The Gifts of the Holy Spirit and the Blessed Mother

05-31-2020From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

One of the most joyful experiences in life is discovering the traits, talents, goodness, and wisdom of those we love. It is so life-giving to be open to seeing more and more in the people we love and who love us. Growth in love and commitment happens when we rise above preconceived notions and closed-minded judgments about others. As we celebrate Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples in tongues of fire, I think back to the Gospel from this past Monday where this exchange took place between Jesus and His apostles at the Last Supper: The disciples said to Jesus, “Now you are talking plainly, and not in any figure of speech. Now we realize that you know everything and that you do not need to have anyone question you. Because of this, we believe that you came from God.”

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Listen Up! If finding the time to sit down with a book is seemingly impossible, try out some of the audio offerings on Formed.

05-31-2020Formed Suggestion of the Week

Beyond Belief: Fr. Michael Schmitz tackles some of the most difficult topics in the Church today with humor, clarity, and theological truth. In this talk, he challenges us not to settle for mediocrity and to allow Christ to change our lives. Once we are changed by the love of Jesus, then together we can change the world.

My Conversion Diary: Jennifer Fulwiler is a popular writer and speaker from Austin, Texas. In this compelling presentation, she recalls her spiritual journey—one that ultimately led her to enter the Catholic Church after a life of atheism. Jennifer is a regular contributor to the National CatholicRegister and frequently appears on Catholic radio and EWTN. She chronicles her experiences of faith and family life on her popular blog, ConversionDiary.com.

Giving and Gratitude

05-24-2020From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

The deeper we let God into our lives the deeper we go into His life. The deeper we go into God's life the more free we are to love. This past Thursday, we celebrated the Feast of the Ascension. In the preface we use at Mass on this feast I am always struck by these words: "he ascended not to distance himself from our lowly state but that we, his members, might be confident of following where he, our Head and Founder, has gone before." The Gospel passages at our Masses on these past weekdays and Sundays have been from Jesus' Last Supper Discourse. The closer we come to the Feasts of Ascension and Pentecost, the more we see how Jesus is inviting us to be intimately part of His life with the Father and Holy Spirit. We began our life with Him when we were baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. We received a fuller outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation. And each week or day if we have the time we are invited to receive Jesus in the Eucharist. Jesus freely gives Himself to us and has done everything possible to let us know how much He wants us to be part of who He is now and forever with the Father and Holy Spirit.

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Ebook Suggestions for Readers of all Ages

05-24-2020Formed Suggestion of the Week

The Chime Travelers Series: When Patrick has to work on his church’s cleaning team on a Saturday, he thinks his weekend fun is ruined. But when the old church bells start chiming, Patrick and his pet frog, Francis, are suddenly taken back through time to ancient Ireland. Will the strange shepherd he meets be able to help him get home, or will Patrick be stuck taking care of sheep in the rain and mud forever? Find out in The Secret of the Shamrock.

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Jesus is Always Available

05-17-2020From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

When I was ordained a priest and even before, one of my possessions was a tool box that I used to work on my car and on my boat engine. One day when I was struggling and getting frustrated my father, whose job was being an auto mechanic, came out to help and said, "This is mechanical, we can fix this." His expertise and confidence was always a great help. When we want help or advice on how to fix something or how to use one of our electronic devices, we look for someone who can show us.

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Keep the Kids Engaged!

05-17-2020Formed Suggestion of the Week

The Witness Trilogy: Discover the power and love of Jesus Christ and see whyhis followers risked all to carry his message to the ends ofthe earth. Children and adults alike will be captivated by thisaccount of Jesus’s life, featuring vivid storytelling and highimpact animation. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

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The Faithful Traveler in the Holy Land

05-10-2020Formed Suggestion of the Week

For all you travelers who have been grounded by the coronavirus, here’s a chance to take a virtual tour of the Holy Land. “The Faithful Traveler inthe Holy Land” TV series explores sacred sites throughout Israel and Palestine, including Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jericho, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee, Ein Karem, Qumran, and more! It’s a great way to see the sites you read about in the Bible or possibly plan for a future trip!

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Being the Presence of God for One Another

05-10-2020From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

"Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." Those are the words from the inaugural speech of John F. Kennedy in January, 1961. His enthusiasm resulted in the Peace Corps, which so many people joined and did good for others around the world, as well as the challenge that we met in 1969 to land a man on the moon and bring him back safely. Ironically, 59 years later, we are looking for what our country can do for us as we looked into our bank accounts to see when we received the $1,200 promised to all who paid taxes and earned under $75,000 last year. Our government is looking for ways to help us with the economy during this coronavirus.

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Ignatius of Loyola

05-06-2020Formed Suggestion of the Week

This modern and very human take on the story of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, often called "The Saint of Second Chances," is an incisive and thrilling look at the life of the real man behind the legend. In his lifelong quest to become the heroic knight of his fantasies, Ignatius stares death in the face again and again, having his leg shattered by a cannonball in battle, driven to near suicide by his inner demons, finding himself imprisoned, accused of being an illuminati, and finally finding his life in the hands of the Inquisition. Through it all, he would come to see the hand of God working in his life, shaping the self-obsessed sinner into the loyal and passionate soldier-saint.

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Trusting Our Good Shepherd

05-03-2020From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

One of the things we do to help the children going to their First Confession is give them a booklet with the ritual and prayers they can pray. There is also a sheep pasted in the booklet with their name on it. The priest takes the sheep from their booklet and gives it to Mrs. Kedjierski, our director of religious formation for grades 1-4, who places it on a poster in our school hallway, showing those children are part of God's flock.

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The Faithful Traveler

05-03-2020Formed Suggestion of the Week

In these days of quarantine, we may not be able to vacation and explore different parts of the country, but “The Faithful Traveler” can do the traveling for you. This series explores some of the Catholic shrines and places of pilgrimage in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, and New Jersey. The series consists of 13 half-hour episodes, each exploring one or more sites on the East Coast.

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