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Dear friends,
We continue our reflection on The Face of Mercy, convoking the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. According to St. Thomas Aquinas, God exercises his omnipotence particularly in his exercise of mercy. Even in the Old Testament, God’s mercy is more concretely demonstrated than his punishment and destruction. “Patient and merciful” are abiding words most often used to describe God’s relationship to his people. Especially in the Psalms is the goodness and mercy of God visible, in such references as, “he forgives all your iniquity, heals all your diseases, redeems your life, crowns you with steadfast love and mercy.

Dear friends,
And so, Advent begins (as if you didn’t know – Black Friday was only two days ago). Preparing for Christmas, as more than just the usual card-sending, gift-giving, family (and workplace) partying. And, by the way, none of these are bad. God is inviting you to look deep into your hearts this year, to clean it up and to find, anew, a place for Him and for the special gift He has given to all of us – the life of His Son, the life of Himself.

Dear friends,

Two celebrations dominate the calendar this week, The Feast of Christ the King, which we celebrate today and Thanksgiving, which we celebrate on Thursday.
Christ the King is really the late-comer feast. It was inaugurated by Pope Pius XI in 1925 as a counterweight to the growing trend to deify the state as the ultimate source of both power and loyalty. This was most especially exemplified by the totalitarian governments of the time, especially the communists in Russia, the fascists in Italy and, later, the Nazis in Germany.

Dear friends,
If the quality of a vacation can be judged by the length of time it continues to affect the vacationer, my trip was “over the top,” since I still feel relaxed and refreshed. Truly amazing, the calming the rolling ocean can bring to a person’s heart and mind.
That being said, upon returning, some things do “fall through the cracks.” Last week was the Academy of Our Lady Weekend. Along with the readers, intercessory prayer “pray-ers,” gift bearers, and greeters, I usually dedicate my column in the bulletin to the Academy. And so I take this opportunity to offer some thoughts today. They certainly are not new, but I think we need to remind ourselves of them at every opportunity.

Dear friends,
The final words on the Philadelphia experience.
PS. It’s nice to be home, but if you’re looking for a really relaxing vacation, and a time to re-charge, I recommend a two week cruise, to wherever. And the days on the ocean were a reminder of the vastness, even of our own planet, and the “smallness” of humankind in its face.

Dear friends,
As you read this, I will be on my way home. The last two weeks you have been reading the reflections of some of the men, women and children who attended the Pope’s meetings/Mass in Philadelphia. The weekend before that, some adults from the parish went to learn about and to serve the poor in Camden. Here are a few of their reflections on their trip.

Dear Friends,
Further reflections from the pilgrimage to Philadelphia.

“The moment I heard Cathy talk about the pilgrimage I knew I had to go with my family no matter what! I came home and told my family all about it and they did not seem as enthusiastic as I thought they would be, especially my two girls. I tried to explain to them what the Holy Father stands for, and what Pope Francis was all about. And as a Catholic, in these changing times, how important religion is in life.

Dear Friends,
As I’ve mentioned, I saved two weeks of my summer vacation for a cruise to Hawaii. As you read this, I will be on the Pacific (no cyclones, I hope). While it is only two weeks, it does cover 3 weekends away from the parish. I’ve done in advance the usual features I do for the bulletin, TODAY’S READINGS, NEXT WEEKEND’S PRESIDERS and STEWARDSHIP. For my PASTOR’S column, I’ve put together some reflections of those who went to Philadelphia to see the Pope (2 weeks) and those adults who went on the Service Project to Camden (the third week). I know you will find them as inspirational as I did.

Dear Friends,
Sometimes, maybe many times, when we wake up in the morning, we are face to face with the struggles and difficulties of our lives. Maybe it is the crisis of a confrontation at work or a lingering wound in the relationship with our spouse or our children. Life seems to continually present itself to us as a battle. In front of this life situation, we often don’t understand what God is doing in our lives and we look for answers to our deepest questions: what really is the purpose and meaning of my life?

Dear brothers and sisters,
During his week-long visit to the US, Pope Francis offered us much wisdom in his speeches and homilies and I encourage you to read them in their entirety. You can access them through the links that will appear on the parish website. But below, you will find the full text of the last homily he gave, at the Mass in Philadelphia.

Today the word of God surprises us with powerful and thought-provoking images. Images which challenge us, but also stir our enthusiasm.

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Mass Schedule

Weekend Liturgies
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m.,
11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m.,
3 p.m. (Spanish), 6:30 p.m.
Weekday Liturgies
Monday thru Friday,
6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m.,
and 12 noon
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. only
Holy Days
Eve: 7:30pm (anticipated)
6:30am, 8:30am, and 12noon 

 

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