February 10, 2019 – Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
“I shall pass this way but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”
(Etienne De Grellet)
In today’s Gospel there is an immediacy which becomes the way of being for Jesus. He wants to preach and be heard so he jumps into a boat so the crowd would have maximum exposure to his message. Then he heads out to deep water so his friends can make a huge catch.
Great things happen with small steps. The world, so spinning out of control these days, will be saved not by our magnificent actions, and not by our paltry attempts at human organizing, but by those of us who believe in basic human goodness, kindness and decency, living our faith, sustaining our hope and incarnating our love in actions for others, doing so knowing that Christ will work things out through us without our even knowing it!
Let’s get going! The boat is waiting, the catch is waiting, and we just have to say yes!
Sincerely, with love,
We begin the Catholic Stewardship Appeal, this year under the theme “Amazing Grace”. Please be as generous as possible. The many efforts of the work of the Church depend on your help. All registered parishioners have received a mailing, and envelopes are available at all of our churches. Thanks!
Mail your pledge to the Catholic Stewardship Appeal, 3501 S. Lake Drive, Milwaukee or give online at: www.catholicappeal.org
February 3, 2019 – Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
I hope that everyone stayed safe and warm this past week! Thanks for your patience with the closures and cancellations of our parish offices and various activities. We especially remembered in prayer all of the homeless and anyone who might have been exposed to the bitter cold this week.
Yesterday, the universal Church celebrated the World Day for Consecrated Life. Our second reading today from 1 Corinthians 13 reminds us that all of us share the vocation to love with the love of Jesus Christ, the love that “never fails”. We give thanks to God for how the vocation to love is lived out in the many beautiful forms of consecrated life. In a particular way, we thank all of the women’s religious that serve so generously in our parishes – the School Sisters of Notre Dame and the Sisters of Charity of Saint Joan Antida, to name a few.
This Friday, February 8th, I leave to make my annual silent retreat, and so will be away from the parishes for about a week. Please know of my prayers for all of you during this time! I will be away from e-mail access during this time, and will return phone messages upon my return on February 16th.
Sincerely, with love,