Cast into the Deep

December 24, 2016

  It’s Christmas Time: Fr. Rolly In all my 27 years as a priest, I calculate that I may have baptized 2,100 infants. And most often, as I pour baptismal water over the heads of infants, they begin to cry. Once in a rare while, I see a smile. Nothing warms and cheers a tired soul more than an infant’s smile, whether it’s a real smile or a mere reflex. When I think of infants, I ...

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Loves fills us with light

December 19, 2016

Loves fills us with light El amor nos llena de luz L’amore ci riempie di luce 사랑은 빛으로 우리를 채워준다 Miłość napełnia nas światłem O amor nos preenche de luz Every day, I receive via email a Word of the Day although in truth, more often than not, it really is a phrase or a brief sentence. Its message is always a creative way that we can love God and lov...

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The Joy of Priestly Ministry

November 06, 2016

Cast Into the Deep The Joy of Priestly Ministry While you are reading this Corner, we are enjoying a scenic drive to Assisi, the birthplace of the gentlest of saints, St. Francis of Assisi. How beautiful it is to celebrate mass here in this place where a man made radical decisions to give up wealth, fame and power to live a life of poverty, chastity and obedience. With Christ-like poverty, h...

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Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 06, 2016

First Reading: 2 Maccabees 7:1-2,9-14 Second Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:16-3,5 Gospel: Luke 20:27-38 We have beautiful readings today that talk about one of the core elements of our faith: the resurrection of the dead. We say in the Creed: “I believe in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.” Belief in the resurrection is not a given. Did Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their...

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Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 29, 2016

Readings: First Reading – Wisdom 11:22-12:2 Second Reading – 2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2 Gospel Reading – Luke 19:1-10   Everything God created is good and God empowers everyone to conduct their lives according to His will. The first reading says that God loves all His creatures, otherwise, He would not have made them. So says the author of the Book of Wisdom about God: “And ...

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Pastor’s Corner: Cast into the Deep (October 30)

October 29, 2016

Interceding for Others in Prayer In the early part of this year, there was a time when people were getting sick of various illnesses, notably, cancer. A parishioner, or a family member or a friend of a parishioner that I would visit in the hospital or for whom I was to pray, were getting all these forms of sickness. And so, I thought of sending emails and words of encouragement to those whom I ...

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Pastor’s Corner: Cast into the Deep (October 23)

October 22, 2016

St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Francis Xavier and Mission Last Sunday was World Mission Sunday where I reflected with you on how we can celebrate the mercy of God by extending His loving heart to our neighbors half a world away and that we can be sharers of the Missionary Life of the Church in our own little ways. Following in the footsteps of the Saints Therese of Lisieux and Francis Xavier, w...

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 22, 2016

Readings: First Reading – Sirach 35:12-14 Second Reading – 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Gospel Reading – Luke 18:9-14 I always hear people tell me that “there are a lot of people going to Church, lining up for Holy Communion and doing all their devotions piously. And some, if not many of them are the people who cheat, who say things against others, who quarrel with others. “ And I ...

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Year of Mercy

October 13, 2016

Holy Year of Mercy October 16, 2016 Vol 1 No 16             Bury the Dead A precious loved one has died.  The pain washes over you in waves, and you wonder how to survive. Realize that you have lots of company.  Sorrow comes to all of us with no choice given as to how and when it is delivered.  Death follows life with ...

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Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 09, 2016

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Readings: First Reading – 2 Kings 5:14-17 Second Reading – 2 Timothy 2:8-13 Gospel Reading – Luke 17:11-19 God can use little people to proclaim his glory, but at times, we refuse to recognize Him in his humble instruments. Naaman, in the first reading, is a Syrian general, a non-Jew, who was healed by God of his leprosy through Elisha, th...

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