January 2018

The Miracles of Jesus

By |January 19th, 2018|Fr. Ronald|

Now that we are back in Ordinary Time, in our weekday liturgies we are hearing more and more about the miracles of Jesus. These stories come to us from the gospel writer, Mark, who was the first evangelist to write about the life Jesus around 60 AD. His gospel starts by going right into the [...]

A Lesson from the Holy Family

By |January 5th, 2018|Fr. Ronald|

This week as we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family, there was one verse in scripture that really stuck out to me as I pondered the age in which we live in. In our world today, we live with so many distractions that we often do not remain consistent in our prayer lives. The verse [...]

December 2017

Christ, The Light of the World

By |December 22nd, 2017|Fr. Ronald|

Dear Friends in Christ, The question has often come to me: Why do we celebrate Christmas on December 25? This is very good question considering some theologians, after analyzing the scriptures, have thought that there is good support that Jesus was born in springtime (April 17 is the date that a lot of people believe).  [...]

November 2017

It’s Time to Renew Our Commitment to Stewardship – Download your form and return to church office ASAP!

By |November 24th, 2017|Front Page|

2017 Stewardship Form Copies are also available in the Gathering Space. Please return by December 3!

St. Mary’s Annual Holiday Bazaar Saturday, November 18, 9:00am to 3:00pm

By |November 17th, 2017|Front Page|

Knights of Columbus Host “White Christmas Holiday Dinner Gala” December 9 – Get your tickets today!

By |November 17th, 2017|Front Page|

The Joy of Thanksgiving

By |November 17th, 2017|Fr. Ronald|

It has often been said that the Our Father is the perfect prayer. It is a perfect prayer because it came from Jesus Our Savior. Jesus teaches us through this prayer how to address our Father and what we should ask for. This prayer, as beautiful as it is, does leave out a component of [...]

St. Gertrude, The Great

By |November 17th, 2017|Fr. Ronald|

Not many saints in our Church history have been given the title “Great.” Even fewer of them are women. On November 16, we celebrate the life of one of the chosen few: St. Gertrude the Great (1256-1302). She became a Cistercian nun living in a convent in Helfda, Thuringia, which is now Germany. She devoted [...]

Why Do We Pray For Our Dead? Part 2

By |November 2nd, 2017|Fr. Ronald|

November 5, 2017 In last week’s bulletin, I briefly mentioned why we pray for the souls of the deceased based on scripture reference. Catholics are fairly alone when it comes to their belief in the practice of praying for the souls in purgatory. Purgatory, like the word Trinity, cannot be found in scripture, and yet [...]

Why Do Catholics Pray for the Dead?

By |November 2nd, 2017|Fr. Ronald|

October 29, 2017 The earliest scripture reference we have for prayers for the dead comes from the second book of Maccabees, which comes from the Old Testament. It recounts the struggle of the Jewish people as they fought for freedom against the Seleucid (Greek) Empire about 200 years before Christ. The Jewish leader, Judas Maccabee, [...]