Becoming missionary disciples

02-25-2018From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

Last week I began reflecting a little on our call to be evangelizers after reading Pope Francis' book, The Joy of the Gospel. Pope Francis writes, "Being Church means being God's people, in accordance with the great plan of his fatherly love. This means that we are to be God's leaven in the midst of humanity. It means proclaiming and bringing God's salvation into our world, which often goes astray and needs to be encouraged, given hope and strengthened on the way. The Church must be a place of mercy freely given where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel."

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May you have a blessed Lenten season

02-18-2018From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

Recently while I was in El Salvador I had the opportunity to reread Pope Francis' book, The Joy of the Gospel. Remembering that Pope Saint John Paul II called us to a "New Evangelization", our Holy Father reflected on evangelization in his book. In this Lenten season it is good for us to reflect on this as well.

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Let us reflect on our "sins of omission"

02-11-2018From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

I just returned from Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos in El Salvador and Soledad came in my office to ask if I had a note for the bulletin. I looked at my calendar and said, "Oh no! It cannot be Lent already!" but of course, it will be starting this coming Wednesday.

While I was in El Salvador I was reading Pope Francis' book, the Joy of the Gospel, and many thoughts came to me about Lent. Of course, Lent is a time of fasting, prayer, and alms-giving, but Pope Francis also reminds us that some of our most serious sins are "sins of omission", not so much the things we have done, but the things we have failed to do. That is worth considering during this Holy Season of Lent.

  • Pax,
  • Father Mike
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A busy weekend ahead of us

02-04-2018From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

Next weekend is another very busy weekend. Of course, this is OLPH-Glendale! We will begin our annual Charity Development Appeal. As you know, this helps fund those offices in the diocese that reach out and help parishes and other Catholic organizations in our diocese. For a parish like ours that depends on so much volunteer help, these offices help to educate our volunteers.

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Focusing on the importance of Catholic education for our children

01-28-2018From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

This week we begin Catholic Schools Week throughout our diocese. It is a time to focus on the importance of Catholic education for our children...and also for all of us. While we focus on our schools specifically, remember that our religious education program for public school children is also a “school” and they just as important.

Our school at OLPH has a rich history, and it has been growing steadily since I arrived as your pastor. You can be very proud of the education that is taught here, and that includes our catechetical school.

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FORMED

01-21-2018From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

During Advent last year, we introduced a new program for our parish: Formed. We enrolled as a parish with the Augustine Institute so that you can receive and use this valuable resource to your Catholic faith.

Formed is a program that allows you to watch or listen to some of the great current speakers in our church today. Also, there are movies available at various age levels that promote our values rather than secular values. These programs are available in English and Spanish.

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Nothing ordinary about ordinary time

01-14-2018From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

Today we begin our Sundays of what the church calls "ordinary time". Maybe a better translation would be "ordinal time", or "counted time". These are the numbered Sundays that do not fall in one of the four great seasons of the liturgical year: Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter.

Of course, there is nothing ordinary about ordinary time. This is the time when we walk with Jesus through his adult ministry and listen closely to his teaching. It is a time just as important as the other great seasons.

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Feast of the Epiphany

01-07-2018From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

Blessed John Henry Newman wrote: "The year is worn out: spring, summer, autumn, each in turn have brought their utmost, but they are over and the end is come. All is past and gone, all has failed…and the austere weather which succeeds, though ungrateful to the body, is in tone with our feelings, and acceptable. Thus the soul is cast forward upon the future…and does it rejoice that there are new heavens and a new earth to come. These are the feelings of holy men (and women) waiting earnestly for the Advent of Christ."

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The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

12-31-2017From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

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This time of year we are so focused on our Blessed Mother! We celebrated the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, and of course, I am still remembering the beautiful procession and the faith-filled mass of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Monday, we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God; this year it is not a day of obligation, but how can we not celebrate Mary's motherhood since she is our patroness.

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Merry Christmas

12-24-2017From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Advent Greetings and Merry Christmas,

As we celebrate the Incarnation, the gift of our God coming among us, it is important to remember the many gifts we have received from our God. I know, our secular society wants us to concentrate on what we do not have and what we want, but as Catholics we are a Eucharistic people, and the Greek word "eucharist" means thanksgiving. In the season of Christmas, let us truly be a Eucharistic, a thanksgiving people.

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4th Sunday of Advent & Christmas Mass Schedule Explained

12-17-2017From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

Next weekend is a little confusing so let me explain it. Sunday is the 4th Sunday of Advent so the Saturday evening vigil Masses and Sunday Masses until 4:00pm are not Christmas, they are Advent Masses. Since Christmas falls on Monday, Christmas Eve masses cannot begin before 4:00pm; our first Christmas Eve Mass will be at 5:00pm as usual. It is important to attend both the 4th Sunday of Advent and to attend Christmas Mass; parents please do not teach your children that mass is optional or when it is convenient.  

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Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pray for Us

12-10-2017From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

Next Tuesday we will celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of our diocese and the Queen of the Americas. This is not just a Hispanic feast, Our Lady of Guadalupe is the first great appearance of our Blessed Mother and the only one where she left her actual image. This image is not a painting, but a miraculous image on fiber that should have disintegrated after about 20 years.

We will conclude our Novena on Monday evening at 6pm at our Capilla on 55th Avenue. After the novena, about 7pm, we will process our image of Our Lady of Guadalupe through the neighborhood. If you have never walked in this procession you have missed a wonderful devotion, not just for those who walk, but for those who come out of their home to greet our Blessed Mother.

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Welcome to Advent

12-03-2017From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

Many of us have probably had the experience of being in a very dark place, maybe a room, or even outside away from the city lights. If it is really dark, we look for some little light to guide our way. When we see the light, we move towards it, because it will show us the way we need to go.

As we begin the holy season of Advent, we begin looking for that light to guide our way. Life can sometimes seem dark and despairing, but St. John the Baptist and our Blessed Mother will guide us to the light, Jesus Christ. This is the Advent experience.

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