July 8th, 2018

Reasons for going to Mass #5: We need to talk to God . When we go to Mass, we speak to God through our singing (yes singing), our communal responses and prayers, and our personal prayers from the depths of our very hearts.

During the Mass, we have the opportunity to ask God for what we need, promise God that we will do what He wants us to do, and thank God for the many blessings He has bestowed upon us.

The Mass also gives you the opportunity to : Seek forgiveness for your sins, Learn how God’s Word impacts your life in the Homily, Offer yourself to the Lord, Experience the miracle of bread and wine changing into the Body and Blood of Christ, Reach out to others with the Peace of Christ, Admit that you are not worthy, and then come forward publicly to receive the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ, Receive a special blessing, Be commissioned to go out  and make the world a better place.

All of the above are what is waiting for you and the many others who forget it’s Sunday, and why God created Sunday for all human beings and not just a special few. People tend to forget God and His promises when things are going well and their way. Remind them it won’t always go their “way”. Seek God now for the strength for the journey.

Have a great week!

God Bless,

Deacon George +

July 1st, 2018

Reason #4 for going to Mass: God has a special message for us. When we listen to the Readings, the Homily, and the Prayers of the Mass, God speaks directly to us in a special way. We should come away from each Mass with at least one inspiration that will impact our lives in some way. We just have to pay attention and be open to what Our Blessed Lord is trying to tell us. The Mass gives us many opportunities to look within ourselves and be honest with ourselves.

Have I been the follower of Christ that I should be, or am I a Sunday only type of follower. During the week do I care about others or just about myself and my own personal satisfaction? Do I really care about others and their problems? Do I try my best to help others to the extent of my resources and ability? A true Christian is not selfish and egotistic. A true Christian loves and builds up the Church and others around them. None of us are perfect, but we are to strive to be prefect as Our Heavenly Father is perfect!

Until next week have a good and Holy week!

God Bless,

Deacon George +

June 24th, 2018
Reasons for going to Mass: Reason #3

We need to be part of a community. When we come together at Mass to pray and worship God, we fulfill a deep need inside of us to be in communion with other people. The other parishioners—even if we don’t know all of them— give us support, affirmation, and encouragement in our attempt to live the Gospel message. They help us to see that we are not alone. They remind us that we are all part of the Body of Christ.

What if you changed your attitude about going to Mass? What if you began to think of Mass as the time in the day when you can connect with God and with other people in a special way? What if you concentrated on the things you like about your parish instead of what you don’t like? What if you made Mass a priority every Sunday and Holy Day?

The effects of these kinds of positive, attitudes may surprise you. Research studies show that people who go to church every week are: Less likely to suffer from depression. Less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol. More likely to have a solid sense of right and wrong. More likely to live a longer and a happier life!

Go for the gusto in life. Go to Church!

Until next week, have a good and Holy week and share the “Good News” with all you come in contact— with either in the Word or action.

God Bless you!

Deacon George +

June 17th, 2018
Reasons for going to Mass: Reason #2:

At the Mass Jesus gives us the gift of Himself. When we go to Mass, we are doing what Jesus commanded His followers to do. It is a command to love and to be loved by God. Jesus offers Himself to us in the Word of God proclaimed by the Deacon or Priest that we hear, and in His Real Presence, offered to us in the Blessed Sacrament at Communion.

Even though you know that going to Mass is a good thing, you can talk yourself out of going by focusing on the negatives. At first, you may feel a little guilty, but eventually, you can justify your decision by convincing yourself that you are too busy, too tired, too bored, or too frustrated. When that happens, you miss the great gift that God gives to us in the Holy Eucharist.

Until next week, have a good and holy week and share the “Good News” with all you come in contact with.

God Bless you!

Deacon George +

June 10th, 2017

Whether you’re eight years old or in your eighties, at some point in your life, you’ve probably struggled with the question, “Why do we have to go to Mass?” There are a wide variety of reasons people have and here are just a few:

You just may not feel like going at times. You may not like the music or the homilies in your parish. You may think Mass is boring. You may feel as if the parish is not welcoming. You may try to convince yourself that you can pray just as well outdoors or in the comfort of your own home.

