Pastor’s Message: July 29, 2022

Dear Parish Family,
In this Sunday’s readings we are challenged to use the gifts God has given us for the common good, to work for our salvation, and for the greater glory of God.
“Having had hearing problems for a number of years, an elderly man went to the doctor, who had him fitted for hearing aids that allowed him to hear better than ever. The old man returned to the doctor one month later for an evaluation of his new hearing aids, and the doctor said, ‘Your hearing is perfect. Your family must be really pleased that you can hear again.’ The man replied, ‘Oh, I haven’t told my family yet. I just sit around and listen to the conversations. I’ve changed my will three times!” (Original source unknown)
Thomas Aquinas says: “Temporal goods are subject to man, that he may use them according to his needs, not that he should make them his main purpose, or be overly anxious about them.” The more we place our hopes on things of this world, the more we lose sight of heaven. This is because: “Where a man’s wealth is, there is his soul.”
The words of the Gospel today are not meant to discourage or distress us. Instead, they are a wake-up call to put things in perspective and set priorities straight.
Jesus’ message is that true happiness does not come from getting, it comes from giving.
God Bless,
Fr. Cyrus

Pastor’s Message: July 22, 2022

Dear Parish Family,
In Luke’s Gospel Jesus teaches his disciples how to pray.
Jesus tells his disciples to pray for five basic things.
First that the Father’s name be made holy. Second, “Thy Kingdom come; in God’s kingdom all people share the Lord’s bounty. Third “give us our daily bread”. Give us what we need to do the work of Jesus today. Fourth, “forgive us our sins and forgive everyone who has sinned against us.” We are to forgive everyone no matter what the circumstances. Fifth “lead us not into temptation”. We ask God to give us the grace to recognize and resist temptation.
Prayer is a fundamental aspect of being a follower of Christ. It is our communication with our Father. How would we feel if no one never or rarely communicated with us? We probably would not feel loved or appreciated. Our heavenly Father would want to know what’s in our heart.
Prayer is a beautiful gift of communication given to us by God, who loves us beyond our comprehension.  When we pray the Lord’s Prayer we can rejoice and give thanks that God calls us His own and that He wants us to know Him deeply
God Bless,
Fr. Cyrus

Pastor’s Message: July 15, 2022

Dear Parish Family,
Our Lord makes it very clear that we must not only hear His words but also listen to them with the intention of making them profitable to ourselves. To profit from the word of God, we must let ourselves be moved by it in the depths of our heart. It is by listening to God’s word with the heart that we receive good inspirations. The heart comes alive and ever gains new strength and vigor.
However, it is difficult to listen to the Word of God with our hearts when our hearts are filled with anxiety. God is full of care for His creatures, but with peace and tranquility. Yet, our care tends to be anxious. Birds stay caught in nets because they flutter wildly. So it is when we desire to escape an anxiety. Resolve to do nothing that your desire insists on until your mind has regained peace.
(Adapted from L. Fiorelli, ed. Sermons of St. Francis de Sales)
Jesus invites everyone to his table for forgiveness and renewal, especially those who are far from him or have forgotten his love,
His hope for us is that we would do the same for others.
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I would like to thank you to everyone who helped us reach and go over our goal for the Annual Bishop’s Appeal
We raised $146,875 from 227 donors bringing the parish to 100.39% of its $146,300 goal.
God Bless,
Fr. Cyrus

Pastor’s Message: July 8, 2022

Dear Parish Family,
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’, and, Love your neighbor as yourself. Luke 10:27
Jesus tells us to be like the Good Samaritan, helping others in times of need, and not to ignore your neighbor. He made it very clear, we’re to love one another:
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:34-35
Jesus actually said we MUST love one another. By stopping to help the hurt man, the Samaritan showed the kind of love we are all called to show.
When we reach out in love and kindness toward those the world tells us to hate, we show our love for Jesus.
God Bless,
Fr. Cyrus

Pastor’s Message: July 1, 2022

Dear Parish Family,
In the Gospel this weekend we hear Jesus calling the seventy-two. The call of Jesus to the seventy-two is His call to us also.
Jesus wants us to become His partners in His ministry of evangelization.
Jesus is asking us to go and preach the Good News those around us. We are to be bold and faithful as the disciples were. We are to speak to people about sin, repentance, and the Kingdom of God.
“I am convinced that there is a great need for the whole Church to rediscover the joy of evangelization, to become a community inspired with missionary zeal to make Jesus better known and loved.” – Pope Benedict XVI
This Monday is the Fourth of July, Independence Day. it marks the day the United States officially became its own nation. The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4th, 1776—and America was born. As we celebrate America’s birthday with festivals, parades, fireworks, barbecues etc. Let us pray in thanksgiving for our freedoms, in solidarity with those who fight for justice, and for conversion of the oppressors.
I wish everyone a wonderful and safe 4th of July
God Bless,
Fr. Cyrus