Greetings From Sister Marlita/ Saludos de Sister Marlita

Have you thought recently about WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY? I am guessing that most of us, if we made a listing, would NOT find many things that are bought with money. If we depend only on material things to feel happy, we would often feel depressed, disappointed, and frustrated. I hope that we have values that go far beyond the material things of this earth. We Christians have values that we need to share with future generations because they are what truly give happiness. Our family and friends, PEOPLE, should be high on our priority list to be happy. Sharing love and concern for one another makes a difference in our lives. If we give so much importance to things that we put them before persons--

Greetings From Sister Marlita/ Saludos de Sister Marlita

This Sunday’s Gospel has special importance for believers…that’s US! It identifies us as disciples of Jesus and recalls the prayer that Jesus taught his followers. The context in which it is taught enlightens Jesus’s followers about the insistence of prayer. In the parable about a man who asks a friend for bread to feed an unexpected visitor, the kindness of the person is compared with the kindness of our heavenly Father. We all need to imitate the generosity of our Father, who puts no limit on giving. We celebrate our St. Thomas Community this weekend with our parish picnic. It takes many hearts and hands to help make it a success. Yes, it is a fundraiser, but it is especially a celebration

Greetings From Sister Marlita/ Saludos de Sister Marlita

Hospitality is essential for people to feel welcome and included in any group. I hear frequently that our St. Thomas Community is one that is hospitable and welcoming, and I am always very proud that this characteristic is outstanding. Thank you for helping to make both guests and members feel “AT HOME”. Hospitality is a theme of our readings today. In the Jewish faith, it was considered a sacred duty. Visitors were given honor and respect. How is it exemplified? By listening to the guests, caring for their needs, and above all, welcoming the person. I believe hospitality is natural to us, but because folks have become increasingly more distrustful of others, it has sometimes disappeared. An

Greetings From Sister Marlita/ Saludos de Sister Marlita

We are all familiar with the characterization of someone as a “Good Samaritan”; a kind-hearted individual who helps his/her neighbor in need. But we are still taken aback when someone gives without limit and asks nothing in return. We get accustomed to paying for everything or being asked for something back. The parable today reminds us that the person who reaches out to another in need is the one to be imitated, not the ones who may have a position of authority or even a title in religion but do not give good example of the goodness of God’s love through their generosity. Here Jesus is putting into perspective our relationship with God. Much more important than the official worship and litu

Greetings From Sister Marlita/ Saludos de Sister Marlita

Just a reminder that this week’s bulletin will be for both June 30 and July 7. Save the dates. We have returned to Ordinary Time, meaning the special feasts since Easter are now history, and the ordinary weeks of summer with only August 15 as a feast, have come to us. Ordinary is good, and we can enjoy it. June 30th’s Gospel message is a challenging one for most of us….love your enemies, and do not wish bad things for them. What a difficult attitude to practice at times, no? But we can live in true freedom when we don’t have revengeful feelings and getting even on our minds. These attitudes drag us down and others with us. The Gospel reminds us that that it is freer who surrenders all, and f

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