Deep within each of us there is a great desire, a longing for something more, for something beyond, for something better than the best. This longing could be for an answer to life’s ultimate questions; for a job that offers us happiness and contentment; for the uncomfortable and painful present we find ourselves in to change; for the simple joy of being with a loved one. Beneath all of this is a longing for truth, goodness and beauty, which we can only find in God alone.
This week we break from the ordinary cycle of the liturgical calendar. We celebrate on this Sunday the Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ. Each year we celebrate this feast on August 6, and if this day happens to be a Sunday, it takes precedence over the cycle of the ordinary Sunday of the year.
During the months of summer, some of us use the time to complete some small home renovation projects. Others re-organize the attic or the garage, getting rid of the old and unused. Sometimes we are surprised by the hidden treasures we never knew we had, or find things that brought back memories, many pleasant and some not so pleasant. We may have learned that not all hidden things are pleasant surprises.
Last weekend in my column, I touched on the busyness in our lives and the need to heed Jesus' invitation to find our rest in him. At the end of the parable we hear at Mass this weekend, Jesus said, 'Listen, anyone who has ears.’ Listen! Look! Take a second look! Do we do that? Or do we tend to tune out – heard it all before, know what it means, ho-hum!
Summer is a time for vacations, backyard barbecues, rest, and relaxation - a time to take it easy. However, most of us end up feeling that there is never enough time - never enough time to do what we feel we should do or what we would like to do. Our time is already too full, and life is too busy.
A Happy Fourth of July to all! As we celebrate with cookouts and fireworks along with family and friends, let us make it a day of reflection, remembrance and gratitude. May we remind ourselves that the freedom we enjoy comes at a price: it does not give us the license to do whatever we want whenever we want, but rather to do what we ought to do...
On Father’s Day, we celebrate a dad's role as a mentor, provider, protector, and caregiver without ever expecting anything in return. Even so, he gets our love and respect, which grows over time, sometimes when it's too late to show it. Perhaps we have a timeless, natural, unconscious desire to gratefully recognize one of the most influential people in our lives.
We couldn't have asked for more than what we were lucky to have last Sunday – perfect weather, a festive atmosphere, good food, people having fun, and, of course, the Batmobile that called for everyone’s attention. I want to thank the members of the Men's Club...
Next Sunday is the feast of Corpus Christi, the last Sunday in the long festal period of the liturgical year. It began with Ash Wednesday, reached a pinnacle at Easter, and continued to Pentecost. This feast of Corpus Christi offers us a moment to look back on it all and give thanks...
On the Friday after the Kentucky Derby, our parish had our derby-themed UPP "Off to the Races" Gala at the Chateau Ritz. Over 450 parishioners, friends, and visitors, most dressed for the occasion with hats and fascinators, gathered to celebrate our community. Alongside the fun festivities, we came together to raise funds that will enable us to continue our mission of strengthening the Church through the ministries of Word, Worship, and Service.
There are fewer more nurturing words than 'time to eat.' Having someone caring enough to cook a meal to feed body and soul is welcome. So, Jesus' invitation to his disciples "come and have breakfast" after a long night of fishing must have been an irresistible invitation. This weekend 95 of our second graders were invited to the table to receive the Eucharist, the gift of Christ himself, for the first time. Encouraged by their parents and prepared by their teachers, they joyfully accepted the invitation.
The Church celebrates Christ's rising throughout the Easter season, not just for one day, but for fifty days. Fifty days of celebration because of the awesomeness of this mystery of Christ's rising from the dead to life. The Easter season is all about life. It is about the life of the risen Lord, and it celebrates and never tires of repeating that he lives. Easter is a time to celebrate our faith in the risen Jesus, who saved us from our sins. If we do not believe in Jesus, we cannot make it to heaven alone. Jesus told his disciples: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
It gives me great joy to have welcomed so many familiar, and also new faces to our Holy Week celebrations. The liturgies of these most sacred days in the Church are beautiful expressions of our faith, rich in both symbolism and meaning that continue to awaken in us a new appreciation of all that we believe. It takes extra effort and attention to detail to preside at these liturgies. I am deeply grateful to the priests, who prepared and celebrated these days with the dignity, devotion, and diligence they deserve.
Christ is Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia! Happy Easter! Thank you for your presence and prayers as we celebrate this special feast. I especially extend a warm welcome to anyone who is visiting with us from other places or faith backgrounds. As we gather today, we celebrate the beautiful gift of life with which God has blessed each of us.
With Palm Sunday, we begin the most solemn week of the Christian calendar. The liturgies of Holy Week celebrate the mystery of a divinely extravagant love that lies at the heart of our faith: Jesus’ death and resurrection...
As our Lenten journey will soon climax in the events of Holy Week and spill into the joy of the Easter season, we are also coming up on our deadline of completing our Disciple Maker Index (DMI) surveys. So, I appeal to you to please complete a survey. You can do it online through the parish website or you may take a paper copy from the vestibule in the basilica, complete it and drop it off at the rectory. Please note that this confidential and anonymous survey will help our parish, the archdiocese and the Church at large to plan for the future...
By the time you read this letter, you may be recovering from one or more St. Patrick’s Day parties, or preparing to celebrate the St. Joseph’s table. Some have remarked that all are Irish or Italian on these days, especially here at Queen of All Saints. Since the original St. Patrick’s Day party in the Queen of All Saints Gym in the 1950’s, we have celebrated all the people in our community every year; and this tradition has grown into the United Parish Program we enjoy today.
The Lenten journey of the Church continues for the next three weeks, bringing into focus those preparing to be baptized at the Easter Vigil: those seeking to be welcomed into the Catholic faith and those who desire to complete the sacraments of initiation, confirmation, and Eucharist. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the program that guides adults through this process. We are happy to welcome Xavier Cepeda, Amber Damerow, Vincent Jops, Jacqueline Renken and Sammi Renken into the Queen of All Saints faith community at the Easter Vigil.
As we continue our Lenten journey, Jesus leads us to the mountain where “his clothes became white as light.” Peter, who along with James and John, witnessed this and blurted out, perhaps in excitement, “Let’s make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah,” who had appeared along with Jesus.
We have begun our Lenten journey in earnest, with all the good intentions of embracing the disciplines of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. We may have renewed some tried and tested resolutions, such as giving up chocolate, booze, or caffeine or being critical of or gossiping about others. We may have resolved to attend Mass through the forty days of Lent or on the Sundays of Lent. Or we may have decided to pray together each day through the season as a family...