Happy New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Dear Parishioners, As we begin a New Year this is my prayer for you…

In times of trouble, may the Lord answer your cry. May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm. May He send you help from His Sanctuary and strengthen you from Jerusalem. May He remember all your gifts and look favorably on your burnt offerings.

May He grant your heart’s desires and make your plans succeed. May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory and raise a victory banner in the name of our God.

May the Lord answer all your Prayers. AMEN.
-Psalm 20 : 1-5

Keep us in your prayers who go to Ghana as we won’t also forget you in our prayers. I am particularly grateful to God for everyone of you for the joy, happiness, love and special friendship we have shared so far. God bless you all.

BLESSINGS, FATHER SETH

CHRISTMAS IS HERE AGAIN

Beloved parishioners, Christmas is once again here with us and I am so happy to celebrate my second Christmas with you. Though the latter part of the year did not go well as many lost loved ones, we still have a course to be grateful to God for everything and to celebrate joyfully with our families, friends, neighbors, and fellow parishioners.
Like St. Paul, I am always happy for you for the genuine faith, sincere and generous and kind hearts that you possess. I sincerely appreciate your lovingadvent concerns and cooperation. I thank you also for your deep understanding and support for me so far. I resolve to work harder, to continue to serve you as your humble and faithful servant.
I thank you also for the tremendous support towards the Ghana project so far. I will remember to continue to pray for all of you as I trust yours also for me so that I can return to continue to serve you.
I wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.
Blessings,
Father Seth

Rejoice in the Lord

Today is Gaudete Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent in which the church
bids us rejoice for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Around this period, all
families and homes are already decorated for Christmas because everyone expects
family members and friends of our children to visit and share love. In spite of the
ups and downs, sicknesses, loss of our dear ones, we still have a course to rejoice
because we are alive and must be grateful to God for everything. We need genuine
and open hearts to throw away hurt feelings, injuries, pains and disappointments
and need to forgive. It is a time to be more hopeful for a better opportune time to
come because we believe God’s faithfulness.
Isn’t it awesome and wonderful when we are able to reach out to other
people by sharing our cookies, parcels, wrappings and other gifts? Take advantage
now, think of somebody different, don’t hesitate or feel reluctant, go ahead and visit
and share what you plan to offer or give out. Nobody is too big or too small for
gifts, surprise yourself this year and see fantastic outcomes.
Heed the voice of the Lord and Rejoice, again I say Rejoice.
Blessings,
Father Seth

A Vision of Hope

In the words of G.K. Chesterton, “Hope is the power of being cheerful in
circumstances that we know to be desperate.”
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why
we call it the present” Bill Keane
“Listen to the must nots, child. Listen to the don’ts, listen to the should nots, the
impossibilities, the would nots. Listen to never haves, then listen close to me…
Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” Shel Silverstein
“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join
us. And the world will live as one.” John Lennon
“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to
become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
Paulo Coelho
“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”
-Langston Hughes
“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without
the words and never stops at all.” Emily Dickinson
The above quotes are but just few quotes on hope. Nothing can be
completely lost or destroyed if we keep trusting God. From the stump of a tree
germinated a bud to survive the tree, giving hope for survival, What else can’t God
do in our lives. There’s hope for peace, learn to forgive and live in harmony for
peace to reign in the Kingdom of Christ.
Blessings,
Father Seth

SOLEMNITY OF JESUS CHRIST THE KING 

We all seem to know or have some idea about Kinship, Power, and Authority. However, I wish to share with you – Jesus said all authority is His and He shares it with us. When you are firm in faith and know who you are in Christ, it unlocks an inheritance beyond anything you could ever imagine. 

“SEVEN THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT AUTHORITY AND KINGSHIP” 

“IT IS A DIVINE RIGHT” The Holy Spirit Himself marks the legitimacy of our authority as kings. The Bible tells us that we are sealed with the Holy Spirit and by Him we cry out Abba Father. As both members of the body of Christ and beloved offspring, we have a right to walk in the fullness of God’s original idea of dominion in our lives. 

