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Scenes from my first Christmas

Yes, this is my First Christmas.....as a Deacon of course. Fr. Andrew reminded me and the entire congregation of that, along with the story ...

Friday, May 27, 2016

It's already been two years

It's hard to believe but as of this past Tuesday it has been two years since ordination. That evening we celebrated with friends who are also ordained that day.i've been honored to receive text messages from dear friends wishing me the best and a parishioner was in my store yesterday's reminded me of the ordination anniversary too. My biggest Takeaway at this time is how God has perfect timing. I shared with my friends that if we were still in studies this year because of my workload I probably would have to withdraw. What this reminds me of is that God knows what's in my heart I knew when I was ready and his timing was perfect. I am still so humbled by this tremendous honor and I strive each and every day to better myself to try to serve worthily Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, May the blessings of Almighty God descend upon you and remain with you all forever and ever amen

Friday, May 13, 2016

What are the fruits of the Holy Spirit

I was off Sunday and Monday, and upon returning to work on Tuesday morning I see this on my desk..... 

One of my parishioners and a dear friend dropped it off. It took a little detective work to figure out who it was.

Tonight he stopped by to chat and discuss the powers of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and how much you can change peoples lives. As we near the feast of Pentecost these prophetic words I'm much more important today the neighbor ever been. For they are much more than words they are a tool, a gift to all of us. These fruits are giveen to us to be perfect as Christ is called us to be.

And now I'm taking a few minutes to do evening prayer, and this is tonight's reading

Galatians 5:16, 22-23a, 25

Live in accord with the spirit and you will not yield to the cravings of the flesh. The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patient endurance, kindness, generosity, faith, mildness and chastity. Since we live by the spirit, let us follow the spirit’s lead.

Let us call upon the Holy Spirit to guide us to fill us with the fruits of Charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-Control, and chastity.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

There is nothing ordinary in the ordinary times, and there is nothing off in the off-season

Just last week we wrapped up the final session with our our RCIA class. We met for one final time,  to answer questions, and just to gather as friends in Christ.

Father Andrew put together one final piece that I thought was an excellent way to end the night. We held a private mass for the group and it was very special.

We also had a private social afterwards, to relax. And enjoy each other's company. There is so much joy that they are working to gather as a group for Bible study, which begins next week.

The RCIA team has already gathered together to plan for the future. How do we make things better? Who will be on the team next year?

As we are nearing the end of Easter season, we will be entering ordinary times. One thing that I have learned, there is nothing ordinary about ordinary times. We are still filled with the spirit and the spirit moves us to seek out those who yearn for the truth. 

So in essence at this time it is the off-season so to speak for our RCIA team. I believe each one of us are looking for a way to make things better, and also seek out those who have a longing to be closer to Christ through the Sacraments. 

There is a new movie out called Convinced.It is about people who have come to the Catholic Church, they have finally come home, and they call themselves born-again Catholics. I ordered the copy recently and I am expecting it tomorrow.

The producer believes that it would be an ideal film to introduce those who are contemplating to be Catholics, and maybe just maybe realize that they are not the only ones that feel this way.

After I view it I will share my thoughts with you.

As you can see there are no off in the offseasons. And there is definitely no ordinary in ordinary times.

God bless