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USCCB Daily Readings from the New American Bible Revised Edition
  • Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 1 Sm 24:3-21

    Saul took three thousand picked men from all Israel
    and went in search of David and his men
    in the direction of the wild goat crags.
    When he came to the sheepfolds along the way, he found a cave,
    which he entered to relieve himself.
    David and his men were occupying the inmost recesses of the cave.

    David's servants said to him,
    "This is the day of which the LORD said to you,
    'I will deliver your enemy into your grasp;
    do with him as you see fit.'"
    So David moved up and stealthily cut off an end of Saul's mantle.
    Afterward, however, David regretted that he had cut off
    an end of Saul's mantle.
    He said to his men,
    "The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master,
    the LORD's anointed, as to lay a hand on him,
    for he is the LORD's anointed."
    With these words David restrained his men
    and would not permit them to attack Saul.
    Saul then left the cave and went on his way.
    David also stepped out of the cave, calling to Saul,
    "My lord the king!"
    When Saul looked back, David bowed to the ground in homage and asked Saul:
    "Why do you listen to those who say,
    'David is trying to harm you'?
    You see for yourself today that the LORD just now delivered you
    into my grasp in the cave.
    I had some thought of killing you, but I took pity on you instead.
    I decided, 'I will not raise a hand against my lord,
    for he is the LORD's anointed and a father to me.'
    Look here at this end of your mantle which I hold.
    Since I cut off an end of your mantle and did not kill you,
    see and be convinced that I plan no harm and no rebellion.
    I have done you no wrong,
    though you are hunting me down to take my life.
    The LORD will judge between me and you,
    and the LORD will exact justice from you in my case.
    I shall not touch you.
    The old proverb says, 'From the wicked comes forth wickedness.'
    So I will take no action against you.
    Against whom are you on campaign, O king of Israel?
    Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog, or a single flea!
    The LORD will be the judge; he will decide between me and you.
    May he see this, and take my part,
    and grant me justice beyond your reach!"
    When David finished saying these things to Saul, Saul answered,
    "Is that your voice, my son David?"
    And Saul wept aloud.
    Saul then said to David: "You are in the right rather than I;
    you have treated me generously, while I have done you harm.
    Great is the generosity you showed me today,
    when the LORD delivered me into your grasp
    and you did not kill me.
    For if a man meets his enemy, does he send him away unharmed?
    May the LORD reward you generously for what you have done this day.
    And now, I know that you shall surely be king
    and that sovereignty over Israel shall come into your possession."

    Responsorial Psalm PS 57:2, 3-4, 6 and 11

    R. (2a) Have mercy on me, God, have mercy.
    Have mercy on me, O God; have mercy on me,
    for in you I take refuge.
    In the shadow of your wings I take refuge,
    till harm pass by.
    R. Have mercy on me, God, have mercy.
    I call to God the Most High,
    to God, my benefactor.
    May he send from heaven and save me;
    may he make those a reproach who trample upon me;
    may God send his mercy and his faithfulness.
    R. Have mercy on me, God, have mercy.
    Be exalted above the heavens, O God;
    above all the earth be your glory!
    For your mercy towers to the heavens,
    and your faithfulness to the skies.
    R. Have mercy on me, God, have mercy.

    Alleluia 2 Cor 5:19

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,
    and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 3:13-19

    Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted
    and they came to him.
    He appointed Twelve, whom he also named Apostles,
    that they might be with him
    and he might send them forth to preach
    and to have authority to drive out demons:
    He appointed the Twelve:
    Simon, whom he named Peter;
    James, son of Zebedee,
    and John the brother of James, whom he named Boanerges,
    that is, sons of thunder;
    Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew,
    Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus;
    Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean,
    and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.
    - - -
    Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.
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Father Gary

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

As I gaze across the street or drive the roads around the parish campus, I am always reminded of the abundance of God’s blessings. The corn stalks tower over my head and the harvest appears abundant. The Gospel passage today reminds me of my trip to Israel a few years ago. I was there in June and I was able to go out onto the Sea of Galilee in a boat that was launched from the north shore, near Capernaum. Sitting on that boat and looking northward one could see, within one’s field of vision, many of the places where Jesus ministered and lived. High on the hills behind the coastal villages are fields and orchards. In June, one can see the abundant crops that are growing and ripening there.

