Clear Your Week
It is mission week and Lent begins on Wednesday! We welcome Meg Hunter-Kilmer as our presenter. Not only will she speak, but we have Masses, music, food (including a soup supper), Benediction, opportunities for reconciliation, testimonies, and Ashes. That’s all on the first night. Not really, but it will be an enriching week. If you attend, I believe your Lent will be more focused, which will make your Easter richer, and thus you, as a disciple will become more who the Lord created you to be. So come and learn how to better fall in love with God, and how to stay in love. See you there…. // LEARN MORE
Clear Your Week
We are so blessed – in big and little ways, in every moment. We are even blessed, I think, that Lent begins so late this year, giving us a chance to enjoy all those Valentine’s Day treats and Girl Scout cookies before we circle around into the holy season of… what? Deprivation? Broken promises? Empty show? Surely not. How about discipline? Yep, I like that word because it contains such promise. After all, Hebrews 12:10 reminds us that God “disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share his holiness.” That is profoundly good news, my friends: God’s will is that, beginning now and even more so someday, we are to be made HOLY – so much like Him (who is a reckless exchange of love) that we overflow with life, joy, and peace; so holy that boredom, hurriedness, anxiety, loneliness, and pain will become impossible. Oh, discipline us, Lord!… // LEARN MORE
Keep On Praying.
Last year when I first met Fr. Varghese, before he left St. Anastasia, he called me aside and told me, “Fr. Moses, you are very lucky to be posted at St. Anastasia Parish”. I asked him why I was lucky and he gave me two reasons. He said St. Anastasia is a very loving and welcoming community. One year later after Fr. Varghese left, I not only affirm his observation, but I can confidently add another unique factor found within St. Anastasia community. “St. Anastasia is a prayerful community.” This is my positive observation for almost one year since I joined this community. You will always find people every single minute, hour, day or night in the Adoration Chapel praying. Every Sunday, we gather together as brothers and sister to offer our thanksgiving prayers. We break the bread together. We eat and drink from the same table. We sing, dance and laugh together. When God see this, He is happy with us and He blesses us. A prayerful community is always happy, loving and welcoming. That is what we are…. // LEARN MORE
IT IS NOT JUST THE DOUGH THAT’S RISING- This weekend, we welcome On The Rise Bakery, which is sponsored by the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. This venture is unique in that the bakery is run by members of the ROPE (Reaching Our Potential Everyday) program. These are men who have recently been released from prison or have completed a substance abuse treatment program and desire to truly change their lives…. // LEARN MORE
This weather sure has been challenging, hasn’t it? I’ve seen ruptured pipes, flat tires, cracked fenders, ruptured plans, flat moods, and cracked skin. It’s so tempting to yell at the sky: “WHY ME, LORD?” Ok, yes, it’s true: that was me you heard yelling last week. The plow had finally gone by and blocked in our driveway with yet another wall of ice. I stood in the street, steel shovel in hand, and sent up a loud cry of protest.
And I’m pretty sure the LORD of all creation quirked His eyebrow at me and chuckled, “My precious child. Why NOT you?”… // LEARN MORE