Prayer & Worship Pillar January 2019 I seem to always struggle with being too busy. For as far back as I can remember, I am always “ fighting the clock”. I often wonder… Who has time to take a walk in the park? Who has time to read a book? Who has time to relax […]
In Romans 8:26, Saint Paul says, “we do not know how to pray as we ought.” The members of the first Pillar, PRAYER and WORSHIP, will concentrate on developing ways of improving our communion with God through expanding our experiences of prayer. We aim to increase the prayer life of all of our parishioners, especially through our great communal prayer, Sunday Mass.
Each week the Eucharistic celebration is the sign and cause of our unity with the Blessed Trinity and our unity with the People of God, the Church. Often people who do not attend Mass regularly describe the Mass as “boring”. Parishioners, who work in this activity, will investigate ways to help others recognize that Jesus Christ is really present on the altar. The Pillar members will work to improve the atmosphere of our liturgies, so that there will be incentive for adoration, contemplation, reverence and opening of hearts.
Thanksgiving in most homes, is a holiday that usually means a four day weekend, getting together with family and friends, and eating more food then we have all year. In our home, we take the time to thank God for all of our blessings that he has bestowed upon us the past year. We state […]
May is a month of transitions. Some are eagerly anticipated, and others are tinged with bittersweet emotion packed with events that bring about more changes than simply just being outside in warm temperatures. There are landmark moments; Proms, Graduations, Weddings. There is the start of new life chapters, felt strongly by all parents as their […]
Change is always hard and it takes courage, faith and trust. After deciding to leave my job after 20+ years my faith helped me see the potential for future opportunities. For me this was a big change and it seemed daunting and frightening. My mind would start racing what about this, will I like that, […]
A Matter of the Heart The month of February, for me can bring feelings of dreariness. The holidays are over now and we face the long, cold, winter days. There is a lack of sunshine, the look of brown, drab earth that can cause the liveliest spirits to feel weary. It’s part of the human […]
The Winter Season The opening days of January may be cold and bleak, but our church still glows warm with the peace and joy of Christmas. We dedicate the New Year to Mary on the January 1st Solemnity honoring her as the Mother of Jesus. The month of January is dedicated to the Holy Name of […]
November is here upon us and as we are all thinking about our family gatherings, travels plans, our turkey stuffing and pumpkin pie, we will also be making time to visit and pray for our loved ones. November is the month of Remembrance and Thanksgiving. The month begins with All Saints’ Day celebrated annually on […]
In the September blog, I looked to Joyce Rupp and used her idea of The Instruments of God. She described how to trust the Holy Spirit to “ breath through us” so that He can create a beautiful melody with our life. If I may, I again looked to Joyce Rupp for her October thoughts. […]
In her book, May I Have This Dance, Joyce Rupp, a member of the servite (servants of Mary) community, shows how God connects with us in our everyday lives. Her book consists of chapters that include her reflection on each month of the year. In her September chapter, she describes us as being “instruments of […]
The Our Father In Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D. book FINDING TRUE HAPPINESS – Satisfying Our Restless Hearts, he states that “The Our Father is a virtually perfect personal prayer” ¹. He focuses on eight beginning phrases of the Prayer and provides his paraphrasing of those in his book as follows: Our Father who […]