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From The Pastor's Notepad
November 29, 2020
Happy New Year! For today we begin our new Church calendar year. 2020 has been a mess. We begin anew with this season of Advent. Like everything, it will be different. Yet the message is ever new.
Christ is coming! As we prepare to celebrate his first coming, we also celebrate his present coming in all kinds of ways, and we also prepare for his second coming when he will judge the nations (which could happen before Christmas, or even tomorrow. Who knows?)
This pandemic and its weary isolation tempts us out of good habits. We seem almost pushed into the role of spectators rather than participants.
This Advent season is an opportunity to creatively choose Christ! So, if possible, attend Church, or at least see I.C.’s livestream or watch on Facebook or some other Catholic celebration of Mass.
But to especially “watch” as the Gospel says, by keeping the Sabbath “holy”. Make a family prayer time together (rosary or doing Scripture reading?) part of your day. Pray with your (grand) children every day, at meals and with each one individually. Make a “prayer place” in your home.
This is a time to choose. To move from where we are to deeper faith and prayer. Not to use it is to lose it.
This is a time to rediscover and relate to God in new ways, to make our heart a home for him.
Christ’s birth did not come at an ideal time either. It was an “inconvenient” time and way for everyone, starting with Mary and Joseph.
They were prepared and yet taken by surprise, and trusted and trusted at every new step and event. And so they were prepared, and preparing as they went along.
So should we.
In the new time of Advent, watch and prepare for his coming!
Fr. Don, Pastor
Past columns from the Pastor's Notepad
November 22, 2020
God is in charge. More specifically, Jesus Christ is King.
Not just king of Israel, not just of Christians, not just king of our planet but all planets, not just of our star, the sun, but of all stars, not just of our Milky Way galaxy but of all galaxies.
We celebrate today Jesus Christ as King of the Universe, of all and everything in it.
Believe it. Trust it. Believe Him. Trust Him.
God is in charge. Often that doesn’t seem obvious.
In our country and culture, rancor and division are rampant: in politics, in the pandemic, in injustices (racial, abortion), loss of trust in media, loss of faith in institutions.
Some of this affects, applies to and invades even the Church.
Who is in charge here?
The place to start is Jesus Christ.
We do not have to know it all or figure it all out.
We are not the one on the throne during the Last Judgement.
We are simply called to reach our (His) hands to others, to see Christ in others and respond accordingly, especially to the “least”.
Not just if you are Catholic or even Christian, no matter if you have a police record or an incurable disease, a Ph.D or a 5th grade education, no matter what color or language. This is not a time to hunker down or hide.
Choose it, live it, do it.
Whatsoever you did to the least, you did it TO ME.
And from the throne will come, “Come you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”
Christ, the King, is the one on the throne. Christ is the one in charge.
Fr. Don , Pastor
November 15, 2020
I remind you to return, as soon as possible, your Parish Council election ballots. Great candidates. Hard choices. Limited to three.
We celebrate today the last Sunday before the climax of our liturgical year, the Feast of Christ, the King of the Universe.
The Gospel is the parable of the Master giving talents to his three servants. The emphasis is to use the talents and time we’ve been given.
The Master entrusts all his possessions in varying amounts. He knows they can handle the responsibilities given, if they choose to do it.
As they use the gifts given, the gifts will multiply.
The first two trust the master’s judgment and apply themselves. And “Well done my good and faithful servant. Come share your Master’s joy.”
Alas, the third did not even try.
Like almost anything in life, if you don’t use it, you lose it.
Everything we have is given-sometimes a hard concept to work into our life. But so true, nonetheless.
Our Master gives us everything we have, much less need, and even what we want if it is the best for us. We are to return it to him.
That perspective is the heart of stewardship living.
What would that look like in your life?
Several of our own I.C. parishioners give short but powerful witness to what that looks like in their lives. Stewardship living. Bearing fruit. Using our God-given talents for God.
They have been in our bulletin, week by week. They are also now on our parish Facebook age as well as our parish website. Highly recommended by your Pastor.
Fr. Don, Pastor
November 8, 2020
The Gospel parable of the virgins preparing to receive the bridegroom reminds us that our spiritual journey is not a sprint but a marathon.
A steady faithful marathon toward the One worth waiting for.
A deep relationship with a spouse or friend, or with God, needs to grow and develop.
Take the long view. Beyond feelings or whims. We are called to be ready to respond at any time, in every time.
Seeking and waiting for God requires work.
Whether we are present at Mass in church or remotely present at home, be ready inside and out to participate.
But there is more. Like a car, we need to do more than occasionally put in gas. There are many other needs to attend to for upkeep.
Find a spiritual book to read. Or a spiritual podcast (e.g. The Chosen app from the App Store). Or Catholic radio on your way to work. Or just turn off the news and drive in morning silence. Carve out time(s) for a rosary or Scripture reading and/or study. Read the stories of our friends, the saints.
Share them with family, friends. Share regular prayer time as a family, at mealtime, at bedtime.
Or let go of something—don’t get burned out or lose heart.
Any relationship we deem important is important enough to prepare, be ready, be patiently faithful. This is true of any significant relationship. Certainly so with our loving God.
Fr. Don, Pastor