Sunday, July 31, 2016

Merciful Like the Father 1

this is the beginning of a new two part message series entitled Merciful Like the Father - which is the same as the motto for this Jubilee Year of Mercy called for by Pope Francis. During this first part of the series I will be reflecting on the Corporal Works of Mercy. Today we begin with Feeding the Hungry.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Trademarks, Brands & Tattoos 3

This is the third and final part of this series about the tasks or behaviors that we as a Community of Believers value. Today: Service.  How will you serve your parish community?

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Trademarks, Brands & Tattoos 2

Finally...  I don't know if my internet connection, a problem with YouTube, or a problem with my computer - but uploading this file has taken much longer than usual!

So, here's part two...

It might seem that I contradict myself by talking about being a welcoming community while at the same time offering the opportunity to get off the bus if these behaviors are not something an individual is willing to do.

Remember this: evangelization, discipleship, and service (next Sunday) are essential aspects of being a FOLLOWER of Jesus and by extension part of the parish of St. John XXIII here in Tamaqua.  My message is already longish, if I were to give an extensive list of how to do this things, how to evangelize, how to be an intentional disciple, or how to serve I would need days because the list would be limited only by the imagination of anyone wanting to do these things. Consequently, I offer only a few practical thoughts about each behavior.

Another aspect of "being on this bus" is the reality that everyone is on a different place on their journey toward holiness and sainthood. Therefore, a simple WILLINGNESS to be an evangelist, an intentional disciple, a servant is what counts, as well as finding ways to make those behaviors an important part of life. It is this that guarantees a seat on this bus.

Finally, ONE reason why I post these recordings is so that parishioners who hear me each Sunday can have the opportunity and means to hear the message again so that they can catch all that I said. When we listen to one sentence we often miss the next because we are still thinking about the first. Being able to listen to the message again enables you to catch what you missed. Catching what you miss may very well help to clear up any confusion about what I say.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Trademarks, Brands & Tattoos 1

We are starting a new series this week, actually it is more of a continuation of the series New Beginnings. As a Catholic Parish what is our trademark? What is our Brand? How are we tattooed? With the beginning of this new year (the parish of St. John XXIII begins her third year this July 1st) we begin a with a renewed emphasis on achieving the goal we all seek: the Kingdom of God and our call to be evangelists.