Pastor’s News Notes 5/14/2017

SPECIAL NOTE:  “Know Your Rights” –Parishioners respond.

I thought I would follow up my letter sent out to you last week regarding the Church’s actions being taken in the realm of shepherding immigrants and refugees.

Generally, response has been supportive and understanding, but a few observations that have come to me from you deserve sharing: (paraphrasing)

  • “Your letter, Monsignor, and that of the archbishop lack recognition of the main Issue—criminals need to be prevented from coming in and those criminals that are here need to leave!”
  • “I understand helping long-time good and contributing illegal residents and treating them with compassion, but there nevertheless needs to be clear consequences of their illegal status and requirements for their staying.”
  • “I can’t help but feel that the church is asking its members to be complicit in aiding illegal immigrants by showing them how to hide and avoid the law. That just isn’t right and will only exacerbate the problem.”
  • “Where can I get one of the cards? We love our housekeeper who has been part of our family for so many years.  Her papers may be in question and we would like to help her.”
  • “What the Church is doing is just wrong and I am so angry. The letters you sent just made me more angry.”
  • “President Trump is getting a bad wrap. He only wants to deport criminals, increase border security, keep criminals out.  He wants to work with congress to create a path to citizenship for illegal folks who are law-abiding.  The Church can work with him.”

Thank you for your heartfelt and passionate responses! They count and they matter. Thank you for trusting me to talk with me! Any historian will tell you that Christians have often found themselves in serious disagreement since Jesus rose and ascended into heaven.  Not even Pentecost solved this.  Know that I will continue to try and offer a forum of some kind based on your continued feedback and advice.  I will also share our journey with Archbishop Gomez and Bishop O’Connell.  Holy Spirit be our Guide!

Pastor’s Corner 5/14/2017

In St. John’s Gospel this Sunday Jesus declares:

“In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places . . .”
and “. . . I am going to prepare a place for you.”

These words are found in the 14th Chapter of John (1- 12); it is one of the most frequently chosen passages for funeral masses and one of my favorites personally. Jesus’ words are words of assurance and they are consummately personal—A PLACE FOR YOU! This is exciting! For myself, since Jesus knows me better than anyone else, I imagine that my dwelling place will be a three-bedroom, two-bath, with a balcony from which I can watch at least three forms of transportation (preferably trains, planes, and ships) – and with walking distance to Wienerschnitzel. (Jesus, if you REALLY love me!) I think I’m kidding. Continue Reading

Pastor’s Corner 4/30/2017

“. . . he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.”

These words from today’s gospel passage from St. Luke could not be more foundational to our faith and religion as Roman Catholics. These words testify to the earliest origins of the Holy Eucharist that you and I celebrate this very Sunday. And this is one of the reasons that our Roman Catholic Church has retained its centrality in the Eucharist. Our church always wants to be identified with the presence of Christ “in the breaking of the bread.” The disciples with Jesus at Emmaus image the Christian Community in microcosm—His Church—that ultimately understands itself best when gathered at the table of the Lord. This IS where Christ is most easily recognized—when we are “doing this in memory of him.” Continue Reading