Let us be good stewards of the blessings we receive

07-30-2017From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

We have received some good news that I want to share with you. First, the diocese has given us a grant to re-seal the west parking lot in front of the office and the parish hall. This has been needed for a couple of years but we did not have the money to do it. Work is scheduled to begin next week and should take a couple of days; of course, the parking lot may be closed during the work.

Secondly, after a few months of negotiation and planning, we have agreed to be a pilot parish for the diocese on a solar energy project. The plan is to cover a portion of the east parking lot and the basketball court in the school. This should either reduce our utility fees or keep them at the same rate if there is an increase by the utility company. Work should begin next month so please be patient.

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God is not in a hurry!

07-23-2017Faith and Family

Today’s readings show us that God is not in a hurry! It is dangerous to make judgments based on first impressions, before the proper amount of time has passed. No, God is not in a hurry. In our world today—fast is good, instant is better. Slow down and talk about one or more of today’s parables with your family. Let Jesus’ words sink in and renew your mind. What do these parables teach about time? About judging too soon? About letting God do his hidden work in us in His own time?

¡Las lecturas de hoy nos  muestranque Dios no tiene prisa! Es peligroso hacer juicios basados en las primeras impresiones, antes de que haya pasado un tiempo apropiado. No, Dios no tiene prisa. En nuestro mundo de hoy, rápido es bueno, instantáneo es mejor. Reduzca la velocidad y hable de una o más de las parábolas de hoy con su familia. Deje que las palabras de Jesús inunden y renueven su mente. ¿Qué enseñan estas parábolas sobre el tiempo? ¿Sobre juzgar demasiado pronto? ¿Sobre dejar que Dios haga su obra oculta en nosotros en Su tiempo?

Plenary Indulgence Opportunity

07-23-2017From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

I want to continue the message from Msgr. Bui concerning our diocesan celebration of the 100th anniversary of our Blessed Mother to the children of Fatima:

In commemorating the Centenary Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence opportunity until November 26, 2017. There are three ways to obtain the plenary indulgence: make a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, pray before a statue of Our Lady of Fatima in Church or chapel, and for the elderly and sick that cannot move, pray before the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in their own homes.

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Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima

07-16-2017From the PastorMsgr. Peter Dai Bui

Howdy,

Below is a message from Msgr. Peter Dai Bui, theological consultant to Bishop Olmsted:

Our Diocese will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima. Our Lady appeared to three children near the small town of Fatima, predicting a century marred by war and the rise of atheistic Communism. She also gave the visionaries simple ways to stop and even restore what would be lost. Her solution was simple: return to her Son Jesus through the practices of prayer and penance. These weapons are as powerful and relevant to us today as they have ever been.

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What is a Vocation?

07-09-2017From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

I borrowed this from Bishop James Wall of Gallup with his permission:

What is a Vocation?

From the Latin word "vocare" means "to call", a vocation is a call from God. Most people think of a vocation as job to do in life but it goes much deeper. It is important to understand that our first call from God is the call to be holy. Keeping this in mind, a vocation as Frederick Buechner defines it, "is where our deep gladness meets the world's deep need."

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Childlike Qualities

07-09-2017Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus praises God, the Father for hiding things from the wise and learned and revealing them to the childlike. What childlike qualities open us to receive from God? Maybe humility, which allows us the freedom to be who we are and not pretend to be better or worse than we are. Or perhaps joy and gratitude for simple gifts. Take some time to see and name the childlike qualities in each member of your family and praise God together for his goodness!

En el Evangelio de este domingo, Jesús alaba a Dios Padre por es- conder cosas a los sabios y revelarselas a los niños. ¿Qué cualidades infantiles abrimos para recibir de Dios? Tal vez la humildad, que nos permite la libertad de ser quien somos y no pretender ser mejor o peor de lo que somos. O tal vez alegría y gratitud por regalos simples. Tómese un tiempo para ver y nombrar las cualidades infantiles en cada miembro de su familia y alaben juntos a Dios por su bondad!

Jesus Brought Life out of Death

07-02-2017From the Pastor

"Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." When Jesus says paradoxical things like this, we can still trust him. Even when he makes claims that, at first glance, seem impossible, we know that he's not talking gibberish. Why? Because Jesus lived the ultimate paradox: he brought life out of death. His resurrection proves for us that things are not always as they appear. The Crucifixion, which looked like the end of Jesus' influence, was actually a tremendous new beginning.  

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Do Not Fear

07-02-2017Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

Can you find four reasons in today's first reading that we do not need to be afraid? In the Psalm find three more reasons not to fear. Then in the Gospel Jesus warns us against fear three times. "Fear no one." "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul." "So, do not be afraid."

The one thing we should be afraid of is "the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna." The Church teaches that the stubborn refusal to repent from sin and trust in God is the one thing that can destroy both soul and body.

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