I thank Fr. Shibi for writing his article about his visit to Fatima and his insights and experiences of the Good Shepherd and the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Easter Season is our time to be lifted up, inspired, encouraged, enlivened, and enriched by the Resurrection of Jesus and the power that overflows into our hearts from it. Fr. Shibi communicated so beautifully how our faith in the Good Shepherd enables us to see how “God is calling us to trust Him, to obey Him, to love Him more deeply for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.” Once again, thank you Fr. Shibi!READ MORE
This week's pastor letter was written by our Associate Pastor Fr. Shibi Pappan.
This Sunday is Good Shepherd Sunday and in the Gospel reading, Jesus says He is the Good Shepherd. He gives three characteristics of a Good Shepherd. First, a good shepherd cares so much for the members of his flock that he is willing to risk his life to protect them. Secondly, he knows each of the sheep well. Thirdly, he cares about all of them, even those who go astray. Lots of things are ready to snatch us from the Lord, to lure us away from Christ. There are hundreds of voices calling to and for our souls. But in the world of many voices, through the Church, the voice of the Good Shepherd is with us every day. Today, through the four pillars of Catholicism, we are united to our Good Shepherd.READ MORE
Whenever we look forward to an event or activity that is outside, we hope that the weather will be good. When we work hard we hope our efforts will bear fruit. As we continue our celebration of Easter, which can only take place if we live our lives as people of faith (since for the world outside of faith Easter is another holiday that is past), we cannot help but to be amazed and inspired by the unwavering hope of Jesus for us. In last Sunday’s Gospel from John 20:19-31 we reflected on two post Resurrection appearances of Jesus. In both of them His greeting was, “Peace be with you!”READ MORE
“Peace be with you!” These are the words of greeting Jesus speaks to His disciples as they are gathered in fear and disappointment in themselves. The Risen Christ comes into their midst to express His continued love for them and His joy over their presence in His life. All of this seems so contradictory to what we see over and over again when we and others are disappointed, denied, and betrayed. There are feelings of anger and revenge that cloud our minds and hearts.READ MORE
Happy Easter!! In the world of nature, we look forward to the season of spring and the appearance of new life bursting forth. As I write this column on the second day of spring, it is snowing heavily. At this point, we are all looking beyond the white of winter to the green grass and leaves and the color of flowers in nature. Easter is about new life. Like natural human childbirth, there are labor pains to get to new life. The ultimate pains were endured by Jesus as He was rejected, betrayed, denied, and crucified.READ MORE