Pastoral Message

 

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Let's Not Go Through Life Without Joy!

 

It is with deep regret mixed with a sense of privilege, that I announce that we have yet another parishioner return to God last Sunday. We were recovering from the loss of other members of our parish in recent months. At the 5:00 pm Mass, no one will sit where the late Dale Kelly sat out of reverence and respect for her. A parishioner pointed that out to me just last Saturday. Others who have experienced the loss of loved ones this year or last within their families or our parish community are still grieving yet continue to pray for that person.


Tom Hofmann is our most recent representative in heaven, joining Donna Shoemaker who recently preceded Tom. As I reflect upon our parish’s contributions to the angelic ranks, I find that all were charitable and generous in every way to others. I will not canonize someone simply because they have finished their earthly “race” on earth as that is forbidden, (and was specifically covered in seminary). What was also covered was to articulate the belief that God’s love is more generous than we can imagine. We take moments of loss to reflect upon the forgiveness of God we wish for our loved ones which is also beyond our knowledge.

 

Indeed, at everyfuneral one hears the words within the prayer of commendation that we have the “sure and certain hope” that our loved one rests with God if they believe in Christ as Lord and Savior for Christians (and I believe that
other religions that articulate a trusting relationship to God, though named differently) and choose to be kind
and charitable in life versus worldly and measuring our success in worldly metrics.


As we emplace our “new year’s resolutions” for the coming year, I would ask for all to take a moment to see
how we might enrich each other’s lives, what can we contribute to make our families, our communities, our
workplaces and gathering spots brighter and more welcoming. As a parish WE ARE the community of St.
Mary Star of the Sea. By our conduct will humankind and God know that we are Christians, called to reflect
charity, compassion and mercy to all. May that be the first and greatest resolution we keep in the coming year.
We will experience God’s joy even as we carry our Crosses, mixed with our victories and gifts, if we live and
appreciate the gifts of each other as from God.


Parish leadership gave Tom Hoffman his” best birthday ever” (Tom’s tear-filled words as he smiled with joy)
when we joined other parishioners for a special Mass on his birthday on 3/15/2017 last year, asking God to be
with us as a parish community. God


Fr. Mike

 


 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - January 18 - 25

 

The theme of this year is “Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power.” (Exodus 15:6).


“Throughout the Biblical narrative of salvation, an unmistakable motif is the unrelenting determination of the Lord to form a people whom He could call His own. The formation of such a people, united in a sacred covenant with God, is integral to the Lord's plan of salvation and to the glorification of His name. The prophets repeatedly remind Israel that
their covenant demanded that relationships among its various social groups should be characterized by justice, compassion and mercy. Reconciliation often demands repentance, reparation and healing of memories.”


Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute