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"In light of recent news reports about Pope Francis and the Catholic Church, Bishop Gregory Parkes has released a video responding to the issues that are currently being discussed."
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Dear St. Anthony The Abbot Parishioner,
In an effort to keep us all spiritually close while we are physically apart, we are livestreaming Mass with Fr. Pecchie from St. Anthony The Abbot, daily at 8:00 a.m. EDT, and every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. EDT.
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Subject: The Angels
Subject: Christifideles Laici...On Christ's Faithful...St.John Paul II
How do you deepen your relationship with Jesus? By spending time studying God's word in Scripture.
Content: Books of James...1st, 2nd Peter...1st, 2nd, 3rd John...Jude
The Bible is our Soul's GPS to lead us to God in a deeper relationship and the roadmap to heaven. WARNING: Bible usage can be habit forming. Regular scripture reading can cause loss of anxiety and fear, and possible loss of appetite for impatience and anger. Symptoms include: increased love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. If SYMPTOMS PERSIST, just "PRAISE THE LORD!"
(Snacks available for K-6 students)
(balance of the month is home study)
(Pizza available for purchase at 6:00 pm)
Gathered around the fire for fellowship & Fr. Pecchie's teachings (07/16/20)
Fr. Pecchie helping us better understand our faith
Faith and fellowship (08/13/20)
Learn more about your faith in a comfortable atmosphere
My Dear Friends in Christ,
Maybe the most familiar and universal symbol of this beautiful season or preparation is the Advent wreath with its four candles, which Christians have been using for more than 1,000 years. But there is so much symbolism in the wreath, we often take it for granted.
Its circular shape gives it no beginning or end - perfectly symbolizing the eternity of God and His love, and the everlasting life that Christ wants to give all of us. The different types of branches traditionally used in Advent wreaths are all from evergreen trees, trees that remain green even during the coldest, darkest days of winter. They remind us that Christ's love remains fresh and strong even in life's most difficult moments - He never abandons us.
Traditional wreaths include laurel and holly branches. The laurel branch was an ancient symbol of victory; it reminds us that on the first Christmas, Christ came to bring victory over sin and Satan. The holly branches are bordered with small, prickly edges, reminding us of Christ's crown of thorns, of the suffering by which He won His victory over sin and evil.
The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent. Some traditions also say that they represent the four thousand years that Christians used to believe passed between the Fall of Adam and Eve and the Birth of Jesus. Their light represents Christ Himself, Who is the light of the world: His Word shows us how we should live, and His love, expressed especially in the Eucharist, fills our hearts with comfort, like the warmth of a supernatural fire.
We light the candles gradually throughout Advent, because we know that the joy of salvation doesn't come fully into our lives all at once. Rather, life as a Christian is a journey, a relationship with Jesus that has to be constantly renewed, just as a new candle is lit each week. If we are faithful to this friendship and don't abandon our journey, the fullness of joy will eventually be ours. Christ has promised us all of this, and He wants us to rejoice in these promises, confident that since He is faithful, He can and will fulfill them.
Everyone faces the temptation of fast forwarding their attention and concern to Christmas, and many times that takes them off track, focusing on shopping and family logistics instead of the Reason for the Season. Advent is an opportunity for each of us to meditate on the Reason for the Season and help others to do so as well. It is a time for reflecting on our sins and asking Our Lord to continue to redeem us from them.
If there’s some point of spiritual growth with which we are struggling, Advent is a time not only to work on it, but to pray unceasingly for the Lord’s help in overcoming it. If we’ve become estranged from someone we love (or loved), we can ask Our Lord to help us to become reconciled.
Shopping and family logistics are a reality of this season, but they also provide a spiritual opportunity to go out of our way for others. All the organizing, planning, budgeting, wrapping, etc., is to express your love for someone, and in loving others, you love Christ. Don’t forget to include something for someone who may have no one to love them.
Come Lord Jesus, Come!
Did you know that Bishop Gregory Parkes is on YouTube, he has a radio show, and he records a Sunday Gospel reflection each week? Through media, he shares the hope of Christ with thousands of people each week. You can hear uplifting information about our Catholic community and also learn more about what our faith teaches on relevant topics. Take some time to connect more with your faith by connecting with Bishop Parkes.
Born 05-03-1991 --- Died 10/12/2006 (leukemia)
1. "The Virgin Mary is the only woman in my life."
2. “The more Eucharist we receive, the more we will become like Jesus, so that on earth we will have a foretaste of heaven.”
3. “By standing before the Eucharistic Christ, we become holy.”
4. “There are people who suffer much more than me.”
5. “Continuously ask your guardian angel for help. Your guardian angel has to become your best friend.”
6. “Do not be afraid because with the Incarnation of Jesus, death becomes life, and there’s no need to escape: in eternal life, something extraordinary awaits us.”
7. “Jerusalem is right on our doorstep.”
8. "All people are born as originals but many die as photocopies”
9. "To always be close to Jesus, that’s my life plan”.
10. “Sadness is looking at ourselves, happiness is looking towards God.”
11. “Not me, but God.”
12. “The more Eucharist we receive, the more we will become like Jesus, so that on this earth we will have a foretaste of heaven".
13. “The only thing we have to ask God for, in prayer, is the desire to be holy.”
14. “Our soul is like a hot air balloon. If by chance there is a mortal sin, the soul falls to the ground. Confession is like the fire underneath the balloon enabling the soul to rise again. . . It is important to go to confession often.”
15. “I am happy to die because I have lived my life without wasting a minute on those things which do not please God.”
16. “Our goal must be infinite, not the finite. The infinite is our homeland. Heaven has been waiting for us forever.”
17. “The Eucharist is the highway to heaven.”
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