Category Archives: Pastor’s Notes

Learn Your Faith: Euthanasia/La Eutanasia

One of the fundamental moral precepts of the Catholic Church, derived from Revelation and the Natural Law, is that the direct and voluntary killing of an innocent human being at any stage of life from conception to natural death is always gravely immoral. Euthanasia, or “mercy killing” as it is sometimes called, is “an action…
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Matrimony and Happiness

“Happiness is anyone and anything at all that’s loved by you.” So say the words of a song from the musical You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. While this definition of happiness may elicit a warm, fuzzy feeling from those who see the musical, it was not particularly useful during a debate in my theology…
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Learn Your Faith: Theology and Language

Learning the Faith necessarily includes not only thinking about God in new ways, but also learning new words and terms. Learning to use these words and terms properly is essential because using them incorrectly can lead to philosophical and theological errors of the kind that have divided Christians for almost as long as there have…
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FIESTA DE NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LOURDES: 11 DE FEBRERO

Santa Bernardita, Imitemos su humildad! Bernardita era profundamente inocente, sencilla; limpia de corazón, desconocía toda maldad, y malicia, confiaba profundamente en el Señor. La Virgen María la escogió para enviar su mensaje porque era una criatura sencilla y pura. Bernardita decía que desde que vio a la Virgen, vivió con una permanente nostalgia por el…
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Know Your Faith: La Virgen de la Candelaria

On February 2nd, along with the Feast of the Purification and Presentation, Catholics celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Candelaria, also known as The Virgin Mary of Candelaria, which feast has its origin on an island belonging to Spain called Tenerife. The “candle” aspect refers to Christ the Light of the World as He…
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A Culture of Life/Una Cultura de Vida

This week, on January 22, our nation marks the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade (1973) that legalized abortion in the United States. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recently released a document entitled “Pastoral Plan for Pro- Life Activities: A Campaign in Support of Life” which made the following observations:…
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Survey: Saturday Evening Masses

  Dear Parishioners: Having been here for five months I have observed that the Saturday Evening Vigil Masses (4:00 PM English and 7:00 PM Spanish) are not well attended. Furthermore, they tend to bring in around $400.00 each, oftentimes less. Given the expenses incurred by offering these two Masses on Saturday evening (music, utilities, liturgical…
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