Mark: Faith Not Fear

04-25-2021Formed Suggestion of the Week

Join Dr. Tim Gray in this powerful 14-part series to discover the Gospel of Mark like never before. Immerse yourself in this action-packed Gospel that offers Saint Peter's account of Christ's life and teaching. Combining the insights of Dr. Tim Gray with the masterful artistry of the Augustine Institute, this Lectio series uses the Church's rich tradition of Lectio Divina to help you better understand and better pray with the Gospel of Mark.

Our Good Shepard

04-25-2021From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

I’m pregnant! What a joyous announcement. It is at that moment that the words God spoke to Moses when Moses asked God His name are applied to the child in the womb, “I AM!” God replied to Moses: “I am who I am.” Then he added: “This is what you will tell the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.” (Exodus 3:14) How blessed we are to have the gift of life. How blessed we are to have been given life by our parents. How blessed are you who are parents, using your God -given life giving power to create children who will live forever.

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Reaching out to Today's Culture

04-18-2021Formed Suggestion of the Week

In this highly relevant talk, Bishop Robert Barron shares observations from his dialogue with critics of his YouTube videos. He eloquently illustrates how our Catholic intellectual tradition can clarify the confusion that is so prevalent in our culture about matters of Christian faith and life.

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Peace be With You

04-18-2021From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

Separation! Insults! Negativity! Take the first letter of those three words and we have SIN. Sin is both personal and communal. As we listen to all three readings at Mass today, we see that Jesus came to take away the power of sin by facing it head on and enduring its power as He was crucified. His Resurrection clearly shows His power over sin, a power He very much wants to share with us personally and communally. Even though the author of life was put to death the power of sin could not and did not prevail over Him. His power over sin is the love that flows constantly and unrelentingly from His Sacred Heart.

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Jesus Believes in Us

04-11-2021From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

At times we wonder if we can do what we have committed ourselves to do, and at other times we jump in with enthusiasm, courage, and joy. We never know exactly what the future holds for us. One of the questions I pondered before I took the final step to ordination as a priest was, “Will I be able to do what a priest does?” As time goes by, I have learned many things and I thoroughly enjoy being a priest.

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The Sanctuary Course

04-11-2021Formed Suggestion of the Week

One in four people will be affected by a mental health problem at some point in their lives, yet the stigma surrounding mental illness silences many and prevents faith communities from responding compassionately and effectively. This eight-session course—designed for use in small groups—explores the realities of mental health and illness, as well as the vital need for faith-based community conversations about these topics. The sessions are accompanied by compelling films that feature the stories of Catholics living with mental health challenges, along with the insights of archbishops, theologians, and psychologists. The course also includes a Leader’s Guide, Participant’s Guide, and additional educational and spiritual resources.

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FORMED Book CLub

04-04-2021Formed Suggestion of the Week

Join Catholic experts and book lovers with decades of experience in publishing for in-depth weekly discussions of relevant Catholic texts. Hosted by Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ (Founder of Ignatius Press), Vivian Dudro (Senior Editor at Ignatius Press), and Joseph Pearce (Director of Book Publishing at Augustine Institute). These discussions are part of an online community that reads and discusses a different book each month.

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All Things are Possible

04-04-2021From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

Happy Easter! With all that has been going on in our world for more than a year now, we surely need someone to lift our spirits. Realistically we still seem to have a way to go to get beyond the coronavirus and the effects it has had on us. Two thousand years ago there was a day that changed human history. What seemed to be defeat turned into hope renewed. Hopes dashed and the victory of human ignorance and evil intentions was short lived. Good Friday was followed by Easter Sunday. Jesus rose, showing His power over sin and death. His is the only power that will enable us to face evil and rise above it.

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