From the Pastor 2-28-16

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, As we continue on our Lenten journey together as God’s Church, we continue to reflect on our traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and alms giving that serve to strengthen us at this holy time of the year. This week I draw our attention to the Lenten practice of alms-giving or giving to and serving others. It should be obvious by now, that almsgiving is simply a response by us to God, a response that we have...

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From the Pastor 2-21-16

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, With one week of Lent behind us, we can continue to focus our attention on our beautiful Catholic traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and alms giving in this most holy season of the Church. This week I draw our attention to the Lenten practice of prayer. Lent, as we know, is a time of spiritual renewal. Without prayer, fasting and almsgiving are merely actions we do out of tradition without much meaning....

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From the Pastor: 2-14-16

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, With the start of Lent, this past Wednesday, Roman Catholic traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, alms giving and other forms of self-denial are still most warmly recommended by the Church. This week I draw our attention to the Lenten practice of fasting. Fasting, broadly speaking, is the voluntary avoidance of something that is good. When we Catholics talk about fasting, we normally mean restricting the food...

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From The Pastor: 2-7-16

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, Next Wednesday, February 10th, the Church throughout the world begins the sacred season of Lent with the celebration of Ash Wednesday. While it is neither a Solemn Feast Day or a Holy Day of Obligation, Christians will nonetheless flock to churches to be marked with a cross of ashes, the sign of our faith and a reminder of our sinfulness and need for God’s peace and healing. We do this, as we enter into the forty days of...

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