Spiritual Reflection 9/26/2021

You are Mine

        At the end of each of our earthly lives, we will either hear Jesus say “You are mine” or hear Satan say “You are mine.” There is a constant battle going on in our lives between good and evil. Through His cross, Jesus has won the battle, but it is up to us now to accept His grace and live as those redeemed by Jesus. There are certainly manifestations of grace and manifestations of evil all around us, but we can take the side of Jesus in the battle for our lives by overcoming sin and temptation.
        How do we overcome sin and temptation? If something is leading us into temptation and sin then we avoid that. Perhaps, for some people, alcohol is an occasion of sin because it leads one to commit sin. For others, it could be an internet site, magazine, or other forms of media which present various sins as glamorous. This could gradually break down our defenses to the point where we convince ourselves that certain sins are okay. Jesus is asking us to reflect on our lives to see if anything is leading us in the wrong direction and take steps to remedy it.
        Apart from avoiding the occasions of sin, we can also strengthen ourselves against evil in many ways. We can pray to overcome sin. The greatest prayer is the Mass. St. Pope John Paul II said, “Every Eucharistic Celebration is stronger than all the evil in the universe. It means real, concrete accomplishment of redemption and even deeper reconciliation of sinful man with God in prospect of a better world.”
        Reading Sacred Scripture is also a great remedy because there we encounter God’s words to us, His love letter to us. Our Blessed Mother has repeatedly told us in her apparitions that praying the Rosary is a powerful weapon against Satan. When we pray the Rosary, we let Mary take us to her Son, Jesus. Holy Water is a powerful sacramental that helps protect us from evil. Every time we bless ourselves with Holy Water, we are imploring our Triune God to protect us from evil.
        There is a battle going on in the lives of each of us, a battle between good and evil. Through His cross Jesus has won the battle, but it is up to us now to accept His grace and live as those redeemed by Jesus. Jesus is asking us to reflect on our lives to see if anything is leading us in the wrong direction, and if so, to take steps to remedy occasions of sin and live in the grace of Jesus so that we may hear Him say to us at the end, “You are mine.”

May God love and bless you!                                                                               
Sr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, IHM                             

Week of September 26, 2021

Saturday September 25th
4:00 pm † Intentions of the Parishioners

Sunday September 26th
7:00 am Intentions of the Presider
9:00 am For those affected by COVID-19
11:00 am † Intentions of the Presider

Monday September 27th St. Vincent de Paul
6:30 am † Lawrence J. Tobin

Tuesday September 28th St. Wenceslaus; Ss. Lawrence Ruiz & companions
6:30 am † Tommy Lasorta

Wednesday September 29th Ss. Michael, Gabriel, & Raphael
6:30 am † The Kouton & Steinmeyer families

Thursday September 30th St. Jerome
6:30 am † Traute McGarry

Friday October 1st St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus
6:30 am † Joseph Garofalo

Saturday October 2nd Guardian Angels
8:00 am † Deceased members of the Gusherowski family


Remembering in our Prayers…
… all those who are sick … Mary Trauger, Loretta Boyle, James Dehan, Nina Ferraro, Teresa Riegal, Eric Bull, Bruce Seth, Vanessa Wismer, Adriana Sproehnle, Karen Dale, Mike Dunn, Robert Farrell, Agnes Neas, Eileen Snipas, John Flickinger, Maria Pinto, Ernestine Spinello, Andrew Wolford, James Hoctor, Bryce Cassidy, Marta Gomeztor, Marion Price, Marie Hagan, Ed Bergan, Evelyn Griffin, Alfred Messina, Ray Wilson, and the residents of Garden Springs and the Landings.

… all those who are deceased, remembering Alfred Messina, Patricia Stayt, Adele Tiburzio, and Joan Lesher.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.

Spiritual Reflection 9/19/2021

+Dear Saint David Parishioners,

            It is human nature that sometimes when someone who has our best interest at heart points out a fault that we need to correct, we may get defensive and/or critical. Saint James points out in his letter today the tough truth that selfishness and pride are rooted from within. No one makes us have feelings of envy, hatred, or obnoxiousness. It comes from within – ouch!

