Motherly Love

05-09-2021From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

To all of our mothers I say, “Happy Mother’s Day!” Thank you for the gift of life and the gift of your love. You held us in joy when we were born. Before we uttered a word or were able to say thank you, we were nourished by your life-giving motherhood. For nine months you carried us in you wombs, nourishing, protecting, and feeding us with your very self. You are an example of what Jesus is talking about in today’s Gospel (John 15:9-17). These words are part of His last words with His disciples at the Last Supper. First of all He says, “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.”

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Jesus is...

05-09-2021Formed Suggestion of the Week

Fr. Mike Schmitz, a renowned and beloved speaker and spiritual guide to the youth and young adults, discusses the all-important topic of God's existence. Armed with his usual repertoire of lively humor and sound philosophy, Fr. Mike reveals the incredible implications of the question that Christ asks all of us: "Who do YOU say that I Am?"

Finding Fatima

05-02-2021Formed Suggestion of the Week

May is the month of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This docu-drama will focus on Our Lady’s apparition at Fatima. Produced by the awardwinning filmmakers of the highly acclaimed feature film The 13th Day, this powerful and in-depth documentary combines archival footage, dramatic reenactments, original interviews with Fatima experts, and stunning visuals to tell the whole story of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.

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Becoming a True Branch

05-02-2021From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

As I drive out east to Greenport on Sound Avenue, the fields are plowed and the vines in the vineyards are pruned and ready to grow branches. In the Gospel for today’s Mass (John 15:1-8), Jesus says, “I am the vine, you are the branches.” I began to wonder how long a vine lasts, being pruned and bearing fruit year after year, and found this interesting information: “With proper care, grapevines can live for 50 to 100 years or more. Some of California's oldest vineyards contain grapevines dating back to the 1880s. In your garden, your grapevines may well outlive you.” In the opening line for today’s Gospel Jesus says: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.” One of the commentaries I read on this Gospel says that the word true in this context means a lack of forgetfulness. “The True Vine remembers at all times the communion between ‘all there is’ and the ‘Source of All There Is.’ This means that the True Vine lives simultaneously in the flux and time and in the Eternal Now.”

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