Howdy, As we begin the year 2019 we also begin our celebration of the 50th anniversary of our diocese. Yes, we have 50 years of memories already! The entire year will have various celebrations culminating with a mass in December on the actual day of our anniversary. The theme for the year is: Remembering the Fidelity of Jesus.
As part of our celebration Bishop Olmsted has released a new Apostolic Exhortation called "Complete My Joy". This was released on the feast of the Holy Family and Bishop Olmsted, writing to the people of our diocese, is lifting up the Catholic vision of the family. It is a powerful document and, like bishop's first letter: Into the Breach, this one is already receiving international reviews.READ MORE
When the sacred scriptures are read at Mass the men, the women and all the children who are old enough to understand are to listen and pay very close attention, as if God himself is speaking. This is especially true when the Gospel is read by the deacon or priest. We stand "at attention" to receive the Word of Life. When you are at Mass do you and your family listen closely to the readings? Are you training your children to pay close attention by asking them afterward what they heard from the scripture?READ MORE
Last week I said we ended Christmas season with the baptism of the Lord, and that now Jesus begins his public ministry. The gospels all tell different stories of the beginning of his ministry; today we hear St. John the Apostle describing his first miracle at the wedding feast at Cana. How he began his ministry is not as important as the fact that it began after his baptism in the Jordan.
For the rest of the year we will walk with Jesus listening to his teaching and observing his miracles and his great love for all people. Remember, I said we will walk with him. The question is: will you follow Jesus? Will you listen to his teaching every week or every day? Or, will you decide something else is more important?READ MORE
"God has called us through the Gospel to possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ." It's easy to miss this one sentence in the Mass for today tucked away between our sung Alleluias before the reading of the Gospel. But what a powerful claim it makes!
Glory, according to Google's online dictionary has two meanings: 1. high renown or honor won by notable achievements. 2. magnificence or great beauty.READ MORE
Today we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord; remember that it is not baby Jesus who is baptized. We celebrate Christmas until Jesus begins his ministry as an adult. This baptism is different than our baptism, it is not the forgiveness of sins since Jesus is without sin. This is more an acknowledgement of who Jesus is as Son of God as he begins his important ministry.
After today's feast we end Christmas season and begin "ordinary time." Of course, there is nothing "ordinary" about ordinary time. It is not "same old time" but it comes from the word "ordinal" which means counted time.READ MORE
Have you ever wondered what it was like to see the Holy Spirit in bodily form come down and land on Jesus? Can you imagine hearing the voice from heaven? The scripture gives us very little information here. A pure white dove? Did it land and then just fly away again? What about the voice? Was it a booming loud voice or a gentle whisper? And do you think the people who witnessed this were changed by what they heard and saw that day? Our analytical brains think if we have more information, we can understand. The scriptures don't give us the facts our modern minds crave.READ MORE
Think of what it's like to wait a long time. Can you imagine what it would be like to wait for centuries? No one person lives that long, of course. But for the Israelites, they had heard the stories from generation to generation. They had been conquered time and time again, and now "the people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ."READ MORE
Jesus makes his presence known to us in diverse ways. The poor shepherds were privileged to witness an army of angels announcing the Good News of the Savior's birth. They never forgot the praises of the angels. I sometimes wonder at how much poorer our worship would be on Sundays if the Shepherds had not told others about the angels praises, "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace..."READ MORE
As some of you know, I will celebrate my 70th birthday in July; this is the age at which priests of our diocese can retire. After much prayer and discernment I have asked Bishop Olmsted to allow me to retire as pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glendale and Bishop has accepted my request effective June 30, 2019.
I hope you understand that this was not an easy decision for me; I love this parish and all of you. I have truly enjoyed my years with you. However, I have been slowing down, both physically and mentally, over the past couple of years. I truly believe that it will be best for you for me to step aside and allow another priest to continue what we have begun.READ MORE
"Behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying 'Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.'" How strange to journey so far for perhaps so little. Of course the magi go to the capitol city. Of course they entreat with King Herod. Of course this is where they expect newborn royalty to be. But where is the child? "In Bethlehem of Judea," the scribes say. And so the magi go on to what is yet another Christmas miracle.READ MORE