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Pastoral Message

On every sports team, the players are assigned roles based upon their individual talents as well as upon the needs of the team. For example, in football each team has eleven players on the field for each play. Every one of those players has a specific job to perform during that play. If each player executes his job well, the team is likely to succeed. If not, it will likely fail. Some positions tend to garner a lot of attention;

Today, we’re ending the Liturgical Christmas Season with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The well- known readings we most freely associate with Christmas are known by Bible scholars as the “Infancy Narrative.” But now, you might notice that Jesus’ own Baptism wasn’t an infant’s Baptism. Jesus was Baptized by his kinsman John as an adult according to Scripture. His Baptism instituted the Sacrament of Baptism for us. His Baptism was the beginning of his active years of

As each Christmas comes upon us, we’re reminded how God graciously loves and cares for all of us. May we foster our Savior’s love and spread it among our family and community, so that the love between us grows stronger each day. In the Gospel today, we hear the story of the Magi who look at the Star of heaven. They see the handiwork of God and something that is also mysterious. This inspires them to sense that the entire universe

On behalf of Father Reynold, Father Thanh Tai, and the entire parish staff, may God grant you a joyous, blessed and faith-filled Christmas! We thank God that He so loved the world that He gave us His Son nearly 2000 years ago! Today, as we look back at our Savior’s birth and look forward to His return, we might consider how wonderfully disruptive that first Christmas was. Nothing about the Christmas story is normal, natural, or expected. The incarnation completely upended

As you are reading this, it’s the 4th Sunday in Advent. Christmas is only 6 days away. But I’m writing this little ferverino (that’s a churchy Italian word for “pep talk”) on December 8th – the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. So even though I am writing a few weeks before, there is a great connection between the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 4th Sunday of Advent this year. And that connection is Mary, our Blessed Mother! And

Today is the third Sunday of Advent. In our Catholic tradition, this Sunday is called “Gaudete” Sunday. Gaudete is from a Latin word meaning “Rejoice!” We hear from the prophet Zephanaiah in the first reading today: “Shout for joy, sing joyfully! Be glad and exult with all your heart.” In the second reading, we hear Saint Paul’s saying: “Rejoice in the Lord always! Rejoice, for the Lord is near.” This time of Advent is a time of rejoicing, yet some

Luke tells us that Zechariah looked upon his newly born son and said, “you, child…will go before the Lord to prepare his ways.” When he grew older, we read that John told all who would listen that they should, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” John was a man of preparation! As an Eagle Scout, the words “Be Prepared!” have a very special significance in my life. Scouting taught me that there were few greater sins than

Happy Advent! Well… It’s here again – that season of grace we call Advent! It’s a season of “joyful hope,” expectation, patient waiting, and preparation that is like a double edge – in that, we are anticipating both the celebration of Christmas and the Parousia, the second coming of Christ. Spotlighting the season with the light of symbols and customs, you might keep an Advent Calendar. You might light the candles of an Advent wreath. You might take up a new devotion

In our present times, media outlets hold a significant role in spreading information. Whether information pertains to a specific person or a specific event, news media and social media are powerful conduits in communication. Naturally, when we receive information from various media, we need to be very careful to confirm the accuracy of that which is being communicated. In order to confirm the accuracy of shared information, we filter the news with reliable sources, look at evidence and survey databases.

“Are we there yet?” Before there were TVs or phones or tablets in cars, this was a constant question from children on long car journeys because, no matter how often we were told to “look at the beautiful scenery,” riding in a car was boring. Today’s readings are asking the same question with regard to our earthly journey. Like children in a car, we have absolutely no idea when we will be personally called “home” to God or when Jesus

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