Let us welcome Fr. Ryan Lee

06-26-2016From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

As I wrote last week, Monday is the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and therefore a solemnity in our parish. We will have our normal morning Masses and a bi-lingual evening Mass at 7:00 pm. Fr. Keith will celebrate the evening Mass and it will be his last scheduled Mass at OLPH.

Next weekend we will welcome Fr. Ryan Lee as our new parochial vicar with receptions after the Masses. Fr. Ryan will celebrate the English schedule next weekend and then the other Masses for the next two weekends. I know I do not need to encourage you to make him feel welcome.

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Farewell to Fr. Keith Kenney

06-19-2016From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

Sometimes we take for granted all of the blessings we receive from God. As a pastor for over 20 years I have had many parochial vicars (associate pastors) to work with and we have been blessed here at OLPH since I have been pastor. The three priests I have worked with here have been great, and I am so grateful.

Next weekend is the last weekend for Fr. Keith. Of course, we will have receptions Saturday evening after the 5pm Mass and Sunday morning beginning at 9am. Please plan to come by and thank Fr. Keith for all he has done to help our parish community grow in faith.

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Celebrating the Ordination of Deacon Ryan Lee to the Priesthood

06-12-2016From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

This weekend we celebrate the ordination of Deacon Ryan Lee to the priesthood of Jesus Christ. He will be our new parochial vicar, or associate pastor. He will also celebrate his first Mass as a priest. Last weekend I celebrated my anniversary of ordination: 33 years! It is always fun to see the newly ordained and to have some idea of what their life will be like; and they really have no idea!

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What sets us apart from other believers

06-05-2016From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

Recently, I wrote to you about the importance of the feasts we have just celebrated, the Most Holy Trinity and the Body and Blood of Christ. I said that these two celebrations mark us out as different from other believers.   Someone wrote to me that they did not understand what I was saying.

Most Christians do not believe that Christ is truly present, "body and blood, soul and divinity", in the Eucharist. Depending on their church they have different ways of defining communion, but always short of really and truly present. Other Christian brothers and sisters also deal with the Holy Trinity in different ways according to their tradition.

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Celebrating the Ordination of Deacon Ryan Lee to the Priesthood

--From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

This weekend we celebrate the ordination of Deacon Ryan Lee to the priesthood of Jesus Christ. He will be our new parochial vicar, or associate pastor. He will also celebrate his first Mass as a priest. Last weekend I celebrated my anniversary of ordination: 33 years! It is always fun to see the newly ordained and to have some idea of what their life will be like; and they really have no idea!

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