Today’s Gospel passage is a good reminder of the mystery of God and His grace at work in our lives. The seed is planted in many places – the sower sows generously. But the soil is not equally ready to receive and nurture the seed. In some places the seed never takes root. In other places it takes root but dies out quickly under the heat. In still other places the weeds choke out the plant. But in some places, the places where the soil has been tilled and softened, and where sufficient water is available, the seed takes root and bears fruit thirty, sixty or a hundredfold. From the Sea of Galilee, one can see the fields that are flourishing and those that are barren. What a mystery of God’s handiwork!

Jesus uses this agricultural image to talk about something far more important… the growth of divine life in our souls. Our hearts are the places where the seed of God’s word is first sowed. The sower is Jesus and he sows the word through members of His Church: our parents, grandparents or godparents, through friends, neighbors or people at our parish. But, for the plant to grow several things are needed. First, the seed must be sown. Nothing will grow if the seed is not sown. Second, the soil must be properly prepared. Every farmer knows that crops will not thrive amidst rocks or an overgrowth of weeds. Lastly, water and sunlight are needed to nurture the plant’s growth. We depend on God to provide the water and sunlight, but it is up to the farmer to prepare the soil and sow the seed.

My friends, we are the farmers. Our parish is the farming community that must prepare the soil and sow the seed of God’s word. The family is the first field that the soil of people’s hearts is prepared to be receptive. The implements of faith, hope and love, as well as practices of self-discipline help prepare the soil of children’s hearts to be receptive to the word of God. The seed is sown by word, but even more by example, by the way we live. A life formed by the word of God is constantly tossing out seeds that land on the soil of people’s hearts. We cannot control the rains or the sunlight, but we can till the soil and sow the seed. In fact, we must do that if we expect the plant to grow.

"But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit,
a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.
Whoever has ears ought to hear."

I pray that God’s Spirit anoints every household in Queen of the Holy Rosary Parish so that the Word of God might be richly sown there and that the hearts of all, especially our children, will be made receptive to the seed of God’s word. My God’s grace may those hearts bear fruit in great abundance.

Sincerely yours in Christ Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life,

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

Why must Catholics oppose abortion, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, fetal stem cell research and other practices that intentionally take innocent human life? First off, because human life is “sacred.” We talk about the “sanctity” of every human life, but what makes it sacred? What makes the life of a drug dealer or a street hustler sacred? He or she is sacred because they were made in the image of God. Sin may have obscured a person’s likeness to God, but every human being possesses the image of her or his Creator. That image remains. Furthermore, if the person has been baptized, they have also become a temple (dwelling place) of the Holy Spirit. Their lives are sacred in God’s eyes and should be in ours as well. If for that reason the lives of even criminals and sinners are sacred, who can doubt the sanctity of a developing human being still in a mother’s womb - the most innocent and defenseless of all human life.

Opposition to abortion and other life-threatening moral acts need not be motivated by mere religious or theological principles. Science affirms that human life begins at conception. Le1 undisturbed a fertilized human egg will develop and grow into what we call a baby; it will not become an ostrich or a fish or a cat. It becomes, at the moment of conception, a developing human being. If the preborn are human beings, which both science and theology affirm, no justification for abortion is morally adequate. To argue otherwise would demand a justification for ending the life of a toddler or any born human in similar circumstances. Could anyone justify taking the life of six month old whose father suddenly abandons his unemployed mother, in order to ease the mother’s budget or prevent the child from growing up in poverty? Would we dismember a young preschooler if there were indications she might grow up in an abusive home? If the preborn are indeed human beings,we have a social duty to find compassionate ways to support women, that do not require the death of one in order to solve the problems of the other.