         Jesus knew the ins and outs of being human, yet He did not sin. He prepared His apostles for what was to come – His Crucifixion and Resurrection. This was difficult for the apostles to hear, and they didn’t ask Jesus for any explanations, but continued on their journey. When they reached their Capernaum destination, Jesus asked the apostles, “What were you arguing about on the way?” No one spoke up, most likely because they realized that Jesus would not have approved of their petty conversation of who among them was the greatest. He taught them in a variety of ways and provided examples that the greatest is the one who is willing to be the servant of all. Jesus didn’t chastise them, rather, He used an actual child this time to try and get His point across. Jesus said, “Whoever receives one child such as this in My name, receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but the One who sent Me.”

       What is so special about children that Jesus wants us to imitate them? Obviously, it is not to be childish, but childlike, which means to be honest, trusting, loving, curious, accepting, and compassionate, to name just a few of the virtues of young children. I see how special children are to their parents each day as their child/children are dropped off and picked up at school. The looks of love of parents and children as they kiss and hug goodbye and the squeals of pure joy when they get picked up at the end of the day is beautiful to witness. Just as young children give their complete trust to their parents, Jesus wants us to be dependent upon Him, surrendering all our cares and concerns to Him, and trusting that His love and guidance is with us every step of life’s journey.

      Therefore, this week, let us take an honest look at ourselves, not in condemnation, but in truth, since none of us are perfect, and ask Jesus to give us the graces we need to become more like Him – the Servant of all. Then and only then, may we experience some of the freedom, simplicity, and carefreeness that the childlike enjoy! Give yourself permission to let go and relish in the spontaneity of the young, no matter your age. If you are not sure how, ask or observe a child and you’ll soon discover how thrilling it is to be childlike.

In Mary’s Immaculate Heart, I am,
Sister Mary

Week of September 19, 2021

Saturday September 18th
4:00 pm † Intentions of the Parishioners

Sunday September 19th
7:00 am Intentions of the Presider
9:00 am For those affected by COVID-19
11:00 am † Intentions of the Presider

Monday September 20th St. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, & Companions
6:30 am † George Hill

Tuesday September 21st St. Matthew
6:30 am † James McAnulty

Wednesday September 22nd
6:30 am † Ernest and Mary Kroupa

Thursday September 23rd St. Pio of Petrelcina
6:30 am † Helen Duffy & Helen Janke

Friday September 24th
6:30 am † Katherine Ippi

Saturday September 25th
8:00 am † Louis Troisi—16th Anniversary


Remembering in our Prayers…
… all those who are sick … Mary Trauger, Loretta Boyle, James Dehan, Nina Ferraro, Teresa Riegal, Eric Bull, Bruce Seth, Vanessa Wismer, Adriana Sproehnle, Karen Dale, Mike Dunn, Robert Farrell, Agnes Neas, Eileen Snipas, John Flickinger, Maria Pinto, Ernestine Spinello, Andrew Wolford, James Hoctor, Bryce Cassidy, Marta Gomeztor, Marion Price, Marie Hagan, Ed Bergan, Evelyn Griffin, Alfred Messina, Ray Wilson, and the residents of Garden Springs and the Landings.

… all those who are deceased …

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.

Spiritual Reflection 9/12/2021

Where can we see Jesus?

The past few years of our lives have been extremely challenging.  From a controversial election, to the battle with COVID, to the most recent events happening in Afghanistan, we can’t seem to catch a break these days. On top of all that we have the destruction caused by the horrible wildfires out west and the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.  When we turn on the news, we continue to be bombarded and almost encouraged to be overwhelmed by the racial unrest, rise in crime, growing inflation, and a multitude of other worries.  Sometimes we find ourselves saying, “Where are you God?” The answer to this question can be found through the same grace Peter is given today.  The grace to recognize Christ.  If we look, we can easily find Him. 

 Jesus can be found in our health care workers.  These people go to work each day with all the uncertainty of COVID and take care of our loved ones who are ill.  Jesus can be found in the mothers and fathers who have had to create a classroom at home for their children and still have all the responsibilities of their jobs.  Jesus can be found in the fire fighters who risk their own lives to protect not only us, but also our homes and properties.  Jesus can be found in our police officers who still go to work every day putting their lives on the line even though they may be unpopular in the communities they serve.  Jesus can be found in our teachers who had to find a new way to bring education to our children.  Jesus can be found in our soldiers past, present, and future.  To lay down one’s life so others can live is the very essence of Christ. 

I know I have left some excellent examples of Christ around us, and just in the short list I have given, I think a point is made.  Jesus is around us more and with us during troubling times and good times.  He is always there when we need Him most and He will always be here at Church in His body, us, in His Word and in the Holy Eucharist. 

May Jesus live in our hearts forever. 
Deacon Chris

Week of September 12, 2021

Saturday September 11th
4:00 pm † 20th Anniversary of the Victims of 9/11

Sunday September 12th
7:00 am Intentions of the Presider
9:00 am For those affected by COVID-19
11:00 am † Intentions of the Parishioners

Monday September 13th St. John Chrysostom
6:30 am † James M. Heilman Sr.

Tuesday September 14th Triumph of the Holy Cross
6:30 am † Natalie Kolin

Wednesday September 15th Our Lady of Sorrows
6:30 am † Richard Miller

Thursday September 16th St. Cornelius
6:30 am † Dean Jensen

Friday September 17th St. Robert Bellarmine
6:30 am † Marie Brown

Saturday September 18th
8:00 am † Francis and Louise Lindgren


Remembering in our Prayers…
… all those who are sick … Mary Trauger, Loretta Boyle, James Dehan, Nina Ferraro, Teresa Riegal, Eric Bull, Bruce Seth, Vanessa Wismer, Adriana Sproehnle, Karen Dale, Mike Dunn, Robert Farrell, Agnes Neas, Eileen Snipas, John Flickinger, Maria Pinto, Ernestine Spinello, Andrew Wolford, James Hoctor, Bryce Cassidy, Marta Gomeztor, Marion Price, Marie Hagan, Ed Bergan, Evelyn Griffin, and the residents of Garden Springs and the Landings.

… all those who are deceased …

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.

Spiritual Reflection 9/5/2021

“And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment and begged him to lay his hand on him.”

What do we want Jesus to do for us right now? Some might say they want a miracle from him. Others might want him to feed the poor, like when He took five fish and a couple loaves to feed five thousand men. Some others might want Him to heal people who have diseases like He did for the deaf man today. A lot might say we need Him to clean out the Church like He did when He cleaned out the temple. We all have something that we want Him to do for us, but how many of us want Him to die for our sins?

During Jesus’ time on earth when people learned of the miracles that He was performing, they went to Him so that maybe He could fix their problems. Jesus did not fix everything, at least not in the way they wanted. That is not why He came to world. Instead, He became the most vulnerable for us. God surrender to death by being nailed to a piece of wood, that is the most powerful thing that Jesus ever did for us. He allowed death to swallow Him up and because of that act of self-giving love, He gave all of us the opportunity for everlasting life with Him!

This week spend some time thinking about and reflecting on what we want from Jesus and then ask Him to show us how His cross is much more loving. Why? Because even if Jesus did all the miracles we wanted him to do, death would still be the end of life!! The big deal about Jesus is that He took on the punishment that we deserved, so that death on earth would not be the end of life!

His miracles, His teaching, His way of life on earth always pointed to The Cross. His death and resurrection were the greatest moments in human history, and we are called to follow Him. If we are called to follow him, then we have to learn to make it the greatest moment in our lives. We have to strive to be willing to do the same thing He did for others, because God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Can we do our part and take up our crosses and lovingly follow Him?

Week of September 5, 2021

Saturday September 4th
4:00 pm † Intentions of the Parishioners

Sunday September 5th
9:00 am For those affected by COVID-19
11:00 am † Intentions of the Presider

Monday September 6th
8:00 am † John Neary

Tuesday September 7th
6:30 am † Lorraine M. Hendricks

Wednesday September 8th
Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary
6:30 am † Stephen Sabo

Thursday September 9th
St. Peter Claver
6:30 am † Paul Gombeda III

Friday September 10th
6:30 am † Deceased members of Reilly & McMahon Family

Saturday September 11th
8:00 am † Harry Weckerly, Sr.


Remembering in our Prayers…
… all those who are sick … Mary Trauger, Loretta Boyle, James Dehan, Nina Ferraro, Teresa Riegal, Eric Bull, Bruce Seth, Vanessa Wismer, Adriana Sproehnle, Karen Dale, Mike Dunn, Robert Farrell, Agnes Neas, Eileen Snipas, John Flickinger, Maria Pinto, Ernestine Spinello, Andrew Wolford, James Hoctor, Bryce Cassidy, Marta Gomeztor, Marion Price, Marie Hagan, Ed Bergan and the residents of Garden Springs and the Landings.

… all those who are deceased …

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.

Spiritual Reflection 8/29/2021

Faith Through Love

        In our Scripture Readings this Sunday, Jesus reminds us that the greatest way to live out our faith is through love. The obligations of our faith provide us opportunities to love, honor and praise the Lord. They are meant to aid us in deepening our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We are called to love God with our whole heart and not to simply go through the motions by “honoring God with our lips.”

        St. James reminds us in our second reading how to do just that, as he proclaims, “All good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.” He is reminding us that each day is an opportunity to respond to God’s infinite love for us with love and gratitude in return. If we approach our relationship with Jesus with this in mind, then we begin to realize that the gift of the Mass is an opportunity to worship God, the sacraments are ways to draw us closer to Him, and His commandments are opportunities to love Him more faithfully. When we embrace each moment with this in mind, then we begin to see just how many blessings God has given us.

        Looking at life through the lens of gratitude helps us to see each moment as a gift with endless opportunities to respond in love. It begins by rising each day with a prayer of thanksgiving, offering our daily tasks as a prayer to the Lord, seeking ways to share our gifts and talents with others, saying a prayer of thanksgiving before meals, sharing a word of affirmation, or taking time to reflect on how much God loves us and how we can best love Him in return. This is how we ought to live our lives – by recognizing them as a gift and an opportunity to love God in response to how He has loved us.

        Let us look into our hearts and ask ourselves why we live our faith the way we do. Let us strive to pray earnestly, attend Mass with love and devotion, serve others out of love for God and recognize just how blessed we are. It is in these simple moments that we love extraordinarily and honor God wholeheartedly.

May God love and bless you!
Sr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, IHM    

Week of August 29, 2021

Saturday August 28th
St. Augustine of Hippo
4:00 pm Intentions of the Parishioners

Sunday August 29th
9:00 am For those affected by COVID-19
11:00 am Intentions of the Presider

Monday August 30th
8:00 am † Benny Jimenez

Tuesday August 31st
8:00 am † Marguerite Troisi – 18th Anniversary

Wednesday September 1st
8:00 am † Alice Schaeffer

Thursday September 2nd
8:00 am † Rose Ann Paster

Friday September 3rd
St. Gregory the Great
8:00 am † Thomas Caprara

Saturday September 4th
8:00 am † Savilla O’Brien


Remembering in our Prayers…
… all those who are sick … Mary Trauger, Loretta Boyle, James Dehan, Nina Ferraro, Teresa Riegal, Eric Bull, Bruce Seth, Vanessa Wismer, Adriana Sproehnle, Karen Dale, Mike Dunn, Robert Farrell, Agnes Neas, Eileen Snipas, John Flickinger, Maria Pinto, Ernestine Spinello, Andrew Wolford, James Hoctor, Bryce Cassidy, Marta Gomeztor, Marion Price, Marie Hagan and the residents of Garden Springs and the Landings.

… all those who are deceased …

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.

Spiritual Reflection 8/22/2021

+ Dear Saint David Parishioners,

Suppose Joshua were to ask you on this 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, “If it does not please you to serve the Lord, where will your main focus in life be?” “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” What would be your response to Joshua’s inquiry?

        The truth is, when we examine our conscience before retiring for the night, a simple question we could ask ourselves is, “Did I put God first in my life today?” With the help of the Holy Spirit, we then consider the times during the day when we responded to God’s grace by allowing Him and others, rather than ourselves, to be the focus of our words and actions. If we have fallen short, we ask Jesus’ forgiveness and help for improvement. With Jesus’ grace and guidance, we can then grow more into His likeness with each passing day.

   Parents, you can instill this practice of examining the happenings of the day with your family. In time, your family may exclaim, “Bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall be ever in my mouth” (Psalm 34). Your family may also strive with greater emphasis to “live in love, as Christ loved us,” respecting and cherishing one another as Jesus would have us do. Jesus recognized that His teachings were not easy, but since He is truth, He declared to His followers that His words are “spirit and life.”

      Some disciples on hearing His challenging teachings, left and returned to their “former way of life, and no longer followed Jesus.” He then turned to His apostles and, we can imagine to us, and asks, “Do you also want to leave?”

     Let us, with Saint Peter, affirm our loyalty and love to Jesus for ourselves and loved ones and answer courageously, “Master, to whom shall we go: You have the words of eternal life. Jesus, we believe that You are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We will follow You all the days of our lives. We are convinced that You are the Holy One of God.”

God’s blessings to you and your family. Enjoy these last days of summer vacation!

In Mary’s Immaculate Heart, I am,

Sister Mary

Week of August 22, 2021

Saturday August 21st St. Pius X
4:00 pm † Intentions of the Parishioners

Sunday August 22nd
9:00 am For those affected by COVID-19
11:00 am † Intentions of the Presider

Monday August 23rd St. Rose of Lima
8:00 am † Maureen ‘Bean’ Gibbons

Tuesday August 24th St. Bartholomew the Apostle
8:00 am † Joy Burns

Wednesday August 25th St. Louis, St. Joseph of Calasanz
8:00 am † Joy Burns

Thursday August 26th
8:00 am † Edith Santone

Friday August 27th St. Monica
8:00 am † Phyllis M. Talese

Saturday August 28th St. Augustine of Hippo
8:00 am † Eileen and Dick Knott


Remembering in our Prayers…
… all those who are sick … Mary Trauger, Loretta Boyle, James Dehan, Nina Ferraro, Teresa Riegal, Eric Bull, Bruce Seth, Vanessa Wismer, Adriana Sproehnle, Karen Dale, Mike Dunn, Robert Farrell, Agnes Neas, Eileen Snipas, John Flickinger, Maria Pinto, Ernestine Spinello, Andrew Wolford, James Hoctor, Bryce Cassidy, Marta Gomeztor, Marion Price, Marie Hagan, and the residents of Garden Springs and the Landings.

… all those who are deceased …

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.

Spiritual Reflection 8/15/2021

A Life to Imitate

One of my most favorite responsibilities to perform as a deacon is being a minister at a baptism.  Getting to do the work that the Lord calls His disciples to do, baptizing in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, is so fulfilling that I can’t help but get emotional every time I have the gift to do so.  One of the other gifts I have the pleasure to perform is the interview with the parents of a child before baptism.  Seeing the excitement in a family’s eyes as they bring their child to the Church to give their child eternal life by becoming one with Christ in baptism can not be expressed in words.  During the interview I always cover the topic of the responsibility the parents are committing to on the day of the Baptism and that is their commitment of raising the child in our Christian faith.  The best way for them to honor this is to practice our faith themselves.  Children imitate what they are exposed to, and this is probably the best way we all learn.  I explain to the parents that if they surround themselves in the faith their children will grow up learning and loving this wonderful journey with our Lord.  This method of learning is not a new thing.  God has sent us all the perfect example for all his children to imitate and that example is the mother of His Son, the Blessed Mother Mary.

