From the Pastor–May 7, 2017

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

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, Today, in a special way, we congratulate and offer thanks to our young people of the parish and PREP program that celebrate their First Communion. We are very proud of you and your love for Jesus. Together, with your family and friends, we pledge our support and prayers! In today’s Gospel on this 4th Sunday of Easter, John the Evangelist writes: “But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The...

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From the Pastor–April 30, 2017

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, Today on this Third Sunday of Easter, the Gospel reading is the well-known passage known as the “Road to Emmaus.” Emmaus, as we know, is a small town outside of Jerusalem. Today’s gospel account from Luke reports that Jesus appeared there, after his death and resurrection, to two of his disciples while they were walking on the road and that it was only in the breaking and sharing of bread that they recognized him. The...

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From the Pastor–April 23, 2017

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, Today in the Church calendar besides being the Second Sunday of Easter is popularly known as “Divine Mercy Sunday.”  Saint John Paul II formally instituted this feast in the Church’s liturgical calendar during his pontificate. He first encountered this devotion while growing up in Poland. Between 1930 and 1938 Our Lord appeared to a young Polish nun, Sister Maria Faustina, a Sister of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy...

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From the Pastor–Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, The Lord is Risen; indeed, He is Risen! Today our Church celebrates, with great joy, the principal feast of the liturgical year, Easter. Pope Leo I in the 4th century described Easter as the “greatest feast (festum festorum) and the very center of our holy faith.” Easter is also referred to as Pascha from the ancient Greek and Latin from which the word Paschal is derived. Whatever word we employ to describe today’s great...

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From the Pastor–Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, Today, as we stand a week from our great celebration of Easter, the Church worldwide commemorates “Palm Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord”. In all four Gospel accounts, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem occurs a week before his Resurrection from the dead. With that, today marks the start of “Holy Week” that most sacred week in our liturgical calendar where we prayerfully recall and venerate...

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From the Pastor — April 2, 2017

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in From the Pastor Columns, Uncategorized

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 almsgiving that serve to strengthen us at this holy time of the year. This week I draw our attention to the Lenten practice of almsgiving 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 come...

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