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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

    Recently the Synod on the Amazon ended at the Vatican.  A synod is a gathering of church leaders who meet in Rome to address certain topics of concern and to advise the Pope.  We have had synods on youth, the scriptures, evangelization, etc.  The synod process was designed in the 1960’s as the whole idea of a collegial church took hold.  Before that time there was…

31st Sunday of Ordinary Time, “A Person Who Learned How to Live”

“God has created me to do him some definite service.  He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another.  I have my mission.  I may never know it in this life but shall be told it in the next.  I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.  He has not created me for naught.”

             These are Words of St. John Newman.

            How do we…

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     Life and death are always on our mind, but perhaps never more than at this time of year.  Most people in our society consider reflecting on death as a morbid thing to do.  Think of the way we avoid saying someone died.  We say they have “passed on.”  We might say, “They are no longer with us.”  And then again, we might share that, “Someone expired.”  It sounds like…

30th Sunday of Ordinary Time: “Who is God Listening to?”

30th Sunday of Ordinary Time:  “Who is God Listening to?”

The Christian message is meant to make us look at reality in a whole new way.  If the words of Jesus just affirmed what we believe already, it would not be too exciting.  But Jesus wants to challenge our conventional way of thinking.

            We adjust to new innovations all the time.  Just think how technology…

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

    Last Sunday we had a wonderful celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of Sacred Heart Parish.  There was much happiness that was shared. I congratulate all who worked so hard on this great historical event.  It was an example of what can happen when we come together as a parish inspired by our love of the Lord and work together…

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time/ “Persistence Is a Spiritual Necessity”

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time/ “Persistence Is a Spiritual Necessity”

Persistence is a virtue that is very admirable.  We all know it easy to quit when things get difficult.  Relationships fall apart.  People resign their responsibilities.  Organizations die.  What is the secret to continuing a good work that we have begun? Perhaps some would say that we must be stubborn.   A nicer…

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

    This is the day we have been anticipating for many months.  100 years ago, the cornerstone of Sacred Heart Church was laid.  Many hours of planning have been put into this celebration.  I would like to thank all those involved in the monumental task of coordinating this day.  If I start listing names I would not know where to begin and end and I surely would miss someone…

28th Sunday of Ordinary Time/ “Having Freedom Means Learning Not to Care”

28th Sunday of Ordinary Time/ “Having Freedom Means Learning Not to Care”    

In the fall, we have many feast days for the saints. We start the month celebrating the Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux   We just had the feast day of St. John the XXIII on Friday.  But the most popular saint that we commemorate this time of year is St. Francis of Assisi.  He is said to be the saint…

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     It is wonderful to be a part of history.  Our parish leadership has been writing about the 100th commemoration of the laying of the cornerstone of Sacred Heart Church since last year.  Next Sunday we will celebrate the anniversary of that event.  Famous people like Cardinal Mercier and young Dwight Eisenhower were here that day. Lesser known figures of…

27th Sunday of Ordinary Time/ “Servant or Disciple?”

 

27th Sunday of Ordinary Time/ “Servant or Disciple?”

Following Jesus is a challenge.  Often it can be discouraging.  If we get tired of trying to spread the gospel, we are probably like the apostle Timothy. In our second reading Timothy had to be reminded by St. Paul why he had become a disciple of Jesus. 

            Timothy is told to stir into flame the gift…