Current Mass Schedule:
First Friday: 8:15am
11am & 5:30pm
30 minutes before every Mass
SIMPLE COMMON SENSE
Some call it simple common sense.
Our commitment to Christ should lead us to speak and act smartly. Genuine Christian commitment always is distinguishable from pagan naturalness. Intentional disciples ought to steer clear of occasions that sicken the mind and harm the soul.
Christian maturity is seen in efforts to safeguard our senses always and everywhere.
Simply turn off certain TV shows, movies, video clips, webpages, audio and radio. .
Simply refuse to take part in distasteful and seedy conversations. Whenver needed, change the tone of the discussion.
Simply present yourself appropriately and modestly in speech and appearance.
Simply avoid those places - both actual and virtual - that are unbecoming for intentional disciples even if trendy and popular for others.
Simply object to indecent and degrading behavior. The word "obscene" comes from ancient Greek and Roman theater and refers to those things offensive to the senses and ought not to be performed on the stage out of respect to the audience. Even pagan civilizations wildly permissive in moral practices understood that there are some things never to be done in public.
It is not easy living in a culture that has lost its Christian outlook. Then, again, Our Lord Jesus never promised us an easy way. Fortunately He promises the necessary graces to find our way safely and happily through difficulties. Simply accept the graces we need and to forgo the rest. ... See MoreSee Less
Saint Ignatius of Loyola (d. 1556) described his early life as high energy pursuit of the vanities of the world. Craving recognition and worldly honor, he was seriously injured in a battle while fighting as a soldier. During his long and painful recovery, he unexpectedly received and read two books - "Life of Christ" and a book on the saints. Mightily intrigued by these readings he set out to follow the example of the saints and abandoned his previous superficial fascinations.
Many saints have been made by their first having read good books.
Trustworthy reading likens a good friend. It is difficult to set it down since it draws us closer to God by setting our sights upon truly higher gifts. A good book elevates expectations for daily living.
Saint Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us! ... See MoreSee Less
There is nothing greater in all of life than receiving Our Lord's calling - no thing ever is greater.
And yet, it is immensely difficult to make His plan our own. It requires humility and wholeheartedness. After all, the call of Christ is a summons to undergo a profound and lasting change in our daily living. God asks for everything, including whatever we have been setting aside as our own.
How can it even be possible? Well, when Christ calls He always gives us the graces we need to follow. He wants this to happen. Indeed, we have been made for Him and our genuine fulfillment only is found with Him.
Ask the Lord Jesus today to help you live up to His call. With God's constant help, may our personal response to His call be marked by obedience, generosity and joy. ... See MoreSee Less
Today's feast day honoring SAINT MARTHA gives us all the splendid occasion to enter into Jesus' special friendships. The home of Martha and her sister Mary and their brother Lazarus was visited often by Our Lord. Their genuine affection and admiration for each other inspires us to forge relationships ourselves that similarly are marked by meaning, trust, gratitude and joy.
One time Jesus arrives at their home four days after Lazarus had died. Despite her understandable grief at the loss of her brother, Martha sets her sadness aside to welcome her true friend Jesus. A marvelous conversation ensues during which Jesus reveals Himself to Martha - and to us - as being "the Resurrection and the Life" (John 11:25).
Jesus is the answer for all our questions. Make your way to Him. Develop a lasting relationship that likens a friendship above all else.
Saint Martha, pray for us! ... See MoreSee Less