Parish Mission: Re-Evangelization

MY MOTHER

She heard the baby crying, it was about 3:00 am. She got up to feed, care for and curdle the baby. She stayed up all night carrying the baby until the early hours of the morning before he fell asleep again. But now she had to get ready to go to farm. That baby was me. My mother was a subsistence farmer who had a small farm where she planted corn, pepper, tomatoes, yams, cassava, and okra, which she sold at the small local market. This time of the year weeds grew fast and, if not pulled out, would destroy the crops. That would mean no food or money to provide for the needs and education of her nine children. Being a single parent wasn't what she had hoped for, but when their Dad, her husband for many years, stopped being responsible, she hadno option but to do what she could to care for her children. So, baby on her back, hoe and matchetti in hand, she leads her children to the farm. She trains them in discipline, shapes their character, encourages them to persevere and stay on the path of goodness.

She raised us, taught us to work hard, to put family first, to love and lookout for each other, to serve and trust the Lord at all times. It was Mom who taught us to pray, to never give up, to believe that the best is yet to come, and that together we can pull through anything. Mom knows when her children are sad or in pain and how to comfort them. She knows when to praise or admonish, when to correct or inspire, and when to just leave them alone. With her calm voice she instructs them. Mom is the best!

If you can relate to this, let us together honor our mothers then, on this special day. Let us tell them how much they mean to us. Let us thank the Lord for giving us such loving guardian angels who we call Moms. May all mothers be blessed with love, peace and good health. May they find joy in their children and grandchildren. May all the rest of their days be full of smiles.

Happy Mother's Day to you!

Fr. Bernard Dan

 

We are the Easter People

Christ is risen, alleluia! But what does this mean? It means that the harm that was done by the first Adam has now been undone by the second Adam, the Christ; sin has been atoned for, death has been destroyed, mortality has given way to immortality, the gate of heaven that was previously closed to all people is now open to all who seek, the glory of humanity is restored, man has been raised from grass to grace and can now live forever. The Hope of the world has arisen; light has conquered darkness; living water now flows from the tree of life - the Cross - that the thirsty may drink and thirst no more. Grace upon grace has been given to you and all of us and we have been made coheirs with Christ.

We are the people of the ressurection. We are the ones who have been given this precious gift. The Lord said, "Blessed is he who has not seen but has believed." We are the ones, who, though did not see the Lord Jesus himself, have heard or read the account of the eye-witnesses and have believed. We believe that, though he was in the form of God, our Lord Jesus Christ humbled himself and took on the form of sinful man, so that through him all people might be saved. We believe that he was born of the Virgin Mary, in obedience to the Father, he suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and burried, was raised on the third day and sits at the right hand of the Father interceeding for us. We believe that he will come again to judge the living and the dead. That as we are baptized in faith into his death, we shall also rise with him in the resurrection of the dead. As the people of the resurrection, therefore, we bear the light of Christ to others. We bring renewed hope to the hopeless, love and forgiveness to all. As the the people of the resurrection, we become an active reminder to a world of pain and suffering that there is something better preserved for us in eternity, if we believe in the One the Father has sent, Jesus Christ, our risen Lord. That is what we celebrate every Easter.

RE-EVANGELIZATION VIDEO OF THE WEEK 

Each week we present a video link that addresses a major topic of our Catholic Faith and Life. This week's topic is THE REAL PRESENCE OF CHRIST IN THE HOLY EUCHARIST. Watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RUvrSu6_CQ

Strength in Community Through Christ

As we embark on our mission this year of re-evangelization, we remind ourselves again of the gospel message we received when we first believed, and to rekindle the fire, our passion, for the Word of God, remaining open to the Holy Spirit who alone can renew us in strength and zeal to carry on. One of our goals is to reachout to our brothers and sisters who no longer participate actively in community worship and Parish Life. The following story written by an anonymous explains why this re-invitation to renewal is important.

“A certain pastor in a country parish heard that one of his parishioners was going about announcing that he would no longer attend church services.  Read More.

 

Christmas and the New Evangelization | A Statement by Bishop Matano

Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and most recently Pope Francis have written and spoken about the New Evangelization, which “calls each of us to deepen our faith, believe in the Gospel message and go forth to proclaim the Gospel, for all to renew their relationship with Jesus Christ” (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops). It is especially important for the Church, which Pope Francis has likened to a “field hospital,” to reach out to those who, for some reason, have experienced a crisis of faith and have stopped attending Mass or attend infrequently. Read More

What your pastor won’t tell you about parish giving

 The average share of our income that we U.S. Catholics give to our Church (including not just weekly parish giving, but special collections and other Church-related charities) is a mere 1% – the same as it’s been as long as anyone’s been counting. That’s the lowest percentage of giving of any major religious denomination in the United States. The truth is that fewer than 1 in 3 Americans who identify themselves as Catholic attend Mass on a “regular” basis (defined as at least once a month). And of those regular attendees, only 30% give to the support of their parish. Of those, many are likely to toss the same 2 or 3 crumpled dollar bills into the collection basket as their parents did before them. And this in a time when just keeping the lights on, the boiler heated up, the organ in tune, and the parking lot free of potholes costs more than ever. Read more

 

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