October is upon us, along with the beauty of the season of fall. In our Catholic tradition the month of October is closely connected to the Blessed Virgin Mary through the devotion of praying the rosary. I want to thank our local Knights of Columbus for leading the practice of praying the rosary at St. Mary’s Church every night at 6:30pm throughout the month of October. I hope that many people can come and join us for this very special Catholic devotion.
During the month
It's been a little over 2 months since the construction of our parish hall addition started. I thought it would be good to give an update on the progress of our project. The parish hall addition had its foundation walls poured this week past. The floor of the basement of the addition will be poured this coming week and then the building will begin to rise as the construction of walls and the roof takes shape. There has been much progress in the basement of the existing pa
Forgiveness is an important aspect of our faith life. Jesus spoke of forgiveness, he forgave people's sins, and he commissioned his followers to forgive. He even said that without forgiveness salvation is not possible: “Forgive us as we forgive those who trespass against us”. The work of forgiveness, therefore, must be seen not simply as a path to a happier and healthier life from a psychological perspective, but also from a religious perspective. We rely on God's forgiveness
Positive attitude is a sign of good spiritual health. There are so many things surrounding our everyday life, both positive and negative things. Even within each one of us there is this duality, sometimes we are good and sometimes we are bad. The key to a life of a Christian is to do what God does, to focus on the good. Jesus came to bring Good News (not bad news), and He is busy encouraging sinners, and helping them to see that they can change their lives. St. Paul in h
Are you happy? If you are not, what is keeping you from attaining happiness? Is it money? If you had more money, would you be happy then? Is it popularity, success? Would these things make you happy? I would venture to guess – no. If you were to Google happiness, the information, definitions and psychological discussions would bore you to tears. Though I was happy to learn that Aristotle and I have similar views. He believed that, though our circumstances might influence our