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Pastor's Corner

Mercy Changes the World!

Posted Oct 23, 2016

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, "Mercy Changes the World!"  On this 90th World Mission Sunday, October 23, our archdiocesan family joins our brothers and sisters around the world who will gather at the Lord's Table to celebrate, with great joy our common vocation as missionaries...

2015-2016 Annual Report

Posted Oct 16, 2016

Greetings St. Monica, On behalf of the Parish Finance Council and parish staff, I want to express our gratitude for your commitment to our parish, your service to those in need, and your financial support and generosity to St. Monica Church. Our commitment to you is to be responsible and...

Welcome Sister Parish!

Posted Oct 09, 2016

Greetings St. Monica! This week we offer a warm welcome to all of the families here visiting from St. James the Apostle in Lepaterique, Honduras! We are excited to have you here with us and we are grateful for your friendship. We have a large group with us this year, including some new...

Religion and Politics: A Well-Formed Conscience

Posted Oct 02, 2016

During our New Beginnings capital campaign, I became very aware of how frequently I was asking for money and how often the Church asks for financial contributions to all sorts of causes. I had somebody ask me about it once and my response was something like this: “The Catholic Church, and...

Religion and Politics: The Social Teaching of the Catholic Church

Posted Sep 18, 2016

Over the next few weeks, until election time comes around, I will be reflecting on some of the social teaching of the Catholic Church as well as looking at a document called “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” that the Catholic Bishops put out every election year. There is...

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Posted Sep 11, 2016

  The long version of the Gospel for this Sunday contains one of the great reflections on God’s love and mercy in the story of the Prodigal Son found in Luke chapter fifteen. In a reflection offered in the USCCB catechism for adults, the US Bishops note that the story could also be...

What is Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament? Part 3 of 3

Posted Sep 04, 2016

Here at St. Monica we have Adoration every evening from 6-9pm, Monday – Thursday, following our 5:30pm daily Mass. It is a place of quiet and prayer in which all are welcome to spend some time before the Lord. Additionally, we have group that offers an overnight Adoration every third...

What is Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament? Part 2 of 3

Posted Aug 28, 2016

Last week we spoke about Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament as it is found in the official liturgy of the Church, namely on Holy Thursday and on the feast of Corpus Christi. However, Adoration is not reserved to these two times alone. Many Catholic Churches throughout the world offer weekly...

What is Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament? Part 1 of 3

Posted Aug 21, 2016

Every day in Catholic Churches throughout the world, bread and wine are consecrated at Mass where they become the Body and Blood of Christ for us to consume and give us life (John 6:51-58). Some of this Bread of Life is reserved in a tabernacle to be taken to the sick and the dying. The...

Laying a Foundation to Follow Christ

Posted Aug 14, 2016

This past week, summer officially ended for the students of St. Monica School. I would like to share with you some thoughts I offered to our teachers regarding mission and vision for our parish and school. In keeping with much of what we are reading from recent books about parish life (books...

Thank You Legion of Mary

Posted Aug 07, 2016

Two weeks ago, our local chapter of the Legion of Mary sponsored a “Peregrination Pro Christo” and knocked on the doors of over 2800 homes in our parish boundaries. Using the St. Augustine Room as a central location, members of the parish and members of the Legion from throughout the...

Celebrating and Cherishing Diversity

Posted Jul 31, 2016

The diversity of St. Monica is something we all can cherish and celebrate. Many different languages and cultures are represented here and, of course, both English and Spanish are spoken quite a bit. But we also have people who speak French, Vietnamese, and Tagalog, as well as many languages that...

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