Pastor’s Corner 6/25/2017

“EVEN ALL THE HAIRS OF YOUR HEAD ARE COUNTED!”

This along with Jesus’ declaration to his apostles that the Heavenly Father knows even if a small bird falls from a tree to the ground is meant to give assurance that not only is God aware and knowledgeable about us, but he cares deeply and personally about each and every one of us.

The Father is the one who calls and it is the Father who cares; his Son, Jesus, also promises to remain and to be with his disciples even to the end of the ages. Jesus imparts this message to those he is sending out as “sheep among wolves.”  He wants this faith to underpin what will be required of them along the way.  In this regard we are reminded of the prophet, Jeremiah, and the example he provides as in the midst of “terror on every side,” he says “But the Lord is with me like a mighty champion… ”

The summer days of backyard barbecues and of flying the flag are upon us.  It is a welcome time of shifting gears and celebrating the gift of life as individuals, couples, families, communities and nations.  It behooves us as Christians not to lose sight, though, of those who so desperately need the same reprieve but are not so fortunate.  The gift of “camperships” to inner city kids, reaching out to those far from home, aiding a shut-in or a caregiver to enjoy a summer concert are types of ways that we can be the instruments of the today’s Gospel assurance.  Those in hospitals and prisons can come to faith that Jesus is with them—no matter what—but an act of personal human care and kindness can be the gift of a little heaven on Earth.

Perhaps the greatest need today is to put every effort into finding out “Just how exactly does one learn to love one’s enemies?”  I think we should caucus this until we are blue in the face.  Why?  Because the very hairs of our heads are counted – so closely is God watching us.  And fear not, because, as humanly imperfect our efforts may be—God is our Champion!

WELCOME BACK, FR. ROBERTO M. IKE!

Next week we welcome back our beloved Fr. Roberto.  In the next bulletin we will include a little “bio” in order to introduce him to new members of the parish.  He will be with us through the month of July.  Praise Jesus!

Pastor’s Corner 6/18/2017

Today is the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ—also known as the Feast of Corpus Christi. Over my 40 years as a Roman Catholic priest, from parents of children preparing for sacraments, to members of RCIA classes, to people in formation and training to become Eucharistic Ministers, to couples preparing for marriage, to those headed toward ordination—ALL, at one time or another, have heard me make this claim, “The Most Holy Eucharist is the most perfect thing I know.” Simply put, this is why: it is because the celebration of the Holy Eucharist leads to Holy Communion. Furthermore, this is so important to bringing about Jesus’ kingdom and to carrying out His mission, all because he said—“Do this is memory of me.” Continue Reading

Pastor’s Corner 6/11/2017

Today we celebrate: THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY.

While this particular article of our faith may be a stumbling block for some, or the most difficult concept to wrap one’s arms around—three persons in one, and all of that—there is hardly an article of faith that could compete with its enormity in our creed as Roman Catholics, Orthodox, and a whole host of Christian denominations. After all, as Roman Catholics what don’t we begin without “In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”? What blessing would be complete without it? Continue Reading