Entries by Michelle Guthrie

Father’s Letter: 4th Sunday of Lent

Dear Friends,

I’d like to update all of you on our first parish council meeting. We will only meet a couple times a year, so the discussion covers quite a bit – as you’ll see. The idea behind a parish council is to facilitate communication between the pastor and the parishioners; to give counsel and input on the direction of the parish with regard to practical details (since the spiritual direction of every parish is the same – holiness!); to be a forum in which to throw around ideas and give feedback; and to represent the needs of the entire parish community. Our first meeting dealt mostly with renovations, improvements, updates, plans regarding the church itself as well as the grounds.

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Father’s Letter: 3rd Sunday of Lent

Dear Friends,

Today we hear the well-known enumeration of the Ten Commandments. Most people assume these are religious laws which have little relevance nowadays. All of us are aware of the numerous attempts to remove representations of the Ten Commandments from public places such as courthouses. But this is, once again, a misguided and ignorant attempt on the part of our amoral culture.

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Bishop Bradley’s statement on the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida

Bishop Bradley’s full statement on the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018:

“Our hearts are heavy with sadness, even as our minds still cannot comprehend the senselessness of the horrendous act of violence which claimed the lives of 17 innocent people, injured many more and traumatized an entire community at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., which should be a safe haven where young people can grow and learn without fear for their lives. Yesterday, on a day devoted to the love we have for those special people in our lives (Valentine’s Day), and a day calling all people of faith in Jesus as our Lord to a conversion of mind and heart as we begin the penitential season of Lent (Ash Wednesday), we were yet again confronted with the tragic reality of another senseless act of violence. We pray for those whose lives were ended in this world, and we commend them to our Merciful God to receive them into His Loving Arms. We pray for the families of those who were killed and ask God to cover them with His comfort and consolation. We pray for all those young students, teachers and administrators who were injured, and the entire community and so many in our nation who have been traumatized by this brutal and purposeless act.

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Father’s Letter: 2nd Sunday of Lent

Dear Friends,

On this Second Sunday of Lent, the Church places before us the example of Abraham’s faith and trust in God’s Providence. He had promised many descendants to Abraham, and yet asks him to sacrifice his only son. Imagine the incredible amount of faith this required on Abraham’s part. It is akin to Mary’s trust in God’s plan for her to bear a Son, even though she had made a promise to Him of perpetual virginity. Sometimes what God wants of us doesn’t seem to make sense – and yet, when we finally see what He had in mind, it is much greater than we could have imagined.

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