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Rekindling the Spirit of Power

Rekindling the Spirit of Power

Painted by Gema Soto-Marquez, Confirmandi 2016   An imprisoned St. Paul once wrote to his disciple Timothy, “For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of… Continue Reading

Not-So-Ordinary Baby Shower: Spiritual Adoption Ministry Hightlight

Not-So-Ordinary Baby Shower: Spiritual Adoption Ministry Hightlight

Walking into a room full of gifts, carefully folded baby clothes, mounds of diapers, cookies and desserts, one might think, “When is the little bundle of joy coming?” Yet, in a real way, “the bundle of joy” is knowing that every life is sacred and honored despite any kind of circumstance. It is the joy… Continue Reading

The Glory of the Only-begotten, According to St. John

The Glory of the Only-begotten, According to St. John

“What are you looking for?”1 These were the first words recorded of Jesus in the Gospel of St. John. Of course, they mean much more than the immediate words on the page. In fact, the words are reminiscent of the first words of God to Adam and Eve in the opening book of the Bible,… Continue Reading

Our Lady in the Midst of Advent

Our Lady in the Midst of Advent

It is certainly very fitting, as we prepare for the coming of Christ in Christmas throughout Advent, that we also celebrate as a parish and as Catholics the Blessed Virgin Mary. During the first week of Advent this year, we celebrated the Immaculate Conception on the 8th of December. In the second week of Advent,… Continue Reading

Encountering Christ in the Eucharist

Encountering Christ in the Eucharist

The presence of Jesus is violent. Yes, violently peaceful. The terms seem contradictory, but allow me to present an example of what I mean. Jesus, oftentimes during his ministry, would be walking the streets of various towns, encountering sin and suffering, even demons. At those encounters sin was often forgiven, sufferings were often healed, and… Continue Reading

A People of the God of Hope: St. John Paul II

A People of the God of Hope: St. John Paul II

  “Be not afraid,” were among St. Pope John Paul II’s first words to the Church upon his election as pope. During his 1978 inaugural Mass homily, on the day we celebrate his feast, October 22nd, he proclaimed with these words the living presence of Jesus to those in the world. This was not a… Continue Reading

Fire of the Lord: Missionary Discipleship

Fire of the Lord: Missionary Discipleship

  In the eighteenth chapter of 1 Kings, we read a compelling story of God’s power to miraculously transform the most hopeless of situations into something for good. The Israelite king Ahab had introduced and allowed the worship of a false god, Baal, among the people of Israel. The prophet Elijah challenged Ahab to a… Continue Reading