Greetings From Sister Marlita / Saludos de Sister Marlita

The Gospel story today about the tax collector, Zacchaeus, is one of my favorites in Luke’s accounts of Jesus stories. The tax collector in Jesus’s times was not a very highly respected job, since he worked for the Romans, who extracted high taxes from all the Jewish nation, and because often the collector himself lined his own pockets by charging more than was asked. But Zacchaeus must have heard about Jesus and his miracles, so he really wanted to see him for himself. Can you imagine the sight it must have been to see a grown adult sitting in a tree waiting to observe a passerby? It must have been a very funny scene. Don’t you think? And Zacchaeus was probably oblivious to the fact; he was

Greetings From Sister Marlita / Saludos de Sister Marlita

Have you ever noticed that Christians have a particular vision of the concept of justice? This is thanks to our Savior, Jesus. Jesus opened the gate of heaven for us through his death on the cross. Justice comes from Him alone. That was the great light St. Paul received to share the truth. No one has the right to pride if we are all in the same situation in need of redemption. We are all sinners, and we need the grace of God - his free gift - in order to be justified. Today’s gospel parable is addressed to those who are convinced of their own righteousness. Selfsufficiency is a kind of blindness and deafness that closes people up in their own securities and hinders them from knowing God. It

Greetings From Sister Marlita/Saludos de Sister Marlita

This is WORLD MISSION SUNDAY. We have a special second collection in our Diocese to extend a helping hand to several different organizations. You can note in particular where you wish your donation to go: 1) Propagation of the Faith, 2) Latin America, or 3) Eastern Europe, or some to all three. This is just one way we reach out beyond our local borders to the wider world in need. There are many ways we as a parish are invited to reach out to the needy, and we participate in campaigns near and far throughout the year to do so. Are you aware of them? Here are some. Monthly, we have a reverse collection where we are invited to bring a dry or canned food item or a hygiene product to share with o

Greetings From Sister Marlita/ Saludos de Sister Marlita

If we are loyal Christians striving to live out our faith, I believe we do it well when we have an “ATTITUDE of GRATITUDE”. While it is true that that at times life does brings us difficulties: personal or family illnesses, financial and family problems, resentments from folks around us, biases or prejudices against us, or painful memories of some past hurts, yet many of the hardest battles are the inner ones. We often do not realize our own failings and limitations, and we might cling to bitterness that we should leave behind. Sometimes, clinging on to memories of injuries and harm received, to real or perceived hurts, is precisely what prevents true healing and gratefulness. Gratitude, whi

Greetings From Sister Marlita/ Saludos de Sister Marlita

Friends, today, Oct. 6 is RESPECT LIFE SUNDAY. Each October in past years is Respect Life month. The Bishops of the USA urge all of us to help build a culture of life on a daily basis, as best we can. By respecting each life from conception to natural death in all its forms, we can witness by our own lives that life is a precious gift from our loving God. This year the theme is: “Christ our Hope: In Every Season of Life”. There are so many attacks against human life all around us it seems, and they grow more numerous by the day. But we know that Jesus came to conquer sin and death. Thus, through our Christian witness everywhere, we can be signs of HOPE, and we can challenge this current cult

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