Today we celebrate the Assumption of Mary into heaven.  After a life of dedication to the calling of God she is gloriously assumed into heaven where she is crowned the Queen of Heaven.  We all have the possibility of the same reward of heaven and all we have to do is follow Mary’s example.  We need to say yes to God and His will.  We need to tell others of Christ and the rewards that come with answering His call. We need to celebrate with joy and devotion our Savior’s coming into our world. We need to follow the teachings of our Church and fully participate in the Sacraments.  Lastly, we need to find Jesus again and again whenever we fall.  The easiest part of that is we always know where He is.  Waiting for us with His Father.  Mary leads us directly to her Son through the Joyful Mysteries of her life.  We will find the joy she did simply by imitating her.

They say imitation is the best form of flattery.  What better way to honor the Blessed Mother and glorify her Son than through imitation. May Jesus live in our hearts forever. Deacon Chris

Week of August 15, 2021

Saturday August 14th
St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe
4:00 pm † Intentions of the Parishioners

Sunday August 15th
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
9:00 am For those affected by COVID-19
11:00 am † Intentions of the Presider

Monday August 16th
St. Stephen of Hungary
8:00 am † Dorothy Ross

Tuesday August 17th
8:00 am † Dorothy Ross

Wednesday August 18th
8:00 am † Joan Byrne

Thursday August 19th
St. John Eudes
8:00 am† Rosemary McNavage

Friday August 20th
St. Bernard of Clairvaux
8:00 am† Bruce Mitchell

Saturday August 21st
St. Pius X
8:00 am † Eileen Knott


Remembering in our Prayers…
… all those who are sick … Mary Trauger, Loretta Boyle, James Dehan, Nina Ferraro, Teresa Riegal, Eric Bull, Bruce Seth, Vanessa Wismer, Adriana Sproehnle, Karen Dale, Mike Dunn, Robert Farrell, Agnes Neas, Eileen Snipas, John Flickinger, Maria Pinto, Ernestine Spinello, Andrew Wolford, James Hoctor and the residents of Garden Springs and the Landings.

… all those who are deceased … Rosalie Anescheck.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.

Spiritual Reflection 8/8/2021

Dear Friends,

May the grace and peace of the Lord be with you! Now that Archbishop Perez has restored the obligation and has allowed us the joy to attend Mass in parish Churches as of August 15th, I offer the following thoughts and reflections as encouragement to you as you make your way back to the community of believers at St. David Parish.

Pope Francis, in a recent address, said the following about Sunday Mass:

“It is so important to go to Mass every Sunday because that’s where people receive Christ who saves, forgives and unites everyone to his Father, the church, and to each other.”

The Pope continued this thought by reflecting on the Word of God, which is proclaimed at every Mass:

“We need God’s word so that we can hear, amid the thousands of other words in our daily lives, that one word that speaks to us not about things, but about life. 

His call to the faithful comes during holy Mass where they hear God’s word.”

After so many months of not having Mass, then Mass with restrictions, then limited numbers allowed and no obligation to attend Mass, we now find ourselves back to the pre-pandemic Church where, to quote the popular hymn, “All are Welcome.”

Waiting for you at church you will find a copy of “A Minute in the Church: The Mass” by Gus Lloyd.  In this book, you’ll find 51 one-minute teachings about the Catholic Mass. From the names of the vessels and vestments to the deeper meaning behind the rituals and gestures, this book will help Catholics and non-Catholics alike come to a greater understanding and deeper appreciation of the Mass…in a minute!

I hope that your return to “active and full participation” at Mass in St. David’s, along with insights gleaned from Lloyd’s book, will help to deepen your appreciation of what the Second Vatican Council called, “The Source and Summit of Christian Life.”

