Mission Possible Week 3: Pentecost Sunday. “Going Public”

Dear brothers and sisters, Some people call Pentecost Sunday the birthday of the Church; but, while a very nice thought, that’s not entirely accurate. Today, the last day of the Easter season, we celebrate when the Church “goes public”: the frightened men in the upper room are emboldened by the Holy Spirit to go out and proclaim the Good News, and the Holy Spirit helps them to be understood. Some see this moment as reversing what happened at the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9): if the pride and hubris of men led them to division and misunderstanding, the Spirit of the Lord brings them back together again into one people through reconciliation with God and with each other. The places named

Seventh Week of Easter: Post-Ascension. The Church’s Mission.

Dear brothers and sisters, This past Thursday we celebrated the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, 40 days after Easter. We don’t think enough about the Ascension; it is a crucial part of Christ’s mission and message. It is the culminating moment, the finale, the final whistle, the moment in which his victory will be enshrined in heaven for ever. Jesus ascends into heaven as the living sacrifice that will continue to be the bridge between God and humanity, until the end of time. His words at this moment, therefore, are critical. We have two accounts of his words to the Apostles right before his Ascension: in Acts 1:1-11, and in the so-called Great Commission from Matthew’s Gospel (Matt

Sixth Sunday of Easter: Giving A Reason for Hope through Our Actions

Dear brothers and sisters, On the Sixth Sunday of Easter, we’re reminded not only of all the reasons for our hope, but the need to share those reasons with others as well. The Easter season has two weeks to go, and just as Our Lord ascended and left his disciples to continue his work, we have to be ready for the return to Ordinary Time that should be no less characterized by hope. Right now, we are anticipating reopening the church within the next several weeks, but as I will be explaining soon, things will not be the same at first – I ask that you be patient and hopeful in your return to the Sacraments. In today’s First Reading, Philip is one of the Christians scattered by the persecutio

Sixth Sunday of Easter: Giving A Reason for Hope through Our Actions

Dear brothers and sisters, On the Sixth Sunday of Easter, we’re reminded not only of all the reasons for our hope, but the need to share those reasons with others as well. The Easter season has two weeks to go, and just as Our Lord ascended and left his disciples to continue his work, we have to be ready for the return to Ordinary Time that should be no less characterized by hope. Right now, we are anticipating reopening the church within the next several weeks, but as I will be explaining soon, things will not be the same at first – I ask that you be patient and hopeful in your return to the Sacraments. In today’s First Reading, Philip is one of the Christians scattered by the persecutio

5th Sunday of Easter. (Im)Possible Week 5: Abiding in Jesus.

Dear brothers and sisters, I extend to all mothers a blessed and happy Mother’s Day weekend. Please see the attached information in today’s bulletin about the “virtual” Baby Bottle collection for the Pregnancy Resource Center. This past Monday May 4, we had been scheduled to welcome Bishop Bambera to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation for our youth. As of this date, we don’t know when we will be allowed to have this celebration and so many others, but all of us can reflect on the meaning of the Sacraments for our lives in the midst of this COVID-19 crisis. Jesus tells us in the Gospel this weekend that we will do even greater works than he (John 14:12). How is this possible? If you

(Im)Possible Week Four: Abundant Life in Christ

Dear brothers and sisters, This weekend (May 2-3), we were planning beforehand to celebrate First Holy Communion for our children, and we also had originally scheduled to welcome Bishop Bambera on Monday May 4 to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. As of this writing, these celebrations of our faith have been delayed indefinitely. I want to assure all of our children, youth, parents, and sponsors that you are in my prayers, and that we are in this together. May God bless our families at this time, and may our faith and hope increase even in the midst of our grief and sadness of not being able to have these celebrations right now. During this COVID-19 pandemic, there is so much uncert

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