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A Note from the Pastor – Dec. 10

Fr. Gerard Lecomte, CJM How was your liturgical week?  It was so great to see so many people united in our church for the Immaculate Conception! Our students took the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of reconciliation. We celebrate our Lady of Guadalupe at St Leo this coming Saturday at 8pm. What a great opportunity…

A Note from the Pastor – Nov. 19

Fr. Gerard Lecomte, CJM In the context of our stewardship these past few weekends, I wish to extend an invitation to our Thanksgiving celebration this coming Thursday, an example of table blessing prayer. We are a thankful people because we are a eucharistic people: the Greek word eukharistia, after all, means “thanksgiving.” And so gathered…

A Note from the Pastor – Nov. 12

This weekend we are reminded that one day Jesus will return in glory as the world comes to an earth-shattering conclusion. As frightening as the warnings are in today’s readings, they are accompanied by assurances that God remains with us—always. Indeed, soon we will be reminded that Emmanuel means “God is with us.” Jesus—Emmanuel—will return…

A Note from the Pastor – November 5

During November, we remember and honor all those who have preceded us in death. We recall especially those who have passed away this past year. It is normal to struggle with one’s faith when in the throes of grief. Death comes with trauma and questions that we can never answer satisfactorily. Why was she taken…

A Note from the Pastor – October 29

Fr. Gerard Lecomte, CJM I am glad to be back with you! On Monday we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints (not a holy day of obligation this year), where we recognize those many men and women who we believe have gained eternal reward and are forever in the presence of God. Today we hear…

A Note from the Pastor – Oct. 22

Fr. Gerard Lecomte, CJM This weekend is the last of the three teaching Masses, focusing on the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The weekend also ends the seven week Eucharistic Initiative. Thank you to all who helped make this initiative run smoothly. There is a two-page guide explaining the full Mass attached below. In this weekend’s…

A Note From the Pastor – Oct. 15

Pray for the new synod, where the pope will consult Catholics around the world about how the Church listens to their concerns, and how they would like its leadership to respond to them. The process culminates in 2023 with an assembly of all of the bishops at the Vatican, who will consider the findings from…

A Message from the Pastor – Oct. 8

Starting this Sunday, and for the following two Sundays, the parish will present a step-by-step explanation of the meaning of the ritual actions of the Mass. It’s the second phase of the Eucharist Renewal Initiative that began in September in all of the diocese’s parishes to re-introduce the gifts we receive when we attend Mass,…

A Note from the Pastor – Oct. 1

Fr. Gerard Lecomte, CJM The Holy Spirit draws us each Sunday to this holy place. We gather together as the body of Christ to celebrate the Eucharist. We pray that we may be made worthy of the call we received in baptism to witness to God’s saving power in what we say and what we…

September 26 Homily – Fr. Peter Escalante

“Should I go to Mass this weekend?” Many faithful wrestle with this question, amid the latest news on the coronavirus. But perhaps answering the question, “Why should I go to Mass?” and understanding the blessings of encountering the real presence of Christ will offer the compelling reason to attend Mass in person. To help promote…