Entries for January 2022

Heart to Heart

Posted on January 21, 2022 in: Pastor

Heart to Heart

Whoever put the odd idea into our heads that something has to happen when we pray?  Right from childhood, we start off on the wrong track when well-meaning adults regularly ask us, “Have you finished your prayers?”  As though prayer was something to “do.”  Other verbs convey a certain image or ideal we have of prayer, such as “feeling,” hearing,” “understanding things.”  But in reality, those things are rarely experienced.”

Prayer can often feel arid, or in any case not always live up to our expectations. We feel let down.  That’s when we are tempted to blame God because,  if God really loved us, God would answer our prayers.  Or we blame ourselves because, if we really loved God, we ought to be able to get through to Him.  If the connection is poor on one end of the line or the other, doesn’t it make more sense just to hang up?  So too often, after several attempts, we give up on prayer. 

Great spiritual writers suggest that the correct verb to use in speaking of prayer is “to be.”  To pray is to be -  to be with. That’s what prayer is all about.  St. Augustine understood this well when, with sadness he asked:  “My God, you who are everywhere, how is it that I find you nowhere?”

The problem is not the absence of Christ or His distance from human history.  As St. John Paul II said, “There is one problem only that exists always and everywhere: the problem of our being present to Christ.”  What is the point of insisting on the real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist as well as in the other Sacraments, in God’s Church, in fraternal love, in the service of the poor, if we ourselves are not also present?

When Jesus sent His Apostles out bearing the Good News to all nations, He emphatically stated:  “I am with you always, to the end of the ages!” (Mt. 20:28) But “to be with” takes at least two.  This is the very heart of faith as an experience, a living faith:  to be with Jesus, with Jesus who wished to be with us. 

The Saints teach us that the quality of our prayer is not measured by the number of lovely thoughts or wonderful sensations we derive from it.  But by the fact that, in this world we live in, in the moment of our life in which we find ourselves, we dare to open ourselves up to being with God.  The Bible calls it “face to face.”  Some spiritual writers call it “heart to heart.”  It is essential that God find us waiting!

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Posted on January 14, 2022 in: Pastor


Our late Holy Father, St. John Paul II, visited the United States in September of 1987. On September 12th, he addressed Catholics in Louisiana, “In the most difficult hours of your struggle for civil rights amidst discrimination and oppression, God guided your steps along the way of peace. Before the witness of history the response of non-violence stands, in the memory of this Nation, as a monument of honor to the Black Community of the United States. We recall those who with Christian vision opted for non-violence as the only truly effective approach for ensuring and safeguarding human dignity. We think of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and of the providential role he played in contributing to the rightful human betterment of black Americans and therefore to the improvement of American society itself.

Monday, January 17, on the National Day commemorating Dr. King’s Birthday, we remember some of his inspiring words that can touch our souls:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

"The ultimate measure of a human being is not where the person stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where the person stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

“By the Grace of Almighty God, we must learn to live together as brothers and sisters or perish as fools.”

(The Parish Office will be closed Monday, January 17th, National Day commemorating Dr. King’s Birthday.)


This past Monday, January 10th, Pope Francis suggested that getting vaccinated against the coronavirus was a “moral obligation,” and denounced how people had been swayed by

“baseless information” to refuse one of the most effective measures to save lives during the pandemic. Pope Francis had previously termed vaccination as “an act of love and

contributing to ensure the majority of people are vaccinated is an act of love.” Vaccination is a simple but profound way of promoting the common good and

caring for each other, especially the most vulnerable.


Please wear a mask! Why, you say? The research is clear: individuals with Covid-19 can be symptom free for up to 5 days, not realizing they are carrying the coronavirus and spread it to others more at risk than themselves. We all care for our families and those we love. Let’s keep them safe!

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Posted on January 07, 2022 in: Pastor


Today’s feast of the Baptism of the Lord is the final celebration of the Christmas season. Tomorrow, we begin “Ordinary Time” once again. But as you know, we are not in an “ordinary” year.

Pope Francis makes it clear: “Our Baptism inserts us into the Body of the Church, into the holy people of God. And in this Body, in this people who are walking, faith is transmitted from generation to generation. Baptism gives us new birth in Christ, makes us sharers in the mystery of His death and resurrection, grants the forgiveness of sin and brings us new freedom as God’s children and members of His Church.”

On this Feast, we are urged not to forget the great gift we have received. Our Baptism has changed us, given us a new and glorious hope, and empowered us to bring God’s redeeming love to all, particularly the poor, in whom we see the face of Christ. Our Baptism has also given us a share in the Church’s mission of evangelization: as disciples, we are also missionaries.

Pope Francis urges us on this Feast of the Baptism of the Lord to ask the Holy Trinity to renew in us the grace of our Baptism and to make us, with all our brothers and sisters, true children of God and living members of His Body, the Church.


As we begin the Year of Grace, 2022, the Pope prayed that all believers might discover in a deeper way that “Faith demands worship!” Adoration means putting the Lord at the center, not ourselves. Pope Francis explained that worship means “making space for God’s plan”, realizing that we belong with God, and being able to speak to God freely and intimately. Worship means discovering that in order to pray, it is enough to say ‘My Lord and my God’, and to allow ourselves to be filled by God’s tender love.

Worship is an act of love that changes our lives. Although we have some idea of what it means to pray, the Church must go even further with the prayer of adoration, we have to grow in adoration. It is wisdom that we must learn each day.

By praying in adoration, we allow Jesus to heal and to change us…to transform us by His love, to kindle light amid our darkness, to grant us strength in weakness, and courage amid trials. By kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament, in the Real Presence of the Risen Christ, we discover that life’s greatness consists not in having, but in loving!

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Epiphany Blessing for Home and Family

Posted on January 04, 2022 in: Pastor

Epiphany Blessing for Home and Family

Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation,
for through Your goodness You have given us shelter from the cold and light of Your Word to brighten the darkness of night.
We come to You bearing no gifts for everything we have is a gift from You.
All we can offer is our love for each other and our faith in your Son.
Transform, then, these humble gifts into an epiphany,
a revelation of Your Divine Presence,
and bless our home and all who come to it.
May our home and family be a light for all who are lost and afraid,
a place of peace and hospitality for those in need,
and a sign that you are indeed God with us.
And when our long journey has ended, lead us all by the star of Your mercy
that we may come home to You to the dwelling place You have prepared for us in heaven.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.      Amen.

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