Sunday School: Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jul27

Sunday School: Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School-Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle...

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From the Rector: Can We Please Pursue Spiritual Excellence At Least as Hard as We Do for Sports and Academics?
Jul27

From the Rector: Can We Please Pursue Spiritual Excellence At Least as Hard as We Do for Sports and Academics?

Can We Please Pursue Spiritual Excellence At Least as Hard as We Do for Sports and Academics? Fr. Bill Peckman – July 21, 2018 Anything we deem as important, we usually will try to master. You see this with athletes. They will alter exercise routines, nourishment, and upend their schedule to grow better at a sport. You see this with gamers. They will spend inordinate amounts of time and energy to up their skill level to get better. You see this with craftsmen. They will dig down and learn techniques that help them master their trade. You see this with serious scholars who will spend hour upon hour learning, studying, and expanding their understanding. You see this with body builders who will get meticulous about nutrition, exercise, and spend long hours in the gym to sculpt what they deem to be the perfect body. These all take dedication and a willingness to sacrifice and suffer for whatever they deem worthy of that time and energy. It is true for physical pursuits. It is true for intellectual pursuits. Here is a fact: it is also true spiritual pursuits. While God gives us grace, the pursuit of holiness is not easy. Like matters of the body and soul, it requires discipline, time, energy, and a willingness to sacrifice and suffer to grow stronger. Here is another fact, a rather sobering one: the athlete and bodybuilder end up dying just like anyone else. So does the gamer, the scholar, and the craftsmen. Don’t let these pursuits become so primary that you ignore the only thing that lasts: your soul. We allow the pursuit of the temporary crowd out the pursuit of the eternal. We believe we can regulate the eternal as a matter of convenience that will be attended to once activities we deem more important are sated. This is short sighted. We teach our children what is more important and worthy of their time. This is not an either/or proposition. One can be a great athlete, scholar, or craftsmen without neglecting their soul. It is about priority and discipline. Think about this when the choice between sports and faith come up. Think about this when you cede ground on Sundays to yet more worldly activities. Balance. That is what I am proposing. To quote Christ, “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” (Mark 8.36)...

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Sunday School: Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jul20

Sunday School: Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School-Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle...

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From the Rector: Catholic Communications Campaign
Jul20

From the Rector: Catholic Communications Campaign

Catholic Communications Campaign Special Collection Next week, our second collection is for the Catholic Communication Campaign. This campaign connects people with Christ, here and around the world in developing countries, through the internet, television, radio, and print media. And fifty percent of funds collected remain in our diocese to fund local communications efforts. Your support helps spread the gospel message! To learn more, visit www.usccb.org/ccc. Below is Bishop’s letter concerning this special collection. Bishop’s...

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Sunday School: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jul13

Sunday School: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School-Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle...

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