Fourth Sunday of Lent

03-26-2017Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

We now enter the Fourth Week of Lent and move into the second part of the season. We ask more and more deeply to be with and like Jesus.  We desire to celebrate the approaching mystery of our salvation with greater freedom and greater joy.

"Each day's gospel will now be from the Gospel according to John.  We can't avoid the feeling of being in a court room for a grand trial.  There are "witnesses" and "testimony." It is a battle between the forces of Darkness and the Light.  The opposition to Jesus mounts.  It is inevitable that he will be killed.  But, we know that the ultimate Judgment in the trial is against Sin and Death.  We grow in gratitude and grace as we experience more deeply that this is all 'for me'". (cf: Creighton On-Line Ministries for this quotation,)

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Third Sunday of Lent

03-19-2017AllRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Today we celebrate the Third Sunday of Lent. The gospel for today of Jesus speaking to the Samaritan Woman at the Well has extra special meaning. Today, also, those who are in our RCIA program, "The Elect" are coming closer to the Easter Vigil when they will receive the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

The gospel today and the next two Sundays have a special message for the Elect. Jesus wants to give them the Water of Everlasting Life. The following Sunday focuses on the Man Born Blind. Jesus gives the man the gift of sight to recognize him and follow his path. And, the Sunday after that focuses on the raising of Lazarus which points toward resurrection from the dead. Jesus is the resurrection and the life.

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The Transfiguration of Jesus

03-12-2017Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Today's gospel story takes us to the Mount of Transfiguration. Jesus takes his closest companions (Peter, James and John) aside with him as he seeks a quiet place for prayer. God the Father graced this moment in "transfiguring" Jesus so the apostles could reflect on this experience to sustain them in their following in the footsteps of their master.

Jesus was "transfigured" and the apostles were "transformed" by this experience and as they moved more deeply into the mystery of Jesus' saving action in the world.

As we reflect on our life's experiences in faith, we recognize transforming moments touch the core of our being. We know we are experiencing something of the divine which spurs deep feelings of gratitude for being a child of God.

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Lent has begun.

03-05-2017Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Lent has begun. There is a somber feeling to this season and the Stations of the Cross are a devotion that helps us to focus on specific moments of Jesus' journey to his crucifixion. It is so hard to grasp the reality that Jesus gave his life for each of us so that we would be saved from darkness and evil and he would be our path to eternal life.

Pope Francis describes himself as a "loved sinner". This expression comes from the writings of St. Ignatius of Loyola. This realization is a part of every Jesuit's identity. Because we know that we are loved unconditionally, we are able to face ourselves as sinners, take corrective action and live in right relationship with God.

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