From the Pastor — February 26, 2017

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, I write to you this week from out of the office as I begin a few days of vacation with my family. Next Wednesday, March 1st, Christians around the world will begin the Holy Season of Lent with our celebration of Ash Wednesday. Masses, with the distribution of blessed ashes, at OSJ are set for the following times: -12:05 pm Mass -7:30 pm Mass Though it is not a Holy Day of Obligation, Ash Wednesday remains one of the most...

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From the Pastor — February 19, 2017

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in From the Pastor Columns, Uncategorized

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, With all the conversation recently around refugees, I want bring to your attention a service of our Jesuit Family that is seeking to meet the rising demands of refugees. Many of you have asked how you can help those fleeing persecution and oppression in distant lands, so the Jesuits in the USA are encouraging those we serve to consider supporting the good work of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). This blurb, taken from the...

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From the Pastor — February 12, 2017

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, On the 14th of this month the world will celebrate Valentine’s Day. This day, while currently celebrated as a secular holiday, was once solely a Catholic feast day in honor of an actual Christian saint. In truth, there were at least two or three St. Valentines, all of whom were likely martyrs of the early church. I say “likely” because much of what we know about them is attributed to legend and not history or fact. ...

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From the Pastor — February 5, 2017

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, In recent months, we have seen many of our fellow Americans exercising their constitutional right to peaceful assembly and to freedom of expression/speech as provided for by the first amendment. Peaceful and lawful marches and non-violent protests are an essential part of the very fabric of our American way of being and proceeding. In the past few years, peaceable marches in which Americans have participated have focused...

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USCCB Chairmen Statement in Response to Refugee Executive Order

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

On January 27, 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order that, among other things, suspends issuance of visas and other immigration benefits to nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days, indefinitely suspends resettlement of refugees from Syria (a predominately Muslim country), subject to a possible exception for those who are “religious minorities” in their home countries and facing religious...

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