Pastor’s Message: February 17, 2024

Dear Parishioners,

On the first Sunday of Lent, the Gospel of Mark 1:12–15 describes Jesus’ time in the wilderness where he was tempted by Satan for forty days.

The desert is a place of testing, but it is also a place to be close to God. Jesus’ time in the desert calls us to make Lent a season of growth, a season for developing habits that will make us more loving toward God and one another.

Jesus began his ministry in Galilee proclaiming the good news of God, saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” This Gospel passage reminds us that Lent is a time of repentance and preparation for the coming of the kingdom of God. Let us use this time to reflect on our own lives and turn away from sin, so that we may be ready to receive the good news of God’s kingdom.

God Bless as we Journey through Lent,
Pray for peace.
Fr. Cyrus

Pastor’s Message: January 28, 2024

Dear Parishioners,

In the Gospel this weekend we are reminded of the power and authority of Jesus. He has the ability to heal and to cast out evil spirits. It also highlights the importance of recognizing Jesus as the Son of God. The unclean spirit knew who Jesus was, but the people in the synagogue were amazed at Jesus’ teaching and authority.

As we reflect on this Gospel passage, we are called to deepen our relationship with Jesus and to recognize him as the Holy One of God. We are also called to seek his divine healing and protection in times of distress and overcome any challenge that comes our way.

May we be open to the power and authority of Jesus and may we always turn to him in our times of need. Remember we are not alone in our struggles and that the power of prayer can bring about incredible transformation and healing.

God Bless,
Pray for Peace,
Fr. Cyrus

Pastor’s Message: February 11, 2024

Dear Parishioners,

As difficult as it may be to believe it, Lent begins this week. Ash Wednesday is February 14. We invite you to prepare your hearts for Easter through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. In this e-newsletter there many opportunities offered for your spiritual enrichment. Join us!

In today’s Gospel, the man with leprosy approached Jesus and asked for healing. In doing so, the leper violated the religious customs of the day by approaching a person who was clean.

Jesus as compassionate and willing to transcend the Jewish law by touching and healing the leper, demonstrates that love and mercy surpass the law The leper is isolated from the community In contrast, Jesus’ healing restores the leper back into the community, showing the importance of inclusion and community healing.

As followers of Jesus, we can learn from his acts of healing towards those who were marginalized and ostracized in society. Jesus showed compassion and love towards these individuals, actively working to include and restore them within the community. We can copy Jesus’ example by extending kindness and care towards those who may feel excluded or isolated, and by working towards creating a more inclusive and welcoming community for all.

God Bless as we begin our Lenten Journey,

Pray for peace.
Fr. Cyrus

Pastor’s Message: February 2, 2024

Dear Parishioners,

This weekend we hear in the Gospel of Mark that Jesus cures Simon’s mother-in-law and many others who were brought to him. This powerful display of healing reminds us of the love and compassion that Jesus has for all of us.

We encourage you to come and reflect on this message with us during our Sunday Mass. Let us gather together to praise and thank the Lord for his endless mercy and grace.

“Even in the face of death, faith can make possible what is humanly impossible. But faith in what? In the love of God. This is the real answer which radically defeats Evil. Just as Jesus confronted the Evil One with the power of the love that came to him from the Father, so we too can confront and live through the trial of illness, keeping our heart immersed in God’s love.”—Pope Benedict XVI

God Bless,
Pray for Peace
Fr. Cyrus

Pastor’s Message: January 28, 2024

Dear Parishioners,

In the Gospel this weekend we are reminded of the power and authority of Jesus. He has the ability to heal and to cast out evil spirits. It also highlights the importance of recognizing Jesus as the Son of God. The unclean spirit knew who Jesus was, but the people in the synagogue were amazed at Jesus’ teaching and authority.

As we reflect on this Gospel passage, we are called to deepen our relationship with Jesus and to recognize him as the Holy One of God. We are also called to seek his divine healing and protection in times of distress and overcome any challenge that comes our way.

May we be open to the power and authority of Jesus and may we always turn to him in our times of need. Remember we are not alone in our struggles and that the power of prayer can bring about incredible transformation and healing.

God Bless,
Pray for Peace,
Fr. Cyrus