November 30 E-Notes

11-30-2016E-NotesFr. John Barry

Friday concert
Giving tree
Immaculate Mary Holy Day
Advent theme/website plug
December clergy schedule


We Give Thanks to God for All That We Have

11-27-2016Pastor's MessageFr. John Barry

We give thanks to God for all that we have. In Bowie, our provisions are much better than in towns in Haiti. I was comparing my situation as a priest with you to the one of Missionhurst Fr. Bavon Marie Mubakanda of Guerbobee. This Haitian town in the mountains of the Nord-East province is home to St. Anne Bois-de-Laurence parish. The people there live in the harsh realities of extreme poverty. Farming for $1 a day, six days a week is the job of his parishioners. His is an isolated place, with little in electricity, water, is what falls from the sky and is collected in streams (if others sources don’t come in supply), so drinking and bathing and cooking with it is in moderation. Fuel for cooking is charcoal.


Reflection on the First Sunday of Advent


"Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come." Jesus doesn't tell us when He will come again; but He does tell us all we need to know. First, He leaves no doubt in our minds that He will in fact return- -this isn't a question we have to debate. And secondly, He tells us what we need to do to be ready: stay awake! As long as we don't doze off while we're waiting, everything will be all right.


Some non-Catholic told me that the first printed Bible was the King James Bible. It that true?

11-20-2016Catholic Church Q and A

No. Even Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press, was Catholic and the fact is that the first book ever printed was the Catholic Bible. So, the first paper-printed Bible was Catholic, though Protestants want to falsely claim it was the King James. The King James was a rebellion bible, written to be different than the Catholic one. It was different enough from Catholic Bibles, in that 7 Old Testament books were missing from the traditional list of 73 Bible books. Those missing books remain out up to today for non-Catholic Bibles. The translation of words or verses in Scripture is also flawed in those Bibles.


Sometimes the Way of the Lord is for Us to Initiate Dialoge

11-20-2016Pastor's MessageFr. John Barry

The Church worldwide looked for ways to reach a hand out in peace and reconciliation in this Year of Mercy. Just this month, Pope Francis kept up his Jubilee practice (for the Church) with meetings with Lutherans to find a path of more conciliatory practices with Catholics and vice versa. It went very well. The Pope also met with some Pentecostal leaders, initiating a hope that any offenses to Pentecostals (by Catholics) may be forgiven in Jesus’ Mercy. That also went very well.


Why doesn’t the Catholic Church read Daniel and Revelation prophesies of The Bible as to mean that now is the End Time of the world?

11-20-2016Catholic Church Q and A

In Matthew 24:36 Jesus Himself said how He knew not the day nor hour (of The End), nor did any angels but how only the Father in Heaven knows it. Jesus asked us not to speculate on The End, either. He rather asked people to act ready all the time, by simply living the gospel. Matthew the Evangelist then follows that up by writing chapter 25 which is all about what people should be doing with the lives on an everyday basis, so to be found ready on any given day for the Lord’s coming.


November 16 E-Notes

11-16-2016E-NotesFr. John Barry

Thanksgiving Mass and 36 meals effort for helping families
Advent Concert
Advent-Christmas Calendar
National Holy Day--Dec.8 (& Consecration to Mary)
Quick News/Reminders
November Clergy Calendar re-posted


Isn’t it true that the Catholic Church has always been much into health care and medicine?

11-13-2016Catholic Church Q and A

It is true. Our Lord’s teaching was to care for the sick and needy. Many Catholics have responded professionally and in a vocation.


Reflection on the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time


"You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of My name." This is not a pleasant prophecy. On the contrary, Jesus' somber words may strike us with a bit of fear and make us wonder if we will ever actually face such a tragic scenario. We are fortunate to live in a country where religious freedom is tolerated, and of course we hope that this continues to be the case. But the sad fact is that right now, there are Christians in other parts of the world who are living out the reality of these prophetic words. For these men, women, and children of faith, the name of Jesus truly is a cause of persecution and martyrdom.


The Jubilee Isn't Over

11-13-2016Pastor's MessageFr. John Barry

As the Church year closes this week, I sincerely hope that this Jubilee of Mercy of the past year, announced by Pope Francis, had some personal impact on your lives. I hope an opportunity came for you, once or more times, for an exchange of mercy, either in the giving or receiving, of those estranged or broken off with you. Or that you had a general sense of mercy for others in peace and reconciliation in Jesus’ Heart (and/or opened yourself to others reconciling with you). Or that you gave deeper reflections on the Church’s message on Mercy, either given here in our special speakers on Mercy, our video series, or from a homily or blog on it that I gave over the year. I appreciated the return to the Sacrament of Reconciliation of some persons.


Who can do an emergency baptism for someone?

11-06-2016Catholic Church Q and A

Any Catholic may perform an emergency baptism, such as if a person is in grave danger of death and requests emergency baptism.


My Checklist

11-06-2016Pastor's MessageFr. John Barry

√ I made it through last week with the 18 Masses to do (from last Saturday to today). There are times like this when I am grateful for my health and energy to do what I need to do.

√ We have coming upon us the leaf change of colors, some brisk breezes, and darker evenings (sunsets are early), and the season of Fall. We happily have pumpkin pie, apple cider, rockfish, and turkey in this month. We have sweaters, boots, hats and caps, and heavier clothing come out of the closet. We head to a Thanksgiving Day.


Reflection on the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time


"Those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage."