Lord teach us how to pray

By |July 27th, 2013|

“Lord teach us to pray…”

As a young girl I remember sitting with my parents at the end of each day and learning to pray.  My parents gently showed me how to fold my hands, how to say the “Hail Mary”, and how to ask God to care for my family and friends.  As I grew, so did my catechesis.  I was taught to really engage the Liturgy, to listen to the gentle voice of God, to fall in love with the God who loves me so dearly.  Today I am reminded of these experiences as Jesus’ disciples turn to him with the request, “Lord, teach us to pray.”  I am encouraged as Jesus not only gives us the words to speak, but also teaches us that God, who is our loving father, will always hear our prayers.  As we hear in our first reading from Genesis, prayer is a powerful thing.  As Abraham advocates for others, we experience the power of thoughtful and intimate prayer. Abraham draws near to the Lord throughout this encounter. Like Abraham we are invited to do the same, to experience an intimate encounter with God who is both perfect power and perfect mercy.

This week, the parish pastoral team and staff had the opportunity to retreat, to draw close to God, as we spent time in discernment and prayer. We discerned how God is calling us to be radical disciples of the Gospel while praying for our parish family and ministries.  This was a truly blessed time, and we are so grateful for your prayers and support.  As our community moves forward with new opportunities and transitions, may we all continue to hold our parish family in prayer, remembering Christ’s promise […]

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From Megan Bazler, Director of Adult Faith Formation

By |June 22nd, 2013|

My Soul is Thirsting…

This weekend we pray with the beautiful words of Psalm 63, as we repeat, “My soul is thirsting for you, O God.”  In this short phrase we are invited to consider one of the most basic and human experiences, thirst.  While the Liturgical year isn’t structured around weather, I can’t help but think, what an appropriate image as we begin our summer months.  Months throughout which we will feel the desire to beat the heat with a cool, thirst quenching drink.  I remember as a child the feeling of that first sip of water after a long outdoor game in the summer sun.  I remember my father coming in, hot and sticky from mowing the grass, letting out a sigh of content as he finished his tall glass of ice water.  For a moment our desire is met.  We no longer thirst, and our body is renewed.   However, we all know that this contentment is limited.  We will thirst again.  Christ reminds us that he is the life giving water.  As he talks with a Samaritan Woman at the well, we overhear his explanation that those who drink of his water will never thirst again (John 4).  This is the thirst that our psalmist describes today.  It is a thirst for God, a thirst for true and everlasting love.  It is a thirst that we all share in the very depths of our identity.  However, it is not a thirst that we feel alone, for just as we thirst for a relationship with God, God thirsts for a relationship with us.

We are made to quench our thirst, and we do this in many ways.  One way is through prayer.  The Catechism describes […]

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Hospitality at Christ the King

By |February 28th, 2013|

“Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels.” (Hebrews 13:2)
 

Calling all Men, Women, and Families! Do you enjoy welcoming others to Mass? Is hospitality a central part of your faith and family life? Then please consider joining us Sunday, March 17th @1:45pm for our Ministers of Hospitality Lunch and Training.

 

Hospitality is our opportunity to share Christ’s love with everyone who enters our doors.  It is our call as bearers of the Gospel to welcome everyone as a child of God and a member of our own body.  We are looking for people of all ages (even families with children can do this ministry together) who are committed to being the smiling and welcoming faces of our worshiping community.

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Lenten Resources

By |February 26th, 2013|

It is amazing that we already find ourselves in the second week of Lent!  Perhaps some of us are feeling confident that our Lenten prayer and practices are challenging and forming us into radical bearers of the Gospel.  Others, may find themselves floundering with their promises, while still others have yet to find a form of prayer or reflection that they can commit to this Lenten Season. 

Wherever you find yourself, some of these Lenten Resources may be perfect for you.  So resolve to take a few moments each day this Lent to grow deeper in faith and love of our God. 

I Breviary – A perfect way to pray the Liturgy of Hours (the prayer of the Universal Church) every day from the convenience of your own digital device!

USCCB Lenten Resources – From family prayer resources to reflections on weekly scripture, this page has anything you need to enter into the Season. 

Family Rosary- Helpful and creative ideas for parents looking for ways to pray as a family. 

Lenten Resources/Readings – This website is full of weekly and daily reflections, readings and activities! 

Renew Int. Blog- Even if you aren’t a part of an ARISE community, this is a reflective and prayerful blog for you!

30 Day Online Retreat with Blessed Basil Moreau- This is a wonderful online resource that provides all you need to experience a beautiful online retreat just a few minutes each day from the comfort of your own home.

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Prayer for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI

By |February 26th, 2013|

Join us this Thursday, Feb. 28th as our community holds Pope Benedict XVI, the Cardinal Electors, and the entire Church in our prayers as our Holy Father officially resigns from the office of the Papacy.

We join our hearts and voices in prayer with the universal Church through Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, communal prayer of the Rosary and Benediction.

Scheduled Time of Prayer for Feb. 28th:
8:30am- Daily Mass
9am-1pm- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
1pm- Rosary in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament
1:30pm- Benediction

As we pray for our leaders and out community, we take comfort in the beautiful and humble example of our Holy Father who says, “In this certainty let us go forward, confident in the victory of God, sure of the truth, of beauty and of love.” 

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Year of Faith Speaker Series “Liturgy: The Source and Summit”

By |January 8th, 2013|

Year of Faith Speaker Series: “The Liturgy”
Join us THIS SUNDAY, January 13th at 6:30pm in the Holy Cross Chapel for our Year of Faith Speaker Series!

