A Message from Deacon Willy…

When Jesus was asked, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him “You shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10: 25-27)

Many of us, me included, have asked what this means. What does this entail?  How can I make God the center of my entire being? Do I have to totally detach myself from all material things? Do I need to let go of all my mundane desires and the enjoyment I derive from the pursuit and fulfillment of these? 

Fr. Richard Rohr, a contemplative Franciscan gives a wonderful insight on how we can attempt to do this. “What does it mean, as the first commandment instructs us, to love God more than
anything else?
To love God is to love what God loves. To love God means to love everything . . . no exceptions.”

From our Music Director, Leslie Legacion…

I've been asked, 

"Why church music?" "Can you make a career of this?" 

To be completely honest, I love being asked about my "job." and I quote job because what I do isn't a chore. Working for the church, coordinating music, teaching  children, surrounding myself with a community of faith is a privilege. Growing up as a musician, I've learned not just how to play instruments, or read music, I learned how to communicate with people through music. I learned how to get to know someone and understand things a little better when there's music involved because, as many of us know, music is a universal language.

From the Desk of Fr. Matt

This Sunday we celebrate Priesthood Sunday.  Christ is the center, the standard, and the example of a priest’s life.  Our priests seek to live, and to help others to live, an integral Christianity, convinced that only Christ can satisfy the deepest human aspirations.  Our priests strive to be contemplative and conquering; leaders of souls, yet servants of all.

Catholics are invited to observe Vatican-backed worldwide events, namely, World Day of Prayer for Vocations and World Day for Consecrated Life. In the United States, we also have National Vocation Awareness Week and National Catholic Sisters Week. Priesthood Sunday, however, specifically honors priests, without whom the Holy Sacraments could not be conferred, for a single day out of the 365 days of the year during which they tirelessly serve their parishes.

A Little Something from Deacon Sunny

Called to Serve

"You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones make their authority over them felt.  But it shall not be so among you.  Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all” (Mk 10:41~43)

Today’s Gospel reminds us of our call to service especially when in position of leadership.

November is an election month, a time when we choose leaders. It is therefore important to reflect on the meaning of leadership and leaders in the eyes of Jesus as we make important voting decisions.

Studies have found that when people are placed in position of power, they sometimes abuse their authority by mistreating or not respecting the dignity of those placed in their charge.

George Orwell in his essay “1984” noted– “Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely.”, but our Lord is telling us as Christians “But it shall not be so among you” (MK 10:41)  

A little something from Fr. Lieu...

Every once in a while someone asks me what it’s been like to be a priest in these rather turbulent and challenging times.  Almost always, I find myself telling them how awesome it is to be able to minister to people in the name of Jesus Christ, and how humbling it is when people invite me to be with them at the pivotal moments of their lives---moments of birth and death, moments of growth and pain and heartache, and moments overflowing with love and joy.

And, then, when time and honesty permit, I share with them some of the frustrations that come from my own human limitations as well as the frustrations that I sometimes feel ministering in the church that never seems to move quite as quickly, or to act quite as wisely or courageously as I think it should---a church that preaches social justice very well but doesn’t always live it; a church that champions equality for everyone but still play favorites; and a church that calls us all to holiness but doesn’t always act so holy as it does so.