As Catholics, we know that almost every parish has within it men and women who sometime in their past, recent or distant, were involved in the procurement of an abortion. For the woman, an unexpected pregnancy might have come at a most challenging time in her life. O1en the man who impregnated her refused to take responsibility for his actions and likely encouraged, even sometimes coerced, her into “fixing the problem.” The woman, o1en emotionally fragile and feeling alone, sometimes found li8le support from family and sadly, instead of compassion and mercy, may have found only judgment and condemnation from her local church. The sin of abortion is unfortunately not uncommon today. We, the members of Christ’s Church, are called to recognize abortion and other life-threatening moral choices as grave evils and to actively work to prevent them from occurring. At the same time, as instruments of Christ’s love and mercy, we are to reach out to assist those who find themselves facing an unexpected pregnancy and to be compassionate and forgiving to those who have been involved in the procurement of abortions or similar evils, but now seek reconciliation and healing.

This past week Catholics and others of good will from across Kansas gathered in Topeka for the annual Pro-life Mass and march to the capital. On January 21st thousands marched on the West Coast in support of life and this past Friday countless people from across the nation gathered in Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life to protest the abomination of abortion on demand in our nation. Please pray that the spiritual blindness that enables so many in our land to accept the evil of abortion might be li1ed and that all will come to recognize the intrinsic value of every human life. Ask the Lord to place on your heart a clear understanding of what your role should be in comba?ng the Culture of Death and helping to build a Culture of Life.

Sincerely yours in Christ Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life,

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

I pray that you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s celebration. We continue our celebration of Christmas today with the Feast of the Epiphany. Epiphany, marks the last of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” and has traditionally been celebrated on January 6th . In recent decades, the Church has allowed local conferences of bishops to move Epiphany to the Sunday that falls between January 2nd and January 8th. The liturgical season of Christmas actually runs until the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which this year falls on Monday, January 9th .

The word Epiphany is from a Greek word meaning, “to shine upon,” “to manifest” or “to make known.” While Christmas marked the birth of Jesus and his revelation to Israel, Epiphany marks the revelation of Jesus as the newborn “King of Kings” to the gentiles. The star that appeared to the Magi in Matthew’s Gospel is reflective of the “Light to the Nations” that Jesus is. The Magi, wise men from the East, are representative of the non-Israelite nations, the gentiles.

The Feast of the Epiphany, the manifestation of Jesus’ true identity, is closely associated with the baptism of the Lord, when the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus and also with the wedding at Cana, where Jesus first revealed his divine power by changing water into wine. All these events reveal that Jesus is more than just a Jewish kid from Nazareth. In this Jesus, born of Mary, God has taken on human flesh. The prophecy of Emmanuel, God with us, has been fulfilled and, in Jesus, the human and divine meet.

As we reflect on the scriptures about the star and the visitation by the Magi, may we not forget how much our present-day world continues to need the light of Christ. We live in a world shrouded in darkness and confusion, a world that is longing to be delivered into the light of truth. As disciples of Jesus, united with Him through our baptism, we too are capable of bringing the light of Christ into the darkness of our world. We bring that light into the lives of others by first living as children of the light ourselves. Every time we come to Mass, we encounter Christ in a way that rekindles the light within us and strengthens us to bear that light to others. As we near the end of the Christmas Season and begin a new year, let us all be committed to bringing the light of Christ into our marriages, our homes, our friendships, our workplaces and our social lives. May the love of God, revealed in Christ Jesus, be made known through each of us.

Sincerely yours in Christ Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life,

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

Today’s Gospel reveals Jesus’ invitation to Peter to follow him and to become a “fisher of men.” The invitation came only after Jesus had spent time in the town of Caparnaum. He, no doubt, rubbed elbows with many people in the town. He got to know them. At face value, it appears that Jesus just happened across Peter and Andrew along the shore. It is more likely that he already had some knowledge of them beforehand. He may have even become their friend.

When Jesus observed Peter and Andrew casting their nets into the Sea of Galilee, he called them to something higher. He called them to become fishers of men. In other words, he invited them to cast a different kind of net – a net that would capture not merely fish, but people’s hearts.

We too are called to be fishers of men. We too are called to cast nets that capture people’s hearts. Like Jesus, we begin the process of being fishers of men by rubbing elbows with others; with befriending them and by sharing with them the blessing that knowing Jesus and his Church has been for us. To be a fisher of men means to be an evangelizer - and evangelization begins with establishing friendships with others.

God has befriended us through Jesus. He has sacrificed it all for us, often-ungrateful friends. We too are invited to sacrifice for others out of love and become their friends so that we can share the good news of Jesus with them. As he invited Peter, so Jesus invites you and me to cast our nets of friendship wide so that we too might become a “fisher of men.”

