Saturday, January 24, 2015
Saturday 24 January 2015
Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop, Doctor
(Saturday of week 2 in Ordinary Time)
Year: B(I). Psalm week: 2.
St Francis de Sales (1567 - 1622)
He was born near Annécy, in Savoy, studied the law, and was ordained to the priesthood despite the opposition of his father. His first mission was to re-evangelize the people of his home district (the Chablais), who had gone over to Calvinism. Always in danger of his life from hostile Calvinists, he preached with such effectiveness that after four years most of the people had returned to the Church. He was then appointed bishop of Geneva, and spent the rest of his life reforming and reorganising the diocese, and in caring for the souls of his people by preaching and spiritual guidance.
St Francis taught that we can all attain a devout and spiritual life, whatever our position in society: holiness is not reserved for monks and hermits alone. He wrote that “religious devotion does not destroy: it perfects,” and his spiritual counsel is dedicated to making people more holy by making them more themselves. In his preaching against Calvinism he was driven by love rather than a desire to win: so much so, that it was a Calvinist minister who said “if we honoured anyone as a saint, I know of no-one since the days of the Apostles more worthy of it than this man.”
St Francis is the patron saint of writers and journalists, who would do well to imitate his love and his moderation: as he said, “whoever wants to preach effectively must preach with love.”
Today we pray through the intercession of St. Francis de Sales that Love will always be in our heart.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Recently Fr. Kyle announced that after careful thought and much time in prayer our parishes will once again manage the food pantry. This apostolate brings it all back full circle, as Father stated. It all began many years ago in St. Kieran's parish under the watchful guidance of Sr. Monique. Our Holy Father has implored us to be faithful to the Gospel and care for the poor. Upon inspiration from the faithful army of Sisters who educated so many people, the pantry will be called the Mother Rivier Food Pantry. At our first informational gathering, Father shared how she cared so much for the total well being of all, but especially the poor. Please pray as we embark on this journey to care for Christ's children.
Monday, January 12, 2015
When you seek to approach the Lord, how do you do it? This morning I am beginning Morning Prayers and this antiphon starts my day....Ant. Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving."
Today, give it a shot, try a different way!
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Fr Andrew, myself, and three adults are on journey. These three are searching, listening, praying to hear Christ's call to say "Yes" and be in full community. We are all reading this book "Rediscover Catholicism" and this will be an opportunity for all of us to hear Christ's words. Please pray for all of us and especially these wonderful adults!
Saturday, January 3, 2015
In the past week all three of us were very busy Baptizing children. In fact the whole month was so busy that even the parishioners noticed the numerous events. The day after Christmas on the Feast of St. Stephen I Baptized 3 little boys, Fr. Kyle had one Sunday morning at the 9 AM Mass, followed by Fr Andrew Baptizing 2 at the 11 AM Mass. In all we had at total of 14 children being Baptized. For me, this speaks of the renewed Spirit that exists in our communities. As we begin a new year we all look forward to where the Holy Spirit guides us all.