Over the next 9 weeks we will explore “Ten Good Reasons to go to Mass”.  Here is the first one:

God asks us to make one day holy. God asks us to set aside one day to refocus physically, mentally, and spiritually. We live in a secular world. Going to Mass helps us to see everything from a different perspective. We begin to see in the depths of our being that God is in charge. We can let go of our own agenda because we know that God will inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us for the week ahead.

Until next week have a wonderful week and

God Bless,

Deacon George +

November 19th, 2017

A prayer of reflection after Thanksgiving Day: Gracious God, we humbly thank you for all your gifts so freely bestowed on us, for life and health and safety, for freedom to work and leisure to rest, and for all that is beautiful in creation and in human life. But, above all we thank you for our Savior, Jesus Christ, for His Death and Resurrection, for the gift of your Spirit, and for the hope of glory. Fill our hearts with joy and peace in believing. Amen

Yes, we have much to be thankful for, in this great Country we live in. Our Fore-Fathers founded this County under the watchful eye of God the Creator, where –we live in freedom and the pursuit of happiness and as one Nation under God. We are a Christian Nation even though some ignore it. As Christians we march on —-wearing the armor of God as St. Paul tells us, and we never give up the good fight.

Have a great week and God Bless,

Deacon George +

November 12th, 2017

Purgatory Part III: What are the best ways we can help the holy souls in purgatory?

The best ways to help the souls in purgatory are what I call the “Four Pillars”: The Mass, the Rosary, and the Way of the Cross, and Eucharistic Adoration”. Of the four, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the highest act of worship, the highest form or prayer, and the most efficacious means to help the souls in purgatory. Ask yourself, who do you wish you could have done more for? Who hurt you? Who helped you spiritually or financially? Have a Mass offered for them.

And Our Lady is the most powerful intercessor for the souls in purgatory! She is interceding and offering our prayers to God unceasingly. St. Bernardine of Siena said, “Through her prayers and application of her own merits, the Virgin has the power of freeing souls, especially her devotees, from purgatory”.

The Angels also console the holy souls. They inspire friends and relatives to offer a Mass and practice good deeds for a speedy delivery from purgatory. The Angels inform the holy souls who is assisting them and who is in need of help.

People have asked me regarding the soul of a person who committed suicide.

I answered, “First, it’s critical not to assume the soul of the one who committed suicide is lost. It’s important to have Masses said for the person in question, and pray for the delivery of their souls to everlasting peace through Our Savior.

Don’t let this November go without praying for the Holy Souls in Purgatory and pray for them every day of the year! When they get to Heaven, they too, will pray for all of us.

God Bless you and have a great week!

Deacon George +

October 15th, 2017

One hundred years ago in October, the Miracle of the sun occurred, Father Robert Fox, a renowned expert on Fatima, explains: As foretold months in advance, the Lady arrived precisely at noon on the 13th of October. At once, the clouds dissipated, and the heavy rain that had been falling continuously since the previous night stopped. Lucia cried out, “Silence! Our Lady is coming!” From that moment, the three children were aware of nothing but the apparition.

Lucia asked the Lady, “What do you want of me?”  “I want to tell you that a chapel is to be here in my honor….I am the Lady of the Rosary. Continue always to pray the Rosary every day. The war is going to end.” (World War I)

Brighter than the sun, the Mother of God opened her hands to reflect them on the sun.

