We Have Good News

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Anniversary celebration recap

Psalm – “Go out to all the world and tell the good news!”

(Old) newcomers
“Family”
Examples of parish evangelization
First (like Israel)

“District”
Street Evangelization
YA dinner / invite
second (like Gentiles)

“I will send”
Salvation etc
“I do not know where u r from”

100th Anniversary Message

For the Solemn Feast of the Assumption and the 100th anniversary of Assumption parish

Congratulations on 100 Years!

Beloved parishioners,

Congratulations on your 100th anniversary!  I am so happy for you, and proud of you as your spiritual father.  When we kicked off our jubilee celebration last August, I wrote to you about the spiritual significance of our anniversary:

It is a year of particular celebration and graces that originated in Sacred Scripture and has been carried through Sacred Tradition: “The notion of a  ‘jubilee’ year is rooted in the Hebrew Scriptures that celebrated an outpouring  of God’s mercy and forgiveness in a special way every 50 years, as reflected  in the Book of Leviticus (25:8-13)…

The notion of a special jubilee year celebrating God’s forgiveness and mercy was taken over by Christians, and history records the first Christian jubilee year in 1300, called by Pope Boniface VIII. Approximately every 50 to 25 years since that time, the Church has celebrated these special ‘Holy Years’ to mark the outpouring of God’s grace and mercy.

God wants to bless us abundantly during our Jubilee year! Through the intercession of our patroness, Our Lady of the Assumption, may we be open as individuals and as a parish to all the graces, indulgences, and blessings of the Lord in this centennial Year of Jubilee.

Through the intercession of our Lady, the Lord has indeed bestowed many special blessings and graces upon us throughout this year (the Year of Mercy, too).  We have celebrated monthly Community Sundays, Healing Masses, and Revival Nights, welcomed many inspiring speakers, reinstituted Children’s Masses, offered spiritual nourishment weekly to guests of the Outreach Center in addition to physical nourishment, prepared to evangelize our neighborhood through street evangelization, and provided more consistent and fruitful ministry to the sick, homebound, and bereaved.  Phew, God has been busy through us! All of these (and more) are signs of God’s abundant graces during our jubilee.  Hopefully, we have honored the memory and inspiring tradition of our parish ancestors, and that that will continue for the next 100 years.

Below is a beautiful poem by Judy Crowe for a church celebrating a significant anniversary.  Enjoy this special time in the history of our parish!

May you know the peace of Christ,
Fr Greg

“Happiness grows as each year passes And trials test the love that will grow.  Pleasures of the heart remain a treasure, Perhaps a memory of some time ago.  Yesterday’s joys are your heart’s treasure And love remains to guard the store.  Now and then we are reminded, It is love (the key) that unlocks the door.  Vivid are the scenes of days gone by, Each thought, a page from the past,  Reminding us that God guides our path and Yielding to His will, our love will last.” by Judy Crowe

Be Prepared

19th Sunday

Hospital story

Anointing
Funerals – Prepared?
Univ. / family —> call priest!
Salvation, but healing

Gospel
Be prepared!
YG story?
Always ready / state of grace
Sacraments
Relationship w Christ
Stay in touch
Be vigilant (as would with a friend)

Store Up Treasure in Heaven

8th Sunday

How do we spend our free time?
Prayer?  Service?

Heavenly things or earthly?
Building up or going around?
True leisure = renewal
Too much = idolatry
Mass / Eucharist – greatest way to become rich in what matters to God

Too Legit to Quit

Christian prayer is…
    Legit
    Personal
    Bold
Our daily bread is
     Eucharist

What is Your One Thing?

“City Slickers”
The secret of life is finding your one thing.

Gospel

Is your one thing Jesus Christ?
All good personified in Him
Love / sacrifice / Col 1:24
Abraham and Mary get it

Assumption Parish
100 years / One thing
Others anxious about many things

Pray that Good Wins Over Evil in Our Nation

Homily from the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Goal of Life is Heaven

God has a sense of humor! This is what I thought – and said – when I began to speak at our parish revival night last week. I had never even been to a revival before coming here, and now I’m a revivalist! God is good, so it went well.

People told me afterwards that it hit home with them, so I thought some of what I said might be helpful for you, too.

Heaven was the focus of my remarks.

With all that is going in our world that can bring us down, I thought that a talk on heaven would revive us and lift up our hearts. I spent quite a bit of time on Romans 8:18

“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us.”

Many of you are suffering now in this present time – with physical pain, family problems, death of a loved one, evil in the world, etc. Some days, it’s really, really bad. Please remember that this was St. Paul’s situation. He suffered a ton for Christ. And yet, he wrote that the suffering is “nothing” compared to the glory that is coming.

He’s talking about heaven! The good involved with heaven is much bigger than the bad involved with suffering in this world. I reminded the congregation what Revelation 21 says, that in heaven “there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain” (v. 4). In heaven, it is all good! When the Church talks about the “greater good,” this is to what Romans 8:18 is referring. God allows suffering to bring about a greater good. Ultimately, the greater good is heaven!

So, when you are given a share in the cross of Christ and experience suffering like He did, be assured of the glory of Heaven that will be so much greater than the suffering is bad.

The goal of life is heaven.

Getting to heaven is what it’s all about! The #1 job of any spouse in marriage is to get the other to heaven. From that, of course, means getting the kids to heaven. Is your spouse going to heaven? Are your kids? You should be praying and offering (small) sacrifices every day for their salvation. The second part is commonly known as “offering it up.”

It means to offer up your suffering for the salvation of others. We Catholics believe in redemptive suffering which means that we can join in the redemptive work of Christ by offering up our share in the Cross for the salvation of others.

He offered his suffering for the salvation of the world. God the Father allowed the Son to suffer in order to bring about a greater good (salvation). He wasn’t punishing Christ for anything he had done. He wasn’t angry with him. He actually has infinite love for His Son, and trusted that he could handle the cross.

For anyone who carries their own cross in union with the Cross of Christ, the same is true. God is not punishing you! In fact, your suffering is a sign of God’s love for you. And, He trusts that you can handle offering up your suffering for the salvation of another (perhaps your spouse and kids).

Offer it up!

May you know the peace of Christ,

Fr Greg