Time to Say Goodbye

07-29-2018The Sisters CornerSr. Veronica

Dear OLMC Family,

The time has come for me to say goodbye!! I will keep in my heart everything that God allowed me to live here. I truly believe in the perfection of God’s Will, and I can say for sure He wanted me here to see the blessings of His Plan for the community and for the Parish-School family.

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Snap it Off!

07-29-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

One thing we all know about most young people, mostly based on our own experience as former young people, is that young people will do stupid things. The difference today, as opposed to just ten or so years ago, is that young people also take photos of everything. So, put it together and we have young people doing stupid things and taking photos of themselves doing stupid things.

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Bordering on...

07-22-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Mass hysteria without borders about the Border seems to be the prevalent state of affairs.

My old teen-age heart-throb, Bethilda Bagshot, emailed me to demand that I firmly oppose the separation of parents and children at the border. So, I firmly oppose it. There, done, problem fixed. Actually, nothing has been solved nor will be by mass hysteria nor by finger-wagging or the tsk-tsk-tsk statements of many US Bishops. Pope Francis when asked about the problem, responded: “During the Obama years I celebrated Mass in Ciudad Juárez while on the other side of the border 50 bishops concelebrated and in the stadium there were many people. The problem already existed there. It’s not just an issue with Trump but goes back to prior governments.”

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Everyday Stewardship

07-22-2018Stewardship Reflection

Most are familiar with the scriptural quote from Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd. There is nothing I shall want.” This passage serves as the Responsorial Psalm on this 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time because it supports the other readings with two key ideas: that we must place our trust in the Lord, and that we inherit life from our Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.

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Everyday Stewardship

07-15-2018Stewardship Reflection
p>“He instructed them to take nothing for the journey.” When Jesus sent his Apostles out, He sent them “two by two,” and He basically commanded them to take nothing on the journey: “no food, no sack, no money in their belts.” The point of the Lord is that all they needed was to trust in God. Jesus more or less says the same thing to us.

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Life Affirming

07-15-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

July 25, 1968, a day that will live in infamy? That, of course, was the date of the promulgation of Humanae Vitae. 50 years later what has the failure to heed it’s teaching wrought and what has acceptance of its teachings bought?

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Happy Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel!

07-15-2018The Sisters Corner

Tomorrow is a great feast for all the Church and especially for us, as a parish. Tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, it is a day to remember her and celebrate her constant presence in our lives.

It is not a coincidence that our Parish has her name... Have you thought about that?

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Everyday Stewardship

07-08-2018Stewardship Reflection

The First Reading from the prophet Ezekiel tells of how Ezekiel was called by God.  The Lord speaks to him and says,  “Hard of face and obstinate of heart are  they to whom I am sending you.” God knew He was not giving Ezekiel an easy task, but that is part of what being called by the Lord sometimes involves.

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God Bless America!

07-08-2018The Sisters Corner

We have recently celebrated the 4th of July. For most of us, it is only the second time to celebrate this holiday as we are new to your country, culture, and traditions which through the mission God has given us, has become our own. 

The country and mission was, and is still, very new for us, the culture and language are different from our countries but your warm welcome and your many gestures of love and kindness have made us experience the beauty of this country and thus loving it more. 

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Extraordinary

07-08-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

The “C-word”.  I haven’t really used it before but here goes.  The “C-word” as in Campaign. There, it’s actually a pretty nice word. Now mind you, not a political campaign but campaign as in the Diocese of Phoenix Campaign: Together, Let Us Go Forth, Juntos Sigamos Adelante. Our number has been called and it is time for us to participate in the Diocesan Campaign.

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Everyday Stewardship

07-01-2018Stewardship Reflection

“Your abundance at the present time should supply their needs, so that their abundance may also supply your needs.” This is the fourth time in 2 Corinthians, chapter 8 that St. Paul addresses the issue of giving. What Paul is trying to explain is that the motivation for giving should be similar to God’s motivation for gifting us. In the passage which constitutes today’s Second Reading Paul says, “As you excel in every respect, in faith, discourse, knowledge, all earnestness, and in the love we have for you, may you excel in this gracious act also.”

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Helping spread the prolife message

07-01-2018The Sisters Corner

As many of you know, back in Peru we have a Musical Ministry called “Siervas” which evangelizes  by bringing the Christian messages to our youth and those who fall far from faith through pop-rock music.

We recently released a new song with a strong prolife message in the annual March for Life which takes place every year in the city of Lima.  It is the largest of this type of gathering in South America.

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A 4th of July Regression

07-01-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

“Confirm thy soul in self-control” these lyrics from America the Beautiful seem to very pertinent as we observe this 4th of July. As we celebrate life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and equality under the law and the long road that we have had to travel to really get there as a nation, we seem to be backsliding some.  Events lately have the vomit inducing taste of the days when things like, “we don't serve your kind here” and “know your place, boy” were all too common.

What happened to the White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders, when she was refused service at a Lexington, Virginia restaurant, is that it was not the color of her skin that got her disinvited but rather political affiliation. I guess Virginia isn’t for lovers anymore. Mrs. Sanders apparently forgot her place and had to be humiliatingly reminded that her kind need to sit at another lunch counter and use a different water fountain. Strange how so many of the same people who have schooled us recently on the principle that a place of public accommodation must serve all comers are now applauding this denial of service. Maybe it is a case of inconsistent application of principles or just outright hypocrisy. Normally it would be identified as invidious discrimination.

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