Then the light from her entire body projected on the sun as she ascended. The little shepherds then beheld, near the sun, the promised visions.  They first saw St. Joseph and the Child Jesus each bless the world with the Sign of the Cross. Nearby was Our Lady, robed in white with a blue mantle. This vision vanished, replaced by a vision of Our Lord and Our Lady of Sorrows. Then Our Lord blessed the world again, only this time as a man. In the next vision, the Lady appeared as Our Lady of Mount Carmel, holding the brown scapular down to the world which indicated that she still desired people to wear it as a sign of consecration to her Immaculate Heart. The people stood pallid with fear, searching the sky as the sun began to make quick, incredible movements in defiance of all cosmic laws. Avelino de Aledda, a reporter for the anticlerical O Seculo, wrote: “The sun looked like a plaque of dull silver, and it was possible to look at it without the least discomfort. It neither burned nor blinded the eyes….At that moment a great shout went up, and one could hear the spectators nearest at hand shouting: “A miracle! A miracle! A marvel! A marvel! As the sun spun and emanated all shades of colors, it descended abruptly three times as if it would crash into the people. Then, upon ascending back to it place, it re-descended three times during a 10-minute period. Anticipating the end of the world, some prayed aloud for forgiveness of their sins. Others exclaimed, “O Jesus! We are all going to die!…Our Lady, help us!”

So what is relevant for us today one hundred years later since this October apparition? The answer is clear. Clothed with the sun at Fatima, Our Lady symbolizes the Church and its Mother calling us to faith, love, and grace.  The Holy Family appearing during the Miracle of the Sun represents a call for families to be holy.  And the appearance of Our Lady of Mount Carmel holding the scapular signifies a summons for each of us to live our consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

What is the main relevance of all the messages of Fatima? Families and individuals must become holy. This must be done as Mary leads all of us to Eucharistic reparation, in living our consecration to her Heart.

God Bless and have a great week!

Deacon George +

October 8th, 2017

It’s hard to believe, but it’s October already and the leaves are falling and giving off their beautiful colors!  We do live in such a beautiful Valley with such grand nature all around us.  October means the “Month of the Holy Rosary”.  We need to prepare now for Advent and the Birth of Our Blessed Lord.  That means praying the Rosary every day and making a good Confession, especially if we hadn’t in awhile.  And speaking of the Sacrament of Confession, back in April of this year, Pope Francis said that each of us carries some kind of “tomb” inside our hearts, whether from sin or suffering, and we can either stay bogged down in misery, focusing only on ourselves, or allow Jesus to come into that place and heal it.

Much of the unhappiness in our lives, Pope Francis insisted, flows from what is within our minds and hearts, “because each of us has a small tomb, some area that is a little bit dead inside the heart, a wound, an injury suffered or done, a bitterness that does not let up, that returns, a sin that you cannot overcome”.  No one gets through life without carrying at least one such interior—“tomb”.  It is a great comfort and encouragement to hear the Holy Father speak in so understanding a way of this universal experience.

So pray the Rosary every day this “Month of the Holy Rosary” to our Blessed Lady, and ask her to help us open up that “tomb”, that has been bothering us for so long a time, and ask Jesus to heal us through the mercy of His great “Sacrament of Confession”.

God Bless and have a great week!
Deacon George +

September 10th, 2017

Our blessed Mother’s Birthday was just this past Friday, September 8th and with October just around the corner, which is the Month of the Holy Rosary, I could not forget the importance of the rosary, the prayer Our Holy Mother introduced herself, to Saint Dominic.  An important prayer it is, as it ranks third after the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours.  It is said to be “A Creative Prayer of Love.”

In his Apostolic letter “On the Most Holy Rosary,” St. Pope John Paul II writes: “With the rosary, the Christians people sit at the school of Mary and are led to contemplate… the depths of (Christ’s) love.”  Unfortunately, a complaint people have about praying the rosary is the monotony they experience in repeating the same prayers many times.

Venerable Bishop Fulton Sheen tells of a woman who expressed her disfavor of becoming a Catholic because, in prayer, we say the same words over and over, and she believed anyone who is so repetitive isn’t sincere.

Bishop Sheen asked her who was with her.  Her fiancé, she replied.  When asked if her fiancé love her, she answered “yes.”  The Bishop asked when was the last time he professed his love?  She replied, “about an hour ago!”  When pressed to recall if he had previously told her, she said he tells her daily.  Bishop Sheen the delivered his point:  “Don’t believe him.  He is repeating his words, he is not sincere.”

