Sealed with the Holy Spirit

04-22-2018Pastor's MessageRev. Scott Holmer

Next Sunday at 2:00pm, Apr 29, Bishop Dorsonville will be celebrating our Confirmation Mass for our 8th grade Confirmandi. They have been preparing all year with retreats, service to the Church and to the poor, as well as weekly catechesis. Our Director of Religious Education, Maureen Curtis, along with all of our catechists and volunteers have worked very hard to prepare our young people for the challenge of living their Catholic faith in the midst of an increasingly secular culture. Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

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Go and Announce the Gospel of the Lord

04-15-2018Pastor's MessageRev. Scott Holmer

I am sorry that I will miss seeing you this weekend. I will be leading a retreat in Faulkner, MD at the Loyola Retreat House for the ordained permanent Deacons of the Archdiocese of Washington and their wives.

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Divine Mercy Sunday

04-08-2018Pastor's MessageRev. Scott Holmer

Today we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. On February 22, 1931 Jesus appeared to a simple nun, Sister Faustina, with a wonderful message of mercy for all mankind. Jesus asked on numerous occasions that a feast day be dedicated to the Divine Mercy and that this feast be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter. This Feast, which had already been granted to the nation of Poland and been celebrated within Vatican City, was granted to the Universal Church by Pope John Paul II on the occasion of the canonization of Sr. Faustina on 30 April 2000.

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Easter Sunday

04-01-2018Pastor's MessageRev. Scott Holmer

Easter Sunday is the holiest of all days in the Christian calendar. Why is that? Throughout Jesus' life, everybody was asking the question: "Who is this Jesus of Nazareth?" Many will admit that Jesus was a great teacher. Many will agree, like the Muslims, that Jesus was even a great prophet. However, Jesus claimed to be more than this. He made some very outrageous claims. He claimed that and He and the Father were one. How arrogant! He said that we must eat His flesh and drink His blood. How disgusting! He said that He would rise from the dead after three days. How absurd! We should not be too hasty to judge those who put Jesus to death. Imagine if someone today was making the same claims and getting many people to follow him. We would consider that person a danger to society.

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Palm Sunday

03-25-2018Pastor's MessageRev. Scott Holmer

This Sunday, Jesus goes from being exalted to being crucified. Why does the world treat the just one, the sinless one, the Messiah, with such cruelty?

The troubling truth about Palm Sunday is that it reveals our preference for darkness over light. Why do we prefer Hell over Heaven? The easy thing about Hell is that you do not have to do anything to end up there - you just have to fall into it. To end up in Hell, we don't need to put in the effort to love God or our neighbor. We do not need to avoid sin. We get to do whatever we want.

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Why do you have to go to a priest to have your sins forgiven?

03-18-2018Pastor's MessageRev. Scott Holmer

Often, we hear the question posed to us as Catholics, "Why do you have to go to a priest to have your sins forgiven?" Imagine two brothers walking in Israel two thousand years ago. One brother tells his brother good news: "I have met Jesus, who I believe is the Christ, let us go visit Him for He has the authority to forgive us all our sins for He is God in the flesh!" The other brother retorts smugly, "Oh, I do not need to go to Jesus for confession, I can go directly to God!" Once we go down this deluded road of "self-salvation," Jesus and the Church are seen as unnecessary.

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Suffering Gives Us the Opportunity to Reveal Our Love and Compassion

03-11-2018Pastor's MessageRev. Scott Holmer

The Gospel this Sunday introduces us to a man born blind. Jesus' disciples ask: "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus has a beautiful answer: "Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him."

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He Knows Our Sins but Loves Us Anyway

03-04-2018Pastor's MessageRev. Scott Holmer

Revealing our sins to another person can be frightening. We want to keep our sins hidden from others out of a sense of shame. We fear that if our sins are revealed we will no longer be loved.

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