Mary's Love

Dear Parishioners,

This past Tuesday, August 15, was the celebration of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We celebrated how the sinless Virgin Mary was taken body and soul to be with God our Father in Heaven.

Mary was a true example for all of us of faith in God and obedience to following God's Will. The faith-filled Virgin Mary was chosen by God to bring Jesus our Savior into the world, without losing her virginity. Because Mary said “yes” to God, we can receive the gift of eternal life.

The Lord asks us to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves. By practicing our faith, in our love for God and one another, we’re following Mary’s example of faith in God and obedience to following God’s Will.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick

 

Asking for Help

Dear Parishioners,

I hope everyone is enjoying your summer. Vacations are always enjoyable, and it’s nice to get away for a while. Since time moves along very quickly, we want to make the most of our time off.

When we’re away from our usual routine, let’s remember that God is always with us. As we enjoy time with family and friends, we can see how God is present. It’s also important to remember that God is with us when we face any challenge, so we can ask for His help.

In today’s gospel, the disciples saw Jesus walking to them on the water. Peter appeared to have such strong faith that when Jesus called him, Peter began walking to Him on the water. But very quickly Peter was frightened by the winds and began to sink, not having faith in Jesus who was right there with him.

How often when we face a struggle do we feel we have to settle it all by ourselves? Like Peter, do we forget that Jesus is there with us? Let’s remember that wherever we are, Jesus is right there with us. Then we can recognize Him in our good experiences and ask for His help whenever we need Him.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick

Moments of Grace

Dear Parishioners,

How easy is it that we get caught up in our day-to- day activities. Whether it’s work, caring for the family, studying or even enjoying free time, we tend to think only about what’s happening today: today’s events, today’s problems and today’s needs. We may often get completely focused on the here and now, with hardly a thought about anything else.

Spiritual writers sometimes speak of a “moment of grace.” This is a moment when the border between heaven and earth appears to fade for a brief second. This is a moment during our day-to-day activities when God’s presence touches our life deeply. This is a moment when, for a split-second of time, we are blessed with God’s loving presence and activity in our lives.

In today’s gospel, Peter, James and John experienced a moment of grace. They went up the mountain with Jesus to pray and saw Him in His glory. Elijah, the great prophet from the Old Testament, and Moses, the law giver from the Old Testament, each appeared with Jesus.

This moment of grace moved Peter so deeply it appeared he didn’t want it to end, having to return to his daily activities. But Peter, along with James and John, walked away with a new understanding of the Lord’s presence in his life.

Do we ever stop to think about the Lord’s presence in our lives? Each of us can ask ourselves the question, “Can I recall a moment of grace in my life?” When we experience the birth of a child, the return of a loved one or special time with family or friends, we’re experiencing God. Whenever we pray, we’re in conversation with God. When we attend mass, we come to worship God. If we think back on times such as these and so many like them, we can each recall our own “moment of grace.”

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick

 

Priorities

Dear Parishioners,

A high school basketball team attended Mass together as they prepared to play in the state tournament. During the homily, the priest said that ten years from now the most important thing about their basketball season will not be whether they became state champs or not. The most important thing will be what they became in the process of trying to win the title.

Did they become better human beings?

Did they become more loving?

Did they become more loyal to one another?

Did they become more committed?

Did they grow as a team and as individuals?

Today’s gospel makes this very important point: our top priority should be God’s Kingdom and our pursuit of it. If we are loving, loyal and committed to our faith, we are preparing ourselves to be with God one day in His Kingdom.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick

Making Time

Dear Parishioners,

As we enjoy summer, we realize that the month of August is just a little more than a week away. Time continues to move quickly.

Maybe we’ve already taken our vacation. We may still be looking forward to it. Either way, summer is a time we can take a little break, enjoy time with our family and get some of that extra rest we’ve wanted.

During our summer, let’s remember to make time for God. Today’s gospel talks about the day of judgment. In Jesus’s parable, the householder would wait until the end of the harvest and then separate the weeds from the good seed. Jesus is telling us to turn away from sin and prepare for our final judgment.

So as we enjoy our summer, our vacations and that additional free time, let’s remember to include God in our life. Every day for us us a day of preparation. Let’s give time to God in our daily life, and one day He will give us eternal life.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick

Three Things

Dear Parishioners,

A Chicago novelist, John Powers, wrote a book called, The Unoriginal Sinner and the Ice Cream God. It’s about a boy named Tim Conroy. Tim’s in the process of growing up, and it’s proving to be a tough job. One day Tim confides in a friend: “I come from a family of practicing Catholics. But do you know something? The more I practice, the worse I get.”

We may feel like Tim at times. Think of it this way. By the time we’re twenty-five, we’ve heard God’s Word read and explained to us a thousand times. Maybe we aren’t getting worse, but where has God’s Word been a positive influence?

The answer to this question may be found in the parable Jesus tells in today’s gospel. The sower in the parable is Jesus. The seed is God’s Word. The rocky ground, thorns and rich soil refer to the people who hear God’s Word. Some reject it immediately. Others receive it and reject it later. Still others receive it, treasure it and put it into practice.

The gospel teaches us how God’s Word can be a positive influence for us. We learn that there are three steps involved in hearing God’s Word: we are to receive it in our minds, treasure it in our hearts and put it into practice in the way we live our lives.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick

Becoming One

Dear Parishioners,

This past Tuesday, July 4, we celebrated Independence Day. As we celebrate our nation's independence, we also want to come together as brothers and sisters in Christ.

In the gospel today, Jesus spoke about his oneness with God our Father. In the same way that Jesus and the Father are one, Jesus invites us to come to Him and to build our relationship with Him. Then as we grow closer to the Lord, we can grow in our relationships with one another.

After celebrating Fourth of July and beginning to enjoy the summer, let's remember to keep God present. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we can recognize the Lord in one another. This is how we build our relationship with the Lord and with one another.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick

 

Putting Jesus First

Dear Parishioners,

We listened to a gospel today about putting Jesus first in our life. Jesus tells us not to let anything or anyone be more important than He is. He doesn't do this for His own glorification. His was a life of poverty and simplicity.

Jesus asks us to give Him a central place in our hearts and in our lives for our own sake and for our own happiness. We'll never really be satisfied in life until we possess and are fully possessed by the life that Christ came to bring us. As St. Augustine said, “Thou hast made us for thyself O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in thee.”

We learn that being a true follower of Christ requires sacrifice; it's not always going to be easy. Jesus wants us to stay true to following His teaching. By putting Jesus first in our life, we will build our relationship with the Lord. This will enable us to listen to Jesus, even when it requires sacrifice. This is the way we prepare ourselves to one day live with the Lord for all eternity.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick