6:30am, 8am, and 5pm.  On weekends you have a lot of options to participate in the celebration of Mass. If you wish, you might try to promise Jesus Christ your participation at daily Mass. I remember many people doing so in the old times when I was a little boy a long time ago! I can tell you that the reception of the Body of Jesus Christ at the beginning of the day makes your day! It is not you alone but God with you facing the many problems that come to you, some expected and others unexpected.

Needless to say, a loving and sincere confession of our sins will help a lot to get us closer to God. Do not be afraid of coming to confession. The Devil doesn’t want you to do that because he knows how happy you will be in getting rid of a heavy burden. You will enjoy that moment of the forgiveness of your sins through the infinite mercy of God. Besides, the Devil knows that by confessing your sins you will love God more and more out of gratitude. If you want to experience it, every day, before our Holy Mass we have an hour of confessions plus on Thursday there is extra time, as noted in the bulletin.

Every Tuesday of Lent, after 8am Mass, in the Hospitality Room, we will talk about the 12 topics that are proposed to prepare for the World Family Meeting in Philadelphia this coming September. I will lead that meeting and explain the teaching of the Catholic Faith to all of you who want and have time to come. In the evenings, every Tuesday of  Lent, at 7pm in the Hospitality Room, we will have a cultural talk about topics that are truly important in our modern world, like “Creation and Science”, “Creation and Evolution” and so on. The list of topics is posted at the entrance of each door of the Church.

Finally, I know how generous you are and the tremendous sacrifice you are doing for our Church. And I really do not like to ask for money. But if you see that you can increase your weekly donation to the Church, no matter how much, without hurting what you need for your living and for your family, that would be excellent. In the past finance meetings we are seeing that the collection is going down and there are many bills to pay every month. If you want to know more about the incomes and the expenses of our parish, feel free to talk with our bookkeeper, Connie Koeller, or the Head of the Finance Committee in Saint Mary, Lee Eggers. I have not asked for an increase in the weekly donation since I came to Saint Mary’s three years ago. But again, only if you see you can do so without hurting your family and your needs.

I hope all of you are doing well. I am truly happy with my 10th grade religious education class. I hope the students are happy with me too. We are learning a lot.

Every day I pray for you as well as for people who do not belong to our parish. I include in my prayer all the people who left our Church and I wish all of them to return to the great family of Saint Mary’s.

May God keep blessing all of you and your families.

Truly sincere,

Fr. Faustino Ruiz, your Pastor.

Pastoral Council: Thoughts for Reflection

February 22, 2015

Lent

 A world filled with affliction and tests of our faithfulness

Lent bids us to return to the innocence of baptism. As Noah and his family were saved through the waters of the deluge, we were saved through the waters of baptism, Peter reminds us in today’s Epistle.

And God’s covenant with Noah in today’s First Reading marked the start of a new world. But it also prefigured a new and greater covenant between God and His creation.

We see that new covenant and that new creation begin in today’s Gospel.

Jesus is portrayed as the new Adam – the beloved son of God (see Mark 1:11; Luke 3:38), living in harmony with the wild beasts (see Genesis 2:19-20), being served by angels (see  Ezekiel 28:12-14).

Like Adam, He too is tempted by the devil. But while Adam fell, giving reign to sin and death, Jesus is victorious.

This is the good news, the “gospel of God” that He proclaims. Through His death, resurrection, and enthronement at the right hand of the Father, the world is once again made God’s kingdom.

In the waters of baptism, each of us entered the kingdom of His beloved Son (see Colossians 1:13-14). We were made children of God, new creations (see 2 Corinthians 5:7; Galatians 4:3-7).

But like Jesus, and Israel before Him, we have passed through the baptismal waters only to be driven into the wilderness – a world filled with afflictions and tests of our faithfulness (see 1 Corinthians 10:1-4, 9,13; Deuteronomy 8:2,16).

We are led on this journey by Jesus. He is the Savior – the way and the truth we sing of in today’s Psalm (see John 14:6). He feeds us with the bread of angels (see Psalm 78:25; Wisdom 16:20), and cleanses our consciences in the sacrament of reconciliation.

As we begin this holy season, let us renew our baptismal vows, to repent and believe the gospel.

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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

 

Thoughts and Reflections on the Holy Eucharist

Eucharist

 

Father Mike Schmitz from St. Paul, MN. speaks to 10,000 college students at this year’s Focus Conference in Nashville, TN. about the Holy Eucharist and offers a wonderful perspective on how we might develop a loving relationship with Jesus Christ. (The talk actually begins 12 minutes into the video, so you might want to forward past the first 11 minutes.)

Fr. Mike Schmitz Video

The Church of Vatican II: The Netherlands Without Christ

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Catholics have practically disappeared from this heart of Europe.
Protestants are also disarmed.
The cities are open to Islam.