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  • Fr. Barron's Lent Reflections

    • The Transfiguration was, obviously, of great importance for the first Christians. We’ve been talking about how the early Church related it to the Akeda so let’s take a deeper
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  • Sick & Hospitalized

       May our prayers bring heal ing, comfort and strength to the sick and their caregivers, remembering especially
    Agnes Bartoszek, John Balciar,
    Pat Bednarz, Carol Bellomy, Gwen Beres,
    Mary Ann Betliskey, Bill Bican,
    Millie Bloedorn, Bonnie Branche,
    Bill Connors, Corrine Dawe,
    Robert Dunning, Jose Dybzinski,
    Kristin Hill, Frances Holecek,
    Rose Holecek, Rich Krzynowek,
    Cindi Magyar, Dorothy Mangan,
    Marilyn O’Meara, John Pacanovsky,
    Rita Petkoff, Nancy Recko, Brianna Rhine,
    Laura Schram, Elaine Stack,
    Andrew Turowski, Virginia Turowski and Joe Zelenka.
     
                May our Loved Ones who have died, rest in eternal happiness in heaven.
     
                For the safety of the Men and Women serving in the military, especially those from our parish and their families.
     

  • Stewardship of Treasure


    Thank you for your continued generosity and financial support.
     
    Sunday, February 22nd
     
    2615.10
    Ash Wednesday for our St. Vincent dePaul Society 936.00
    Memorials 90.00
    Improvement Fund 67.00
       
       
  • Notes from your Pastor

    We are called to pray together as a community.  In addition, we are also called to spend time in individual, personal prayer.  In the Gospel, we hear these words about Jesus of Nazareth, “Rising early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where He prayed.”  Jesus was fully human and fully divine.  He demonstrated that though He was the Son of God, he still needed to pray.
    Like Our Blessed Savior, we are called to find the deserted place and to pray.  Another translation puts it this way “In the morning, while it was still very dark, Jesus got up and went out to a deserted place, and there He prayed.”  Can we do the same?  Can we look for the deserted place in the morning to pray?  Like Our Savior, can we get up early while it is still dark to pray?
    In his book entitled “For the Love of God”, author Dr. Wayne Dyer writes about his prayer life.  He says, “I find God by giving myself time everyday, through prayer or meditation, or whatever you want to call it, to go into another level of consciousness.  I close my eyes and breathe.  I center myself, empty my mind, and begin to feel the love that is there when I quiet down enough to feel it.  As I do this I transcend time and space, and I am in the very presence of God, and it puts me into a state of harmony and bliss that transcends anything I’ve ever known.  How you do it does not matter.  It does not come about in some linear fashion or by studying somebody else’s ways.  The secret is in giving yourself permission to experience it firsthand, and then living whatever messages you are getting.  When you experience this you connect in a loving way to everything in the universe.”
    Dr. Dyer’s description of prayer sounds wonderful.  Would it not be good to withdraw to the deserted place possibly in the morning?  How do you start your day?  Could you get up a half hour earlier to spend some quiet time with Our Lord?  Can you empty yourself of your distractions, your thoughts, your agenda and be still before Our Lord? 
    You can begin with your words in prayer, you can read a passage of Scripture, you can pray a decade of the rosary, but the key is resting in silence before God.  Would you not like to start the day in communion with God?  Would it not be worthwhile to begin the day with peace, tranquility, serenity and harmony?  In Dr. Dyer’s words, “When you experience this, you connect in a loving way to everything in the universe.”
    You can do this anytime.  I suggest the morning because it is a good way to start your day.  Why not try it tomorrow?  Set the clock a half hour earlier.  Before you go about your morning routine, leave for work or for school, just take fifteen minutes of silence to be still before Our Lord.  See how this changes you.  Experience how this can transform your day.
    The Good News is God is always present.  Prayer enables us to experience the Presence of God.  God is always present to us.  Prayer enables us to be present to God.
    Like Our Blessed Lord, can we get up while it still dark to find the deserted place and to pray?  He felt the need to do this.  You and I have the same need as well.  Let us follow His example and walk in His footsteps.
     
  • Karen's Korner

    Did you know that the first consequence of Jacob’s actions is that Esau vows to kill Jacob?  Not really surprising since Jacob basically stole Esau’s blessing!  Because of this, Rebekah sends Jacob to Haran to live with her family.  Isaac never left the Promised Land, but Jacob has to flee for his life.  Not only that, but Jacob tries to make a deal with God.  He asks for God help and if that help is provided only then will he carry on the faith of his fathers!  When he arrives in Haran, he meets his uncle Laban, and falls in love with Laban’s daughter, Rachel.  Laban demands seven years of service before he will allow the marriage to take place.  When the marriage takes place, Jacob discovers he has been tricked into marrying Rachel’s older sister, Leah.  Jacob demands to know Laban has deceived him.   Laban replies that the eldest should be given in marriage first.  Laban also reminds Jacob of his own deceit when Jacob’s father was older and could not see well.  So Jacob has reaped the deceit that he has sown!  Jacob now must work for another seven years in order to marry Rachel.           Rachel is the favored wife, but does not bear children.  Leah bears sons, yet both women have their female servants be with Jacob so that even more children can be born.  Finally, Rachel bears her first son, Joseph.  Just like Sarah had her maidservant bear a child for Abraham, both Leah and Rachel follow her example.  There is a constant rivalry between the two sisters for the affection of their husband.  Interestingly, there is no judgment stated in Genesis about this practice, yet their actions will have serious consequences.  Eventually, Jacob decides to leave Haran and return to the Promised Land. 
              Jacob is fearful about meeting his brother again, and sends messengers to ask for Esau’s favor.  Still fearful, Jacob spends the night in prayer and meets a strange man with whom he wrestles.  Jacob asks for a blessing and receives it, and then the man changes Jacob’s name to Israel, which means “he who wrestles with God.”  The promise is made that Jacob’s new name will be the name of a new nation.  The lesson here is that Jacob did not have to steal the blessing from Esau in order to receive a blessing!  God would have granted it to him anyway!  The next day, Esau welcomes his brother back, and Jacob offers Esau a gift.     The Lord’s words to Rebekah when Jacob was born were, “The elder shall serve the younger”.  Jacob’s life of theft, scheming and deceit was not what blessed him; the love of God is what blessed him.  All Jacob had to do was put his complete trust in God and everything would have been all right.  In the end Jacob prayed to the Lord and it led him back to his home, to the brother he had wronged.  This lesson of brotherly love foreshadows the New Testament teaching that love of God and love of neighbor are intimately entwined.  Putting our trust completely in God and following His will is what will bring us blessings and love.  But we need to be people of honor and not deceit.  Deceit and scheming and pride and envy only bring sorrow and suffering.  Being faithful to God and trusting in His will, will bring us peace, love, blessings and comfort.  Let us always live our lives in God’s will. 
     
    See you soon!    Karen