Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: February 4, 2018

Alone at prayersThis is the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Overwhelmed! We all feel overwhelmed at times, as did Job and Jesus in our scriptures. In today’s gospel, after a full day of attending to people’s suffering, Jesus goes to a deserted place to pray. It is only by finding some deserted places and spaces--for silence, solitude, meditation, and prayer--that being overwhelmed will not overcome us. Finding this “desert space” will also keep us from being incapacitated by anger that we might feel, related to the many issues of our time that seem not to be handled in accord with our faith values. And it is in those deserted places that we can find guidance, grounding and new energy to go forth, announce and build the kingdom as Jesus did.

Jesus responds to the universal human condition of suffering by bringing hope and healing in a very personal way, inaugurating the reign of God by visiting the needy and offering wholeness. As his disciples, this is our work and our way as well – bringing hope and healing with a personal touch.

Prayer is not only the breath of the soul...it is also the oasis of peace from which we can draw the water that nourishes our spiritual life and transforms our existence.” Pope Benedict XVI

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: January 28, 2018

Teaching with authorityThis is the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Jesus is described as one who teaches and speaks “with authority,” who can even command evil spirits to depart. Jesus comes with a clear vision and the courage to speak clearly and boldly -- when Jesus is around things happen! Such characteristics are essential for any contemporary prophet who will speak to the world a message of justice and peace. Such characteristics are essential if we are to apply effectively the social teaching of the church to our contemporary world. God is calling us to get things to happen.

The clarity of our vision and how it applies to the world develops out of a real understanding of the situation of the world and its people. Our church must be connected with the lives of real people, especially those who are struggling or in need or economically poor. We must come to know one another and learn from our diversity. Otherwise, we cannot be prophetic and speak with authority.

The power of our preaching must come out of a deep faith in a God who calls us to work for justice, to ask questions and to speak up. Without the faith that calls us to ask questions, we cannot be prophetic and speak with authority. In a certain sense, the power of our preaching and actions can perform an “exorcism” on the world, driving out the evil spirits of injustice, poverty, violence, and selfishness and inviting in the good spirits of justice, peace, community and economic well-being for all. May we, too, be released from all that binds us, so that renewed by our prayer and sustained by the community we may be about the work of God’s reign with creativity and commitment.

Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John

Follow Me

What: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John (An Eight-Part Bible Study Featuring Dr. Edward Sri)

When: January 29  – March 19, 2018 [March 26, 2018 makeup date - weather cancellation]

Two Sessions: 9:00  – 10:30 AM or 6:30  – 8:00 PM

Where: The Lighthouse

Cost: $18. 00

Following Christ takes more than simply believing in him or doing what he asks of us. Jesus wants you to be more than just a believer— he wants you to be his disciple and friend. Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John is a guide to a personal encounter with Christ. Follow Me invites you to experience the joy of a renewed friendship with Christ.

I was blown away by the insights that were uncovered in John’s Gospel … Dr. Sri is just brilliant.” — Allen

2017 Jim Flynn Social Responsibility Award Recipient: Gary Marvin

Gary MarvinWhat: Jim Flynn Social Responsibility Award Wine and Cheese Party

When: Saturday January 20, 2018, 7-9pm

Where: Community Center

Cost: $5 donation suggested to cover costs

Reservations: Due to weather, people didn't get to register, so we're opening the event to anyone to just show up.

Please join us in congratulating Gary Marvin, the 2017 Flynn Peacemaker award recipient!

Gary was ordained in 1970, having received his Masters of Divinity at St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana. He went on to become Associate Pastor at Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Pittsburg, PA. Ministering to the sick, he co-founded Apostles of Joy and enlisted volunteers to join him in visiting shut-ins, bringing communion, and comforting them in their need. People seemed to embrace him as they welcomed him into their community and into their hearts.

No 8:30 AM Mass on Thursday, January 18, 2018

Inclement WeatherJefferson County Schools have announced that JCPS schools are ON A DELAYED SCHEDULE tomorrow,

Thursday, January 18, 2018, so there will be NO 8:30 AM Mass on Thursday.

  • At this time we see no need to cancel Epiphany events or meetings on Thursday. 
  • Individual coordinators or leaders will be in contact if this changes.

Weather Alert: No 8:30 AM Mass on January 17, 2018

Snow ClosingPer our Winter Weather Closing policy, there will be no 8:30 AM Mass on Wednesday, January 17, 2018  since Jefferson County Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday (January 17, 2018).

Please be safe out there.

Weather Alert: Programs Cancelled for January 16, 2018

Winter ClosingDue to the inclement weather today (Tuesday, January 16,  2018) the parish offices are open but all regularly scheduled programs and activities are cancelled.

Weather Alert: No 8:30 AM Mass on Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Winter ClosingPlease note that there will be no 8:30 AM Mass on Tuesday January 16, 2018.

This follows our policy of mass cancellation when JCPS issues a school closing.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: January 21, 2018

Fishers of  PeopleThis is the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s scriptures remind us that the reign of God is near, and that Christ calls each of us to follow and join in his mission. God called and worked, unexpectedly, through simple people like fishermen – and now wants to work through us. Jesus calls us, and when we respond, he fashions us into believers who can live the gospel. Are we open to hear the call? How are we tending our relationship with Jesus, repenting from what blocks or harms it? Are we responding and living according to our call and relationship with God? May each of us be open to hear the call of Christ. May this call move our hearts and kindle our spirits so that we may leave other paths and gods to walk in the ways of Christ, and be his hands and heart in the world.

"Let us invoke the Holy Spirit each day: He guides us along the path of discipleship in Christ” (Pope Francis)

The Sunday Readings:

Weather Alert: No 8:30 AM Mass on Friday, January 12, 2018

Weather Policy AlertJefferson County Schools have announced that JCPS schools are CLOSED tomorrow, Friday, January 12, 2018, so there will be NO 8:30 AM Mass on Friday.

Please be reminded of our inclement weather policy:

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