I know I have been speaking to you a lot about the Diocesan Evangelization Campaign, but it is very important for our diocese and for our parish. Adolescents have a tendency to live for "me" and for "now ", but as adults we think bigger than that: we think of our community and the future. This campaign is about our community, our diocese, and about our future as a parish community.READ MORE
We vowed on our wedding day to love, " In good times and bad." The evil one will test our love for God and spouse by causing upset and presenting the temptations of infidelity and divorce. He whispers thoughts into our head such as, "I deserve to be happy…others flirt with me but my spouse is always angry…I don't need this." Satan loves secrets and wants to destroy marriages. Satan hates you, Jesus, the Church and the sacraments, especially reconciliation. He causes hate, hurt, disunity and constantly presents the seven deadly sins. Confess the situation and temptation in reconciliation to receive the graces to resist temptation. Have no contact with the person who is your temptation. The evil one will whisper in your ear, "Don't go to reconciliation, you haven't done anything wrong, you know what you are doing, you can handle this." When one of these thoughts enters your mind, say the St. Michael Prayer, an act of contrition and run to reconciliation.READ MORE
Last week we began a series reflecting on actions parents can take to help your children get to heaven. There is nothing better you can offer your child than the true path to God for all eternity! Last week's action was baptism.
The action today is prayer. Pray with your child from the beginning. Children imitate everything they see, and they have absorbent minds. So, a child is somewhat like a sponge. If you put dirty water into the sponge, then dirty water will be wrung out; if you put in pure water, pure water will be wrung out.READ MORE
Is your marriage filled with peace and joy as Jesus intended? Jesus said, " My peace I give to you, my peace I leave with you" (Jn. 14:27).
Jesus, the Prince of Peace, knows the way to true peace and joy is by living the two great commandments in obedience and selfless love: love God first and then your neighbor, remembering your first neighbor is your beloved spouse. This is the right order of relationships and we live both as a gift of love to both God and spouse.READ MORE
Parents, how can we help our children get to heaven? In the next few weeks we will consider actions you can take to help your children get to heaven. There is nothing better you can offer your child than the true path to God, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the angels and saints for all eternity! The action for today is baptism.
Have your child baptized as soon as possible. Parents can complete preparations, even before your child's birth so your little one can be baptized right away. Baptismal classes, papers, godparents, and requirements can all be completed in advance.READ MORE
I want to explain a little more about how the diocese will spend your contributions to the evangelization campaign, Together Let Us Go Forth, Juntos Sigamos Adelante.
Did you know that research tells us that 80% of people who leave the faith do so by age 23? Some of that is due to our secular universities where professors can criticize our faith, but cannot defend it. Our Catholic Newman Centers at the three major universities in our diocese will receive a total of $10 million to help our Catholic students grow in their faith.READ MORE
It is that time of year when there is a lot of changes and planning; let me share with you what has been happening:
First, as I announced earlier, our sisters will be leaving the convent in June; their congregation is leaving our diocese. Fr. Paul Sullivan, the Vocations Director for our Diocese, has asked if we could host a seminarian this summer. Since the convent will be open, I told him we would be happy to have a seminarian.READ MORE
At baptism, parents promise to raise their children in the faith. To fulfill this promise, children attend Catholic school or religious education at their parish. However, these sacrifices are only part of passing on the faith. A true relationship with Jesus is fostered in the home by loving parents who themselves have a real faith lived out in obedient love.READ MORE
It's party time in many of our parish families as we celebrate family members who are being Confirmed and making their First Communion.
These celebrations invite us to recall when we first knew Jesus in Holy Communion and reflect on all the graces his Presence brings to us.
To know God is to love him.READ MORE
Sin is to be confessed to a Catholic priest in reconciliation, not to your children. Well-meaning parents presume if they share sinful behaviors from their own youth with their teen, they will protect them from making the same bad decisions and engaging in the same dangerous behaviors. Sexual sins and substance abuse are terrible chapters in one's life. Teens don't understand their parent's haunting memories of peers who did not survive such behaviors. Teens rationalize, "Mom and dad are good people. They got away with this bad stuff, so will I." Avoid scandalizing your children; don't create an interest in sin that may never have been there before.READ MORE
Today we launch our part in the Diocesan evangelization campaign, Together Let Us Go Forth-Junto Sigamos Adelante. This is an exciting time for both our diocese and for our parish. We join with Pope St. John Paul II and with Pope Francis as missionary disciples in the new evangelization.READ MORE
One of the lines from the Fatima prayer that we say when we pray the Rosary is "lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of your mercy." We pray to hope in God's mercy, to trust in his mercy, but first we must admit that we have need of his mercy – not just because we find ourselves in a difficult situation, but because we are sinners who cannot choose good or do good or be good without God's mercy.READ MORE
He is Risen!! Easter is a time of new life and looking to the future. It is a time to remember how the great "Alleluia" spread throughout the world. This year, Easter is also a time for us to remember our call as "missionary disciples", spreading that great "Alleluia" into the future.READ MORE
We live in a secular culture that excludes God and faith. Therefore, parents must be ever vigilant about the influences that can affect their children's love of God, faith in Jesus and obedience to the Catholic Church He founded.
One secular error designed to negatively influence parents and turn children away from Jesus and His Church is that children should be able to make their own decisions about what religion they will follow, including whether they want to practice any religion at all.READ MORE
When I was a child, Easter morning meant new dresses for me and my four sisters and crisp white shirts and pressed dark slacks for our three brothers. It meant awakening while it was still dark and driving up a hill to watch the sunrise with other families from our church. It meant singing Up from the Grave He Arose and other resurrection hymns. It also meant baskets with candy and egg hunts, but I always knew the reason we celebrate Easter is that Jesus is alive, that he rose from the dead!
Do the children in your family know that Jesus rose from the dead? Do they grasp the truth that his body was dead and buried, yet he brought it back to life again by the power of love? Do they know that Easter is about celebrating the truth that love is stronger than death?READ MORE