Weekly Bulletin


Weekly Bulletin

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, May the Peace of the Risen Christ be with you! his evening at the at the Life Teen Mass we will honor the 2018 graduates. It is a time for the graduates and their families to give thanks to the Lord Jesus for helping them reach this milestone in their lives and to ask that on this Pentecost Sunday He will send the Holy Spirit to guide the graduates as they take the next step in life whether it be entering college or the workforce. I would hope the graduates choose to continue their education since a good education builds a solid...


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My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, May the Peace of the Risen Christ be with you! Where would we be without our mothers? Without my mother I would not be here today writing this letter! I wouldn’t even be celebrating this Mass with you today! I thank God that she and my farther were open to life! She was the one who not only changed my diapers, but she had to wash them as well (There were no disposable diapers in those days!). She would have to soak them in the toilet and then wash them in the “ringer” washer. There was no automatic washing machine either. The...


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My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, May the Peace of the Risen Christ be with you! Every year as May 9th approaches, I find myself reflecting on my priestly ordination and the call that God the Father has given to me to follow His Son as an ordained priest. Forty-eight years ago today I was making the final plans for my priestly ordination. I remember that I only had a few days to get everything ready since I had planned to be on retreat for three days before the ordination. I was so excited. Bishop Thomas Drury had agreed to ordain me on the Saturday before Mother’s Day...


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My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, May the Peace of the Risen Christ be with you! Every Sunday we normally listen to a reading from the Old Testament which is usually connected to the message of the Gospel for that Sunday. But this is not the case during the Easter Season. During this special time the Liturgy of the Word begins with a reading from the Acts of the Apostles where St. Luke gives us an inside view of the early church and how those first Christians worshiped. It was common for them to gather in the home of one or another of the baptized members. These gathering...


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My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, May the Peace of the Risen Christ be with you! Today is the Feast of the Divine Mercy of Jesus. Like of you, I do not know a lot about this feast so I looked up the official web site for Divine Mercy. This is what I found: “The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us – all of us. And, he wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all...


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My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, May the Peace of the Risen Christ be with you! Today is Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. As we enter into these sacred days let us be resolved that through the liturgy of the Church on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, we can accompany Jesus through His suffering, death and resurrection. The pain that I have been experiencing in low back and in my legs has caused me to recall something that I wrote a few years ago entitled “Suffering with Christ.” In fact, one Sunday before my last surgery, Mrs. Berta Chavez, who herself...


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My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I have been taking it easy since my surgery. While I have been doing a little more each day in my office and staying pretty close to the parish grounds (After all, I can’t drive and have a hard time asking people to take me somewhere except to the doctors and to have blood work.), I thank the Lord for giving me this time to be alone with Him. Last week I told you that Lent is about coming back to the Lord. Well this is not a one-time event. It is daily.  Those of you who are married know that a...


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2/11/2018 My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, HELPING HANDS OF THE 7TH FLOOR When I was wheeled onto the 7th floor of Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas, I was a bit loopy from spending six and a half hours on the operating table. Being loopy demands a lot of attention from those who are taking care of you. I don’t remember, but I am sure that I was a hand full. Instead of finding crumply nurses. I found smiley ones. As they were asking me questions, I remember my friend, Dr. John Lopez, DC, who was with me, saying, “Monsignor! You have to be...


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2/11/2018 My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, There seems to be something magical about Ash Wednesday. I think that one could say that more people go to church on Ash Wednesday than on any other day of the year. Being marked with the ashes made from palm is not a sure ticket to heaven, but it is a powerful symbol that should remind us that we are indeed sinners and have a need to repent, to change our ways so as to put Christ in the center of our lives. Ash Wednesday is also the first day of Lent, which is a season of penance. Lenten practices in...


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1/21/2018 My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, With my retirement in July 2019 getting closer, I find myself reflecting on my time here at SSCM and see what has to be done to make sure that the parish is in good order for the next pastor. Looking back since my appointment as the Pastor of SS. Cyril and Methodius Parish in March 1991, I see a lot of spiritual growth that has taken place both in the parish community and in myself as well. I will be the first to admit that there have been many bumps along the way. For a while, it seemed that for every...


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