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St. Monica Priest Changes / Cambios de Sacerdotes en Santa Monica

Posted May 21, 2019 | Father Todd Goodson

St. Monica Priest Changes As most of you know by now Fr. Dufresne and I have been assigned to serve in new parishes. Beginning on July 3rd at 12:00pm I will begin serving as pastor of Our Lady of the Greenwood, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in Greenwood, IN. Our seminarian, Deacon (soon...

Behold Your Mother! / ¡He Aquí a Tu Madre!

Posted May 14, 2019 | Fr. Jeffrey Dufresne

Behold, Your Mother During this month dedicated to Mary I have been blessed to participate in three May crownings: one at Cardinal Ritter, one here at St. Monica School, and another in a family’s home. I can only imagine the delight that each of these celebrations brought to Mary’s...

Prayer and the Voice of God/Oración Y Escuchando La Voz De Dios

Posted May 13, 2019 | Father Todd Goodson

Prayer and the Voice of God In the Scriptures there is a lot of “sheep and shepherd” imagery that sometimes is lost on us as city dwellers. In fact, many of us have never even seen a sheep or a shepherd, except maybe on television. Additionally, we often prefer to think of ourselves...

Greetings St. Monica and Happy Easter! / ¡Saludos Sta. Mónica y Felices Pascuas de Resurrección!

Posted Apr 23, 2019 | Father Todd Goodson

Greetings St. Monica and Happy Easter! This past weekend we celebrated the Sacred Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil) and Easter Masses. We received a whole lot of people into the Church! All were wonderful celebrations. I would like to thank Anne Corcoran (our Pastoral...

Prayers & Thanksgiving / Oraciones & Acción de Gracias

Posted Apr 02, 2019 | Father Todd Goodson

Prayers This weekend many people are participating in the Light of the World    Retreat experience, please keep them in your prayers. Also, as we  approach Easter many of our parishioners are preparing to receive the   sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and...

Prayers and Thanks St. Monica!/¡Oraciones y Agradecimiento a Sta. Mónica!

Posted Mar 19, 2019 | Father Todd Goodson

Prayers and Thanks St. Monica! Prayers:  Earlier this year we lost Fr. KT the pastor of Holy Angels and now more recently we have lost Fr. Kevin Morris and Fr. Glenn O’Connor. All of these priests were serving as pastors when they died. We their brother priests will offer up three...

Vocations and Lent: The Examen Prayer/Vocaciones y Cuaresma: El Examen de Conciencia

Posted Mar 12, 2019 | Father Todd Goodson

Vocations and Lent: The Examen Prayer Lent is a perfect time to return to prayer or add a little more time for prayer into our day. The Ignatian Examen is a great little prayer to start with or to supplement the prayer time you already have. It can take ten minutes, an hour, or more depending...

Vocations and the Virtues: The Theological Virtue of Love (and a little bit gratitude) / Vocaciones y las Virtudes: La Virtud Teológica del Amor (y un poco acerca de la gratitud)

Posted Mar 09, 2019 | Father Todd Goodson

Vocations and the Virtues: The Theological Virtue of Love (and a little bit gratitude) How does the Lenten season help us to grow in the Theological Virtue of Love? I think it might helpful to look at two words as they are understood in our Christian tradition, “love” and...

Vocations and the Virtues: The Theological Virtue of Hope (and a little bit of parish news) / Vocaciones y las Virtudes: La Virtud Teológica de la Esperanza (y un poco acerca de las noticias de la parroquia)

Posted Mar 08, 2019 | Father Todd Goodson

Vocations and the Virtues: The Theological Virtue of Hope (and a little bit of parish news) What does it mean to hope? Is it even possible with all the suffering and hate we observe around us? I would like to think that hope is not only possible but it is vital to making God’s love known...

Vocations and the Virtues: The Theological Virtue of Faith / Vocaciones y las Virtudes: La Virtud Teológica de la Fe

Posted Feb 19, 2019 | Father Todd Goodson

Vocations and the Virtues: The Theological Virtue of Faith (and a little bit of Hope) A few years ago I was having a day that I would not have considered to be a good one. At the end of it I was grateful for a little time I had in the evening to go for a walk. While walking my mind began to...

The Virtue of Fortitude / La Virtud de la Fortaleza

Posted Feb 17, 2019 | Fr. Jeffrey Dufresne

The Virtue of Fortitude Fortitude (also called courage) is one of the cardinal virtues. One of the best definitions of fortitude that I have heard says that this virtue involves: “the willingness to sustain a wound.” This is similar to the Catechism’s definition, which states...

Your Vocation and the Cardinal Virtue of Temperance / Su Vocación y la Virtud Cardenal de Templanza

Posted Feb 05, 2019 | Father Todd Goodson

Your Vocation and the Cardinal Virtue of Temperance The virtue of Temperance has to do with using our intellect and our will to control what we often call our passions, to have our passions conform to the Passion of Christ. We want to use our will and intellect to cooperate with the grace God...

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