Renew My Church Preparation, Part 3

ANSWERS to the “Do you know” questions: Of the 20 Catholic churches in our 2 mile radius area, St. John Berchmans, St. Hedwig, and St. Aloysius are in our grouping. Did you also know…that St. Mary of the Angels meets all Renew My Church criteria ($750,000 church...

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Thank God for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is now the most religious holiday we publicly celebrate in the United States—unfortunately, many people now see Christmas as just a winter holiday for Santa and for giving and receiving gifts, having taken Christ, the Son of God, out of Christmas....

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Renew My Church Preparation, pt 2

November 15, 2020 As St. Mary of the Angels begins the Archdiocesan wide initiative of Renew My Church providing accurate information and transparency to you as a parishioner is a high priority for me as your Pastor. The Renew My Church process highlights four...

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Renew My Church Preparation

Come January, St. Mary of the Angels will enter Renew My Church, phase I: Discernment and Decisions.  “Parish teams selected by the pastors meet with other parish teams in their grouping to pray and reflect upon the current realities of their communities. The...

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Highlights of Our 2019-20 Financial Report

November 1, 2020 This past year has been filled with challenges—new and old—as the Covid-19 pandemic has affected each and everyone of us. We had to go three months without Sunday Mass and other Sacraments: many weddings, baptisms, and First Holy Communions had to be...

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Christ Reveals True Fatherhood

October 25, 2020 All fatherhood comes from God (cf. Ephesians 3:14-15), but us men seem reluctant to embrace it and live it—we prefer to remain as little boys, being fed by our mothers and playing with our toys and silly games. Yet women call us to sacrifice ourselves...

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A Field Hospital

October 18, 2020 In an interview a few years ago, Pope Francis’ reflections on the Church gave us some valuable insights into family and marriage. This makes sense, since God entrusts every family to a mother and father, just as God entrusts the Church—his family—to...

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What Renew My Church, Really Means: Renew My Heart

 October 11, 2020 In last Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus condemned the Jewish Leaders for being tenant farmers who refused to give the owner of the vineyard his share of the fruit. Instead, “the tenants seized the servants and one they beat, another they killed, and a third...

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Ephesians 5: The Great Sacrament of Love

Some think St. Paul’s statement: “Wives, be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:22) is sexist and old fashion, perhaps like using Mary and Jesus as paradigms of femininity and masculinity. Yet any misreading of St. Paul to “lord over” women would be...

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Men: Called to Sacrificial Giving

Let’s return to the Gospel scene of the wedding feast of Cana. Mary presented Jesus with a problem: “They have no wine.” Jesus responds: “Woman, what is this to you and to me? My hour has not yet come” (John 2:4). When God gave Eve to the first man, Adam called his...

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