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Week of September 15 2014

 
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Monday
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Tuesday
17
Wednesday
18
Thursday
19
Friday
20
Saturday
21
Sunday
(All day)
Our Lady of Sorrows
9:30am
Mass
7:00pm
Reception into Church of
Cissie Corrigan
(All day)
Ss. Cornelius & Cyprian
10:00am
Requiem Mass for
Cissie Corrigan
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
7:00pm
Mass
9:30am
Mass
9:30am
Mass
9:30am
Mass
(All day)
Korean Martyrs
11:00am - 12:00pm
Confessions and Exposition
12:00pm
Mass
(All day)
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:00am
Mass
6:00pm
Mass

From the Parish Priest

In a recent homily Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel passage that recounts the dialogue between Jesus and Nicodemus, who did not immediately grasp how a man can be “born again”. Through the Holy Spirit, the Pope said, we are born into the new life which we have received in Baptism.” However, Pope Francis added, it is a life that has to be developed, it does not come automatically. We have to do all we can to ensure that our life develops into new life”, which may be “a laborious journey” but one that “depends chiefly on the Holy Spirit” as well as our ability to be “open to his breath”.

And this, the Pope pointed out, is exactly what happened to the early Christians. They had “new life”, which was expressed in their living with one heart and one soul. They had, he said, “that unity, that unanimity, that harmony of feeling of love, mutual love ”. A dimension that needs to be rediscovered. He noted that today, for example, the aspect of “meekness in the community,” is a somewhat ‘forgotten virtue’. Meekness is stigmatized, it has “many enemies”, the first of which is gossip.

Pope Francis further developed this reflection. “When we prefer to gossip, gossip about others, criticize others- these are everyday things that happen to everyone, including me – these are the temptations of the evil one who does not want the Spirit to come to us and bring about peace and meekness in the Christian community”. “These struggles always exist” in the parish, in the family, in the neighborhood, among friends”. Instead through the Spirit we are born into a new life, he makes us “meek, charitable.”

The Holy Father then outlined the correct behaviour for a Christian. First, “do not judge anyone” because “the only Judge is the Lord.” Then “keep quiet ” and if you have something to say, say it to the interested parties, to those “who can remedy the situation,” but “not to the entire neighborhood.” “If, by the grace of the Holy Spirit – concluded Pope Francis – we succeed in never gossiping, it will be a great step forward” and “will do us all good”. God Bless