Posts from February 2016

Third Sunday of Lent

“Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God; But only he who sees, takes off his shoes. The rest sit around it and pluck blackberries.” (Elizabeth Barrett Browning) Dear Friends, Today we begin the third week of our Lenten journey in this Year of Mercy. The first reading from Exodus (the account of Moses and the burning bush) reminds me of an experience…

Second Sunday of Lent

“If you are what you should be, you will set the world ablaze.” (St. Catherine of Siena) Dear Friends, These forty days of Lent are nothing other than a call for us to come back to who we really are. In a world which distracts and divides us from our true selves and from each other, we are called to increased prayer, fasting and…

First Sunday of Lent

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13) Dear Friends, With the recent release of the Star Wars sequel, we are reminded of how much we like stories, especially those that deal with the ancient struggle of good and evil. Look at the popularity of the Harry Potter books and movies along with the Hunger Games. I don’t…

Year of Mercy – February 2016

February 2016 – Counsel the Doubtful We likely have the opportunity to practice this month’s spiritual work of mercy many times throughout our daily lives. Everyone faces times of doubt, whether it’s a difficult decision about work, a crisis of faith, uncertainty about a relationship or a lack of clarity about our next step. Some are blessed with the support and compassion of friends and family…

Standing/Kneeling Posture During Mass

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Dear Friends, Our family of four parishes are so blessed to be able to celebrate the Eucharist in beautiful churches and with beautiful music and with a true spirit of welcome and hospitality. Not to mention the great homilies! (Just kidding. Well sort of!) God the Father’s almighty power is proclaimed and the saving mercy his Son…