Reflection on the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

02-26-2017Reflection

"Can any of you, by worrying, add a single moment to your life-span?" No, indeed we can't. But evidence does suggest that worrying can subtract time from our life span! Clearly, we are not meant to worry. It's not healthy and it's not useful. But for many of us, it's quite difficult not to be anxious and concerned about matters that are important to us. So what is the secret to letting go of this unnecessary anxiety?

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What does the quote mean that “we do not know the benefit of theology without first doing theology?”

02-26-2017Catholic Church Q and A

It simply means that there is a paradox to theology studies. It brings us out of some ignorance of our knowing God, and once one has seriously delved into theology, they realize how little they still know of God (and it leads them to want more). However, this journey of doing theology then makes us more accountable to God for what we now know from the studies and God’s illumination to us.

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Flowers

02-26-2017Pastor's MessageFr. John Barry

It’s nearing the start of our parish mission. Please come to it. I am counting on you.

February is not a month usually associated with flowers, but someone informed me that there is a flower of the month all twelve times a year, and that there are people who try to grow and/display them as the months go by.

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February 23 E-Notes

02-23-2017E-NotesFr. John Barry

Lent
Parish Mission

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Lenten Parish Mission

02-19-2017Pastor's MessageFr. John Barry

I remind you that in two weekends we will be having our biggest event in a decade in the parish. We are having a Parish Mission, lasting from Sunday night through Wednesday night, March 5th to the 8th. Each night will start at 7 p.m. in the church. It is led by Passionist Father Blaise Czaja. Look at the blurb on him in this bulletin. Each morning (Monday through Wednesday) we will have an 8:45am Mass and a teaching by Fr. Czaja, too, for our daily Mas and retired and home-parents.

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Reflection on the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

02-19-2017Reflection

"Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow." Today Jesus continues the powerful teaching of His Sermon on the Mount. Typical of this famous sermon, here He urges us to see things in a new way, specifically regarding situations and people who bother us. First, He tells us not to seek revenge. Instead, we are to demonstrate incredible generosity. Then, He instructs us to "love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you."

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What are the four qualities of the Church that she proclaims from her start?

02-12-2017Catholic Church Q and A

"Whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Jesus presents two paths for us today: we can break His commandments or obey them. And the result corresponds to our choice. If we decide not to follow God's guidelines, we will not enjoy the fullness of the kingdom of heaven. But if we choose otherwise, eternity will look much brighter for us!

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Reflection on the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

02-12-2017Reflection

"Whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Jesus presents two paths for us today: we can break His commandments or obey them. And the result corresponds to our choice. If we decide not to follow God's guidelines, we will not enjoy the fullness of the kingdom of heaven. But if we choose otherwise, eternity will look much brighter for us!

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Upcoming Parish Mission

02-12-2017Pastor's MessageFr. John Barry
p>I want to say again that a big event coming soon for our parish is our Parish Mission on March 5,6,7,8 in the evenings. Fr. Blaise of the Passionist Fathers will be here to give out a large meal of God’s grace and knowledge on how living in the Passion of the Lord builds up grace for our living The True Faith.

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You Are the Light of the World

02-05-2017Reflection

"You are the light of the world." Speaking to His followers, Jesus tells them of the influence they are meant to have. They are to be like a lamp on a lampstand that "gives light to all in the house." Clearly, their influence on the people around them is meant to be positive, bright and substantial.

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What are the ‘new dogmas’ of the Church? That is, are we still newly defining God and what our religious truths should be?

02-05-2017Catholic Church Q and A

The truth is, no new dogma is ever promulgated. The Truth has been for a very long time. Jesus defined Himself as the Truth and to testify to the Truth – and He made the final clarity on it. We of the Catholic Church, or any other – have no new news on God or our truth revealed. So, with that said, here is the answer about ‘new dogmas’ not really being a thing.

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Super Bowl, Cardinal's Appeal and Year of Grace

02-05-2017Pastor's MessageFr. John Barry

Well, in my being a sports fan, I will make a mention here that I do know it’s Super Bowl Sunday tonight. Sadly, two weeks ago, my favorite team was knocked out from the honor of playing in it. Yes, the Pack got smacked by the Atlanta Falcons. Go Green Bay Packers, but for next season. I don’t have a team I am rooting for in the Atlanta/ New England match-up of this Super Bowl. Maybe after the Packers lost twice to the Falcons in the 2016-17 season, I’ll root for the Patriots. You’ll see an insert in the bulletin with one side promoting the Cardinal’s Appeal – which is held next weekend – and the other side promoting the Maryland Catholic Conference efforts in one key area of interest. To the right, you’ll see a whole column on getting involved in social issues in our state.

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