See you Sunday!

God bless,

Fr. Windle

Week of August 8, 2021

Saturday August 7th St. Sixtus II & companions; St. Cajetan
4:00 pm † Intentions of the Parishioners

Sunday August 8th
9:00 am For those affected by COVID-19
11:00 am † Intentions of the Presider

Monday August 9th St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
8:00 am † Holden and Gawronski Families

Tuesday August 10th St. Lawrence
8:00 am † Ruth McKee

Wednesday August 11th St. Clare
8:00 am † Lorraine M. Hendricks

Thursday August 12th St. Jane Frances de Chantal
8:00 am † Stewart Greenleaf

Friday August 13th Ss. Pontian & Hippolytus
8:00 am † Eileen McGoldrick

Saturday August 14th St. Maximilian Kolbe
8:00 am † Bill Malizia


Remembering in our Prayers…
… all those who are sick … Mary Trauger, Loretta Boyle, James Dehan, Nina Ferraro, Teresa Riegal, Eric Bull, Bruce Seth, Vanessa Wismer, Adriana Sproehnle, Karen Dale, Mike Dunn, Robert Farrell, Agnes Neas, Eileen Snipas, John Flickinger, Maria Pinto, Barbara Kroupa, Ernestine Spinello, and the residents of Garden Springs and the Landings.

… all those who are deceased …

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.

Spiritual Reflection 8/1/2021

What Do You Hunger For Most?

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This Sunday’s Gospel is an important part of the most profound theological treatment on the Eucharist. It is taken from Chapter 6 of John’s Gospel, the Bread of Life Discourse. Today Jesus tells us ‘not to work for food that perishes, but for food that endures for eternal life’ – His own Body and Blood in the Holy Eucharist. After prayerfully reflecting on Jesus’ words and actions, we are drawn to ask ourselves: What do we hunger for most in life?

          I asked myself that question for the first time in the Summer before my Senior year in High School. At that time, I was trying to discern what God wanted me to do with my life. One Saturday, after going to Confession, I was praying before the Blessed Sacrament in my parish church. Suddenly, I knew in the depths of my heart that God wanted me to become a Religious Sister and strive to always make Him the center of my life. This deep desire persisted in spite of the obstacles I encountered, and my own faults and weaknesses. Throughout the vicissitudes of life, our Faithful God has granted me strength and peace in my vocation.

          What do you hunger for most? I am certain that you whom God has chosen for the Married, the Single, and the Priestly vocations have experienced God clearly speaking to your hearts also. As St. Augustine articulated at the beginning of his Confessions, we are made for God and our hearts are restless until they rest in God. So, the Holy Spirit is speaking to everyone when He tells us to stop working for food that perishes. There is nothing wrong with wanting a good paycheck to take care of our families, or buying nice things from time to time, and it is admirable to take care of others’ needs. However, we must remember that everything we buy will eventually turn to dust and everything we do in this life will eventually be forgotten by others.

          The only thing that is ultimately satisfying and will last eternally is a close relationship with Jesus Christ. This relationship is nurtured through prayer, scripture, spiritual reading, serving others, and frequent reception of the Sacraments, especially the Most Holy Eucharist. The Eucharist is Jesus’ own Body and Blood that leads to Eternal life.  Every time we receive Holy Communion, Jesus truly comes to us and touches the depths of our souls. This is what I hunger for most. I hunger for God’s touch. Don’t you?

God love and bless you!

