Help Has Come!

12-30-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

As we turn the page on the year that was and look to the year that will be, it promises to be a blest year. At least for us locally here on our ten-acre patch of God’s good earth. As I already announced to you, the Shea Family Charities has awarded our School $2.8 million to renovate our School and Preschool buildings and infrastructure! I can’t tell you how many headaches that prevents over the next decade or more. We have been operating a School on this property since the late 1950’s and frankly we are showing our age. The pitter-patter of thousands of little feet takes their toll on a classroom. The good news for all of you is that this means I won’t have to hound you for funds to keep up with repairs and much-needed renovations. So that’s the way the old year passes…

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Christ is Born

12-30-2018The Sisters Corner

Christmas is already here and we can experience God’s love coming into our lives in so many ways. Jesus wants to come to us in the image of a little child, probably because it is so easy to receive the love of a little child!! We don’t put any barrier for receiving or for giving back this love.

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Our Hobbit Hole

12-23-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

In one of the final scenes of the film, The Hobbit, the dwarves are battling the armies of Mordor, though they are surrounded on every side they are holding their ground and starting to win, and then out pop an army of giant creatures from under the earth and the lead dwarf looks at them and exclaims, in a thick Scottish accent, “Awe, y’ve gotta be kidding me”! That describes well how I felt after the revelations of this past Summer of Shame in the Church. “Seriously, again, didn't we deal with this already?” But the dwarves fought on to victory, not easy, but with the help of Bilbo Baggins they prevail. So, must we.

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Christmas is coming!

12-23-2018The Sisters Corner

How fast the time goes by and we can’t believe it is almost Christmas! As always, these days are full of many activities. And sometimes it can happenthat we finish Advent and we can see that our hearts are not as prepared as we would want them to be, but God is merciful and always gives us a newchance to come back and be with Him.

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Everyday Stewardship

12-16-2018Stewardship Reflection

We have arrived at Gaudete Sunday (Gaudete is the Latin word for “rejoice”) this Third Week of Advent, and the Scriptures take on a joyful tone as we continue our preparations for the feast of our Savior’s birth.

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Joy Starts to Grow!

12-16-2018The Sisters Corner

Each week we are closer to His coming! ...and the joy starts to grow!! The third candle of our advent wreath is lite now. We want to continue sharing with you some of our traditions during this third week of Advent.

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Tradition and Tamales

12-16-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

I wonder how many of you remember the Christmas present that was under the tree when you were 7yrs old or even at 11yrs? Probably not so much. Now if you got coal in your stocking, that probably left an impression. The things that we remember are the traditions and rituals that accompanied the season that our families observed. This is especially true if you grew up in an ethnic neighborhood that held on to traditions from other countries. Unfortunately, today so much of our Christmas “traditions” have become homogenized by commercial and corporate marketing.

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Come Jesus into my heart!

12-09-2018The Sisters Corner

Each week of Advent we have more and more the experience of how close the coming of Jesus is. As probably all of you do, we also decorate our houses with a nativity, with the Christmas tree and improving our decorations each week that pass, expressing our hope and joy, knowing that Jesus is closer now.

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Beyond Thunderdome

12-09-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

The passing of President George H.W. Bush reminded me that there was a time before we all entered “Trump World”, a day before “Obama-in-the-Highest” worship took hold, even a period before Bush 2.0 and war-without-end, amen! became the norm, a world without the “blue dress” and Clinton & Clinton and Clinton redux. As I accurately foresaw in my March 6, 2016 pre-election prophecy, we have entered the world of Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. A place where “two men enter, one man leaves”. You remember November 2016, Dr. Dealgood won, Aunty Entity lost. Still, Aunty Entity cries ceaselessly: “You think I don't know the law? Wasn't it me who wrote it? And I say that this man has broken the law. Right or wrong, we had a deal”. The 24-hour cable news, social media cycles demands nothing less than the death of your political opponent and even then, the corpse must be dragged through the streets.

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Everyday Stewardship

12-09-2018Stewardship Reflection

The readings for the Second Week of Advent offer both encouragement and challenge as we reflect and prepare for the two “comings” of Christ — His coming as a baby on the great feast of Christmas, and the anticipation of His second coming at the end of time.

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Come Jesus!!

12-02-2018The Sisters Corner

Today we start Advent. And you probably do different activities with your family to prepare your hearts to receive more Jesus for Christmas. We would like to share with you one of the ways that our community participates in Advent.

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Still, He Comes

12-02-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Not everyone always agrees with my writings, imagine that. Actually, if they did that would be rather boring. And so, some did take issue with my assessment in my letter, “An Unexpected Journey”, as being too loud, not speaking softly and rather acerbic. I accept that criticism. At the same time after putting in over 30yrs of serving and building up the Church I love, I find it hard not to come to its defense. It’s not just that the Church is a force for good in the world that I want to see continue as such but the salvation of souls hangs in the balance. Each priest, each bishop will be heldaccountable for the souls lost due to scandal and confusion. Therefore, speaking up so that people know that the ecclesiastical bureaucracy is not the Church nor is it a way to determine the veracity of the teachings of Catholicism appears to me to be a necessary action.

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Everyday Stewardship

12-02-2018Stewardship Reflection

We have arrived at the powerful season of Advent, a season to prepare with awe and wonder for the Feast of the Incarnation of Jesus — born to us as Savior and Brother. It is a season to prepare for His return at the end of time.

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