Sunday, May 14, 2017

We need more Deacons!: 5th Sunday of Easter

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Notes:

Last weekend we were blessed with the sacrament of confirmation for our brothers and sisters (or your children or grandchildren!)
·      I cherish this gift from God
·      First, I don’t have to do much of anything!
·      Seriously, we were the body of our Church
o   Bishop, priest, deacon, laity, servers, musicians, sacristans, ushers
o   We all gathered together for the feast of listening to God’s Word and receive Jesus’ Body and Blood
Our family continues to grow
Our first words in the first reading: “the number of disciples continued to grow…"
·      I mentioned this before, but we are now up to 11-12 children to be baptized!
·      Our relationships with Christ and ourselves continue to grow
·      I also hope that we continue to discern the mission—or vocation—how God has called us
Remember that at each Mass, we pray for vocations
·      Priesthood, diaconate, religious life and holy marriages
·      Each of these are essential
·      Each of these hone us into our part of our family
Diaconate
·      The first reading continues: “the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution.  So the Twelve called together the community of the disciples and said, "It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at table.  Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men, filled with the Spirit and wisdom, whom we shall appoint to this task, whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word."
·      I mention this, because each of us have the mission that has God has told us to do
I believe that we need some deacons!
·      In Duluth, Brainerd and Ely have several deacons which asserts their parishes for Eucharistic Ministry, baptisms, funerals (without Mass) and proclamation to the Gospel
·      If you are an adult man, please discern the diaconate. 
·      If you are at Mass during the opening for fishing and/or deer hunting, you may be called to be a deacon

·      We need more deacons at it take our family to another gear to Christ

Parish Bulletin Article: "Mother's and Mother Mary's Day": 5-14-17

            This is a treasured weekend. 
Number one: happy Mother’s day! 
I believe that life itself is a miracle.  Through moms and dads and God, we were each brought to earth.  What I think is amazing is that every person on earth was born through a woman—a mother.  Thank you mothers for your gifts to life!
This weekend also reminds us for Mother Mary, through the whole month of May.  Praise God for the best Mother of all time and without sin.
And here are some other cool events in our Church through our Mother.  Saturday, May 13th, 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the miracle from our Lady of Fatima (who is another title for Mother Mary).  We will be offering different ways to learn, pray and grow in faith through our Mother.  The first event will be right after Mass this evening with Eucharistic adoration.
On the same day (Saturday), Pope Francis will be canonizing two individuals of three of the Portuguese shepherd who saw Our Lady of Fatima—Jacinta Marto and her brother Francisco.  They will be the youngest saints in history.
Finally, did you know what happened on May 13th, 1981?  St. John Paul II was shot as someone was trying to assassinate him.  And who did he ask for prayers?  Our Lady of Fatima.  Later, JPII placed a bullet in which he was shot in the crown of Our Lady of Fatima in Rome!
Let us take this weekend for time for all of our mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers and the Mother for all!
God Bless!



"The word of God continued to spread and grow...": Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

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Notes:

“The word of God continued to spread and grow…they proclaimed the word of God.”



Three important verses: Acts 11:26, John 10:28-29, John 30: Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

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Notes:

Three verses this morning:
Acts 11:26
·      “Christians” two times used in the Bible
·      Following Jesus Christ
·      Disciples as students, apostles as sent
John 10:28-29
·      “No one can take them out of my hand. 
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,
and no one can take them out of the Father's hand.
John 10:30
·      “The Father and I are one.”



Check out three readings about Our Shepherd: John 10, Psalm 23, Ezekiel 34: Monday, May 8th, 2017

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Notes:

The Good Shepherd
·      Psalm 23
·      Ezekiel 34
·      John 10:1-18
·      “I am the good shepherd”
·      “I am the gate.”
·      A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”


Important spiritual events in May: 4th Sunday of Easter

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Notes:

Since Easter, we have had several young families asking for their child to be baptized
·      Also, in two weeks we will have 7 juniors confirmed and 16 2nd graders receiving their first communion
·      This is Good News!
Listen to what Peter was speaking about those who heard the Good News of Jesus Christ
·      "Let the whole house of Israel know for certain
that God has made both Lord and Christ,
this Jesus whom you crucified." 
·      Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart,
and they asked Peter and the other apostles,
"What are we to do, my brothers?" 
·      "Repent and be baptized, every one of you,
in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins;
and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
·      And 3,000 persons were added to our family!
These are some basic beliefs in our faith
·      Sins—which each of us, even today, caused Jesus to be crucified
·      Repentance—to return back to Christ
·      Be baptized—we do need more than 8 children in our community
o   Go fishing for people
·      The gift of the Holy Spirit
o   Both baptism and confirmation
o   And we do need more to come back for confirmation!
This is your job…your mission
·      As a priest, my service is in our parishes—and I do what I can in our community
·      But it is you, brothers and sisters, our laity
o   “What are we to do?”
·      You are called to repent and be baptized (or confirmed)
·      You are called from God to share the Good News
·      You are called to invite your coworkers, family members, friends
·      You are called to be a priest (service through faith), prophet (to proclaim God’s love) and king (to follow Jesus Christ’s type of king)
Sheep follows their shepherd

·      We must follow our shepherd

Tea and Crumpets with the Kindergartens: Thursday, May 4th, 2017 (School Mass)

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

"A"postles and "a"postles: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

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Notes:

Sts. Philip and James: apostles
Their message goes out through all the earth.
·      Proclaiming, preaching, healing, sharing the Good News
·      1 Corinthians 15:1-8 (St. Paul)
o   “to the word I preached to you”
o   Nugget of our belief
o   Christ died for our sins, he was buried, that he was raised
Each disciples are called to be an “apostle”
·      “sent”

·      Where are you sent from Jesus Christ?

