Tuesday, June 20, 2017

How do we love our enemies?" Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

Jesus said to his disciples:
"You have heard that it was said,
You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.

But I say to you, love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you,”
·      That is a revolutionary belief
·      Jesus Christ showed his love for those who killed him
·      Jesus taught and teaches us today
that you may be children of your heavenly Father,
for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,
and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.”
·      God created everything
·      He allows us to have our will
·      Which means each of us are sinners
For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?
Do not the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet your brothers only,
what is unusual about that?
Do not the pagans do the same?
·      Love is what is different
·      In the first centuries, love is what allowed pagans and enemies to know who they were
So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect."


Salvation history taught in Mass: Monday, June 19th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

Behold, now is a very acceptable time;
behold, now is the day of salvation.”

“The Lord has made known his salvation.”

Salvation history
·      God’s plan to save the world

The story of salvation
·      4th Eucharistic Prayer



Parish Bulletin Article: "Support our Vision with our Pastoral Councilors": 6-11-17

            In my vision as a pastor with an assignment for you, I believe that we must support our vision.  God has given many of you gifts, charismas and talents that can support our church family.  I praise God for many parishioners who focus to different spots for our churches, like our liturgy, cleaning, laundry, buildings, grounds, finances, faith formation, school and more.
As we have different committees I want to list the men and women who are in our pastoral councils.  This might be the first time that I will write their names as this could help our bigger conversations with our vision.  As we gather—monthly at St. Thomas Aquinas and quarterly at St. Columban—I love how we can work together.  I also think that knowing their names can support new conversations with some great men and women.  Here you go!
St. Thomas Aquinas:
·      Pat Kjellgren
·      Tom Lucca
·      Pat Bjorum
·      Les Hendrickson
·      Dave Chute
·      Jay Bartkowski
·      Tammy Jo Weyrauch
St. Columban:
·      Joe Reller
·      Rosie Rasmussen
·      Harvey Lehman
·      Mary Gaetzke
·      Deb Polkinghorne
When you have good thoughts, good ideas and/or good opportunities for our churches, please share with our pastoral members or me.  The more communication the better for each of us!
God Bless!
             

            

Holy Trinity: God is love: 10th Ordinary Sunday (Holy Trinity)

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Notes:

Holy Trinity
Do you know that we believe many things that are not in the Bible?
·      Physical things
o   Chipmunk
o   Toilet Paper
o   Jupiter
o   Surgery
o   These are things we have learned from reason, science, math
·      Spiritual things
o   Anointing of the Sick
o   Ordination
o   Trinity
§  “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
and the love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.”
o   We Catholics believe both Sacred Scriptures and Sacred Tradition
Trinity
·      Three persons in one God
·      Mystical and a paradox
·      Father, Son and Holy Spirit are in a different dimension…a different world
·      We live in time and space
·      God created our time and our space
Here is one way to learn about what we read in the Bible
·      The Father
o   Creator: Genesis
o   LORD what our Jewish don’t even use the word YHWH
o   Old Testament:
§  Now, Lord, you know that I take this wife of mine
not because of lust,
but for a noble purpose.
Call down your mercy on me and on her,
and allow us to live together to a happy old age.
o   and New Testament
·      The Son
o   New Testament
o   Jesus Christ
§  God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
o   Jesus Christ spoke about the Father
o   And the Holy Spirit
·      The Spirit
o   Last weekend: Pentecost
o   Open our hearts to the Holy Spirit which I spoke about last weekend
God is one with three persons
·      Yes, learn some more!
·      Yes, believe in our Catholic creed (like Mass)
·      Yes, know that this three persons in one God is in a kernel with three words:
God is love


A marriage reading in weddings from Tobit: Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

Tobit
·      Read it!
·      While it was a longer reading, it had snippets through three chapters
·      One of the best moments is that Tobit and Sarah were married
A wonderful reading for marriages
·      "My love, get up.
Let us pray and beg our Lord to have mercy on us
and to grant us deliverance."
·      "Blessed are you, O God of our fathers,
praised be your name forever and ever.
Let the heavens and all your creation”
praise you forever.

·      “Now, Lord, you know that I take this wife of mine
not because of lust,
but for a noble purpose.
Call down your mercy on me and on her,
and allow us to live together to a happy old age.”

