Looking Beyond Ourselves

09-26-2021From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

Recently I received a short video of President Ronald Reagan that showed him speaking about religious values. I was inspired by these words from him: “The first amendment was not written to protect people and their laws from religious values; it was written to protect these values from government tyranny.” Peace will only come into our hearts when we live in and share the light of pure love which is founded on pure goodness, truth, and forgiveness. Without such love we all too often get to the point where we say, “Enough, I can go no further! Enough I will go no further!” Jesus combined pure goodness, truth, and forgiveness with a love that gave humbly to the fullest extent humanly possible. But that love did not stop or disappear because He rose from the dead, appeared to His followers, ascended into heaven, and sent us His Holy Spirit. Jesus made it very clear not only that He loves us with a pure love, but also that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life in this world that leads to eternal life with Him forever in heaven.

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The Sacrament of Penance

09-19-2021Formed Suggestion of the Week

Speaking on reconciliation, Fr. William Casey, Superior General of the Fathers of Mercy, reminds us that confession, the forgotten Sacrament, is the ordinary means for the forgiveness of mortal sins after baptism and a veritable treasury of graces and spiritual strength for us in our daily struggles against temptation and sin. Discover how this Sacrament can transform your life if you allow it!

Living Who We Are as Catholics

09-19-2021From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

A week ago Saturday, September 11th, we marked the 20th year since the terrorist attacks in which 2,977 innocent people and rescuers were killed and more than 6,000 people were injured. We mourned the loss of the victims and prayed for them and their families. Since then we have been ever more vigilant to potential future attacks on innocent lives. Countless times the sentiment, “We will never forget!” was proclaimed and rightly so. We mourn because loved ones had their lives unjustly and suddenly taken. And we continue to do all we can to be vigilant in the present and in the future. This horrible attacks united all the people of our nation in horror, anger, and determination to do everything possible to head off future terrorist attacks.

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The Dignity of Human Life

09-12-2021From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

One of the most powerful and vital organs in our human bodies is our hearts. Over the course of my lifetime there have been many advances to bring failing hearts back to good health. There are bypasses, valve replacements and even heart transplants. We have AEDs in our school and church for emergency situations. But once our heart fails our bodies die and we leave this world.

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The Saints and Heroes Collection - For the Kids!

09-12-2021Formed Suggestion of the Week

Who do your children look up to? Give them some real heroes with The Saints and Heroes Collection. The Stories of real-life Saints and Christian Heroes all come to life in CCC of America's award-winning animated film series. Featuring authentic role models today's child can truly believe in.

Loving and Serving the Poor

09-05-2021Formed Suggestion of the Week

How do we view those less fortunate than us? How do we love them, serve them, and help them encounter Christ? These questions are challenging, and honestly, much easier to avoid by dropping a few dollars into a special collection for the poor. While this act is generous, Christ calls us to so much more: a life fully alive in service to others.

Let Franciscan friar Fr. Mark Mary Ames, CFR be your guide to clarity around this challenging topic with stories, ideas, strategies, and challenges for Catholics of every background. His course will truly transform your mind, heart, and life as a disciple on mission and as a Christian in service to others.

Life is Good

09-05-2021From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

With all that is going on in the media about the violence around the world and in our nation, it is good to be refreshed and encouraged by good news. At the beginning of this past week I went over to the school and spoke with two ladies on our staff. One was there with her one-year-old son. How beautiful to see the joy on her face as we spoke about him. A second member of our staff pointed to her stomach and joyfully announced she was pregnant with a second child who will be born in January. Whenever someone announces a pregnancy we cannot help but be touched by their joy, wonder, and enthusiasm. I am also happy to see young children at Mass with their parents and am grateful to speak a few words to them as they leave and to be touched by their happy, inquisitive faces.

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