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    May the sick and their caregivers, receive comfort and strength through our prayers, remembering especially
    John Balciar, Mary Ann Betliskey,
    Bill Connors, Nancy Cox, Corrine Dawe, Midge Denova, Jose Dybzinski, Kristin Hill,
    Frances Holecek, Cindi Magyar,
    Dorothy Mangan, Linda Rivera,
    Andrew Turowski and Virginia Turowski
     
                For the safety of the Men and Women serving in the military, especially those from our parish and their families.
     

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  • Notes from your Pastor


    The Gospel presents us with the storm at the Sea of Galilee.  The apostles are in the boat together.  This image of being in the boat together can be symbolic of the Church.  Oftentimes, the Church is presented as a ship and the community is inside the ship.  Frequently, the ship is tossed about by the waves.  The waves are symbolic of the difficulties that come our way.  We get through the difficulties when we turn to Jesus and to one another for help.
     
    We are called to form a Christian community.  We begin in small ways, in praying together and in forming relationships with one another. 
     
    Storms can come to us in various ways.  There can be tornadoes, hurricanes and violent thunderstorms.  There can be others storms as well – Sickness, the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, a troubled marriage, a difficult relationship and challenging financial circumstances.  There are also smaller storms – Passing a test in school, repairs to be made, having a car problem such as a dead battery or flat tire, or being lost.
     
    When the storms come,  like Peter, we need to focus upon Jesus.  When Peter takes his eyes off Jesus, he sinks beneath the waves.  When we have a problem, we need to have faith, to look to Christ for help.  Fox example, I have a problem right now, but I am saying in faith “The Lord is my Shepherd.  I shall not want.”  In other words, I am saying God will help me through this.  Secondly, when storms come our way, we are invited to ask other people for help.
     
    If you should ever find yourself lost, it is good to pray for help and it is good to ask other people for help.  If we get lost somewhere and do not have a GPS or a map, we might ask a stranger for directions.  God answers prayers by sending people our way.
     
    We can get through all the storms that come our way if we have faith in God and if we ask others for help.  Faith is synonymous with trust.  We trust that God will take care of us and that others will help us.
     
    It is interesting to note that we have those words “In God we trust” on our money.  On the operational level, oftentimes like Peter, we feel ourselves sinking or overwhelmed.  During those times, we are called like Peter to turn to God for help and to actually trust that God will take care of us.  We are also called to trust the people that God places in our lives.  We are called to trust in the basic goodness of God and of people to help us on our journey of life.
     
    The word “trust” begins with the letter T.  Remove the letter T and you get the word rust.  Possibly, we could say without trust, we rust.  Also, we notice the word trust begins with T and ends with T.  We could say trust begins and ends with the Cross.  We are invited to have faith…to have trust in Him.  Trusting in Him, we can say with St. Paul, “I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.”

     
  • Karen's Korner

     Did you know that God actually understands us, accepts us, delights in us, and is eager to smile at us? 
              This is something I think people don’t grasp as deeply as Jesus would like us to.  Ronald Rolheiser, in his book, “Prayer:  Our Deepest Longing”, recounts a dream he had of Jesus.  He dreamed that he had to go to the airport to pick up Jesus, who was arriving on a flight.  He was very nervous because he was not sure how he would recognize Jesus.  What would he look like?  How would he react to Ronald?  What would they say to each other?  So he stands watching passengers get off the plane and is afraid Jesus will be disappointed in him.  But what happens is the exact opposite of what Ronald expected!  Jesus walks toward him, smiling, beaming with delight, rushing toward him, eager to meet him!  Ronald knows Jesus can see his faults and weaknesses, but none of that mattered! Jesus was eager to meet him! 
              In thinking upon this dream of his, I came to a couple of conclusions.   First, we tend to live in fear of God.  Some of it is bad theology or bad teaching, but mostly I think we fear God because we have never truly experienced the kind of unconditional love that God offers to us in our human lives. 
              Second, we believe God is disappointed in us; that we haven’t done enough and that when we do see Him, he will be frowning at us instead of smiling.  Finally, I think because of these things, we avoid God when we are most in need of his love and acceptance.  We are so afraid that God will be disappointed in us that in times of need, we are afraid to go to Him with our need.  We have all had people in our lives who are disappointed with us and even angry with us over some small thing.  And we tend to put that image on God instead of the image that is given to us in 1 John 4:16, “God is love.” 
              The chapter goes on to say that “Perfect love casts out all fear.”  We have nothing to fear in coming to our Lord or in seeking our Lord!  He will never be disappointed in us!  He loves us perfectly!  Jesus wants us to seek Him out in ALL things, not just the “major” events of our lives!  Jesus wants to be involved in every tiny detail of our lives for He is the Perfect Parent as well as being the perfect friend, sibling, neighbor, etc.!  We have nothing to fear in coming to the Lord.  He will never force us, but rather receives us with great love!  My favorite verse in Paul’s letters comes from Romans, Chapter 8, verses 38-39.  “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Can I get an AMEN?
               I still have 3 copies of “The Chronicles of Narnia”, the 7 stories bound as one, available in my office for $13.00.
     
     See you soon! Karen