How to preach for a homily?: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

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Notes:

John 6: next step
"What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you?
What can you do?
·      Careful!

"Amen, amen, I say to you,
it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven;
my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 
·      From God, not Moses
·      From heaven, not earth

"Sir, give us this bread always." 
Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst."
·      Yes, hungry and thirsty for our bodies and physical world
·      But here is an essential step from Jesus: what about our soul?  Our salvation?  Our dimension that is above our earth?


Natural vs. supernatural: Monday, May 1st, 2017

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Notes:

Jesus teaching through natural to supernatural
·      “The wind blows where it wills,
and you can hear the sound it makes,
but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes;
so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
o   Wind: calm, windy, gusts, dangerous (tornado, hurricane, blizzard)
o   If the physical world can do this, how about the spiritual world?
The Acts of the Apostles—the Gospel of the Holy Spirit
·      The Spirit: “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.  And God said, “Let there be light”
·      “As they prayed, the place where they were gathered shook,
and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.”


Jesus made all the difference for the path of lif: 3rd Sunday of Easter

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Notes:

Our responsorial psalm today
·      Lord, you will show us the path of life.”
o   Our own life…our families life…our friends life…spiritually through our life with faith…life of belief…
o   Life that is hard
o   Jesus never said that our Catholic Church is easy, or a cakewalk, or popular
Jesus said in Matthew 7
·      For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
Listen some pieces of our Gospel
·      After Jesus died and some new information that he rose from the dead
·      “…two of Jesus' disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus…”
o   These disciples were walking, speaking and discerning
o   7 miles away from Jerusalem
·      Jesus himself drew near and walked with them…”
o   Do you know that Jesus draws near to each of you?
o   But sometimes, like these disciples, our “…eyes were prevented from recognizing him.”
·      Normally, we do not physically see Jesus Christ, or God
·      But we can spiritually see
At the end of this narrative, how did the disciples see Jesus Christ?  How did they know what the path was?
·      And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them.  With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight.”
·      The path of life: with Jesus Christ
o   Walk with him, talk with him, listen to him
o   This assists us to go against our culture, against Hollywood, against media, against busyness, against mediocrity
Robert Frost:
·      “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”
·      Our Catholic Church is “less traveled by”
·      And Jesus Christ makes all the difference


Parish Bulletin Article: "Easter Season": 4-30-17

            We continue to walk through the rich season of Easter.  As Lent was 40 days, Easter is 50 days!  Actually, the last day in this season is called Pentecost, the solemn liturgy on the 50th day.
            We have many gifts from the Holy Spirit this season in our spiritual lives.  We will welcome our juniors on Sunday, May 7th as Bishop Paul Sirba will lay his hands and use the Chrism oil for their confirmation.  On Sunday, May 21st, our second graders will receive their first communion through Jesus’ Body and Blood.  We will also celebrate the Ascension of the Lord (when Jesus rose to heaven)—May 27th and 28th—and the reception of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost—June 3rd and 4th.
            We will also continue to pray for some gifts through our physical world: a garage sale, a cool evening with our school, our closing day for our house, the buying a new house and discerning the future for our buildings.
            I am proud for all of our parishioners who serve, volunteer, support and walk with each other to follow God’s will for St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Columban parishes.  God always shows us what we need, both in the spiritual and the physical worlds.
            Continue to follow our shepherd—Jesus Christ!
            God Bless!

            

The first Confirmation in 2017 at St. Thomas Aquinas!: Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

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Notes:

Welcome Bernice and Denise we are grateful for your Confirmation

Within the next month we have Bernice and our high school juniors Confirmation as well as our first communions

Bernice—welcome your communion too!

Life is hard
·      I know that Bernice had some tough times with loved ones who passed away, an injury
·      Life is hard
·      During both Baptism and Confirmation—we share the sign of the cross
·      It is powerful, but a reminder that we Christians…we Catholics…are not going through a cakewalk
·      Life is tough

Finally, brothers and sisters…let us continue to invite people for baptisms, confessions, first communions, confirmation
·      Especially RCIA


The evangelist St. Mark: Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

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Notes:

1 Peter 5: “So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.  Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.”
·      Humble
·      Cast all your worries
·      He cares for you

Mark 16: “But they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.”
·      they went forth and preached everywhere
·      the Lord worked with them


The Spirit or Flesh?: Monday, April 24th, 2017

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Notes:

Jesus teaching through natural to supernatural
·      “The wind blows where it wills,
and you can hear the sound it makes,
but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes;
so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
o   Wind: calm, windy, gusts, dangerous (tornado, hurricane, blizzard)
o   If the physical world can do this, how about the spiritual world?
The Acts of the Apostles—the Gospel of the Holy Spirit
·      The Spirit: “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.  And God said, “Let there be light”
·      “As they prayed, the place where they were gathered shook,
and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.”