Uniting Our Suffering with Jesus'

In this Sunday’s readings we reflect and pray with the fact that Our Lord and God in the person of Jesus Christ came to this earth to suffer for our redemption and salvation. I found this prayer in a book called, Consoling the Heart of Jesus by Fr. Michael Gaitley, and found it to be appropriate as we reflect on Jesus’ suffering and our suffering that we unite to His.

Father, behold the suffering of your Son, Jesus.

I lift him up to you.

Although I’m weak and don’t have much to offer myself,

Dear Father, your Son’s merits are infinite.

So, behold, to your Son’s suffering, I unite my own,

and I ask you to save all those poor, unrepentant sinners who have no one else to pray for them.

Yes, Father, I believe that your Son’s infinite merits can accomplish this.

Amen.

God is Always With Us

"For this command that I enjoin on you today is not too mysterious and remote for you.... No, it is something very near to you, already in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry it out." - Deuteronomy

"Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation." - Colossians

“Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. “ - Psalms

There are times that God seems distant to us, but we know that it is not true. We can pray with the Scriptures to strengthen our hearts and minds in the promises God makes to us. God is more real and present than anything in our life. Receiving the love of the Trinity and serving almighty God is the most important thing for us. These Scriptures help us to reflect on that fact. God has been made visible in his Son Jesus Christ. The very law of God that is written on our hearts also serves as an example of the closeness of God to us. He will never abandon us.

May God Bless You.

Archbishop's Leaven Article

I would encourage all of you to read the Archbishop’s most recent article in the Leaven this week. Many of us have become discouraged after all the news that has continued to come out regarding us priests and bishops in the Church. Archbishop did a great job of being transparent in the article and gives us things to reflect on and to pray for. Let us continue to pray that we may have hope and trust in the Lord that he never abandons the Church He has established. May God Bless you.

Authentic Love to God

“God created man a rational being, conferring on him the dignity of a person who can initiate and control his own actions. God willed that man should be left in the hands of his own counsel, so that he might of his own accord seek his Creator and freely attain his full and blessed perfection by cleaving to him” (CCC 1730)

This is a quote from the Catechism from the beginning of the discussion of our freedom. In the beauty of God’s creation humanity is alone in the gift of freedom. Plants, animals, and all other parts of God’s creation can do nothing but glorify God by being as He created them to be. We on the other hand have been given the freedom to choose to love and follow the Lord and thus to be able to glorify God or to not glorify God. God desires that we freely choose to love him and thus to be able to offer to God authentic love. Our Gospel today is a reminder to us that at any time we can also choose to leave God as well or to choose contrary to His will.

May God help us to at all times choose to receive His love and to love and glorify Him.

May God Bless you.

The Eucharist - The Bread of Life

We are in the midst of the beginning of a new school year and it is a time of transition for many. I am still not sure what happened to summer. We thank God for the gift of the Eucharist the bread of life that Jesus Christ has offered to us. Our faith keeps us steady in the midst of all the transitions that life can bring to us and the Eucharist brings us the nourishment we need to live out God’s call for us. As we sing many times in our parishes, may our hearts be a place of sanctuary for our Lord whenever we receive our Lord in the Eucharist. May God Bless You.

Prayer for a successful Capital Campaign

Just a reminder that we need to continue to pray for our Archdiocese during the Capital Campaign.

Here is the prayer we are encouraged to offer for the campaign.

Lord, our God, You have graciously given us our one, Catholic faith, our one Catholic family, and our one holy future with Christ. We are your disciples: Create in us sincere and steadfast hearts ready to defend our faith. Create in us generous and giving hearts ready to share our faith. Create in us loving and merciful hearts ready to care for those lonely and forgotten. Lead us to be fearless and to “hope for good things, for lasting joy and mercy” (Sirach 2:9). Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever. Amen.

All are Welcome

“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”

As Deacon said in his homily last week the next few weeks we will be focused on the Eucharist as we go through chapter 6 of the Gospel of John. In this short passage Jesus Christ lets us know that all are welcome to come to Him. I think that we need to reflect on that in each of our celebrations of Holy Mass. How do we react and interact with the people around us in Mass? It is true that much of our focus at Mass is on the worship of God but it is worship as a part of the Body of Christ present here on earth as the people of God.

One of the saddest things I here from people is that they do not go to Mass because they think that they are not holy enough or perfect enough or feel unwelcome to be there and that God does not care about them or want them. Sometimes they may even feel that way because of how they were treated by the priest himself or by someone in the congregation. I think that it is important to reflect on how we interact with each other at Mass and outside of Mass. One group of people who can struggle with this as well for a different reason is families with young children. They can sometimes feel that they are not welcome or that they are a hindrance to the prayer of others. Let us all do everything we can to make each other feel welcomed and wanted as we celebrate the Mass together in which the whole world is invited into even with our imperfections and flaws. Jesus himself had to remind the apostles that He is there for all as he told them to let the children come to Him, when they were trying to keep them from bothering Him.

New Mass Schedule Message from Father Quentin

One of the realities with our four parishes is that we share a priest with each other. There can be difficulties associated with that reality as many times there are limitations that we come up against, especially in the area of Mass times. I have been thoroughly impressed with your love of the Mass and for your willingness to show that it is a priority in your life and to make compromises when necessary. You are truly witnesses of your faith.

Last year, we kept the same times but changed Mass locations. I told everyone we would try it for a year and then possibly change again. After the year, I have decided to change the Mass times for this next year. Once again, these changes will be for one year and then it will be considered again.

The times and locations for the next year will begin August 4 & 5 as follows:

Saturday

5:00pm St. Patrick

Sunday

8:00am St. Joseph

9:30am St. Teresa

11:00am St. Francis Xavier

Talking with people in the parishes I realize that we all would have our ideal time for Mass, which because of our situation is not always going to be possible. I would like to continue to receive feedback on the Mass times, even though we will stick with this schedule for the year. The feedback will be necessary to consider any possible Mass time changes next year.

Thank you.

Why do we hold hands during the Our Father? By Deacon Dan

That’s a good question to which I don’t rightly have an answer; simply because it’s not in the rubrics. During the Our Father, the priest is instructed to have his hands in the orans position (orans meaning “praying” in Latin), and the deacon is instructed to have his hands folded. They say nothing about the position for those in the pews. In absence of instruction to act during the liturgy, it is best to act in a way that fosters your prayer while not distracting others.

When I was growing up, it was common practice to hold hands during the Our Father. At school masses, students would even cross the aisle to hold hands with those on the other side, as a symbol of unity. By the time we’d all joined hands, we were half way through the prayer. Once the prayer was done, we’d spend just as long shuffling back to our seats. Not to mention, during the part when we were praying, me and my older sister would try to squeeze each other’s hands to a pulp.

You could consider me distracted 100% of the time during the prayer. A good intentioned innovation, geared toward the unity, became utterly distracting for me and my sister. You are probably stronger than I. You can probably hold hands and pray in unity like was intended. But I do ask that we don’t force ourselves upon our pew mates. It took me out of the prayer, out of the mass, and I’m sure there are others like me. From all of us easily distracted faithful, thank you for understanding and helping us grow in holiness.

Your Obedient Servant,

Rev. Mr. Dan Weger