We welcome Noel Terranova, a rector at Notre Dame, who will share with us his insights on what the Council teaches about the way our church prays. Noel has a background in both pastoral ministry and the study of liturgy. This will be an opportunity to dive into the Council’s document on the liturgy with questions like:

What are the roles of the priests, deacons, and laity during the Mass?
How important is the participation in Mass to a life of faith?
What is “Full, Active and Conscious Participation?”

Our evening will conclude with a chance to continue the conversation over light refreshments.

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O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Much Awaited Messiah!

By |December 22nd, 2012|

This week we hear Luke’s portrayal of the visitation of Mary and Elizabeth. On this fourth week of Advent we are called to pray with two women who knew well what it was like to expect a highly anticipated Child. Mary and Elizabeth were both in the midst of surprising and joyful pregnancies. Elizabeth conceived after she and her husband Zechariah had been unable to have a child their entire lives. In fact, as Luke points out, Elizabeth was beyond natural child bearing years. We also know of the incredible nature of Mary’s pregnancy as she carried the Child of God, conceived through the Holy Spirit. In a very tangible way, God had touched the lives of these two women and as this story unfolds they are both waiting to meet these great gifts that God has granted them. I can’t imagine a better image for waiting than these two women who embody the hopeful expectation of meeting a new child who would change their lives forever.
As we pray with this beautiful passage I would just like to take a few minutes to talk about each character in turn. First let us turn to John. Even as an infant in his mother’s womb John knew that his Lord was near and he rejoiced! I imagine a small child unable to contain their excitement and jumping for joy. We also hear of Elizabeth who was not only aware of the ways that God had already moved in her own life, but she seemed to be on the lookout for God’s continual presence. Like the prophets of the Old Testament Elizabeth is filled with the Holy Spirit. She is a character of wisdom and prophecy as […]

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Controlled Burn

By |December 19th, 2012|

Fire. I have always been mesmerized by fire. It is such a wild yet useful thing. It produces life giving heat. It provides a way to cook food, making meat and things that would be otherwise dangerous and inedible, edible sources of nutrients and energy. Fire can refine fine materials, removing impurities. Yet we are all well aware that fire can also be destructive. This summer I watched anxiously as Colorado once again battled the ravaging wild fire that destroyed everything in its path. This fire did not distinguish between precious memories and excess material possessions. It did not decipher between worthy or unworthy, good or bad. It merely destroyed everything. It was the perfect exemplification of fire beyond any human control. It was completely untamed.
As I was watching the news and reading stories of families removed from their houses, I came across an interesting article that described the valiant efforts of the many fire fighters who fought the flames every day. One technique fire fighters will use to control the spreading of the wild fires is most remarkable. These fire fighters will actually fight fire with fire. They begin a “controlled” burn in the path of the wild fire, hoping to remove any excess trees, leaves, buildings, anything that could act as fuel to a fire before extinguishing their controlled fire. They destroy a small area in order to stop the destruction of the memories and lives of so many others.
In many ways I think this is a great image for our readings today. We hear that John the Baptist is calling for a radical change of heart and lifestyle. He seems to be saying that if we really repent of our lives of […]

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The Dawn Approaches

By |December 17th, 2012|

This Sunday our Church sees the world through rose colored glasses!  For one Sunday the deep purples of Advent are exchanged for bright rose.  We light the rose color candle on the Advent wreath and rejoice.  It is Gaudete (the Latin word for “rejoice”) Sunday.  It is a time amidst the preparation and anticipation of Advent that we pause to rejoice in the Lord.  It is a moment when we pause to take joy in the fact that we are approaching the dawn, and it is no mistake that the color rose mimics the beautiful colors that streak the sky just before the sun peaks over the horizon.  We are reminded that we are also standing at the dawning of the new day, and that Christ has promised to come in glory.

At first glance it may be interesting to hear this gospel reading from Luke on this Sunday of rejoicing.  John the Baptist leaves high expectations for those who come to repent.  He proclaims that a just judge is coming to “clear the threshing floor” to rid the world of the excess caused by sin and evil.  He doesn’t cloak these words with any kind of message of comfort.  In many ways he seems to be presenting the cold hard facts.  Jesus is coming.  We must repent and prepare.

When I hear these challenging words, I am reminded of those who have come before us marked by faith and proclaiming the Gospel with their lives.  I am reminded of St. Francis who gave everything away in order that his entire live might proclaim the glory of God.  I am reminded of Mother Teresa and Dorothy Day who lived in the midst of those who experienced the […]

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Modern Day Prophets

By |December 9th, 2012|

A Voice Crying Out in the Wilderness
In this week’s Gospel we are introduced to one of my favorite characters from salvation history, John the Baptist. John is a transitional figure. We find him in the New Testament, but he has the appearance and role of the Old Testament prophets from long before. He lives as an exile, wandering the desert with no place to call his own. Yet he is rooted in the truth and hope that the coming of the Lord is at hand. He is the unexpected child of the barren Elizabeth and elderly Zechariah, and his very existence breaks into the shame and grief of his parents who so desperately desired a breath of new life. He is an unusual and radical character who lives a life of prayer and repentance, prophesying the coming of a mighty Messiah and challenging us to look at our own lives through the same scrutiny of preparation and anticipation.
Even as I recount all of these details of John, I am easily reminded why I love him so much. He is radical! He is a radical lover of God who calls us all to the same joy and peace that he finds through faith. In so many ways he is a wonderful reminder of what prophets have always been. They are unexpected voices calling out in the wilderness of our own lives and challenging us to conform our entire self to Christ. In many ways figures like John the Baptist point me toward the Truth, who was born in a manger on Christmas day and who promises to come again ushering in a Kingdom of justice. However, his influence doesn’t stop there. He also constantly challenges […]

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