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A Word From Fr. Rob - Week of May 17, 2015

Submitted by Our Parish Community on May 18, 2015 - 10:07pm

Hello Everyone, Last weekend we covered the 17th Chapter in Matthew Kelly’s book in which he discusses the 6th pillar of Catholic spirituality; Spiritual Reading. I know that I mentioned some authors that you might find enjoyable , but I thought that I should write them down for you.

Matthew Kelly’s own website is He provides all of the titles of his own very popular books and several other Catholic Authors (including Pope Francis).

A Word From Fr. Rob - Week of May 10, 2015

Submitted by Our Parish Community on May 11, 2015 - 9:19pm

Dear People of Saint Joseph-Saint Pius X, It’s definitely beginning to look (and feel) like spring. I have been noticing the brown lawns beginning to turn green and the little buds that are appearing on our trees. I even saw a tree in bloom with many bees buzzing around it. There are also those wonderful little creatures, the mayflies. All of these are signs of spring. These signs do not occur instantly all in one day, rather they take their time. As the weather warms and the sun shines each comes out in its own time.

A Word From Fr. Rob - Week of May 3, 2015

Submitted by Our Parish Community on May 2, 2015 - 9:59pm

Dear People of St. Joseph-St. Pius X Parish, Here we are at the start of a new cycle of life; the season we call spring! It is glorious and so invigorating after this horrendous winter. I am happy just for the fact that I have made it through winter alive (and sane?). Spring is a time for planting and getting out. It is a time for cleaning and airing out. It is a time to get together with friends and family for no reason except that it is nice outside. In our church it is a time when we celebrate Easter, Baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations, Weddings and Ordinations.

A Word From Fr. Rob - Week of April 5, 2015

Submitted by Our Parish Community on April 6, 2015 - 6:57pm

Dear people of St. Joseph-St. Pius X Parish, this week I continue to reflect upon the Sacraments by discussing the greatest of them, the Eucharist. Eucharist means to give thanks, so what is it that we are giving thanks for? It is in gratitude that my faith, hope and love have been more free to grow and flourish. I have come to believe that one cannot be a believer in God unless one first knows God. We need to come to a place in our lives which enables us to want to know God. When I was younger I knew of a God who was angry, strict and vengeful.

A Word From Fr. Rob - Week of March 8, 2015

Submitted by RonRProuty on March 9, 2015 - 6:36pm

Hello again everyone, To continue with my explanation of the Sacraments, I will now discuss the differences between the Sacraments of Holy Orders and Matrimony. First and most obvious difference is the living situation after the celebration of the Sacrament. The Deacon, Priest or Bishop will not have to change his position in the bed after the Holy Orders is celebrated, because if he is married he will still be married and if he is not married he will remain unmarried after receiving the Sacrament.

Partners In Charity Commitment

Submitted by RonRProuty on March 1, 2015 - 3:59pm

During the weekend of March 13th and 14th we will reach out with an In Pew Commitment for the 2015 Partners In Charity Annual Appeal. Once a year we commit ourselves to this ongoing work by supporting this life giving appeal. We reflect on God's great generosity and respond with generous giving of our own.

A Letter From Bishop McManus - The Season of Lent

Submitted by RonRProuty on February 11, 2015 - 8:38pm

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, with the imposition of ashes on our foreheads this Wednesday, we begin the forty day season of Lent. We bear those ashes with humility and in truth to show God and the world that we are sinners in need of repentance. We also bear those ashes with faith and trust in the mercy and forgiveness of God.

While Lent is a time of repentance marked by deepened prayer, penance and almsgiving, it is also a time of renewal. What begins with ashes and repentance ends with new life and joy as we celebrate Christ’s triumph at Easter.

Haiti Bowls

Submitted by RonRProuty on February 11, 2015 - 8:28pm

Haiti Bowls will be available again this Lenten Season on Ash Wednesday. Please take a bowl & prayer leaflet. Your Lenten sacrifices and use of the Haiti Bowls remain the major source of funding for the projects we support at St. Eugene de Mazenod Parish in LeCayes. The bowls may be returned during Holy Week or during the week after Easter. Direct donations are welcomed at any time during the year by marking them “for Haiti” and placing them in the offertory baskets at any Mass. Remember a little goes a long way in Haiti!

A Word From Fr. Rob - Week of Jan. 25, 2015

Submitted by RonRProuty on January 25, 2015 - 9:09pm

Hello again to all, I write to you this week about the Sacrament of Penance, Reconciliation, or Confession. The names are many but the purpose is the same as all of the Sacraments: to enable us to receive the great gift that God gives us so freely and lovingly, his forgiveness and our salvation. This Sacrament is probably one of the most misunderstood of all of the seven. It is frequently avoided by us in our day and age because we fear the judgement of God and humans. The reality is that the Sacrament is meant to convey not God's judgement, but rather God's mercy.

A Word From Fr. Rob - Week of Jan. 11, 2015

Submitted by RonRProuty on January 11, 2015 - 3:59pm

Dear fellow Pilgrims, I use that word “pilgrim” in its original meaning, not those fellows who came over on the Mayflower. The word pilgrim means traveler. We as Catholics use it whenever we speak of journeying to a holy place i.e. pilgrimages to Rome, Fatima or Jerusalem. The folks who go on those pilgrimages are pilgrims. We as Christians frequently refer to our spiritual Life as a pilgrimage or journey. We are moving towards the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven or to spiritual and physical union with the Body of Christ and with the person(s) of God.


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