Monday, August 21, 2017

Listen and see God: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Listen to the homily here.

Parish Bulletin Article: "Two Cool Prospects: 8-13-17

            We have two cool prospects in the next month or so.
            First, I am excited to watch the process for our next directory.  If you have not signed for your photos yet, please do so.  Each family or individual will receive a free directory and an 8x10 photo.  The more parishioners, the more depths of our family and it will be cool to see the final product for each of us.
            Second, we are also discerning a type of mission during mid-September.  At now we are organizing for a picnic at St. Thomas Aquinas and will be inviting all of our parishioners.  (Please pencil Sunday, September 10th as we are confirming this date with several of our groups).
            We will also listen, focus and serve, as Nic Davidson will be speaking to us on Wednesday, September 13th.  The two weekends—both before and after Nic’s talk—will help us to encourage each other to work together for our parishes and grounds, grow in relationships and fellowship and grow in faith. 
            The goal is to produce joy, fruit and service to the gifts that God has given us.
            As one idiom said, “Many hands make light work.”  I believe that we can support our parishes as a family, our own time, talents and treasure and growth in both our individual and communal spiritual lives.
            Keep your eyes on the bulletins and your ears to more information for a cool mission together!

            God Bless!

John 12:24 and St. Lawrence: Thursday, August 10th, 2017 (St. Lawrence)

Listen to the homily here.

Do the job that you are called to do: Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.


Moses and Jesus: Monday, August 7th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

Moses
·      "Why do you treat your servant so badly?"  Moses asked the LORD.  "Why are you so displeased with me
that you burden me with all this people?
Jesus
·      “When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick.”
·      "This is a deserted place and it is already late;
dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages
and buy food for themselves."
He said to them, "There is no need for them to go away;
give them some food yourselves."
·      “…he said the blessing, broke the loaves,
and gave them to the disciples…”


Transfiguration: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
·      Egg on the leaf
·      One apple
·      Two pears
·      Three plums
·      Four strawberries
·      Five oranges
·      One piece of chocolate cake, one ice cream cone, one pickle, one slice of swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake and one slice of watermelon
·      One green leaf
·      Not hungry
·      Cocoon
·      Spoil alert!  It became a butterfly
Metamorphosis: a change from one nature into a totally different one
·      And the same word in English?
·      Transfiguration
Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother, John, 
and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them; 
his face shone like the sun 
and his clothes became white as light.”
·      Jesus Christ was like us as a human, but also as God
·      One analogy is that Jesus was like us like caterpillar…but he is also God
And are we not hungry?
·      Physically and spiritually
·      And we must eat! 
o   We are fed spiritually with Baptism
o   We are nourished with confession
o   We received Jesus’ Body and Blood in Eucharist
o   We are strengthened by Confirmation
o   We are encouraged with holy Marriage or the ordination
o   We are give confidence with Anointing of the Sick
And we can be transfigured—changed—to a different life in heaven—saints
We did not follow cleverly devised myths
when we made known to you
the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty.”





Parish Bulletin Article: "Listen!": 8-6-17

            This morning (Monday, July 31st, 2017) I had a fun time with some coffee and gentlemen after daily Mass and this evening we had a wonderful gathering for our Evangelization Team.  I would like to offer some cool thoughts that some of our powerful parishioners shared:
·      One said, “We must be alive again!”  He encouraged us to invite brothers and sisters to our parishes—we must welcome people to our parishes, not only in the church, but also to the point from peoples’ vehicles!  I agree and I believe that we must learn from our brothers and sisters in other denominations as many of them do much to welcome and/or invite more than us!  He also mentioned that we should remember our history in which we had a choir.  Can we not do that again?
·      Similarly, someone said, “To remember a person, we must remember the person’s name.”  How many parishioners do you know at your parish?  (Remember the test I wrote about several weeks ago?).
·      Another exclaimed: “Each of us have a mission to share our faith!  This year, can we encourage, invite, welcome and converse with one person in your life?”  That encouraged me and I hope it does to you too!
·      Another mentioned that, “We Catholics have the full truth of Jesus Christ.  We have the Eucharist.  We have the sacraments.”  Yes, indeed.
I am always impressed how God works through each of your lives.  And, through the sacrament of baptism has given each of you the power, the talents, the gifts and your witness to follow God.
St. Theresa of Avila once said, “If Christ Jesus dwells in a man as his friend and noble leader, that man can endure all things, for Christ helps and strengthens us and never abandons us.  He is a true friend.
And our savior said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide…”
            Listen to your brothers and sisters.  Listen to St. Theresa of Avila.  Listen to Jesus Christ himself!  Get to work to keep our parishes to be alive to be active and to be joyful!

God Bless!