Sincerely yours in Christ Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life,

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

We are now in the liturgical season of Ordinary Time; you can tell by the green vestments used to celebrate the Mass. The season of Ordinary Time is divided into two parts: the first runs from the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord up until Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, and the second runs from the day after Pentecost until the First Sunday of Advent. Ordinary Time is called "ordinary" not because it is common or unimportant, but simply because the weeks of Ordinary Time are numbered. The Latin word ordinalis, which refers to numbers in a series, stems from the Latin word ordo, from which we get the English word order. It is that time of year that the graces of the high feast days of Christmas and Easter are to take root in our lives and bear fruit. It is a time of deeper conversion.

In the readings for this Second Sunday in Ordinary Time there are a couple of lines that jumped out at me as I read them. The first comes in the reading from the prophet Isaiah where he tells the People of Israel that God will use them to show His glory and that God will make them a “light to the nations, that My salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” It was Israel’s God-given mission to bring the truth about the one God, the Creator of all, to the rest of the world. It was Israel’s commission to live in a manner that witnessed their belief, trust and dependence upon the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Sometimes they witnessed well and at other times they failed miserably. Nonetheless, it was through the Jews that the Messiah came.

In the New Covenant proclaimed by Jesus, it is the Church, now in a sense the “new Israel,” that is entrusted with the mission of bringing the light of Christ to the entire world. Jesus has charged the Church with the task of making disciples of all nations, of baptizing and of teaching all that Jesus commanded. The Church, that means you and me, is called to be a “light to the nations;” to do that we need to grow in holiness.

The second line that struck me was in St. Paul’s first Letter to the Corinthians where he said we that we are “called to be holy.” What does it mean to be holy? Why is being holy important? Matthew Kelly, a popular Catholic writer, might define holiness as “being the best version of ourselves.” The biblical notion of holiness had to do with being consecrated to God, being separated from one’s attachments to the world. The Catechism might define holiness as being perfected in charity (love). It means that we gradually, over time and with God’s help, conform our wills to God’s will - we begin to desire and strive for the things that God wants. Holiness is important because the scriptures say, “be holy as I am holy.” But we can’t do it on our own; we need divine help. Our struggle is often one between our own will and God’s will.

Ordinary time is that season of the Church year when we gradually, step by step, begin to conform our wills to God’s. The graces of Christmas, where we celebrated God’s entry into space and time in Jesus, and the graces of Easter, where we celebrate the saving work of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection, now begin to soak in, so to speak. It is the time of spiritual growth, where sometimes through struggle and failure, we will grow in holiness and bear fruit in our lives.

Let the graces soak in! Happy Ordinary Time!

Sincerely yours in Christ Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life,

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

We, the Church established by Jesus, begin a new liturgical year as we enter into the Season of Advent. Advent is that time of preparation for the celebration of the Mystery of the Incarnation… the Mystery of God entering space and time; of the Divine Word of God taking on human flesh; of God with us (Emmanuel). Just as Lent is a season of fast and preparation for the celebration of Easter, so too, Advent is a time to anticipate and prepare for the worthy celebration of Christmas.

While Advent might not have the same degree of penitential character that Lent does, it nonetheless invites us to prepare our souls through reconciliation, prayer and even fasting so that we might be better equipped to welcome Christ anew at Christmas. Additionally, Advent invites us to anticipate, even to long for, Christ’s coming, not only at Christmas, but at the end of time as well. The readings for the First Sunday of Advent bid us to reflect on the Second Coming of Christ, more than his first coming at Bethlehem.

Advent is marked with a quality of longing; of hope-filled anticipation of what God had promised. We long to celebrate, not only the joys of Christmas, but the fulfillment of the promise of Christ coming again in glory. I encourage you to usher Christmas in slowly. Our world seems to rush Christmas upon us with decorations and Christmas sales posted even before Halloween. But then by December 26th, the world has already moved on to Valentines Day or the next holiday.

Take time to celebrate Advent, the hope-filled time of longing and anticipation for Christ’s coming. Ease into Christmas through Advent and then when Christmas does finally arrive on December 24th, pull out all the stops and continue to celebrate throughout the whole of the Christmas Season.

