A Note From The Pastor

Category: Parish News,

This  Saturday, January 22nd, marks forty-nine years ago that the Supreme Court legalized abortion in our country. The USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) has asked us to observe January 22nd as a “day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life, and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion.” Please pray and offer sacrifices for an end to abortion in our country and across the world.

This weekend at all of the Masses we will have a Second Collection to support the Church in Latin America. To learn more about how your gifts make a difference, visit: www.usccb.org/latin-america.

I received a message from Fr. Charles that he has arrived safely back home in Uganda. He (and I) are especially grateful for your warm welcome and hospitality. For my part, I thank you for your supporting him and his seminary community. It’s one example of the many fruits of our OLH Community.

This Sunday we celebrate the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. About 2-½ years ago, Pope Francis declared this Sunday to be the Sunday of The Word of God. He wants this Sunday “to be devoted to the celebration, study, and dissemination of the Word of God.” He’s asked priests to “highlight the proclamation of the Word of the Lord, and to emphasize in the homily the honor that it is due.” The Pope also reminds pastors that they “are primarily responsible for explaining sacred Scripture, and helping everyone to understand it.”

On this Sunday, my hope is that all of us will fall in love with reading the Bible, and growing in our understanding of it. In the Pope’s words, himself quoting sacred Scripture, “May we never tire of devoting time and prayer to Scripture, so that it may be received “not as a human word, but as what it really is, the Word of God.” {–1 Thess 2:13}.

I thought that I would provide a popular resource being used to help others read through and understand the Bible in a year. The program is called “The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz).” It’s currently #1 overall on Apple Podcast! Here’s a link below to help you get started:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeXS0cAkuTPqFMtZQ379qdEmcfxO1SvXc.

I hope that each one of us recommits ourselves to reading and studying the Bible every day – I promise you that it will transform your life, and your personal relationship with Jesus.

Blessings,

Fr. Paul