Jesus is King

This Sunday, November 22, we are celebrating the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe; and with this, we are ending Ordinary Time to make way for the Advent Season. It is very important that we ask ourselves if Jesus Christ is our King, the owner of our lives, our hearts, and […]

No One Shall Sleep

From the Associate Pastor My introduction to the wonderful world of opera was actually through a sports event. At the conclusion of the 1994 World Cup, a concert was held at the Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles called “The Three Tenors.” The whole concert was spectacular, but I was drawn to one very moving piece […]

The Search for Wisdom

Peace and good. Our first reading tells us wisdom is available for anyone who seeks it with honesty and openness. Those who find the search for wisdom too much trouble will be deprived of it. A theme we hear again in the Gospel. In today’s Gospel, we hear another parable. The wise bridesmaids are far […]

We Are God’s Children Now

Peace and good.  This Sunday, November 1st, we are celebrating the Feast of All Saints, whose feast is a Holy Day of Obligation (under regular circumstances outside of the COVID-19). How many of us would like to be saints? I hope that all of us who believe in God and love him with all our […]

As Life Ends

To Truly and Courageously Live His Gospel of Life As we continue to observe respect for life month, this week I would like to share some thoughts from www.usccb.org/ToLiveEachDay, about caring for loved ones as life ends. We are created to depend upon one another and walk together in suffering. But when family members or […]

Reflection on the Gospel of Life

   Twenty-five years ago, Pope St. John Paul II wrote that the Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus’ saving message to the world (Evangelium vitae 1). In taking on human flesh, dwelling among us, and sacrificing his very life for our redemption, Christ reveals the profound dignity of every human person. This God-given dignity […]

We Are All Franciscans

On this Feast of St. Francis, I just want to remind all of you that you are ALL Franciscans! You may not be wearing the brown habit like we friars do, but by being members of this Franciscan parish, you too are Franciscans. What does that mean? Here is a summary of Franciscan values, adapted […]

God is Near to All

Today we celebrate the Third Sunday of the Season of Creation. In this Season of Creation, we are being called to recognize the global climate emergency in which we are living. The planet is warming dangerously because of our use of fossil fuels and our systems of production and consumption. The ways our economies function […]

On Living & Dying

At my last assignment, the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, I met a couple who shared the story about their son Thomas. Thomas was a bright guy, liked to work on cars, and liked to tell funny jokes to his friends. He was very attentive to people, especially those who others easily forget. He […]

A Season of Creation

Starting today, and for four more Sundays, we will be sharing some thoughts on Creation. The Season of Creation is a new Liturgical Season for the Catholic community globally as it joins the 30-year ecumenical/orthodox history of celebration under the leadership of Pope Francis and through the promotion of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral […]