The past week has invited us to look at the hope of what unity can mean for us as a human race, as a nation, and as Christian believers. The call for unity first came in our remembrance and celebration of the dream and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many in the civil rights movement. His work and the work of many people was to be about equality, respect and justice. We started the week with his remembrance and the promises of being one human family even in our diversity. The work must continue even in the many faces of racism what some would say is the original sin of our nation. This past Wednesday, we sought in the inauguration of Mr. Biden and Kamala Harris a sign of unity in the nation. The legitimate and peaceful transfer of presidential authority is the hallmark of our democracy and is the work of representation and news signs for co-working for the betterment of all peoples within the borders of our nation. Calls for unity do not dismiss the realities of our divisions or the wounds caused by them. A call to unity in this week reminds us of the work we need continue to do. Unity calls each of us to a higher purpose not simply for today but for future generations. Unity within our country calls each of us to act responsibly, act with accountability for the freedoms we are guaranteed in the Constitution and civility within our words and actions. Will the new administration achieve even a modicum of this essential ideal for all peoples is yet to be seen, but this Wednesday, regardless of our political foundations we can choose to signal a willingness to serve the call that brings us together in our diversity. This week is also known as Christian unity week. That we may all be made one in Christ, among our divisions requires great prayer and perseverance. Unity among the various Churches also requires great dialogue on what we hold in common and seek ways to address that which still divides us in our traditions, doctrines and expressions. Christian unity asks that we pursue with one another the love that Christ offered from the Cross and Empty Tomb. Reliance upon his love will call us to humility and the courage necessary to heal the divisions among us. In short, this past week calls nothing less than a unity among the races, within our nation and among the Christian churches. Ultimately this is God’s work, but each of us can allow the Holy Spirit to move us to seek out and act upon justice for peoples, respect for the law and order of this nation, and choose the ways of Christ’s life and love to be our bond, and our lifeline with one another. Unity among us will always be a workable ideal, a great prayer and a desire that reflects the hearts of those who still believe that with the Lord all things become possible. Next week, the call to unity and justice for the voiceless unborn must and will be addressed in our nation and Church. Amen.
As we open the actual Church doors this weekend in the midst of a virulent virus, I ask that you respect the guidelines laid down to ensure that all of us may be protected. These simple signs from each of us requires a unified response of care and concern across all the differing peoples celebrating here.
5:30 PM – Saturday
8:00 AM & 10:30 AM
9:15 AM & 2:00 PM
4:00 PM & 6:15
The National Rosary for Life will be held across the nation next week. Please come to the Parish to join peoples of faith in praying for the unborn rights to life at 8:00 p.m., Thursday, January 28th. Each decade of the Rosary will be spoken in one of the major languages of the parish. Please observe all the necessary health protocols.
To all upcoming high school graduates or those looking to apply for college, we have applications for scholarships online and in the office from the Gate City Rotary Scholarship Fund.
*Please know Fr. Bill, Fr. Joseph and Fr. Orlando will be away on retreat on February 1-5*
Previously recorded Masses can be found HERE.
No better time than now
This Sunday’s Gospel reading is a call to surrender ourselves fully to God. “NOW is the time of fulfillment” – not just 2000 years ago, not at the Second Coming of Christ, but right now in your life when and where you need Jesus the most.
“The kingdom of God is at hand” – what you need from the Lord is right here, at hand, ready for you.
“Repent, and believe in the gospel” means “Come follow Me and learn from Me to become like Me.” For the first disciples, it meant dropping whatever they were doing to spend so much time with Jesus that their whole lives were forever affected. And this is what it means for you and for me: We have to put aside our own agendas and busy schedules to spend more time following Jesus wherever he leads us.
In the modern world, we have become more dependent on our technological devices than on Jesus. Many of us cannot even go on vacation without remaining accessible to their employers via the cell phone. Somehow, we need to find a way to take a stand against this. It’s one of the social justice teachings of the Church: We are actually called by God to rebel against working on Sundays and other days of rest. Why? Because we need to spend that time with Jesus getting renewed, restored and re-energized.
Unfortunately, Jesus doesn’t walk through the door and circle dates on our calendar and write “Rest with Jesus” so that we can plan ahead. We have to follow his lead at a moment’s notice – every moment. To experience the kingdom of God on the earthly side of heaven, we have to be willing to drop everything to follow Jesus into unfamiliar places at unexpected times. We have to learn to follow his lead even in situations where his way is the surprising way.
Our friends feel welcomed, cared for and loved. This is relevant.
Fr Joseph J Arackal offers this Holy Cross Chaplet for Deliverance from Covid-19.
On January 21, 2021, His Holiness approved the promulgation of the decree concerning the heroic virtues of the Servant of God, Santiago Masarnau Fernández, a faithful layman.
In this video Father Luigi Mezzadri, CM, Vincentian historian, recounts the context surrounding the life of St. Vincent de Paul and his inspiration to establish the Congregation of the Mission.
Repairers of a House Divided offers Catholics and indeed all Christians timely reflections and 7 biblical habits for Catholics to remedy a torn country.
In recent years there has been considerable discussion and at times some confusion over the topics of The preferential option for the poor, systemic change and our Vincentian charism.
Encountering Christ in the Poor
St. Vincent teaches us to see Christ in the poor and suffering, so much so that the poor become our Lords and Masters and we their servants. Read more →
Congregation of the Mission
The Eastern Province is a province of Congregation of the Mission, often known as Vincentian Fathers and Brothers or Lazarists … Read more →
“It is from prayer that we must expect the light and strength that are indispensable for a veritable renewal; it is in prayer that we shall discover the particular points toward which we should direct our efforts.” – Mother Suzanne Guillemin, D.C. – Today, I resolve to find a few quiet moments to spend in
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