Parish

The Mission’s final word

The term was used to describe the various communities of followers springing up around the world. St. Augustine used this term in his two great works of theology “Confessions” (394) and “City of God” (410). The church had major splits in the 5th century and 11th Century; yet the term Catholic stuck to those who were loyal to the Bishop of Rome (The Pope).

It was in the 17th Century that the term Catholic became an official part of the church and used in official documents.

Yes, the church has evolved. Our Cultural context is relevant.

Coming to the end

We are approaching the end of the “Mission” for the Year of Faith called for by the Emeritus Pope Benedict the XVI. In his apostolic letter entitled the PORTA FIDEI, or “door of faith”. he called on the church for a mission; the Holy Father announced an initiative for the rediscovery or reawakening of faith within the church and within each of us.

Footsteps in the sand

We face crisis in the world today. We face world shattering issues such as climate change and its host of sub tiered ramifications: We have Ozone depletion, Global Warming, Melting Glaciers, Rising seas, less land for farming and less drinkable water for our ever rising population.

We are all sinners and saints

If someone stood up today and stated that everyone in this church was a sinner, you probably would not have much of a problem with the truth in the statement. We know that temptation follows us through all our days, we are aware of Satan’s eternal mission to lure us over to his side. We are also aware that the flesh is weak and we struggle with the good that is in us and our base, more primitive instincts.

The Holiness of Halloween (part 2)

In preparation for All Saints Day (1 Nov) and All Souls Day (2 Nov), we make a small stop on 31 October for All Hallow’s Eve, or Halloween.

In medieval times, one popular All Souls' Day practice was to make "soul cakes,"
simple bread desserts with a currant topping. In a custom called "souling," children
would go door-to-door begging for the cakes, much like modern trick-or-treaters.

For every cake a child collected, he or she would have to say a prayer for the dead
relatives of the person who gave the cake. These prayers would help the relatives

Cast the first stone

This reading is in support of the St Thomas mission to support the Year of Faith and the Emeritus Pontiff’s call for mission.

A Love Story

This reading is in support of the St Thomas mission to support the Year of Faith and the Holy Father’s call for mission.

Something New Under the Sun

This reading is in support of the St Thomas mission to support the Year of Faith and the Emeritus Pontiff’s call for mission.

Many do not realize, that we get the phrase “There is nothing new under the sun” from the Bible.

Ecclesiastes 1:9 says “That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun.

The Holiness in Halloween (part 1)

This reading is in support of the St Thomas mission to support the Year of Faith and the Emeritus Pontiff’s call for mission.

Today’s message does not come from the Bible, but two noteworthy sources and a handful of others on the internet: The two sources are How Stuff Works.com and The real Origins of Halloween (version 4.7) by Isaac Bonewits.

Hello its me

This reading is in support of the St Thomas mission to support the Year of Faith and the Emeritus Pontiff’s call for mission.

A young man wrote to his spiritual leader about his concerns in life. He wrote about the bad economy and that he was worried he might not get a job after his studies. Describing the area which he came from did not lend itself to a great deal of hope and economic prosperity. It was like a prayer, sent but a real response was not expected.

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