“HAVING IT DOESN’T MEAN YOU ARE ACCESSING IT” Just because God makes 

Kingdom privileges available to us, it doesn’t mean that everyone is claiming that which is theirs. Ask yourself, am I living up to the life Christ claimed for me? Each of us has the spiritual capability to overcome through Christ. Are you yielding or walking in the fullness of your authority? “GOD DESIRES PRIEST-KINGS” God is making us to be a kingdom of kings and priests 

training us to be a people that worship Him in spirit and in truth. Kingship has always been a part of God’s final plan for humanity. He wants Holy Spirit led, rulers that reign with Christ in all truth. “ONLY UNLOCKS WHEN YOU’RE LIVING ON PURPOSE” You can’t toil your way into 

authority and kingship, you can only get there by getting into alignment with God’s will for your life. The Father has a blueprint for each and everyone of our lives. Discovering this and getting into agreement with this unlocks our inheritance. “CAN BE FORFEITED BY SIN” Just like Adam and Eve traded in their dominion and 

rulerships by yielding to sin, we too can find ourselves forsaking higher Kingdom living by making choices that do not live up to who we are in Christ. “IT REVEALS THE FATHER’S HEART TOWARD YOU” Kingship was always God’s idea for mankind. From Genesis to Revelation, there’s a common theme that God wants to be a “King of Kings” and “Lord of Lords.” When God looks at you He sees who you are in Christ reigning in the sphere of influence He’s called you to. “JESUS CAME TO BRING THIS TYPE OF LIFE” This is what Jesus Christ came to restore, man’s authority to reign and rule in the earth. Now instead of doing so in the physical, we have the Holy Spirit to overcome sin in the spirit. Salvation made it possible for “abundant life” to become available again to humanity. Christ is the door that leads to it. PAY AND SUBMIT YOUR ALLEGIANCE TO CHRIST THE KING OF PEACE 

Blessings, Father Seth 

Waiting Again

Waiting is a period, a pause, interval, or delay, to stay in place in expectation. Advent comes again soon. A season, a time, and a period to “Wait On” and “Wait For” the Lord. We are charged to depend on the Lord and wait patiently for His return in glory. It is a preparation period for sober reflection in anxiety and expectation.

Advent prepares us for Christmas, something we are familiar with and may be tempted to consider it normal or common. The question is “Waiting Again?” Let’s begin to think of what we plan to do to wait again another four weeks before Christmas. Yes we have to wait but is it only for Christmas. We might have not thought of the Lord’s second coming so we have to begin to think of it and ask for the graces to enable us wait in patience and in love.

The expectation teaches us to Clean Up

We need to learn to forgive and reconcile

A time to welcome

A time to share not of our surplus but our little

A time to be more serious than before

A time to celebrate joyfully and joyously

Let us remember that each day in Advent is as important as Sundays. Please think of attending a weekday Mass during this season. Another opportunity is here. Let’s wait again for the Lord’s intervention.

Blessings, Father Seth

HANDLE THE YOUTH WITH PRUDENT CARE WHEN THEY MAKE MISTAKES

A young man saw his primary school teacher at a wedding ceremony, and went to greet him with respect and admiration. He said to him: “ Can you still recognize me sir?’ “ I don’t think so, could you please remind me how we met?, was the answer from the teacher. The student recounted:

“ I was your student in the 3rd Grade, I stole a wrist watch belonging to one of my classmates because it was unique and fascinating. When my classmate reported the lost watch to you, you immediately ordered all students in the class to stand on a straight line, facing the wall with our hands up and our eyes closed so you could check our pockets. At this point I became jittery and terrified of the outcome of the search; the shame I will face after other students discovered that I stole the watch, the opinions my teachers will form about me, the thought of being named ‘ a thief ‘ till I leave the school and my parents’ reaction when they get to know about my action. All these thoughts flowing across my heart, when suddenly it was my turn to be checked. I felt your hand slipped into my pocket and my and you brought out the watch. In fact I was gripped with fear, expecting the worse to be announced. To my surprise, I didn’t hear anything, but sir, you continued searching other students’ pockets till you got to the last person. When the search was over, you asked us to open our eyes and sit on our chairs. I was afraid to sit because I was thinking you will call me out soon after everyone was seated. Till today you didn’t mention anything to me and no one ever told me anything. “

The teacher’s answer was that I searched your pockets while I also had my eyes closed so I don’t know whose pocket I got the watch from.

LESSON:

In life we need wisdom for everything we do. As parents, teachers, leaders etc, we should be able to close our eyes to some things. Not all misbehavior requires punishment. Some will need encouragement, some mentoring and some monitoring. Be a leader who impacts not one who shatters. Let the youth explore.