Archives for August 2018

From the Pastor – August 26, 2018

As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.” (Jn 6:66-69) This Sunday we complete our five week Eucharistic study of the 6th Chapter of John’s Gospel.  Four weeks ago we heard about the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes – earthly food.  Three weeks ago we heard Jesus describe Himself as the “bread from Heaven,” calling to mind the manna sent from heaven to nourish the Israelites in their Exodus in the desert.  Two weeks ago Jesus starts facing detractors; but instead of backing down, He … [Read more...]

Annual Mission Appeal

August 25-26, 2018 The Dominican Sisters of Mary Immaculate Province in the United States in collaboration with their Sisters at the Motherhouse in Vietnam, provide direct service to the most neglected and disadvantaged.  Their mission is the salvation of humankind by evangelizing for the reign of God, educating youth in the authentic Catholic spirit, and doing charitable works as exemplified in Christ. Sr. Magalena Nguyen, O.P. and St. Luong Nguyen O.P. will give a brief presentation at each of the Masses next weekend to appeal for your help so that they may serve the poor of Vietnam. … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – August 19, 2018

“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.  Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day." (Jn 6:53-54) As I mentioned over the last three weekends, the Gospel this Sunday is a continuation of the 6th Chapter of John’s Gospel. Three weeks ago we heard about the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes. Two weeks ago we heard Jesus raise the bar and describe Himself as the “bread from Heaven,” calling to mind the manna from heaven of the Exodus. Last Sunday Jesus starts facing detractors, people who rejected his audacious claims, and He “upped the ante” by describing Himself as the means by which we have access to the Father.  This week, things get even … [Read more...]

Msgr. Nalty Homily – August 19, 2018

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Pope St. Pius X

August 21, 2018 Pope Saint Pius X was an Italian named Giuseppe Sarto, who was born near Treviso, Italy.  He was ordained in 1858, became bishop of Mantua in 1884, a Cardinal in 1893, and was elected Pope in August, 1903.   The pontificate of Pius X was noted for its conservative theology and reforms in liturgy and church law. In what became his motto, the Pope stated in 1903 that his papacy would undertake Instaurare Omnia in Christo, or “to restore all things in Christ.”  In St. Stephen Church, there is a mural on the Napoleon Street side of Pope St. Pius X, surrounded by children.  During his life he developed a reputation as being very friendly with children. He carried candy in his pockets for the street urchins in Mantua and Venice, and taught catechism to them. His weekly … [Read more...]

Symbols of the Eucharist (4 of 5)

The symbol of the Agnus Dei, the “Lamb of God” is one of the most recognizable symbols of the Eucharist. It is an explicit connection between the Paschal Lamb of Passover and the Sacrifice of Christ on the cross. John the Baptist was the first to call Jesus the “Lamb of God,” and we hear the Lamb of God directed to the Eucharist at each Mass right prior to receiving Him in Holy Communion. … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – August 12, 2018

The Jews murmured about Jesus because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven,” and they said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph?  Do we not know his father and mother?  Then how can he say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Stop murmuring among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day. (Jn 6:41-44) As I mentioned over the last two weekends, the Gospel this Sunday is a continuation of the 6th Chapter of John’s Gospel.  Two weeks ago we heard about the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes.  Last week we heard Jesus raise the bar and describe Himself as the “Bread from Heaven,” calling to mind the manna from heaven of the Exodus.  This Sunday Jesus starts facing … [Read more...]

Msgr. Nalty Homily – August 5, 2018

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From the Pastor – August 5, 2018

When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.  And when they found him across the sea they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus answered them and said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled. Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.” So they said to him, “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.” (Jn 6:24-29) Beginning last weekend on the 17th Sunday of the … [Read more...]