Truth between Tobit and Mark: Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

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Notes:

Cool transitions between Tobit and Mark
·      These connect death and resurrection
Tobit and Sarah were in suffering moments and both asked to die
·      Tobit
o   Personally was blinded, being persecuted with his good deeds and facing challenges
§  Grief-stricken in spirit, I, Tobit, groaned and wept aloud.”
§  "So now, deal with me as you please,
and command my life breath to be taken from me,
that I may go from the face of the earth into dust.”
·      Sarah
o   She was married seven times and each of her seven husbands died
o   She, too, was in a tough spot
o   The girl was deeply saddened that day,
and she went into an upper chamber of her house, 
where she planned to hang herself.”
Now, check out the good news from Tobit to Jesus Christ
·      Again, Jesus was tested
·      The Sadducees did not believe in resurrection
·      They asked about a woman who was married seven different times
·      Their test: who will she be married in heaven?
·      Jesus answer again
o   "Are you not misled
because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?
When they rise from the dead,
they neither marry nor are given in marriage,
but they are like the angels in heaven.”
o   He is not God of the dead but of the living.
You are greatly misled."

We Catholics believe in heaven

Taxes: Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

You have probably heard this line before: “There were only two things certain in life: death and taxes.”

“Pharisees and Herodians were sent to Jesus to ensnare him in his speech…”

“Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?  Should we pay or should we not pay?”


“Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs God.”

Parish Bulletin Article: "Mide, Body and Soul": 6-4-17

            As our schools finished for 2016-2017 I would like to offer a few ways for your body, mind and soul.  In a special way, many students, graduates and teachers might receive many moments to grow through a relaxation season.  At the same time, I hope that this article can support each of our lives.
            This is a great time to exercise, jump into hobbies, go outside and visit social events for your body.  Each of these can support health that serves not only your body, but your mind and soul as well!
            It is also a wonderful time to read.  Check out a great novel and read some spiritual books, especially the Bible and the hundreds offered free or loaned from our library.  Like our whole body, the more we can strengthen our minds the more we can get better.  As it has been said well, “If you don’t use it, you will lose it.”
            This season may allow more time for your soul too.  Make sure you can make it to Mass on the weekends.  Check out a daily Mass with yourself or your family.  Spend some time to pray at home, in a boat, outside, in our parish or our Eucharistic Adoration chapel.  A few moments with God can change your life.
            Finally, I would like to challenge myself and you to go against our culture which is filled with unreality.  According to a dictionary, unreality is: “the quality of being imaginary, illusory, or unrealistic.”  How much time can you use in reality—nature, relationships and health versus television, movies, cell phones, social media and media?  While I do not say these are bad, I assume that many of us can balance them to channel our lives.
            Know of my prayers for all of us—God created each of us as a temple for the Holy Spirit.  Let us continue to open the doors of our house to serve us and our Lord during this wonderful season.
            God Bless!

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Holy Spirit as unifier, enlightener and enabler: 8th Sunday of Easter: Pentecost

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Notes:

John 20:19-23
·      Jesus Christ risen
·      Father: “Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
·      Holy Spirit: “Peace be with you…And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.”
The Pentecost: 50 days after Easter, the Holy Spirit was given to the first members of our Church
·      When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together.  And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were.”
Each of you: baptized brothers and sisters have received the Holy Spirit
·      Jesus is in heaven leading our family in a war against evil
·      He sends the Holy Spirit to give us courage, talents, gifts
·      Each of us are different parts of the body of Christ
I am reading a book: “In His Spirit: A Guide to Today’s Spirituality”
·      By Fr. Richard J. Hauser, S.J.
·      Wrote in 1982
·      Dynamic Catholic Book
Three words that has helped me to focus on the Spirit
·      Unifier, enlightener and enabler
·      Unifier
o   Union and love
o   The Holy Spirit is the bond between our Father and Son
o   He unifies our families, churches, Catholic Church, Jesus Mystical body
o   He shows us spiritual love: “to will the good of another
o   This unifies us with God and our neighbors
·      Enlightener
o   A guide
o   The prick of our conscience
o   With any good action: Mass, confession, prayer, works, service
§  The Spirit was the One to bring us there!
o   The gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord
·      Enabler
o   Strength to serve God and our neighbor
o   He shows us our mission
§  Holiness
§  Marriage, ordained or religious life
§  Your job

Check out this book as it shares our spiritual lives, our jobs for God and our neighbors, and it is filled with the Word of God throughout it

The last day of school!: Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

“Father, they are your gift to me.
I wish that where I am they also may be with me,
that they may see my glory that you gave me,
because you loved me before the foundation of the world.”


Mother Mary's Visitation to Elizabeth: May, Wednesday, 31st (Visitation)

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Notes:

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
·      Two important women
·      Mother Mary and Elizabeth
·      Both were pregnant
·      Both with her first son on the way
·      Their sons: Jesus and John the Baptist
“When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb…”
·      Two mothers two fathers and two sons
·      Crucial visitation!
·      We praise God for families, mothers and fathers and life
This is how our Catholic family began