Love spoken from the heart is never monotonous.

In saying the rosary, at each decade we focus briefly on an event in Jesus’ life that speaks to us of his love for us.  And we are moved to say through Mary: “I love you, Jesus!”  Be creative, for we aren’t limited to meditating on the mysteries.  Choose five parables, miracles, or sayings of Jesus to help achieve the purpose of the rosary, which is to help us experience the love of Christ through His Mother Mary.

So the next time you may be challenged with those same words, remember Bishop Sheen’s response to this woman.

God Bless you and have a great week,

Deacon George +

September 3rd, 2017

With our Women’s Conference coming up soon, and all the retreats available to us, I came across this article written a long time ago, by a well known writer on religion and spirituality in the early 1900’s.  Her name was Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941) and wanted to share it with all of you:

  “A first retreatant lately told me, that when she confessed to her husband what she intended to do, he took his pipe from his mouth and said earnestly, “Go, my dear.  Go by all means!  You’re just about due for a spot of re-birth.”

Most of us are bitterly conscious of the extent in which we are at the mercy of our surroundings, which grow ever more and more insistent in their pressure, their demands on our attention and time, less and less suggestive of reality, of God.  Our prayers become more and more like supernatural shopping lists, less and less like the conversation between one friend and another which is the ideal of Thomas “a Kempis. So we have reached this stage, nothing is going to save us but a spot of re-birth!    It sometimes happens that one goes to see a cathedral which is famous for the splendor of its glass, only to discover that, seen from outside the windows give no hint whatever of that which awaits us within.  They all look alike, dull, thick, grubby.   From this point of view we already realize that they are ancient, important, the proper objects of reverence and study.  But we cannot conceive that solemn colored mystery, that richness of beauty and meaning which is poured through them upon those who are inside the shrine.    Then we open the door and go inside.  We leave the outer world and enter the inner world, and at once we are surrounded by a radiance, a beauty, that lies beyond the fringe of speech.  The universal Light of God in which we live and move, and which in its reality always escapes us, pours through windows, bathes us in an inconceivable color and splendor, and shows us the things of which we never dreamed before.  In the same way, the deep mysteries of the Being of God and the all of the soul cannot be seen by us, until they have passed through a human medium, a human life.  Nor can that life, and all that is means as a revelation of God’s eternal truth and beauty, be realized by us from the outside.    It is only within the place of prayer, recollection, worship, and love, the place where the altar is, where sacrifice is made, that we can cleanse our vision, overcome our self-interested bias, and fully and truly receive the revelation of Reality, which is made to us in Christ.”   No matter a man or a women, one should in their lifetime go on a retreat and attend a religious conference, to discover with God’s help, who they really are and how they can change their very own lives for the better.  Have a Great Week,  

Deacon George + 

August 27th, 2017

After giving my Homily on the Feast of the Assumption, not long ago, it came upon me a question, asked of me some time ago from a woman, who had recently lost her husband.  She had been married to this man for over 50 years and longed to be reunited with him one day.  Her question was—“Will we know each other in Heaven?  First of all I offered her my sorrow for her loss.  And then proceeded to answer her,  “You most certainly will know each other in Heaven, and in a far more perfect and intimate way.”  There is a tendency to read too much into Jesus’ words that in heaven people neither marry nor are given in marriage.  The first meaning of Jesus’ words is that we cannot merely compare Heaven to earthly realities.  Heaven is richer.  Secondly, sexual intimacy will no longer have purpose, and we will live more like the Angels. But marital love is perfected in Heaven, not disregarded.  Thus your knowledge, love and intimacy with your husband and family members will be deeper, richer and stronger in Heaven, not less.  Yes, we will meet again by the grace of our Redeemer, when this life is finished.  God Bless each one of you and have a great week.

Deacon George +