Monday, February 19, 2018

Talk: Eucharistic Adoration from Marge Veeder

At St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Columban will be focusing to Eucharistic Adoration.  That is our mission this Lent.

Listen to her great talk at the end of Mass here.

"Repent and believe in the Gospel": 1st Sunday in Lent Time

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
·      Holy Grail: Harrison Ford and Sean Connery
o   Test
§  Breath of God:
·      “The penitent man will pass”
·      Kneels
§  The name of God—follow God’s steps
·      “Jehovah”
·      Forgot that it was in Latin and almost fell
§  Leap of Faith: “You must believe, boy!”  (Sean Connery)
·      Saw a huge chasm that would be impossible, in our vision
·      He put out his foot, and put it down…and stepped on the bridge
·      A cool cinematography
·      We, as penitent, must kneel
o   Last week across the river
o   When have you knelt?
o   Mass
o   By your bed?
o   By someone in the nursing home?
o   Someone dying?
·      Believe
o   Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
o   God has given us great natural talents: medicine, doctors, surgeons, etc.
o   But God also shows supernatural virtue of faith
§  A theological virtue
o   250 times in the New Testament
o   Little faith?  Or true faith?
·      Gospel
o   eujagge÷lion = Good News
o   People may be learning this good news
o   Some may be growing with this good news
o   But are you really repenting and believing?
Finally Cassie Bernall at Columbine
·      Do you believe in God?
o   Yes

Right now, how can you repent, believe and know the Good News?

Parish Bulletin Article: "Goals in Lent": 2-18-18

And here we go for Lent, 2018.  Welcome back to fasting, praying, almsgiving, purple, pink, ashes, palms, scriptures, fish and more.
Please dive into these 40 days.  Take Lent day by day, and focus on Jesus Christ, as we already know how the story concludes with Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection.  But if we take small steps every day, you can change some great opportunities to grow slowly in your spiritual lives.
Last fall I met with my spiritual director before Advent.  I asked Fr. Toni Wrobleski for some of his ideas.  He told me something that inspired me, and I hope that it helps you too.  He said, “Ben, don’t just give something away.  Yes, do that, but also add something to your prayer life.”
As I am a goal-oriented person, here are some ideas that may support you to both give away and add something spiritually.
Physical Ideas:
·      Give away something in which you eat or drink;
·      Do a “purge” of your closet at home with clothes—if you haven’t used it for a year, it could probably help someone who needs it now;
·      Offer part of your treasure to support the Operation Rice Bowl, our parish, our school, our Clothes Closet, the Servants of Shelter, our food shelf or others;
·      Write a card, letter or phone call to a loved one in your life each day;
·      Visit a nursing home or hospital to visit brothers and sisters who may be lonely or suffering;
·      Turn off your television, Netflix, internet, texting, snap chat, Facebook.
Spiritual Ideas:
·      Stretch your soul with a daily type of prayer like reading the Bible, Mass readings, Rosary, Chaplet or a devotion;
·      Find a spiritual book that you can consistently read;
·      Use a prayer journal;
·      Add prayers during normal habits like brushing your teeth, waking up in the morning or going to bed, exercising, doing dishes, doing laundry, beginning and ending a drive, before an end of a family meal;
·      Check out the belief of our Catholic morality;
·      Offer intercessions in your prayer and/or at Mass;
Finally, I always remember a great idea from a priest from St. Paul Seminary, then Fr. Andrew Cozzens, who is now Bishop Andrew Cozzens, in the middle of Lent.  He said, “If you have not failed something in your goals in Lent, you chose something too easy!”
Let’s journey well in Lent.

God Bless!

Check out our Liturgical calendar: Friday, February 16th, 2018

Listen to the homily here.

We know the end of the Story: Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Listen to the homily here.



Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ashes begin Lent: Ash Wednesday

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

Process for our ashes
·      We burnt them yesterday
·      Last night I simply took the ashes through a colander or sieve, then a half spoon and have fork so a 4 year old said, “A spork”
·      (There is what it looked like)
·      So all of this “dust” is what we will come
·      Now I will take these smaller containers
·      After this homily I will bless the ashes and add holy water
·      Then you will receive the ashes on your forehead
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘Take care not to perform righteous deeds
in order that people may see them;
otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.’”
·      Now today, as well as the rest of Lent, do not perform righteous deeds
·      We must to be humble
·      Don’t brag!  Its placement can open doors to what we are doing, and people make ask a conversation
What are you doing in Lent?
·      Next bulletin article: give something away and add something
This Lent I hope that we will focus on Eucharistic Adoration—enter the chapel after Mass


Physical food or spiritual food?: Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Listen to the homily here.