Friday, January 13, 2023

Soul Health CXIII


Soul Health CXIII


Annual Parishioners' Meeting:
Saturday, January 14th, 2023 at 3pm in the Mary Room

If you are a frequent, regular mass attender, your participation is anticipated, as it is your commitment and input that will shape this critical discussion.

With the parish at a crossroads, the outcome of your participation may well determine the future of the parish.


Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Particularly keen readers using personal copies of the Sunday missals will notice that this weekend's Second Reading is, in fact, simply the opening of St Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians.  This is not a part of the epistle that contains direction, advice, or insight -- at least, not at first glance. 

As part of his greetings, St Paul addresses the Church in Corinth as "those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints."  In these words, the Apostle reminds us of both our Christian identity and our Christian vocation:  we are set apart for God and for holiness.  We are saved and made new by the sacrifice of Jesus, and our salvation and renewal are meant to be shared with others in daily, ordinary life. 

Reflecting on this, then, do our present lives align to this?  Does our practice of faith currently include sharing our faith, as well as our hope and love, with others as part of our regular day-to-day routine, or is it limited to our presence at Mass or any other time we may happen to be inside a church?  How might our lives and the lives of countless unknown others be changed if we truly embraced our call to the mission of building up the kingdom and making disciples not just of ourselves, but of all others?
Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, January 14-20
Saturday, January 14:  For All Parishioners
Sunday, January 15: Fr Ken Martin by the Estate
Tuesday, January 17: Carmel Goguen by Anne Foran 
Thursday, January 19:  Theresa Zizzi by Rose & Wally Gregory 

The Sanctuary Lamp
This week the Sanctuary Lamp is lit for Mr & Mrs Russell Biffin by Priscilla & Ken McGuire 

New Office Hours
Starting this week, the Parish Office will be closed on Wednesdays.  Regular office hours will be Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, 9:00am-3:30pm.

Magnificat Subscriptions for 2023
Parishioners who subscribe to the Magnificat are reminded that it is time to renew their subscription for $70.00, please contact the parish office.  We encourage our parishioners to take out a subscription which would begin in February of this wonderful publication which includes readings, reflections and prayers.

Add a bit of brightness to tax season
Parishioners wishing a receipt for income tax purposes are asked to fill out the card in their envelope sets or email the parish office with their name, address, postal code, and envelope number.  Receipts will be ready in a few weeks.

Increase your spiritual strength in 2023 with a daily dose of the Catechism
Following the huge success of "The Bible in a Year," Father Mike Schmitz is launching "The Catechism in a Year" in 2023.  With a new episode set to be released every day in 2023, this podcast is a deep dive into the the Catechism of the Catholic Church that complements the content of its predecessor. 

As Father Mike told Aleteia in a recent interview"The Bible in a Year was all about learning to see our lives through the lens of Scripture. With The Catechism in a Year, I hope that we will allow the truths of the Catholic faith to shape our lives. God’s story in our lives doesn’t end with the Bible, but God’s story continues with the Church, and the life of the Church."

Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+

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