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.
“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.