Sr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, IHM

Week of August 1, 2021

Saturday July 31st St. Ignatius of Loyola
4:00 pm † Intentions of the Parishioners

Sunday August 1st
9:00 am For those affected by COVID-19
11:00 am † Intentions of the Presider

Monday August 2nd St. Eusebius of Vercelli, St. Peter Julian Eymard
8:00 am † John Kenney

Tuesday August 3rd
8:00 am † James Richard Bolton

Wednesday August 4th St. John Vianney
8:00 am Enza Mancini

Thursday August 5th Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major
8:00 am † Thomas Dugan

Friday August 6th Transfiguration of the Lord
8:00 am † Jean Lombardi

Saturday August 7th St. Sixtus II & companions, St. Cajetan
8:00 am † Deceased members of the Nama family


Remembering in our Prayers…
… all those who are sick … Mary Trauger, Loretta Boyle, James Dehan, Nina Ferraro, Teresa Riegal, Eric Bull, Bruce Seth, Vanessa Wismer, Adriana Sproehnle, Karen Dale, Mike Dunn, Robert Farrell, Agnes Neas, Eileen Snipas, John Flickinger, Maria Pinto, Barbara Kroupa, Ernestine Spinello, and the residents of Garden Springs and the Landings.

… all those who are deceased…

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.

Spiritual Reflection 7/25/2021

+Dear Parishioners,

          The Gospel reading for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time reminds me of what we 13 kids often heard our Dad say to Mom. “Leona, don’t worry, God will provide.” Mom would then respond, “I know, Bill,” but she sometimes still had a bit of a worried look on her face. This trust in God was instilled in us when we were quite young. We did not understand it completely, but it is funny, as we grew into adulthood and faced the challenges of life, we found Dad’s words echoing in our minds, “Don’t worry, God will provide.”

            God does and will provide. As Saint Padre Pio reminds us, “Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.” God calls upon each of us to use our God-given gifts and talents to provide for ourselves and others. For example, the followers of Jesus in today’s Gospel became hungry. Jesus recognized the crowd’s need and asked Philip, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” In today’s language, Philip may have replied, “Come on, Jesus, you’ve got to be kidding me. Feed all these people, with what? I don’t have that kind of money; none of us do.” But then Andrew chimes in.  Knowing and believing that Jesus can do the impossible, Andrew notices a little boy with barley loaves and fish, and you know the rest of the story. The point is that Jesus makes use of what we surrender to Him and makes the impossible possible.

            Think back for a moment when you have really prayed for God’s intercession and God answered your prayer. His response to our prayers may not be exactly as we hoped, or not according to our timeline, but then we must face the truth that He is God, and we are not. Trust and surrender to God are not for the faint-of-heart. Saint Paul urges us today to live our vocation in life to the utmost with “humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love” – all leading to unity with God and one another. Jesus, our Bread of Life, provides us with the nourishment we need for the journey of life. Let us then surrender all to our loving, compassionate, and merciful Lord, and trust that He will and does provide.

God’s blessings to you and your loved ones!
In Mary’s Immaculate Heart, I am,
Sister Mary

Week of July 25, 2021

Saturday July 24th
St. Sharbel Makhluf
4:00 pm † Intentions of the Parishioners

Sunday July 25th
9:00 am For those affected by COVID- 19
11:00 am † Intentions of the Presider

Monday July 26th
Ss. Joachim & Anne
8:00 am † James W. Rosenbaum

Tuesday July 27th
8:00 am † Eileen Delzingaro

Wednesday July 28th
8:00 am † Debbie Rosenbaum 10th Anniversary

Thursday July 29th
St. Martha
8:00 am † Eileen Delzingaro

Friday July 30th
St. Peter Chrysologus
8:00 am † Thomas Rufe

Saturday July 31st
St. Ignatius of Loyola
8:00 am † Anna DiMeo


Remembering in our Prayers…
… all those who are sick … Mary Trauger, Loretta Boyle, James Dehan, Nina Ferraro, Teresa Riegal, Eric Bull, Bruce Seth, Vanessa Wismer, Adriana Sproehnle, Karen Dale, Mike Dunn, Robert Farrell, Agnes Neas, Eileen Snipas, John Flickinger, Maria Pinto, and the residents of Garden Springs and the Landings.

… all those who are deceased …Barbara Eisenhart, Frank Fierraro, Darren Rodzwic, Irene Heilman, Thomas Boran.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.