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Fr. Greg

Prayers for Life - January 23, 2022

January 22 is the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. The Church encourages us especially these days to pray for life. I include a couple of prayers I found on the USCCB’s website you might like. Let’s pray for a deeper respect for life in every heart.
 
Peace,
Fr. Greg
 
Prayer, Every Life is Worth Living
Heavenly Father, thank you
for the precious gift of life.

Soul Purpose - January 16, 2022

In some recent homilies, especially Christmas and Epiphany, I used some space illustrations to lead to some theological points. My starting illustrations were the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope on Christmas Day, which by the way all has gone very well with that mission so far, and the fact that scientists say the universe has no center. I won’t go into any detail about those things here other than to say when you learn about them, it fills you with a sense of awe at the mysteries of our enormous universe.
 

Archbishop's Call to Share Kick-Off - January 9, 2022

The Archbishop’s Call to Share (ACTS) kicks off this weekend. This is an annual appeal to fund many important ministries of the Archdiocese that we could not do alone as a single parish. It is the equivalent of our annual parish stewardship which funds our parish ministries, except this appeal funds Archdiocese-wide ministries which benefit us and many others (see examples below). I know our 2022 ACTS goal is increased, but I don’t have the exact number at this time.

New Year’s Spiritual Resolutions - January 2, 2022

Merry Christmas, Happy Epiphany, Happy New Year and Thank You! Thank you for all the cards, gifts, goodies, and prayers you have given to me! We continue to celebrate our Christmas season, especially this Sunday with the Epiphany. We also enter a new year of 2022. Have you made a New Year’s resolution? I’ll save you the trouble of googling it—below is a list from a Nielsen survey from a few years ago of the top ten most common resolutions and what percentage of people make them. Of course, I have to add my own commentary to it. :)
 

    Prince of Peace or God-Hero? - December 25, 2021

    Merry Christmas! The angels sang at that first Christmas, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14) I pray you too experience peace in these days. At the Christmas Eve Masses, you likely will hear the Midnight Mass readings which include a first reading from the Prophet Isaiah that gives us this gem line:
     
    For a child is born to us, a son is given to us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:5)
     

    Cave People - December 19, 2021

    On this Fourth Sunday of Advent, as we draw near to Christmas, let’s become cave people! Not Neanderthals or “Complain About Virtually Everything” (CAVE acronym) people, but people of the cave at Bethlehem, the crèche, the nativity scene! If you visit Bethlehem, the traditional site of the birth of Christ is a cave. Caves are common in the rocky area of Bethlehem, and people used them as we use our barns, to house their animals. So it is quite probable that the nativity scene was indeed a cave.
     

    Conclusion of the Year of St. Joseph - December 5, 2021

    This second week of Advent is a powerful one. In our Sunday Gospel, we meet St. John the Baptist and hear his preaching. On Monday, we celebrate St. Nicholas. On Tuesday, St. Ambrose. Then on Wednesday, Dec. 8th, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary—a holy day of obligation. But also on December 8th, we conclude the Year of St. Joseph. 
     

    Advent Overview - November 28, 2021

    Welcome to the Season of Advent! We begin a new Church liturgical year and enter Year C, focusing on the Gospel of Luke for our Sundays. Advent is a bit longer than average this year, 27 days out of a possible 28 (including Christmas Eve), since Christmas Day falls on a Saturday making the fourth week 6 days long out of possible 7. By the way, Christmas on a Saturday makes for quite the full weekend, so heads up now, there will be no Saturday evening Mass or confessions on Christmas Day, Saturday the 25th.

    Jesus the Alpha and the Omega - November 22, 2021

    This is the last Sunday of our Church’s liturgical year. The Church celebrates the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Jesus is not only Lord of all space but also Lord of all time from the beginning to the end, as is stated in our second reading from the Book of Revelation: “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty.” (Revelation 1:8) In a year that seemed dominated by the awful Delta-variant of COVID-19, we need to remember that Jesus is still has dominion and power over everything, from A to Z.

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    Calendar of Events

    Saturday, January 29, 2022 (All day)
    Sunday, January 30, 2022 (All day)
    Friday, February 4, 2022 - 6:00pm

    Sunday Readings & Homily

    April 11, 2020 - Easter Vigil: "In the beginning and at the end, the message is the same ... Do Not Be Afraid"
    April 9, 2020 - Holy Thursday: "Full Service From our God'