What is the Meaning of Life?

02-28-2021Formed Suggestion of the Week

What is the meaning of life? Fr. Larry Richards tackles life's biggest question with straightforward, timeless, and often jolting answers. In this one-of-a-kind, life-affirming reality check, he unlocks the mysteries of our existence and opens our hearts and souls to the meaning of life. The Truth will give you concrete answers on how to live.

Staying in the Light of God's Love, Mercy and Truth

02-28-2021From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

The older we get, the more knowledge we acquire, the more responsibilities we have, and the more concerns we have about situations and things we cannot control. We don’t have all the answers and we don’t know in detail what the future will be like. Where do we find peace? In the Gospel for today’s Mass (Mark 9:2-10), we see Jesus taking Peter, James, and John up a mountain and revealing His heavenly glory to them. Not only do they see what He is doing with His preaching, teaching, and healing, they now see Him in His heavenly glory. Not only is Jesus transfigured, two key people from centuries past appear: Moses and Elijah. As wondrous as this encounter was for Peter, James, and John, their wonder and awe would turn to absolute confusion and fear when they saw Jesus arrested and crucified. Where did they find peace?

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Praying for a Deeper Respect for Life

02-21-2021From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

What singles us out as the person we are? It is not just our physical appearance, but our words and the way we interact with one another. As human beings we are created to love and be loved. Sometimes things happen that separate us from one another. It is sad to see family members divided because of some misunderstanding or unwillingness to work things out. Sadly we are divided in our nation over political and moral issues. This coming Lent our parish project is to be part of “40 Days for Life.” Everyone is invited to join in this effort to lessen and eliminate the evil of abortion that is legal in our nation. Our most powerful tool comes from our faith - our ability to pray and seek and witness to God’s truth.

I encourage everyone to pray for a deeper respect for life in our nation, especially on Tuesdays during Lent. That is the day we are invited to join together in front of Planned Parenthood on Maple Avenue in Smithtown to pray and stand up for life. Our prayers are for those poor innocents who are not wanted. How sad that we have used our technology to quickly and efficiently kill and dispose of them.

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Companions in Shipwreck

02-21-2021Formed Suggestion of the Week

In the era of cancel culture and shunning of our neighbors, we should look back at how friendship should be integrated into our lives. It may be as simple as getting to know someone, or going further and visiting them regularly. What can we learn of the true principles of friendship? Who can we learn it from? Look no further than the life of famed author and Catholic, J.R.R. Tolkien. The relationships he exhibited are a wonderful example for all of us to follow, especially with those we may disagree with. As Tolkien described marriage, it’s all about being “companions in shipwreck".

Our Time as Catholic Americans

02-14-2021From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

Over the course of our lives, we are touched by countless people. We begin as children in the womb, anticipated with joy, and we come out of the womb into loving hearts and arms. Our childhood gives us the foundation we need to mature into adults. And even as adults, we continue to learn and grow in goodness, love, and understanding of who we truly are and how our lives are enriched by others and how we enrich the lives of others. This coming Wednesday we begin the season of Lent. Lent is a gift to us as the Church to grow in faith, hope, and love. Where is God in my life? How much of a priority is He? A simple way to gauge that is to ask this about ourselves as Catholics: Does our faith come first? Are we a Catholic American or are we an American Catholic? Which one shows us what our priorities are?

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Truth to Inspire Series

02-14-2021Formed Suggestion of the Week

Share the faith with your children! The Truth to Inspire Series offers captivatingaudio dramatizations for children of the lives of saints and well-known Marian apparitionsin order to teach them more about the Catholic Faith.

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May we always speak for the most vulnerable among us.

02-07-2021From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

Last year at this time we had no clue that our lives would be affected by a disease we never heard of - the coronavirus. We are making progress but we are still a long way from the freedom of movement and gathering that were an ordinary part of our daily lives that we took for granted. Less than two weeks after Lent began last year, radical changes took place. Our churches were closed, schools closed, travel was restricted, people died from the coronavirus, and we could not visit those who were in health care facilities. Lent is time when we are called to change for the better but we never expected such changes to be imposed upon us.

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Faith & Culture: St. Thomas Aquinas

02-07-2021Formed Suggestion of the Week

Dr. Christopher Blum and guest, Professor Randall B. Smith from the Universityof Saint Thomas, Houston, discuss Professor Smith's studies of the lesser-knownwritings of Saint Thomas Aquinas.