Greetings from Sister Marlita /Saludos de Sister Marlita

Happy Independence Day weekend to each of you. No matter if you are planning special family activities away from home or preferring to stay home, may we pray together for UNITY in our nation, and a fresh spirit of EQUALITY for ALL. As I shared in a website reflection a few weeks ago, I feel we all need to examine ourselves to see how what we may think and feel about other cultures in our nation,and strive harder to truly treat EVERYONE with dignity and respect, no matter who they are. There are times when, often unconsciously, we may fail to respect each individual as unique and lovingly created by God. But we are reminded often (by you- know -who!) that the most important truth we can live

Greetings from Sister Marlita / Saludos de Sister Marlita

Thank You to all who have been able to rejoin us here at St. Thomas the Apostle for the weekend or Friday Masses. We are especially grateful for your collaboration of wearing masks and social distancing, because we know we are doing so with EVERYONE ELSE in mind, and being especially caring for those who may be more vulnerable among us. We take this care so that those who need extra attention will continue to be able to do so in our loving community of St. Thomas the Apostle. That may necessitate some sacrifice, but we are big enough, I am confident, to make those sacrifices for the sake of the good of others. I know you won’t let one another down. The 13th Sunday of Ordinary time readings

Greetings from Sister Marlita / Saludos de Sister Marlita

Isn’t it interesting that as we are returning to ORDINARY !me in our liturgical calendar for worship, we are also beginning to return to our ordinary lives a bit more since the beginning of the “Stay at Home” directives of March. Can we do so with a total return to normal living again? I rather doubt that it is possible. If we are living our Chris!an faith, we do need to be be"er aware of the more vulnerable among us, and take care that we are conscious of their needs, as well of our own. Ideally we have learned to be more attentive to our “more seasoned” or “immunity compromised” members, as well as to those who live near us who can use a helping hand. Let us contnue the outreach we have be

Greetings from Sister Marlita / Saludos de Sister Marlita

Before we return to Ordinary !me in our liturgical year, we have one more Sunday of special remembrance. Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus, formally known as Corpus Chris!. How appropriate that we are beginning to return to the celebration of the Eucharist and receive Jesus sacramentally now. Jesus gave us this special gift of Himself at the Last Supper with his followers. He wanted to be with them, and with us, into the future in a special way, so he instituted the Eucharist that we call Holy Communion. We are invited at each Mass to COME into closer UNION with Jesus by receiving his body and blood under the forms of bread and wine. “The bread that I giv

Greetings from Sister Marlita / Saludos de Sister Marlita

Today is the Feast of the Holy Trinity. We celebrate the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as One God. It is a major feast of the Church, remembering that we honor our God as Three Persons in One. This is a mystery that is difficult to explain, but in the Sacred Scriptures those three persons have been revealed. And often throughout the Gospels, we encounter references to the Father, Son and Spirit. Jesus himself spoke clearly of being sent by the Father. He said He and the Father were one, and that whoever loves Him, also loves the Father. And when Jesus returned to heaven to be with his Father, then they sent the Holy Spirit to first the Apostles, and then to each of us through our Baptism, and

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