New Parish Mass Schedule

 

REMINDER

Schedule of Masses, effective on Tuesday June 14th, 2016

Monday, 9:00 a.m. – St. Joseph

Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. – Nativity the BVM

Thursday, 7:00 p.m. – St. Joseph

Friday, 9:00 am.m – St. Joseph

Saturday evenings:
4:00 p.m. at St. Joseph
5:30 p.m. at Nativity the BVM
Sundays
8:30 a.m. at St. Joseph
11:00 a.m.at St. Joseph
5:00 p.m. at St. Joseph
This Sunday Mass schedule will be a new one for both Parishes.

Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: June 19th, 2016

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time – C

Father’s Day

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Zechariah 12: 10-11; 13: 1

Galatians 3: 26-29

Luke 9: 18-24

 

 

On this Father’s Day weekend, we remember our fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, all of those men who have shown a fatherly influence over us.  We call them to mind with gratitude today, whether they are living or deceased.

Today’s Gospel is very fitting for Father’s Day.  Jesus says, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

That sounds like a lot of our dads – men of duty for family, for employment, for responsibilities.  This involves daily picking up their cross and following Jesus.  And we thank them, and we honor them today.

A question I have for parents today – no matter what age your children are presently – is this:  what do you want for your children?

With people leaving their homelands and coming to the United States as immigrants – then and now – one of the things that parents most often wanted for their children was a better life for them than they had.

What do you really want for your kids?  I suspect that one of the words that many are thinking of is success.  “I want my kids to be successful.”  And you provide an excellent education, hoping that they land a solid career and become financially independent, and that they find a great spouse and enjoy a solid, happy marriage. These things are all great hopes.

I have another one for your list of what you want for your children.  Is it a life of faithfulness to God in this life, and then going to heaven in the next?  Are you parenting them into discipleship with the Lord, and letting them see your faith and your love in the way you live your life?

You cooperated with God in giving life to your children. You continue as parents to cooperate with God so that your kids can enjoy eternal happiness with you one day in heaven.

That’s the goal of all of our living – picking up our crosses every day and following in Jesus’ footsteps, as He leads us to our eternal home in heaven.

John Wooden was a very famous and celebrated basketball player, and he was the basketball coach for UCLA from 1948 until 1975.  John Wooden died in 2010, a few months short of his 100th birthday.

John Wooden was a man full of faith and full of wisdom.  Here are a few quotes from him:

“A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.”  [That is a great line not only for coaches but also for parents.]

“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything.  I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.”

“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”

“Never mistake activity for achievement.”  [In the busy age in which we live, that is real wisdom.]

And this one comes from this man who was both a star basketball player and a star basketball coach:  “What you are as a person is far more important that what you are as a basketball player.”

That’s how John Wooden was raised, and that’s how he lived.

What do you want for your children?  Show them “I love you.”  Teach them “I love you.”  And help them become every day even better followers of Jesus Christ, because our goal in this life is to live forever in heaven.

Asking the question, “What do you want for your children?” is something that I ask that of myself, because here in the Church family I am the father figure.  You all call me “Father.”

What do I want for you, my family?  I want to help each of you get to heaven.  And, as members of our two parishes, Saint Joseph and Nativity, I want you to know from the bottom of my heart that I love you.  I love you.

Together, as disciples of Jesus, we strive to pick up our cross every day and follow Him.  And when we teach our children to be disciples of Jesus, we are grooming them for eternal success, and a life worth living.

Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: June 12th, 2016

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – C

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2 Samuel: 7-10, 13

Galatians 2: 16,19-21

Luke 7: 36-50

 

 

The Lerner & Loewe musical stage play, My Fair Lady, became a movie in 1964 starring, of course, Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison.  I know that a lot of you have seen it, and maybe again and again.

You remember the plot:  a professor, whose name was Henry Higgins, discovers an uncouth, uncultivated flower girl named Eliza Doolittle, and he decides he is going to turn her into a lady.

And there is that scene where Eliza Doolittle sheds her Cockney accent and sings in perfect upper-class British English, “The Rain in Spain Stays Mainly in the Plain.”

Eliza then goes to a ball and is taken for being a princess.  But Professor Henry Higgins still looks upon Eliza Doolittle as a project of his.  His friend, Colonel Pickering, says to him that Eliza has feelings and should be treated as a human being.  But Professor Higgins will hear none of this.

That play, My Fair Lady, is in some ways like today’s Gospel.  They both involve two contrasting people.  My Fair Lady involves Professor Higgins vs. Colonel Pickering.  The Gospel involves Simon the Pharisee vs. Jesus.  Both the musical and the Gospel center upon the ability to see.

In the Gospel Jesus asks Simon the Pharisee, “Simon, do you see this woman?”  Simon says he does.  But who is it that Simon the Pharisee sees? A sinful woman – someone to be despised and looked down upon.

And how does Simon see Jesus?  As a phony prophet, because if Jesus saw what Simon saw, He would have nothing to do with this woman!

But Jesus truly sees – and He is not subject to illusion.  Jesus knows this woman has a sinful past.  But Jesus also sees the tears that are falling from her eyes as she kneels at His feet.  And not just crocodile tears – she is gushing tears, enough to literally wash Jesus’ dusty feet.  Then she dries His feet with her hair, and she kisses His feet repeatedly.

She was not an invited guest to the dinner party, but she found out Jesus was there, and she did not come empty-handed.  The gift she brought was not for Simon the Pharisee.  The gift was for Jesus.  She brought an alabaster jar full of ointment with a beautiful fragrance.  She anointed His feet, and the aroma filled the room.  Jesus sensed her genuine repentance.  And He recognized her great love.

Simon the Pharisee was blind.  All that he saw was a sinful woman.  He looked at Jesus and he thought that Jesus was a fraud.  What was the defect of Simon and his vision?

It was a defect that has been part of humanity from the beginning, since the sin of Adam and Eve.  And it is one that can be part of our lives too:  Simon put people into categories.  He labeled them.  And that is the only way he saw them.

People still do that today:  seeing people through the categories of race, or gender, or age, or marital status, or economic circumstances, or past mistakes.  And labeling them.  That is how Simon viewed others.

But the woman:  how did she see herself?  Clearly as a sinner who wanted forgiveness.  She heard about Jesus, and even though she had not been invited to that dinner party at Simon the Pharisee’s house, she made her way in.  She wanted Jesus’ forgiveness so badly.

There are lots and lots of people throughout history like this repentant woman – even the likes of you and me.  Many have looked upon them as being below the standard and unredeemable.

But Jesus sees us differently – not as Professor Higgins or as Simon the Pharisee did.  Jesus sees our past, all the way up to the present moment.  But He does not stop there.  He also sees what He has called us to be and He gives us the grace that we need, day by day, to become even better versions of ourselves – the one He has in mind for us.

And so, my fair ladies and my fair gentlemen, the message I leave with you today I hope is an encouraging one:  Jesus sees us sinners … differently… mercifully.

 

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