Sincerely yours in Christ Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life,

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This Sunday marks the last Sunday of the liturgical year and it culminates in the liturgical feast of Christ the King (officially, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe). Most people today, even Catholics, seem to pay little attention to the liturgical year and tend to plan their activities around the civil calendar instead. However, only a couple of hundred years ago, the liturgical calendar had much to do with life, especially Catholic life. My father’s middle name was Joseph because he was born on the feast day of St. Joseph, March 19th. Towns with large Catholic populations often planned their public activities around the movements of the Church calendar. Even in my own lifetime, when I was a child almost all the businesses closed on Good Friday from noon to 3pm to mark the Lord’s passion.

The liturgical year is anchored by two primary feasts, Christmas and Easter. The first marks God’s breaking in to space and time in the mystery of the incarnation. The second marks the historical acts of Jesus Christ that won humanity’s salvation – Christ passion, death and resurrection. Christmas and Easter are followed by seasons of celebration when the Church rejoices and acclaims the marvelous work God has done and the blessings He has bestowed through these two key interventions. Both of these great feasts are preceded by preparatory seasons, Advent and Lent respectively. The time outside of these seasons is known as Ordinary Time, not because it is uneventful, but because it marks time in numbered weeks. It comes from the Latin word ordinalis, which refers to numbers in a series. It refers to the ordered life of the Church—the period in which we live our lives neither in feasting (as in the Christmas and Easter seasons) nor in more severe penance (as in Advent and Lent), but in living out the graces received from those other seasons. Ordinary time is when the graces of the great mysteries of Christmas and Easter bear fruit in our lives and help us, we hope, move forward spiritually toward our eternal destiny, heaven.

As we conclude the liturgical year of 2016 with the Feast of Christ the King, I invite you to reflect on what “governs” your life. Many plan their year based on the schedule of their favorite sports team, on the dates of spring break or summer vacation, or on the school year. Certainly, all those things can have an impact on our activities, but the liturgical calendar and this Feast of Christ the King invites us to ask ourselves, “who is my King?” – “what directs my life choices?” We pray daily, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.” The Feast of Christ the King invites us to take those words seriously.

Sincerely yours in Christ Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life,

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

The story of the rich man and Lazarus comes, in Luke’s Gospel, after a series of other parables. The parable of the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son (the prodigal son) demonstrate the extravagance of God’s mercy and God’s profound desire to find those who have been lost.

The next parable in the series, the story of the dishonest steward, begs the listeners to have a sense of urgency and prudently plan for the future of their souls. It reminds us that we cannot serve both God and mammon.

Lastly, the parable about the rich man and Lazarus demonstrates the consequences of hoarding one’s blessings. The rich man was blind to the reality that opening the door to Lazarus could have been the means of his own sanctification.

Wealth can, in a sense, be a blessing in that it provides great opportunity and freedom to serve, support and care for others, especially those who need help. But wealth can also be a great spiritual liability, for it can lure some, like the rich man in the parable, to turn in on oneself and to become blind to the plight of others. After all, the rich man is not so much condemned for being rich, but for being prideful and so self-absorbed that he was blind to poor Lazarus’ dilemma.

In God’s providence, the poor and suffering in the world become special objects of Divine love and mercy, and at the same time they provide an opportunity for others to heed the Lord’s command to feed, care for and serve those in need. If I am not blind to that “Lazarus” that is just outside my door, God can make him a means to bring about my own sanctification.

Sincerely yours in Christ Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life,

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I wish to begin by expressing my appreciation for all who contributed, in any way, to the success of our recent parish auction. I am so grateful to the many sponsors, donors and volunteers who worked to make the auction a success. I am especially indebted to the Auction Committee who, under the guidance of co-chairs Susan and David Dougan, helped to plan the event. Of course, I am also grateful for all who attended and by their presence contributed to the success of the evening. Next week’s bulletin should have a detailed accounting of the income and expenses related to the auction. Thanks again!

The Gospel for this 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time is often referred to as the “Story of the Dishonest Steward.” It might seem on the surface that the parable is advocating dishonesty in order to ensure one’s security. That is not at all what Jesus is suggesting. But he is pointing out that for many folks, the love of passing wealth results in more creative thinking and concerted efforts than does the love of things that endure for eternity. Jesus’ main message is that you “cannot serve two masters… you cannot serve both God and mammon.”

