Fatima and Divine Mercy

03-26-2017Our Catholic Faith

Three: God’s Number

Fatima is famous for its “triads”, that is , groups of three related things: Three shepherds; three days in prison; the revelation of the Holy Trinity; three apparitions of the Angel; three petitions of Our Lady: Meditative Prayer, Penance, Eucharistic Reparation; three parts of the secret of Fatima; three times that the Angels call for Penance at the allegory of the third part of the secret…Now, the hour of mercy is 3:00 p.m., when our Lord Jesus Christ died at the Cross. At this hour of the day, the Mercy of God is stronger and more efficacious, thanks to Meditative Prayer, the chaplet of Divine Mercy.

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Cremation

01-30-2017Our Catholic FaithFr. Matthew Krempel

May Jesus, our Lord and Savior, bless you with His peace.

Not too long ago, a man wanted to arrange a funeral here at Saint Mary Roman Catholic Church, for his wife. I was more than willing to help him in his time of separation and grief. In his conversation with my staff, he said that he was going to keep the ashes of his wife in his house, to have her close to him, rather than to bury them. At that point, he was informed that as Roman Catholics, we could not agree with his intention, and if he was going to insist, that we could not provide his wife with a Catholic funeral. He insisted, and so ended our dialogue, and there was no Catholic funeral.

Such a scenario is happening more and more in our society. Television advertisements and programs glorify the idea of holding onto the ashes of a deceased member, or of scattering the ashes over the flower bed, in a stream, or on a golf course, where the deceased spent a lot of time.

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May Jesus bless you with His peace.

01-17-2016Pastor's LetterFr. Matthew Krempel

Jesus told His apostles that when they should enter a town or house, that they should bless the town or house with “Peace to this house,” (Lk. 10:5). St. Francis of Assisi would change this greeting to: “May the Lord bless you with peace.”

We know too that when Jesus appeared to the apostles on the first night of the first day of the week, on the day of His resurrection from the dead, that according to St. John, He greeted them with “Peace be with you.” Again He said: “Peace be with you.” (Jn. 20:19a.21a)

Also, during His last supper, according to St. John, Jesus assured His apostles “Peace I leave you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let your hearts not be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (Jn. 14:27)

St. Irenaeus teaches his disciples that to be at peace with the world is to be at war with God. To be at peace with Christ Jesus, is to be at war with the world. Probably another of version of “you cannot serve both God and mammon," Mt. 6:24.

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