We just began the journey to the Holiness and equipping ourselves for battle against the Devil. The church has given us three major steps to stand firm for such a battle namely – Alms-Giving, Prayer & Fasting. The Temptation of Jesus’ last week warns us to be Alert and Awake. Such alertness and awakening involves and entails “Desert State’’ meaning setting aside some time to be “Alone With God.” I believe that if you have some prayer times or hours, and a short or brief time to visit the Blessed Sacrament in church at least once a week aside from normal weekend Masses is just a wonderful experience. Try to be part of the evening Masses, as well as the Stations of the Cross on Fridays. We do not have to be in need before we establish that personal and private contact with God. We all need that and the best time is here. Yes, we may fast, generously donate, and pray, yet being in solitude and in silence meditating on life as a precious gift from God is more than self-sacrifice, just try it. Meanwhile, you can do it better with some directives and counseling from your priest. Let us help each other in engaging in spiritual talks, seeking spiritual direction and doing confessions. Visit the Blessed Sacrament.
Happy Lenten Observance and Journey.
BLESSINGS, Father Seth
There isn’t a human being alive who hasn’t been hurt in some way, whether unintentional or unintentional. There are many people who have been treated unfairly or victimized. For some people who have been victimized significantly —- they feel that the people who have harmed them don’t deserve forgiveness. The idea of forgiving their abusers seems impossible. Not forgiving allows evil to dwell in your heart, you hold onto hate and evil lives within you. This makes you say angry words and seek revenge or even contemplate murder. “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone, forgive as the Lord forgave you”, … Colossians 3:13
YOUR HEART: “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, outcry and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and tender-hearted to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you”… Ephesians 4:31-32 When you forgive, your heart is cleansed. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”… Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in Heaven may forgive you your sins,”… Mark 11: 25
Therefore make up your mind, decide, don’t delay and forgive all the same. Forgiveness is healing for the soul.
Please try to attend weekday masses and Adorations when due. Encounter Jesus on a personal level. See you at least once a week before the weekend.
BLESSINGS……… FR. SETH
I believe that every human person on earth seeks to and desires to be happy as his or her God-given right. Happiness is limited and reserved to an individual by his or her opinion. As a person, I become confused sometimes not knowing and not being sure of what guarantees true happiness. I tried to consult our CCD class candidates if they also feel the same way as I do. See below the interesting answers from your younger ones:
God – Money – Friends – Family – Pets/Dogs – Art/Music – Love – Joy – Cross – Food/Vegetables – Service – Books – Hobbies – Children – CCD (Twooos) – Acceptance – Sleep – Eyebrows – Blankets – Good Hair Days – Shopping – Flowers – Movies – Makeups – Healthy Babies – Enjoyment – Good Weather – Sunset/Sunrise – Chocolate – Sweets – Successful Marriage – Own Property/ Business
These are innocent and sincere feelings and desires of the hearts for your young ones. Whatever each person desires may not be bad but how much effort have we made to guide them to achieve the right means of responsible future to enable them to attain true happiness.
In addition, they have given us some quotes from the Bible as their love for all of us as we see in this bulletin.
LOVE FROM YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS
Almighty and eternal God,
You blessed the union of married couples so that they might reflect the union of Christ with his Church;
Look with kindness on them.
Renew their marriage covenant, increase your love in them, and strengthen their bond of peace so that, with their children, they may always rejoice in the gift of your blessing.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
We know as Christians and Catholics that our life manual and the key to life is the Bible. We draw all our inspirations and strength from the Bible. The reading and hearing of the word of God at Mass and the celebration of the sacraments always gives us hope, strength, and inspiration for a better life. Everyone loves to hear and enjoy the word of God.
There is a need for more and deeper insight into the word of God. Bible discussions at small groups unite parishioners, reconcile people and neighbors, and give a platform for everyone to also have a voice to express his or her faith in the word of God. The small group enables us to know and bring encouragement to the home we visit for the discussion. It shows how much concern we have for one another and inspires nominal members to become active.
I know how much you love to hear and enjoy the word of God. I wish to encourage you to make some little sacrifice to participate in this wonderful exercise. Listening to your contributions and sharing makes me feel inspired and want to learn more knowledge for your service. I pray to be able to participate in all six weeks’ exercise. In sharing the word of God we draw and drink more overflowing waters of healing and strength as living water from the word of God. Let us come together and drink deep from the word of God. Wishing all a fruitful deliberations and would love to see you in the next meeting. God bless you for accepting to join next round.
Blessings, Fr. Seth
THANK YOU!! My heart is full of praise and gratitude to God. I am touched beyond words as my heart is still smiling for the awesome planning and organization of the Installation Ceremony last weekend.
Bishop Pates was so happy and the whole ceremony was fine. Thanks to the music team, lectors, servers, Fourth Degree and all Knights, parish councils and finance committees of St. Mary’s and St. Patrick’s not leaving out anyone and the entire parishioners of the two parishes. Thanks to the decorators, those who spent money, energy
and time in the cold to cook, as well as your great presence in church to grace the occasion. His love indeed brings us together and I know and trust that the firm support and solidarity you have demonstrated from the beginning and ever since I came will never diminish but continues to grow even stronger.
I pray fervently and earnestly that the good Lord will strengthen and enable me with good health to serve you sincerely and faithfully with loving concern and humility. I appreciate each and everyone with your entire family and will always keep you all in my prayers. Thanks once again for your encouragement, love and great support not forgetting your fantastic gifts.
BLESSINGS!!!!!! Fr. Seth
Bishop Pates came to welcome Father Seth at all 3 Masses the weekend of January 19 and 20. The Knights of Columbus attended the Saturday night Mass then followed Mass with a yummy BBQ rib dinner and games of Bingo at the Legion Hall. On Sunday morning, Mass was followed by a celebratory breakfast at St. Mary’s and lunch at St. Patrick’s.