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Pastor's Corner

Thank You For Your Generosity

Posted Jul 24, 2016

Greetings St. Monica, I would simply like to offer my gratitude to all of you this week and a huge thanks to everyone for your generosity in our New Beginnings capital campaign. We surpassed our goal by 300,000 dollars with over 1.7 million dollars in pledges! I am extremely grateful to...

Deceased Relatives and Friends Remembered at Every Mass

Posted Jul 17, 2016

For many years in the Catholic Church we have had the custom of having an intention for each Mass, usually for a deceased relative or friend. Here at St. Monica these intentions are published every week in the bulletin. Depending on the parish, there might also be a custom mentioning the...

Who is my neighbor?

Posted Jul 10, 2016

Throughout this Year of Mercy we have often been speaking of the Church as a great instrument of mercy. We may experience this in the sacrament of reconciliation, in the kind words of a parishioner, or in the various ministries the Church provides and that we share in. Today’s Gospel...

Pray For and Treasure Each Human Life

Posted Jul 03, 2016

This past Monday the abortion debate was brought back into the limelight when the Supreme Court overturned a Texas law regulating the safety of their abortion clinics, claiming that it placed an undue burden on a person’s constitutional right to seek an abortion. This was the first...

Rejection of Violence and Vengeance

Posted Jun 26, 2016

“ ‘Lord do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?’ Jesus turned and rebuked them (Luke 9:54-55).” It has been a couple of weeks now since we experienced the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States. Close to fifty people were...

New Priest Assignments

Posted Jun 19, 2016

Greetings St. Monica, A few thank you notes: We have all safely returned from our visit to our Sister parish of St. James the Apostle in Lepaterique, a special thanks to you for your prayers. Continue to prayer that our friendship continues to grow and God strengthens both of our parishes in...

Strengthening Each Other in Christs Love

Posted Jun 12, 2016

Greetings St. Monica!   This weekend I am on our annual visit to our Sister Parish of St. James the Apostle. I am there with around twenty or so parishioners visiting this vibrant community, located a little north and west of the capital city of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. What is always...

Summer Happenings

Posted Jun 05, 2016

Greetings to all…a couple of updates on what we are working on over the summer!  Church building: We now have a contract with a construction company who will begin work on the Church this month. Our Day of Prayer for the new church is happening on the evening of June 23. We will be...

The Presence of Christ in the Eucharist

Posted May 29, 2016

I mentioned at the first communion Masses a few weeks ago that the doctrine of transubstantiation is a description of the unique change of the bread and the wine at Mass into the Body and Blood of Christ. The word is not very familiar to us in our everyday speech, yet it’s a fairly...

The Sacraments of Initiation and New Beginnings

Posted May 22, 2016

Since our Easter Vigil was held at Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral close to four hundred people have been fully initiated into the Church. Our Catechumens at the Vigil received all three sacraments of initiation, our Candidates received their First Holy Communion and Confirmation after making a...

What is a Vocation in the Catholic Church?

Posted Apr 24, 2016

The word vocation means “a way of life that is oriented toward a mission and purpose beyond you”. In the Christian context, this means a life that is directed toward God and his will for your life. It is the  understanding of the Church that every person has a vocation. Every...

Church Renovations

Posted Apr 03, 2016

In the Code of Canon Law of the Catholic Church a parish is defined in two ways, first as a community and then as a church: “A parish is a certain community of the Christian faithful stably constituted in a particular church, whose pastoral care is entrusted to a pastor under the...

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