Father’s Letter: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends,

What does a “successful” parish look like? 

Lots of money? Tithing is necessary, but no, not just that.

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Dear Friends,

What a harsh rebuke St Peter receives from our Lord! “Get behind me Satan!” What could possibly warrant such words, especially since St. Peter had just been called “blessed” for confessing that Christ is the Son of God? Sadly, the rebuke is aimed at a mentality which is all too present in our culture: a denial or hatred of suffering. Just as last weekend, we reflected on our unwillingness to act in a “radical” way as witnesses to the value of the Gospel, so too this weekend the Church draws our attention to the absolute, central importance of following the path of Christ in its entirety, a path which necessarily includes the Cross.

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Father’s Letter: The Transfiguration of the Lord

Dear Friends,

What a harsh rebuke St Peter receives from our Lord! “Get behind me Satan!” What could possibly warrant such words, especially since St. Peter had just been called “blessed” for confessing that Christ is the Son of God? Sadly, the rebuke is aimed at a mentality which is all too present in our culture: a denial or hatred of suffering. Just as last weekend, we reflected on our unwillingness to act in a “radical” way as witnesses to the value of the Gospel, so too this weekend the Church draws our attention to the absolute, central importance of following the path of Christ in its entirety, a path which necessarily includes the Cross. 

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Father Marotti’s Letter: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends:

In the Gospel this weekend, our Lord likens the Kingdom of God to a treasure buried in a field, and a pearl of great price. Since we have heard these analogies many times throughout our lives, we may miss how strange they are. Consider someone who finds a treasure, buries it again, and then sells all of his goods to buy the field…people would surely think something was wrong with him. The same for someone who sells all of their belongings to buy a pearl. Think about it: What would I do with a treasure or a pearl if I had gotten rid of all of my other belongings? It’s a very impractical move, not very common-sensical. It’s like starting over. And that is exactly the point.

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Father Marotti’s Letter: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This weekend – in fact, this whole week – we have the privilege of commemorating, honoring and celebrating our parish patroness, the mother of the Mother of God. We should never forget or underestimate how important the patronage of a saint is. Far from merely providing a title by which one parish is distinguished from another, a parish patron(ess) is a special intercessor before the Throne of God who never ceases to pray for every individual here. What a great gift that is.

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Fr. Marotti’s Letter: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Greetings to all!

When Bishop Bradley told me that I had been assigned as the new pastor of St. Ann’s, I was very excited. Although I am new here, I actually do have an important connection to this parish – it is the church in which I received the Sacrament of Confirmation. I had no idea at that time that I would even be a priest, let alone the pastor of this very parish! Needless to say, I am very happy to begin my pastorate here and to get to know all of you.

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Fr. John’s Letter: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends:

Over the course of 29 years, the Apostle Paul traveled to at least 49 different cities and countries to spread the “Good News” of Jesus Christ.  While the calculation isn’t totally accurate, if we took the average number of years Saint Paul ministered to one community was about a year and a half.  Of course, some places he visited shortly and sometimes longer.  But the point is that Paul was called by God to encounter 49 places over 29 years.  To be sure, a year and a half doesn’t seem to be much time to offer ministry in any one place.  And yet, that’s what God called him to do.

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Father John’s Letter: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends:

When I first counted, I found at least 17 times in the readings today a question or statement that requires an answer.  That’s one of the greatest blessings that God has given us:  the freedom to choose.  It is good for us to think about this as we celebrate the Fourth of July this weekend through Tuesday.  Of course, we rightly celebrate our freedom these days…     freedom won by those who fought or are fighting for our country; freedom given to us through the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights and so much more.  And yet, there are other freedoms that are threatened:  such as the freedom to choose and exercise our own religion.  In any case, we must remember that we enjoy freedom because God gave it to us first.  And while we can choose to DO good or evil, we DO NOT have the freedom to choose what is right or what is wrong.  If we understand and pray about that, maybe our own experience of freedom can be enriched and understood much better.

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