An Intimate Relationship with Jesus Christ

04-29-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Μενειν (menien) is a Greek word that has no adequate translation in English. It is translated as remain, abide, dwell; while it is all of these, it also carries the connotation of being intimately connected-- as a vine to all its branches. Jesus is inviting us to be so intimately connected with Him that we are as much a part of Him as a vine is to its branches (menien.)

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I Am the Good Shepherd

04-22-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Jesus has told us “I am the Good Shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” He declares that His sheep will hear His voice, and that there will be one flock. Let us all come together under the leadership of the one Good Shepherd, for we are the sheep of His flock. And let us never forget that the Good Shepherd never leaves one of His sheep behind because He knows us, and we know Him.

El cuarto domingo de Pascua es el Domingo del Buen Pastor. Jesús nos dijo "Yo soy el Buen Pastor. Un buen pastor da su vida por sus ovejas." Él declara que sus ovejas oirán Su voz, y que habrá solo un rebaño. Juntémonos todos bajo el liderazgo del único Buen Pastor, porque somos ovejas de Su rebaño. Y no olvidemos nunca que el Buen Pastor nunca deja a una de sus ovejas, porque El nos conoce y nosotros lo conocemos.

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Campus Security - Peace as We Worship

04-15-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Today we read Luke’s account of Jesus showing the disciples His hands and His feet, so that they might believe. But prior to that, Jesus says “Peace be with you.” In all of the Resurrection narratives, Jesus prefaces His interactions with “Peace be with you.” It has been two weeks since Easter; how might we have that peace and joy of the Resurrection remain in our hearts?

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This Much

04-08-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Acts 4:32. "The community of believers was of one heart and mind. . ." Having witnessed the unfathomable resurrection of Jesus from the dead, the community was changed forever. They had 'com' 'union.’ Jesus had liberated them from sin and death.

The Resurrection is our proof. We are a forgiven people. We are free to live. Our past is history. Our sins are forgotten, our future is assured. Let us live out our mission to praise, reverence and serve God in love and service to one another. Let us live out that love in the present.

It's Divine Mercy Sunday. How much does God love us, Jesus stretched out his arms on the cross and said, "This much."

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Christ is Risen

04-01-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

One hundred yards from the frozen Yukon River, Fr. Stan, the Yu’pik (Eskimo) priest, opened a window in the pitch black church. A light shone through and he shouted in Greek, Χριστος Ανεστη! Ανεστη! The congregation of 200 Yup’ik Russian Orthodox souls responded with great gusto, ΑληθωςΑνεστη! Ανεστη! Ανεστη! Fr. Stan opened a second window. Another bright light broke through the darkness, Xristos Voskrese! In Russian, the assembly responded, Voyéstenu Voskrese! A third window, another bright light, but this time in Yu’pik, Cristusaq unguilchcuq! They replied, Ee ee unguilchcuq! And then the last window, Christ is risen. Indeed Christ is risen. Indeed Christ is risen. Indeed, He is risen. The small congregation was overwhelmed by the magnificence of the Easter Miracle.

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Holy Week

03-25-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

As we enter Holy Week, let us continue to imagine ourselves present in the events leading up to Jesus’ Passion & Resurrection.

St. Ignatius of Loyola would have us meditate on the scriptures so that we may see what God might be telling us through them. A method we might consider for the Triduum--Holy Thursday through the Easter Vigil--is to read the Gospel of John from chapters 13-20 ahead of time. John is not meant to be read like a novel; choose a short passage and reflect on it. When something strikes you, stay with it and savor it. What may the Lord be trying to reveal to you?

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Our Very Own Passover

03-18-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

The devout Jew in Jesus’ me would have imagined him or herself present at the original Passover: slaying the lamb, placing the lamb’s blood on the portal of the house, eating the sacrificial meal, and giving thanks that the Angel of the Lord had ‘passed over’ his or her house.

St. Ignatius of Loyola invites us to be present present present as if we were actually there at the resurrection of Lazarus, at the last supper, commemorating the Passover, and at Jesus’ trial, Passion, and death.

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Lord, That I May See

03-11-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

In today’s gospel, the man born blind sees better than everyone else. In what areas are we blind to God’s message of love, faith and justice? Spend some time with this thought, and then ask in prayer “Lord, that I may see.”

En el evangelio de hoy, un hombre que nació ciego puede ver mejor que todos los de mas. ¿En que áreas somos ciegos al mensaje de amor, fe, y justicia de Dios? Tome tiempo con esta pregunta, y luego, rezando, pídale a Dios “Señor, que pueda ver.”

Practice of the Faith

03-06-2018Pastor's LetterFather George V. Wanser, S.J.

There is one thing schools can’t teach: practice of the faith.

We have four excellent Catholic schools and three formation programs available serving more than 4,000 young people.

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40 Days of Self Reflection

03-04-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Question: how did Jesus know that the woman at the well was an outcast? Well, she was there at an odd hour alone, she was a Samaritan, she was a woman. Three strikes and she should have been out. But, Jesus approached her anyway.

In some way aren’t we all outcasts? Will we wait until we have our act together or are we going to let Jesus approach us as we are?

We are in need of living water right now, and there is no time like the present.

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A "Peak" Experience

02-25-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

On this second Sunday of Lent, the Transfiguration gives us a peek at God’s mighty power. If you will, a “peak” experience.

Peter, James, and John experienced Jesus in His glory. In the midst of Lent, we need this reminder that Jesus is not only fully human and tempted by the devil, but fully divine with all of His power and glory intact.

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40 Days of Self Reflection

02-18-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Today marks the First Sunday of Lent. Lent is an old English word meaning spring. Spring is a time for pruning superfluous branches so that the remaining ones bear abundant fruit.

Lent is also a time for prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. How do we slow down enough to make time for Jesus? In some Jewish homes, the family has decided to have a "Tech Shabbas." From sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, the entire family refrains from using all technical equipment. People have reported a renewed sense of peace and unity in their families.

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Diocesan Charity and Development Appeal-CDA

02-11-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

This weekend mark’s the official kick-off of our Diocesan Charity and Development Appeal, CDA. Today’s Gospel reminds us of the awesome healing power of Jesus. Wouldn’t it be great to have that same healing power? We may not be able to physically touch someone as Jesus did and witness instant healing; but we do have the power to help change lives.

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Installation Mass

02-04-2018Pastor's LetterFather George V. Wanser, S.J.

Dear Parishioners,

Warmest greetings to each of you. One week ago we marked a special moment in time for us as a parish community, and for me, as your new Pastor. We’ve included(in the bulletin) a few memorable images from the Installation Mass, and will be posting more pictures in the coming weeks on our parish website.

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