Sunday, June 28, 2009

Socialism, The Attack Against The Unborn

My Dear People,

Give Thanks For Current Freedom!

Freedom is a gift from the Lord! We enjoy many freedoms in our country, one of which still allows us to publicly proclaim our Catholic Faith. These rights are rooted in our Constitution. These are God given. What God has given, can also be taken away. With a move toward socialism in our country, and the rights of the unborn all but obliterated by the powers in Washington, one might ask...How much longer do we have to enjoy the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness???

Life is fragile. Freedom is fragile as well. If you have not thanked God on your knees, for the freedoms we still have, NOW is a good time to do so. You do not know what you really have until it is taken away. This fourth of July, give Almighty God thanks for all the freedoms we enjoy as a nation. It never hurts to be overly grateful to the Lord.

May we always PRAISE HIM for all of the rights and freedoms we enjoy as a nation under HIM...!

Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,
Fr. Mark

Friday, June 26, 2009

A Father's Duty

My Dear People,

We remember all fathers and grandfathers both living and deceased this weekend. Fatherhood is at the heart of the Old Testament. Abraham entered into a sacred covenant with God the Father. Moses received the Ten Commandments from Him. All the Holy Prophets were guided through Him. Jesus died in obedience to Him. So who is this "God the Father"? "What you see in Me, you see of my Heavenly Father; Jesus tells the Apostles. "Nothing I do is apart from Him."

So what we need most, from our earthly "fathers", is a preparation to meet our Father in Heaven after we die. What a great duty we have as "earthly fathers". No less than the responsibility to live, breathe and serve God Our Father in Heaven, are we commissioned to do as dads and granddads. Pray for all fathers, that they might imitate the perfect love and mercy of God Our Father in Heaven. May all our fathers, living and deceased, give God glory.

May tough economic times remind us to put our faith in Jesus and reevaluate our priorities according to the teachings of the Gospel.

Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,
Fr. Mark

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Year For Priests - Web Sites

Your Year For Priests - Official Sites

Pope Benedict XVI has called the whole Church to celebrate a Year for Priests beginning on 19th June 2009, the Feast of the Sacred Heart. This is to honor the 150th anniversary of the death of St John Vianney, the patron saint of priests.
Year for Priests
His purpose for this year is to encourage priests in their “striving for spiritual perfection on which, above all, the effectiveness of their ministry depends” and to highlight “the importance of the priest's role and mission in the Church and in contemporary society”. To do this the Holy Father calls us to a renewed focus on the centrality of Christ in our lives and in the Church and that “brings with it the correct appreciation of the ministerial priesthood, without which there would be neither the Eucharist, nor even the mission nor the Church herself”.

Your Year For Priests Guide

Holy Father's Full Year for Priests Declaration Letter

Saint Jean Marie Vianney - Official Shrine

Year for Priests Special Indulgence - Full Letter

Congregation for Clergy site:


Televised Mass by WorldPriest:

England and Wales Year for Priests portal:

Catholic University of America site: Year for Priests

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Source and Summit

My Dear People,

The Eucharist is the Heart of the Church

The source and summit of our Catholic Faith is the Most Holy Eucharist. Without this special presence of Jesus in every tabernacle of the world, our Churches would be mere "prayer houses". We are privileged to have Jesus waiting for us in the Tabernacle. The Eucharist is at the heart of our Church life. Our Lord is the Holy Bread come down from Heaven. He longs to fill our hearts and souls.

We remember, every year at this time, that Jesus comes to live with us. The closer we draw into the mystery of the Eucharist, the closer we come to the heart of God our Father in Heaven. Until He comes again, Jesus leads us from His Eucharistic Heart. From the womb, His first tabernacle, He longs to heal us. Frequent Confession properly disposes our souls to receive the maximum benefit of the great grace. Make good use of both graces, Confession and Eucharist, to ready your soul for eternity. These are keys to our salvation in Christ.

Through the Eucharist, may we find the nourishment and strength to live as Good Christian Stewards.

Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,
Fr. Mark

Monday, June 15, 2009

First Communion Pics

You may have noticed that I am not blogging as much lately. As such, I am a bit tardy in posting some photos of our eldest daughter's first Holy Communion.

It was beautiful!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Most Holy Trinity

My Dear People,

"Go therefore, make disciples of all nations, baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We begin and end all of our liturgical prayers in the name of the Most Holy Trinity. Our Lord was baptized in the presence of the Trinity in the River Jordan. Peter emerged from the upper room, only to baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and the Most Holy Trinity." What is it about the Trinity, even though the title is not named in the Sacred Scriptures, that makes them central to our Catholic Faith? It is because the Trinitarian Mystery is at the core of our Catholic Faith. It is the basis for our Creed.

The mystery of the Trinity prepares us now for life eternal with them. A family of persons, we shall experience Them perfectly after our cleansing in Purgatory. They are central to our perfect life to come in eternity because all life comes from Them and returns to Them. When you pray, always ask for the grace to enter into the mystery of the Trinity. Come into the presence of the Holy Trinity when you pray.

May we find in our summer schedule, more time to pray in the presence of the Most Holy Trinity.

Entrusting you