From the Pastor-January 29, 2017

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AMDG Dear OSJ Family, Last week we honored the legacy of our great Civil Rights Leader, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who by his words, deeds, and martyrdom taught us the true meaning of the word freedom. During the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. King preached nonviolence was the only way to fight for freedom, successfully leading many in their pursuit of their “unalienable rights” promised by our Constitution. He often credited his...

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From the Pastor-January 22, 2017

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AMDG Dear OSJ Family, In the meaningful rituals of our Roman Catholic tradition, various elements–the scriptures to be read, the psalms to be sung, the communion to be shared–call for many gifts from many different people acting together. That is when the Church best celebrates liturgy with great reverence, dignity and beauty. We strive for those elements here at OSJ at each Mass. By the nature of our baptism, all of us are called to minister...

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From the Pastor-January 15, 2017

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AMDG Dear OSJ Family A few of our parishioners asked me to share some startling statistics that I used in my homilies last weekend regarding the ongoing persecution of Christians all around the world. Sadly, but because we need to earnestly reflect on what this means for us as a body of believers and as a human family, I share this information with you, taken from my Epiphany homily: “To believe in Christ, to obey his Gospel and to execute his...

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From the Pastor-January 8, 2017

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, I take this opportunity, after what has been a great celebration of the Christmas Season at OSJ, to express our thanks and appreciation to so many who generously and lovingly served together at our parish. Our celebration of Christmas this past year was remarkable. We had so many visitors who told me that they purposely sought out our parish for Mass as they have heard great things about the worship and prayer at our...

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From the Pastor-January, 1 2017

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, Happy New Year! Today, in addition to ushering in 2017, our Church throughout the world celebrates the Solemn Feast of Mary, the Holy Mother of God which is in the Octave of Christmas. Interestingly, only Christmas and Easter enjoy the privilege of an “Octave” or an eight-day extension of the feast.  The Church, in her wisdom, gives us this solemn feast on January 1st so that with Holy Mary as our model, we can better...

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