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Parish Trip to Lancaster ... December 3-5
Parish of Saint Michael the Archangel Feast Day & Social
On September 29th, the Parish celebrated its 8th Birthday with a social.
Pictures from our Social can be seen by clicking here:
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
All of us at times give in to our impulses. Retail stores count on this when they place certain items near the checkout counters – in our faces as we stand waiting in line. Sometimes acting on impulse is just fun, as when we skipped along the hopscotch boxes some child has drawn with chalk on the sidewalk. Sometimes acting on impulse has implications, as when we agree to do something and then find out much time and energy the task will actually take. Rarely, if ever, does acting on impulse have lifelong implications. The Gospel this weekend seems to be all about impulses … Jesus commands the fishermen to put out their nets in spite of laboring all night catching nothing. The fishermen leave all to follow Jesus. In these cases, their impulses most certainly have lifelong implications!
What precipitated the radical response of the first disciples who “left everything and followed”Jesus? Clearly, Jesus’ words and actions had something to do with it. To fishermen who labored fruitlessly all night, Jesus says try again and it leads them to a great catch. To a sinful Peter who considers himself unworthy of Jesus’ company, Jesus says “Follow Me,”and tranforms Peter’s life purpose. More than one miracle has occurred in this weekend’s Gospel.
Jesus “taught the crowds.”The miracle of the great catch makes concrete the Good News of Jesus’ teaching … God’s intervention overturning the futility of mere human work, the superabundance of God’s actions on our behalf, and the invitation to follow in Jesus’ footsteps. The miracle of the catch is the bridge to the second miracle … hearing the Good News and living it. The miracle enabled the disciples to see more deeply into the truth of Jesus’ teaching. It’s the power of Jesus’ Good News that drew them to follow Him. Today, weare the miracles that make the Good News visible when we allow God to work in us and through us.
Following Jesus can hardly be an impulse decision, although the Gospel account might make it seem that way. Between the miracle of the great catch and the disciples leaving everything to follow Jesus stands Peter’s recognition that he is “a sinful man.” Their encounter with Jesus helped the disciples see themselves for who they were and opened up the willingness to change their life course. They would still be fishermen – but now their catch would be human beings to whom they would tell the Good News of God’s presence. Jesus is the net that God lowers into the sea of humanity … knowing full well there will be a great catch.
For most of us, Jesus does not come in dramatic and miraculous ways and bid us to follow Him. Rather, He comes in the ordinary events of daily living. This weekend’s Gospel invites us to look at the simple ways we live, the ways we have changed our purpose in life to follow Jesus – for example in the generosity of so many volunteers in our parish and in the community, in the faithfulness of husbands and wives, in the unselfishness of pastoral workers, in the uncomplaining suffering of the sick, in the gracious wisdom of the elderly … in all of these instances we see faithful followers of Jesus living His teachings. Our “yes” response is to imitate these good behaviors, and by doing so we are faithful followers. Living the Paschal Mystery means we respond to God in these little, everyday things. The astonishing thing about this Good News is that we are all made worthy followers simply because God calls us.
May Saint Michael the Archangel defend, guide, protect, and intercede for us always!
~ Fr. Larry
Monday: 12 noon to 4 PM
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday: Closed
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Liturgical & Sacramental Schedule
Monday at 9 AM - Saint Catherine of Siena
Tuesday at 9 AM - Nativity
Wednesday at 9 AM - Nativity
Thursday at 7 PM - Saint Catherine of Siena
Friday at 9 AM - Nativity
Saturday at 9 AM - Saint Catherine of Siena
Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday at 4 PM (Vigil) - Nativity
Sunday at 8 AM - Saint Catherine of Siena
Sunday at 10:45 AM - Nativity
Saturday from 9:30 - 10 AM at Saint Catherine of Siena
Saturday from 3 - 3:30 PM at Nativity
(*or by appointment)
Holy Day Mass Schedule:
Vigil (night before) at 7 PM - Saint Catherine of Siena
Holy Day at 9 AM - Nativity
Holy Day at 7 PM - Nativity