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Fr. Mark’s Desk - August 12, 2018
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.”

Dear Parishioners,

The Book of Genesis proclaims that in the beginning God made the heavens and earth, and all God made was good. In this simple entrance into the scripture, we are told of God’s eternal plan for his creation. This eternal plan is ongoing and filled with the energy of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus, this eternal energy is made incarnate and thus ‘all flesh shall see the glory of the Lord together’. Jesus in the Eucharist then is His divine energy surrounding us and entering us. The grace of His divine energy, His divine life, shines through us to the world. It is a great mystery and another indication of God’s creation being made new in us every day.

Pope Francis, as you know, has recently professed that the death penalty has no place in Christian action. This profession of belief comes as no surprise to anyone who understands Catholic Social Teaching. Catholic Social Teaching has long proclaimed the incompatibility of a death penalty in issues of life. Cardinal Joseph Bernardin long ago focused our attention on a consistent ethic of life in which he said: “those who are particularly concerned about these executions, even if the accused has taken another life, should recognize the elementary truth that a society which can be indifferent to the innocent life of an unborn child will not be easily stirred to concern for a convicted criminal.” So, while the pronouncement of Pope Francis may have been unexpected by some, the pronouncement really allows us to see every human life as God sees it, not us.

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This Wednesday, August 15 is the Solemnity of the Assumption, and a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses on Wednesday are at: 6 am, 7 am, 8:30 am and 7 pm.

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Many are preparing for a return to school. Whether this is pre-school or college, remember that education is not only for the benefit of the self but is also for the benefit of society. We have a lot to learn!!

Have a great week!
Fr. Mark Walter

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