Pastor's Corner

Dear Parishioners:

A prayer in a time of troubled hearts.

I wonder, Lord, 
how many are the hearts this morning
lined up at your door
with petitions, prayers and cries for help 
as once again your people grieve 
the senseless loss of life,
victims of a killer's gun...

I wonder, Lord, 
how many are the hearts today
questioning how you, our loving God, 
allow such bloodshed, time and time again,
to be the morning headline's cry...

I wonder, Lord, 
how many are the hearts now moved
to take whatever steps they can
to act, to move, to vote 
for any way to end this tragic tale...

I wonder, Lord, 
how my own heart, aggrieved as many others,
will move beyond its muted fear,
giving voice to those whose cries
have been forever silenced...

I trust, Lord, I pray,
that in your mercy and your goodness
you 'll accept the heart I offer you this morning
and give me what I need to do my part
in ending this sad story,
this senseless loss of life,
this nightmare in our souls...

May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in Peace.  Amen.

God Bless

Msgr. John Shamleffer

Ten top reasons to come to RCIA—not in any particular order.

  1. You want to become Catholic.
  2. You are marrying someone outside the faith and they desire to know more about our faith.
  3. You are Catholic, and did not receive all of the Sacraments of Initiation—Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation.
  4. You have children to teach and don’t know the faith well enough.
  5. You have a friend or family member interested in learning more about the faith, who would be more comfortable if you came with them.
  6. You have experienced a loss of some kind in your life and need a small faith community.
  7. Your spouse is not Catholic, and might be interested in joining our Church as your children are receiving first communion or confirmation.
  8. You are Catholic, and would like to learn current Church teaching and practice.
  9. You’ve heard it is a great experience.
  10. God is calling you.

Our Annual Catholic Appeal is coming to a close.  If you have not already done so please consider a pledge to this Appeal.  Your contributions go directly to help serve the needs of so many in our area.  So far only about 35% of our parishioners have responded to this campaign. 

There are so many appeals and worthy causes that are presented to us daily.  This appeal is like the United Way in that it funds the essential organizations and programs of the Archdiocese.  These organizations are: parish schools to help keep Catholic education feasible for all, social service programs such as Birthright, Catholic Charities, Newman Centers, and programs for our youth, elderly, homeless and those with special needs.

When you give to the Annual Catholic Appeal you are not only supporting the one or two agencies that are close to your heart, but you are also extending your hands to help all of the other good works performed throughout this Archdiocese. 

Thank you for all those who generously support this campaign and the mission of the Church.  Let us pray for one another, and especially for those you are assisting through your contributions.

Stewardship Reflection ~ August 4, 2019

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” (Luke 12:15)

The Gospel message today is contrary to our modern culture where advertising continually tries to convince us that our value lies in the things we possess. Jesus showed us that our true value lies in the way we live our lives. He challenges us to not hoard material possessions, but rather to live a grateful and generous lifestyle and become more “other-centered” and less “self-centered.”


We are St. Gabriel!


Msgr. John B. Shamleffer

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