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From The Pastor's Notepad

June 20, 2021

THE STORM ON THE SEA.

GOD WILL NEVER ABANDON US.

According to the Gospel (Mark 4: 35-41), the followers of Jesus, while sailing, were caught up by a storm. Jesus was with them in the boat. He used the time to rest after a hard day’s preaching. He lay down in the stern, resting his head on a cushion, probably a simple, coarse leather bag stuffed with rags or wool. That was the usual thing the sailors had on these boats.

Meanwhile his disciples, many of them sailors, begin to feel the first squalls of the gathering storm. It soon falls on them, with tremendous force, … and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. They did what they could, but the seas grew higher and rougher and they were about to drown. Then as a last resort they turn to Jesus. They wake him with a cry of distress. Teacher, do you not care if we perish? The skills of those professional fishermen were not enough.

Jesus had to intervene. And He awoke and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Peace! Be still! And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. Peace also entered the hearts of those frightened men.

Sometimes the storm arises around us or within us. And it seems that our frail craft cannot take us anymore. At times we have the impression that God is heedless of our fate. The waves are breaking over us: personal weaknesses, professional or

financial difficulties that are beyond our management, illness, problems with children or parents, the menace of calumny, a hostile environment, slander … But if you live in the presence of God, high above the deafening storm, the sun will always be shining on you; and deep below the roaring and destructive waves, peace and calm will reign in your soul.

God will never abandon us. We must go to him, using all the means we need to employ. At all times, tell Jesus with the confidence of one who has taken him as the Master, and wants to follow Him unconditionally, ‘Lord do not abandon me!’ and

together, with Him, we will face those trials and surmount them. They will no longer be bitter and we will not be dismayed by the storms that blow.

Fr. Tony Onyeihe, Associate Pastor

Past columns from the Pastor's Notepad

June 13, 2021

Today we celebrate the Immaculate Heart of Mary, patroness of the people of the diocese.

In the Gospel today we hear from Mary the words that every parent must say in their hearts if not on their lips sometime (maybe many times) in their lives: Why have you done this to us?!

Whether it’s a bad choice, reckless decision or risky behavior, a child has their parents’ hearts in their hands.

Mary’s anxiety level spills out in the Gospel. She understands the hurt and sadness and worry that parents, grandparents, godparents, uncles and aunts have for the children at every stage.

It might be they are young adults leaving the Church or seemingly lost with little sense of direction, or forming unhealthy relationships, or caught up in the pursuit of success, reputation, control or weary with work or worry or strained or broken relationships.

Mary didn’t understand the full implications of Jesus’ response’ “Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?’

But she understands our worries and heartaches and anxieties of parents or anyone who loves another.

“She kept all these things in her heart.”

She made it part of her total gift of herself to God the Son, to God her son.

And so we are called to do.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, patroness of our diocese, pray for us.

Fr. Don Antweiler, Pastor


June 6, 2021

Today we celebrate Christ’s self-gift to us in the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ.

Although Baptism makes us part of the Body of Christ, the Eucharist is the preeminent sacrament, the highest sacrament.

In all the other sacraments, Christ comes to us through invisible signs, e.g. water, oil, laying on of hands, etc.

But the visible signs of the Eucharist, bread and wine, actually BECOME Jesus Christ, whole and entire, body and blood, soul and divinity.

This is not literal (i.e. we are not cannibals). This is not figurative (i.e. only a reenactment, like a play or a ceremony to help us imagine).

We can only describe it as the Real Presence of Christ.

It is a very mysterious presence, beyond our limited sight and senses. But it is what Christ said and meant, according to the Apostles, and their successors, and their successors, etc. down

through the ages.

Christians/Catholics down through the millennia have risked their lives to gather to celebrate Christ present in the Eucharist. “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” This is our daily bread.

In the Church’s long experience where we drift from the Eucharist, we drift from Christ and his Church.

To receive Christ in the sacrifice of the Mass, we must join the sacrifice of ourselves to the self-sacrificing love of Christ.

The bread and wine we bring from the entrance of Church, and the collection, represent this sacrificial gift of ourselves.

We must come not as observers. Not consumers. Nor concert goers waiting to be entertained. This is an intimate relationship and a faith –family time. We bring it all, our sin, our faith, our prayer life. We bring ourselves wherever we are in our spiritual journey.

When the host and chalice are raised, we can pray the prayer of Thomas the Apostle, “My Lord and my God.”

Perhaps we can pray the prayer of the centurian, “I believe. Help my unbelief.”

Feed your faith. Celebrate as faith family the self-gift Christ has given us, food for the soul, the Eucharist.

Fr. Don Antweiler, Pastor


May 30, 2021

Today we celebrate the Holy Trinity.

The Holy Trinity is not a dogma to be explained, but a

mystery to be appreciated.

Three points:

1) Any real love relationship (e.g. marriage or deep

friendship) is self-revealing. No false fronts or selfish or

hidden agendas, but the full, honest gift of self to

others. In this full though unequal relationship (God is

God after all), God reveals himself to us as Father, Son

and Holy Spirit — a plurality of Being. We can’t

understand it, but can stand in awe of such self-giving

love for us.

2) Any deep relationship must be intentional , self-sacrificing,

and nourished. It must be responded to. It

is deadly for us to treat the other’s love casually, to take

other’s love for granted. Such is true of any deep

relationship. It is certainly true of our relationship with

God.

3) Real love is not static nor stale, but free-flowing and

refreshing. God is One Being with a joyous,

exhilarating, and profoundly peaceful stream of love

between a communion of Persons. Not boring but bold.

We are invited to dive in.

In summary, His love is self-revealing and immense. Such

love must be responded to, not to be treated casually or

taken for granted. God’s love is not static, but free-flowing

and refreshing.

Reflect on the Holy Trinity.

Stand in awe of the love such a Being has for us.

Fr. Don Antweiler, Pastor