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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, December 30, 2016

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Friday, December 16, 2016

A time for inner peace… And then a question.

  For about as long as I've been doing this blog I've probably been preaching several times about finding balance and the necessity for inner peace. Tuesday night I had a couple options of things to do one of them was to be with the RCIA team to teach,  The other was a little more simple, to go bowling.  I chose to go bowling. For me bowling is more than just a night out it's a chance to just relax just to have some fun, just to be with friends. I made the right choice. It wasn't just because I had one of the best nights of bowling I've had in two years, it's because I had so much fun being with my friends and doing something just for me. We were loud,  we heckled  people, and we were definitely competitive. Towards the end of the final game one of my teammates asked me a question, do you have a moment to talk to me after bowling.  I was a little concerned but I know I needed to do this. After we were done,  we talked, I listened. I offered him a little bit of advice, some spiritual advice.  He seemed a little bit anxious, and yet also determined. I recommended him a very simple message spend time with Jesus,  get down on your knees and humble yourself, and pray the rosary.

 After a couple of days I decided it was time to touch base with him, and sent him a text message. Last night I got two answers. One from him and one from Jesus Christ. He sent me a text  that everything was getting better, to young people thinking each one was angry at the other. He sounded so relieved. So much so That he was very thankful of me thinking about him and that his prayer life was getting better, with more confidence as he put it. Needless to say I'm  cloud nine right now.

 So I know you want to know what Jesus had to say. Jesus spoke to me by sending me to the right place at the right time. All He did was ask you to be his eyes and ears, to one of his children. All I did was share the words of Christ. It's pretty simple but highly amazing. Too often we downplay that Jesus
finds a way to use us in his plan of salvation. The response for us is very simple, say yes!

In Scripture we find two excellent examples of people saying yes to God. On the feast of the immaculate conception we hear Mary saying yes. Saying yes to something she doesn't understand, saying yes because she loves God, saying yes because she is obedient, saying yes because she is faithful, saying yes because she trusts in God, saying yes because she knows to be a true disciple means total surrender.

The next to say yes is St. Joseph. Again saying yes because he believes, because he is faithful, because he trusts in God, because he knows it requires total surrender.

During this fourth weekend and Advent let it be a mission to be ready, to be always ready, to say yes to Jesus Christ.


Deacon Mitch

Saturday, December 10, 2016

An Advent message

I was blessed this morning to be able to preach to the parish for a Saturday  morning mass.  I figured father had a busy schedule, and I can always use the practice. I will give you the highlights, two points that I thought were critical in today's Gospel. Walking the Journey in faith,  and keeping our focus on the Lord. Even though this is important during Advent, it should be a daily occurrence. When we stay focused, when we live for Jesus Christ,  we begin to walk into the light. When we do it on our own, and want to take control, it is them that we let the darkness set in. We are children of light, we need to put on the armor of light.  We must live as what we were created for, that all our lives glorify God.


 Deacon Mitch 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Saying goodbye!

  I haven't been all day much more than two years. I have recently found how challenging, yes so challenging being a deacon. Early this week I was just informed, that an extremely dear friend had just passed away.  Larry was one-of-a-kind, truly a unique man. There wasn't much that Larry did halfway, he lived life to the fullest. Tomorrow I travel a short distance to say goodbye to my friend and to share my condolences to the family and friends.  Larry was such a beautiful gift that God gave me in my life, I am so blessed to have him be a part of my life. To God I will always be so grateful. I ask you all to pray with  for the soul of Larry Gallant, and the family and friends he leaves behind.


Deacon Mitch