One Body in Christ

09-30-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Brothers and Sisters, let us Pray for our Holy Father, the hierarchy and for our Church throughout the world including laity and clergy alike that we may reconcile, heal and build bridges moving forward as one body in Christ.

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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

09-23-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

We recently held the annual fundraising breakfast, “Coffee with Companions/Jesuit Strong-er.” Both John Graham and I spoke at the event and I felt it was important to share the essence of these remarks again.

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The Marcan Hinge

09-16-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Exactly half way through Mark’s Gospel, Jesus asks, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter responds, “You are the Christ.” Then Jesus gives his first warning that he must suffer greatly, be rejected and be killed and after three days, rise again. This is the first prediction of his Passion, Death and Resurrection. There will be two more.

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22nd Sunday of the Year

09-02-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Wash inside the cup. People can see the outside, but health depends on the cleanliness of the part where we drink. The gospel of today clearly tells us; "Wash the interior, keep it clean."

Lave en interior de la taza. La gente puede ver la parte exterior, pero la salud depende de la limpieza de la parte donde bebemos. El evangelio del dia de hoy claramente nos dice; "Lava el interior, mantenlo limpio."

Pastor's Message

08-26-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

The whole Church has been rocked with the Pennsylvania scandal. Please read the Holy Father, Bishop Olmsted, and Fr. Provincial (Scott Santarosa)’s letters on our SFX Website.

Bishop Barron’s homily for Tue, Aug 21, gives us hope for a path forward.

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Let Us Choose Life

08-19-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

There is a unifying theme in this Sunday’s three readings:

Proverbs 9:1-6. Wisdom or folly?
Ephesians 5:15-20. Use your time well, not in drunkenness and debauchery.
John 6:51-58. We can choose to receive the “Bread of Life” or NOT.

Let us choose wisely. Let us choose life.

Hay un tema unificador en as tres lecturas de este domingo.

Proverbios 9:1-6. ¿Sabiduría o locura?
Efesios 5:15-20. Usa bien su tiempo, no en la embriaguez y el libertinaje.
Juan 6:51-58. Elija recibir el Pan de Vida o NO.

Vamos a elegir sabiamente. Vamos a elegir la vida.

The Bread of Life

08-12-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Each of us receives the abundant blessing of the Bread of Life - Holy Communion - when we participate in mass. We carry the bread of life forward and distribute it through our good works to all those we meet. We come back to Holy Communion to complete the cycle. This infinite circle keeps us constantly connected to God.

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I Am the Bread of Life

08-05-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Seeking eternal life has been the subject of many movies, books, and stories; in “The Last Crusade,” Indiana Jones’ quest is to find the Holy Grail and achieve immortality. Earthly death is our common denominator, and shattering the constraints of it has been a fantastical desire since the beginning of time.

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Become Contemplatives in Action

07-29-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

July 31 is the Feast Day of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. Fifty-four years ago, at the age of 17, I entered the society as a somewhat naive and reckless young adult. Asking God for travel and adventure, in His tremendous generosity, I received an overabundance of both. It is truly unbelievable the way God has graced me, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude.

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Rest and Relaxation

07-22-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

"Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while." (Mk 6:31)

As we gear up for the new school and fiscal year, it is important that we all get rest, recreation, a retreat if possible. Jesus and his disciples were just as challenged then as we are today.

Let's all make an effort to "Recreate" ourselves through rest and relaxation.

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No-Frills Core of Our Mission

07-15-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Jesus sent the 12 out, two by two, on a mission. No food, no money, nothing extra. What is the no-frills core of our mission and how can we accomplish it?

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My Grace is Sufficient

07-08-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

"My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made in perfect weakness." Lord, let me turn my weakness over to you so that your power can manifest in me, remembering that when I am weak, then your power working through me makes me strong.

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Increase our Faith

07-01-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

The woman with the hemorrhage was unclean according to Jewish law. She violated the law by touching Jesus. What faith she had that he would overlook her viiolation of the law, see her faith, and heal her of her afflictions! Lord, increase our faith...to help us grow in your love and overcome our fears and our shortcomings.

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