Previous Message Series

Message Series allows us to delve more deeply into a subject matter, over the course of several weeks, with the hope of growing as disciples and improving our parish life. Check the bulletin for upcoming series and we encourage you to invite family and friends! 

Easter Season Hope Rising

Hope is the sunlight of the soul, casting all things in new light. Throughout this series, we will examine how faith and hope are intertwined. Why faith can lead us to hope for the future; not only what we hope for in ourselves but in our families, our community and in our parish. 

Week One: What are you hopeful for? 

 
Week Two: What troubles your heart? 
 

 

Week Three: Which path of hope will you choose? 

 
Week Four: How will you hold on to hope moving forward? 
 
 
Week Five: What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit? 
 

 

Sunday April 26th - the road to Emmaus 

 

 

Divine Mercy Sunday 

 

 

Easter Sunday

 

 

Palm Sunday

 

 

Lenten Message Series: Refocus

In our fast-paced, overscheduled world, our to-do list is long, and our attention span short. Throughout this series, we’ll explore ways to refocus on our personal faith, what matters most to you and how to become a better version of yourself.

Week One: Lent is more than what we give up, it's what we gain. When you remove distractions from your life, where will you refocus your time and attention?

 

 
Week Two: The transformation of Jesus is a reminder that our lives are far more than we can see, hear or experience. Because the glory of God is often veiled, we must slow down and refocus our attention on His glory. 
 
 
Week three: In our present moment of uncertainty and anxiety, you and I need to recognize God in our midst and refocus on what’s most important. The Samaritan woman in today’s Gospel was merely going about her daily routine. She had no reason to believe she would meet God. But she allowed herself to refocus her attention and she was greatly rewarded.
 
 
Week four: Jesus uses ordinary elements to manifest his glory and manifest his glory in our lives. In healing a blind man, he cures our own blindness. 
 
Week five: Jesus tells us he is the resurrection and the life, here and now. God put us in the time and place for a reason. What is your purpose? 
 

 

Tough Love Message Series 

In this week’s message we will introduce our series topic and compare and contrast love in dreams from love in reality. We will look at Luke’s Gospel, which tells the story of the presentation of the Temple and Simeon’s warning to Mary that “a sword will pierce your heart.” Mary suffered greatly in bringing Jesus into the world and ultimately on his death on the cross. Love at times will hurt and require sacrifice.

 
Disciples are to be, as Christ says, “the salt of the earth and the light of the world”. Salt preserves and light provides security and comfort. Loving people in reality, even when it’s tough, through good deeds gives salt and light to a weary world. In week two, Father Gerald challenges us to consider how God’s love can work through us, even in the toughest of situations.
 
 

In the Sermon on the Mount, all rules around morality change drastically. In his teaching, Jesus uses the formula: “You have heard it said… but I say to you.” These statements are all lessons in tough love because they take conventional wisdom from the Torah, and say how more is demanded. Father Gerald explains in this week's homily that these teachings are meant to shape our inner selves, our heart.

You shouldn’t be surprised that God calls you to this amazing challenge of tough love. The question is, how will you respond?

 

What Unites Us Message Series 

We live in a world divided. By political alliance, religious beliefs, racial tensions and nationality. Snap judgments are commonplace based on misperceptions and misinformation. Our broken creation is aching for peace and healing that can only be achieved through the dignity we share as God’s children. In this series, we explore how we find the commonalities that unite us as children of God. Even though people see God differently, He sees all of us the same. 

The What Unites Us Message Series kicked off on Epiphany Sunday. The word epiphany means manifestation. The feast of the Epiphany marks the manifestation of Jesus to the all the nations, uniting those who were separated. May we, like the magi, recognize this joy in him and in others. The world depends on it.

In week 2 of our Message Series, What Unites Us. Here, Father Gerald reflects on how we need to identify our own struggles so we can in turn heal others. May the waters of Baptism flow through all of our personal relationships.

 

In week 3, we explore humility and how John the Baptist as a witness to Jesus can serve each of us in understanding our place before God. 

 

Can you say Metanoia? In the final week of our Message Series, What Unites Us, Father Gerald describes how a change of heart is necessary in order to be a beacon of light to others. The reign of God is not based on domination, but on service.

 

Advent Message Series: Grace and Truth 

 

Advent is a time when grace and truth enters the world in a special way: the arrival of Jesus. Many people struggle balancing grace with truth. We tend to be good at emphasizing one but not the other. Truth without grace isn’t actually truth… it’s about being right. Grace without truth isn’t really grace… it’s enabling or lawless.

 In this series, we hope that people move from thinking about grace and truth as an “either/or” to a “both/and” attitude. In the persons of John the Baptist, Mary, Joseph, and most perfectly, Jesus, we witness examples of living in both grace and truth. Each week, we identify the grace, identify the truth, and bring them together to bear on our decisions and actions to experience Christ more fully at Christmas.

Advent is like a spiritual desert where we make room for God by repenting of things that distract us from Jesus. In week 2 of our Grace & Truth message series, Father Gerald shares how repenting breaks bad behavior, turning us toward that which is good. What is one bad or distracting habit or action in your life that you can repent and give up this Advent?

In week 3 of our Grace & Truth message series, Father Gerald shares two more truths: God loves you, and you need God’s grace. It is impossible for you to get to heaven by your own strength, wit, or wisdom. Listen as we prepare for our Savior's birth.

 

Response. Ability. Message Series

 

As human beings we have freedom to act and react to life. We have the ability to respond to the events that happen to us. And how we choose to respond determines the course of our life. When you look back over the arc of your life to date, how you responded to certain situations, certain opportunities have shaped the outcomes. So over the course of this series, we are going to look at our ability to respond to God. We are going to look at taking greater responsibility for our walk with Christ. And specifically work to respond to God when it comes to prayer and when it comes to giving...the two main ways we honor God. 

In the first week of our Response Ability message series, Father Gerald explains that we must pray continually and never lose heart even when we feel like our prayer life is failing.Do you believe that if you enter prayer with a humble heart, God considers your petitions with mercy and compassion?

In week 2 of our Response Ability message series, Father Gerald challenges us to examine our heart. Are we the Pharisee who simply checks off the boxes but looks down on others. Or are we the tax collector who trusted in God and not himself. We have the ability to respond accordingly.

In week 3 of our Response Ability message series, the Gospel story of Zacchaeus illustrates the pain of greed and the response of joyful repentance. Father Gerald challenges all of us to look at our ability to give and encourages us to respond accordingly. It's a matter of our spiritual health.

In week 4 of our Response Ability message series, Father Gerald reminds us that our time here is short. Everything you have now you cannot keep, but everything you’ll have in heaven you cannot lose, so doesn’t it make sense to invest in eternity?

 

Breathing Room Message Series

 

God wants to give us a life of joy and peace and contentment and margin. He wants to give us breathing room. Breathing room is having space for relationships. It is having time in our schedule so we are not constantly running from event to event. Breathing room is having enough in our budgets to save and give. Breathing room is having enough margin to breath. However, our culture constantly pushes against breathing room and if we aren’t careful we pretty quickly find ourselves without breathing room. In this series we will look at how we can regain a little breathing room in our lives.

In week 1, Father Gerald explores the gap between the hectic pace of our lives and where we can create more breathing room. 

 
In week 2, Father Gerald discusses the difference between standard of living and quality of life and challenges us to look at where we spend our money. Does it serve us? Or does it serve others?
 

 

Sometimes in our pursuit for happiness, we add "more". More stuff, more activities, more debt. In week 3, Father Gerald asks us to consider what makes us pursue more and what do we need to say "no more" to?  

 

 

 

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