This Sunday we continue to read about Jesus' appearances to his disciples after his Resurrection. Today's Gospel speaks of his appearance to the disciples on the road to Emmaus. It is not hard to relate to how fearful the disciples must have been after witnessing the death of their beloved teacher.
Even though Jesus' words "Peace be with you" were surely comforting words to hear, the disciples had plenty of reasons to be scared. Their hearts were troubled, and they had no idea who was in front of them. Then, Jesus, who is still bearing the marks of crucifixion, invites the disciples to look and touch his resurrected body as he shows them his hands and feet.READ MORE
Each year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil, the Catholic Church welcomes thousands of new Catholics into the Catholic faith. Parishes in the United States welcome these new Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
Holy Spirit Catholic Community welcomes (first names of this year's catechumens) to the Catholic Church and to our parish: Bryan, Frances, Wendy, Alejandra, and Joshua.READ MORE
"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad."
Today is the greatest of all Sundays! It is the day we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord. The Season of Easter begins today and culminates on Pentecost Sunday. We celebrate the next 50 days as one feast day, as one "great Sunday."READ MORE
Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent, it also marks the beginning of Holy Week. Today we commemorate the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified.
On Palm Sunday the faithful often receive palm fronds to participate in the reenactment of Christ's arrival in Jerusalem. In the Gospels, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey, and to the lavish praise of the townspeople who threw clothes, palms or other small branches, in front of him as a sign of homage. This was a customary practice for people of great respect.READ MORE
As we arrive at the Fifth Sunday of Lent, I hope you have deepened your relationship with God through prayer. This year’s Lenten theme for our parish, “God makes you uncomfortable when he wants you to grow” and the messages we shared with you every week were all meant to inspire you to experience Lent more fully, and to encourage you to practice different ways of fasting and almsgiving throughout the season. Today, we pray for those of you who feel lonely. May the Lord open your hearts to welcome and accept others into your lives.
As we reach the half-point of Lent, let us take a few minutes to reassess our Lenten commitment to prayer, almsgiving, and fasting. It is important to keep in mind that these three practices are intended to help us prepare our hearts for the joy of Easter.
Praying helps us nourish our relationship with God and grow our faith. Almsgiving reminds us that we are the body of Christ and that we are to take care of not only ourselves but of others. The third practice is fasting, which brings us back to Jesus and helps us put Him in the front and center of our life.READ MORE
Fast from complaining and anger - Feast on appreciation and patience, is our Lenten message for this week. Most people complain about something now and then. Some people seem to complain all the time. Perhaps you too have noticed that those who complain the most do not always realize that they are doing it.READ MORE