As a pastor, much of my time is spent thinking about how we will fund our various ministries. Almost every ministry we have demands the commitment of financial resources. There is an old adage that states, “no margin, no mission,” which means that if you don’t make enough money to keep the doors open you cannot serve the ministry for which the organization exists. While certainly that saying is true, ministry in the Church cannot be reduced to finances.

I am convinced that hearts fully committed to Christ and his Church will provide more than enough to serve the mission given by Jesus. If we have difficulty funding our ministries we have to ask two key questions. First, are we being good enough stewards of what is donated so that people are confident that their gifts are being used wisely for the intended purpose? Secondly, have the hearts of donors been sufficiently converted so that they understand that all they have is a gift from God; and that their gifts are meant to serve God’s divine will for their family, parish and community?

My job as pastor is to make sure that I address both of these questions: that I manage your gifts wisely and that I remind you often that you are but a steward, not an owner, of the blessings you’ve been given. Please pray for me, that I exercise both of these responsibilities well.

Sincerely yours in Christ Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life,

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This weekend’s scripture readings are the ideal set of biblical passages for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which we are currently celebrating. In the first reading, Moses intercedes with God on behalf of the Israelites, who had committed the grave sin of idolatry. In response to Moses’ plea, God shows mercy and spares the people from His wrath.

Psalm 51 is the quintessential song celebrating God’s mercy. Ancient Israel’s King David wrote it after he repented from the sins of adultery and murder. It shows how even those who sin horribly can be forgiven and restored, if they are sincere in their repentance.

In the reading from the First Letter to Timothy, St. Paul recounts how he was once the foremost among sinners: “a blasphemer and a persecutor and arrogant.” But, by God’s grace, St. Paul turned away from sin and began to live for Christ, and God showed him great mercy.

Lastly, the Gospel is the heart-warming story of a father’s merciful love. Despite being insulted by an ungrateful, selfish and depraved son, the father in the Parable of the Prodigal Son demonstrates great mercy and forgives his son when that son finally comes to his senses and returns home, sorry for the great sins he committed against his father.

No matter what we’ve done in our lives, God is eager to forgive us. But, to receive that forgiveness we must first turn from sin, demonstrate genuine regret for our actions and resolve to live in a manner consistent with our identity as God’s children. God understands our propensity to sin; He knows our weakness. Yet His mercy is always available if we turn back to Him and seek His help to do good and avoid evil.

In my short time here at Wea, I have preached several times about the importance of knowing, loving and serving God. I have shared the teachings of several recent Popes on the importance of entering into a relationship with God. It’s not enough to just know about God, but we are called to truly know Him as a merciful Father. It would be hard to enter into relationship with a God of wrath, one that is arbitrary. But the Sacred Scriptures assure us that God is a God of mercy, desiring our love and, like the father of the prodigal son, eager for us to turn back and seek His forgiveness.

If you have not already done so, I beg you to seek God as a merciful Father, turn to Him, trust Him and get to know Him. It changed the life of the prodigal son; it can change your life as well.

Sincerely yours in Christ Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life,

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01.20.2018 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm


01.20.2018 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm


01.20.2018 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


01.21.2018 7:50 am - 8:30 am


01.21.2018 8:30 am - 9:30 am


01.21.2018 9:30 am - 10:45 am


01.21.2018 9:40 am - 10:45 am


01.21.2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


01.21.2018 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


01.21.2018 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


01.21.2018 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


01.21.2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


01.22.2018 7:20 am - 8:00 am


01.22.2018 8:00 am - 9:00 am


01.22.2018 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm


01.22.2018 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Parish Boundaries

Parish 411

Weekdays: 8:00am
Saturday: 4:00pm
Sunday: 8:30am | 11:00am | 5:00pm

Daily Mass:
M-F: 8:00am
Wednesday during school year: 8:15am

Saturday: 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Friday prior to 8:00am Mass
Anytime upon request

Phone: (913)533-2462
Fax: (913)276-0617
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Emergencies Only: (913)647-3057


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