“Because of what the Lord has done for us, give thanks with a grateful heart, give thanks to the Holy One, give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ His son “…. DON MOEN Psalm 107:1 says “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his love endures forever.” 1 Thessalonians 5:8 also says “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” “ Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Col 4:2
11 ways to show Thanksgiving to the Heavenly Father
- Remember Him Always
- Recognize His Hand in your life
- Give Thanksgiving in Prayer
- Keep a Gratitude Journal
- Repent of Sin
- Obey His Commandments
- Serve Others to glorify Him
- Express Gratitude to Others
- Have an Attitude of Gratitude
- Chose to be Humble
- Make a New Goal
We all have a reason and a cause to give thanks for the family, the couple, parents, as children, students, teachers, doctors, nurses, ministers of God, public workers, security officials, in fact, everyone just for one common thing: THE GIFT OF LIFE… Therefore GIVE THANKS TO GOD!
Blessings, Fr. Seth
In Christianity ministry is an activity carried out by Christians to express or spread their faith as commissioned by Christ “Go therefore to all the Nations and make all disciples in my name, baptizing them In the Name of the father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit…Mt 28: 19” carrying forth Christ’s mission in the world through the church, indicating that it was conferred on each Christian in baptism. Church and ministry often work together. Ministries exist to help churches to worship God effectively. Ministries in Christianity is the activity carried out by members of the church to serve the purposes of the church. Some specific tasks or activities such as teaching CCD classes, organizing the youth in the parish, taking up lectorship, becoming an extra-ordinary minister of the Holy Eucharist, Adult Faith formation, singing, prayer intercessors, altar serving and many more. In the Catholic Church, the term Minister is commonly referred to the person performing some ministerial roles either as lay or ordained, commissioned to perform some act on behalf of the church. The duties vary and may depend on which specific ministry one is assigned to act in assisting with the administration of the parish activities and the sacraments, aimed to provide spiritual guidance to the church community including weddings and funerals. Depending on the circumstances and the necessity of the church at a given moment of the time any ministry could be set up if already not existing. The five-fold ministry mentioned in Ephesians 4:11 are Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors (shepherds), and Teachers. Thus having all been baptized the Lord does not expect us to remain idle in church but to come out in leading, supporting, encouraging and cooperating with and in all ministries of the church. Everyone and anyone that feels called in a particular ministry which may not be in an existence can initiate with the permission and approval of the competent authority of the church. At the baptism of the Lord we must try to identify our vocation as children of God and serve in some form or capacity as a minister in the church.
BLESSINGS, Father Seth
Every great thing starts and develops with small beginnings, even God himself began to build this world with a humble beginning. Yes you may not have a name or big family and even the level of great scholars yet I challenge you to begin to reflect on greatness. Start thinking and dreaming, let others laugh at you but I say you are great. Set up your own greatness goals and learn to stay in it. Don’t attempt to achieve greatness to impress others, otherwise you will doom your own aspirations. Here are five steps to get started:
- Celebrate your success; before you begin working towards your goals and more greatness in life, be sure to acknowledge all you’ve accomplished already
- Create your True Vision
- Take Action
- Stay Persistent
- Have the Right Support
Greatness is a concept of a state of mind of superiority affecting a Person or object in a particular place or area. Greatness can be attributed to an individual or individuals who possess a natural ability to be better than all others. Here are ten Qualities of Greatness inspired by His words
Purposefulness, * Self-confidence, * Boldness, * Optimism, * Forgiveness, * Courage, * Determination and * HUMILITY
Christ himself began his greatness from the womb of a humble woman with no name, born and covered with a swaddling cloth, he chose the manger as his guest room. Between the Star, Moon, and the Sun, he preferred the Star for his sign of brightness towards his greatness. Throughout Scripture we have several Great People like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos, Moses, Paul, the Apostles, Zechariah, and John the Baptist just to mention a few. None of these people, including Elizabeth and Mary, ever considered or thought themselves great yet so they are. From humble beginnings they achieved their greatness through strong faith in God as their support.
Once again I challenge you personally to start thinking and working towards the greatness God has planned for you. YES YOU CAN – DON’T GIVE UP.
A lot can happen in a year between the good, and the bad, and the ugly. Looking back into the past year may not be helpful. As glasses are raised and fireworks explode into the sky, it is important to recognize the special symbolism this new year brings with it. A time of new beginnings and freshness, a time of reflection and resolutions. It is a time to believe in God to do new greater things in and with our lives. A time to uphold your own new year desires, fill out your past blank spaces and share your joys with others. Be optimistic, think positive, and seize every opportunity as a challenge even, the most difficult ones. May all your dreams and aspirations be fulfilled, may happiness, prosperity, joy, good health, success and great hope overflow in your family and home. A new year rich with the blessing of love, joy, warmth, and laughter is my take for you. Wishing you beautiful moments, treasured memories, and all the happiness a heart can know, a toast to you and cheer.
H A P P Y N E W Y E A R B L E S S I N G S
– Father Seth
GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION
At my first ever Christmas outside my home, far from my family and the people I had been familiar with and away from my country, I am so glad and grateful to God for bringing me to a community of God-fearing people – loving, caring, so concerned and very generous. If I don’t miss anything but more comfortable at home with a great family, then it is all because of you and your family. God continues to bless and keep your family more united as you share stories and gifts together. I am so grateful for your beautiful cards and generous presents. God bless you once again.
“The grace which was revealed in our world is Jesus. He has entered our history, he has shared our journey, he came to free us from darkness and to grant us light. In him was revealed the grace, the mercy, and the love of the Father.” Pope Francis
Wishing you the best compliments of the season.
Merry Christmas and Joyous New Year.
– Fr. Seth.
Hope is the feeling of wanting something to happen and thinking that it will happen. It is an expectation, aspiration, a desire, a wish, ambition, aim, goal, plan, and design. It is a strong feeling that something good will happen and be true. To hope in something is to strive hard in your wish for your aspirations to be fulfilled or accomplished.
Hope in the bible is the confident expectation of what God has promised and its strength is in God’s Faithfulness. Having goals is not enough, but one has to keep getting closer to those goals, amidst all the twists and turns of life. Hope allows people to approach problems with a mindset and strategy-set suitable to success thereby, increasing the chances they will actually accomplish their goals. Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large.
SOME BIBLICAL REFERENCES…
- God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. ( Psalm 46:1-3 )
- The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run into it and are safe. ( Prov 18:10 )
- Do not grieve for the joy of the Lord is your strength. ( Neh 8:10 ) Ps 42:5; Ps 119:74; Zech 9:12; Rom 12:12; Eph 2:12; Rom 15:13; 1Thes 1:3; 1 Tim 4:10; 1 Pet 3:15
May God grant all your prayerful intentions with your zeal in hope.
God bless you.
Blessings, Father Seth
What: Nativity scene with story and games
When: Sunday, December 16th, 9:15-10:15 AM
Who: Grades K-7
What: Pizza, popcorn and Nativity story movie (parents and families invited to join)
When: Wednesday, December 19th, 7-8 PM
Who: Grades 8-12