Pastoral Visits to
Ethiopia and South Sudan
I have been invited by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to witness their work in Ethiopia. CRS is the official overseas relief and development agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. This is an opportunity to witness their work first hand. This type of immersion visits help participants deepen the communities' commitment to advocate for peace and justice in the world. I and a delegation of six other participants will be in Addis Ababa for a week.
Because of my love and commitment to the South Sudanese community in St Joseph's I have asked for permission to leave a week early and visit parishioner's families in South Sudan. By chance two South Sudanese Parishioners of St Joseph's will be home visiting their families and will serve as my hosts and escorts. Thanks Luka and Gabriel.
I will be flying in and out of Juba, the state capital and will stay there for a couple of days. But most of my time will be spent in the Diocese of Malakal which is the most northern part of South Sudan. I will spend the weekend in Panrieng and will celebrate Mass and baptisms on Sunday in the parish of St. Mary's.
On the weekend of April 18th and 19th, while I'm in Etiopia, Fr. Jaime Diaz, a representative from CRS will be celebrating all the weekend liturgies to share with the parish the work of CRS in the world.
Please keep the work of CRS and all missionaries working in Africa in your prayers.
And don't forget to keep me in your prayers. Pray for my safety.
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(18-30 anos y solteros)
Reunion todos los martes a las 7:00 pm
Spanish-speaking young adults every Tuesday at 7:00 pm.
October 11, 2015
Wisdom 7: 7-11; Psalm 90; Hebrews 4: 12-13; Mark 10: 17-30
From today’s Gospel reading:
[Jesus said to the rich man]
"You are lacking in one thing. Go sell what you have
And give to the poor and you will have riches in heaven;
Then come, follow me."
Each of us will have to ask for the gift of wisdom to know how to respond concretely to Jesus’ call to "sell what you have." Wisdom will help us discern what exterior possession, or interior disposition, we must put aside to follow Jesus and receive life. The story of the rich man makes it clear that even living an upright life is not enough to enter the reign of God – for that we must rely completely on God.
So we ask ourselves:
The Anointing of the Sick "is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived. If a sick person who received this anointing recovers his health, he can in the case of another grave illness receive this sacrament again. If during the same illness the person's condition becomes more serious, the sacrament may be repeated. It is fitting to receive the Anointing of the Sick just prior to a serious operation. the same holds for the elderly whose frailty becomes more pronounced." . . . let him call for the presbyters of the Church" Only priests (bishops and presbyters) are ministers of the Anointing of the Sick. It is the duty of pastors to instruct the faithful on the benefits of this sacrament. The faithful should encourage the sick to call for a priest to receive this sacrament.The sick should prepare themselves to receive it with good dispositions, assisted by their pastor and the whole ecclesial community, which is invited to surround the sick in a special way through their prayers and fraternal attention.
The next Anointing of the Sick will be on Wednesday, October
“As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” (John 20:21)
Giving and sharing are learned responses. It is our responsibility to teach our young people this lesson.
Stewardship is opening our hearts, schedules, and hands to others-being available and willing to listen and give our time and our love. Those we give to can be neighbors, fellow parishioners, as well as those who are hurting.
The meaning of money is attached to its use. God never condemned money, as such, rather, he insisted that it be used to further the Kingdom of God.