Welcoming Jesus

03-28-2021From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

Welcome! I am so happy that you are here. These are the words and sentiments expressed in the readings and prayers as we begin this week called Holy Week. Today is Palm Sunday, the day Jesus was welcomed into Jerusalem. The welcome turned sour in a matter of five days. Jesus did not enter Jerusalem thinking He had finally reached everybody and that what He came to do was completely understood. In Matthew 20:17-19, Jesus takes His apostles aside and says; “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.” We have a pithy saying: “Forewarned is forearmed.” This is not the case for Jesus. Foreknowledge or forewarning did not make Him take up arms or make Him fearful, or cause Him to turn around and just walk away. That is what makes this week Holy Week. While God’s love in Jesus was questioned, attacked, and rejected in Jesus, that love would not be deterred, abandoned, or compromised. Jesus did exactly what needed to be done in the situation He was in at that time in that place.

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03-28-2021Formed Suggestion of the Week

Teach your kids about God and the alphabet with Totally Toddlers The Alphabet! From the creative team who brought you the popular Catholic series, Brother Francis, this series will immerse your kids in the series’ colorful animations. Introduce them to the beautiful world of words through this entertaining and wholesome show. Your kids will want to watch Totally Toddlers over and over again. With animated letters coming to life, happy songs, and cheerful melodies, teaching the basics of the English language becomes a pleasant and unforgettable experience.

Jesus is the True Life Giver

03-21-2021From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

“Lord if you had been here my brother would never have died.” These words are from one of the Gospels we will read at some of the Masses in our parish this weekend. They are from John 11:1-45 which is the account of the raising of Lazarus after being dead four days in the tomb. Before those words were spoken to Jesus by the sisters of Lazarus they had sent word to Him that, “The one you love is ill.”

Jesus did not drop everything and come immediately and cure Lazarus. He waited two days and then went, two days too late as far as the sisters of Lazarus were concerned. But Jesus does far more than cure Lazarus from a fatal disease, He raises him back to life, a life Lazarus would one day leave again in death. The earthly joy of the sisters and Lazarus would one day be surpassed by the joy of God’s presence with one another in heaven.

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Dispelling the Darkness

03-14-2021From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

“Ya Gotta believe!” This was a pithy statement coined by pitcher Tug McGraw when the Mets had some success in their history. When we want to be practical we say, “I’ll believe it when I see it!” In the Gospel we will use at some of the Masses this Sunday (John 9:1-41), we have the account of Jesus curing a man born blind. As astounding as this miracle was, there were religious leaders who refused to believe what they saw. They had a bias against Jesus and as a result refused to see the powerful, healing power of God’s love right in front of them. Their downplaying of the miracle caused them to say Jesus healed on a Sabbath and they even questioned the man’s parents about whether or not the blindness was from birth. Jesus and His healing power were right in front of them, yet they did not want to believe and sought reasons to discredit Jesus.

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Freedom Through Forgiveness

03-14-2021Formed Suggestion of the Week

This Lenten season, be sure to take advantage of the Sacrament of Confession.In this audio talk, using clever examples and insightful stories, Ken Yasinski reveals how each of us can obtain freedom from the burden of our sins through the forgiveness that is readily available in this beautiful sacrament.

The Shroud of Turin

03-07-2021Formed Suggestion of the Week

The Holy Shroud of Turin was called the greatest relic in Christendom by Pope St. John Paul II. In fact, the Shroud is the most studied scientific object in the entire world. Fr. Peffley presents new, detailed scientific and medical evidence for the authenticity of the Holy Shroud. This presentation brings greater clarity to the depth of the agony of our Lord's sorrowful Passion, which he voluntarily took on for love of us.

We Can Never Go To The Well Of God's Love Often Enough

03-07-2021From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

One of the things we take for granted every day of our lives is the availability of water. All we have to do is open a spigot and we have more than we need. We use water to wash, nourish plants, cook, travel on, and refresh our bodies. A number of Lenten seasons ago we had parish projects to raise money to drill wells in two different villages in Nigeria. We helped people to have a resource of water in the center of their villages so they would not have to walk miles with pails to and from the river to bring water to their homes.

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