From this post on down you can read about previous events at Saint Raphael.
From this post on down you can read about previous events at Saint Raphael.
I am very happy this week to have three of our six new Pastoral Council members tell us a bit about themselves! We’ll hear from the other three in an upcoming article.
Allan Badulis: My wife Jocelyn and I have 4 children, 1 that is currently enrolled in SRCS in 3rd grade and 3 who have already graduated. Our family has been in the parish since 2004. Professionally I have 20 years of pharmaceutical experience in global and domestic leadership roles and currently I am a management consultant working with clients in the pharmaceutical, IT and hospitality industries. I am looking forward to my time on the Pastoral Council.
Fr. Anthony Ruff recently wrote an article on, “Blessed captivity,” which comes from the writing of St. Peter of Damascus, circa the 12th century. Writing about losing track of the text of the liturgy during prayer, Peter of Damascus said, “When God’s grace kindles a sense of deep penitence in the heart, you should allow your intellect to be bathed in tears of compunction, even if this means that your mouth stops reciting psalms and your mind is made captive to what St. Isaac the Syrian calls ‘blessed captivity.’ For now is the time to harvest, not plant. You should therefore persist in such thoughts, so that your heart grows more full of compunction and bears fruit in the form of godly tears.”
Does your mind every wander at Mass? How much work does it take for you to concentrate on every word for an hour. I’ll admit,……….
“Hope remains as the treasure enabling mankind to face with trust in God’s providence every evil let loose in this world. In our own day, hope motivates so many of our brothers and sisters forced to leave their homes in search of a better life, but also those who welcome them, ‘sharing the journey’ with them and trusting in a better tomorrow. Hope is especially the virtue of the poor. As the mystery of Christmas teaches us, God came into this world among the poor, to bring the good news of our salvation. Hope is also the virtue of the young, who deserve not to be robbed of it by an often soulless and materialist society. Hope’s greatest enemy is spiritual emptiness, the ‘noon-day devil’ that tempts us to stop fighting and to yield to discouragement. Let us ask the Lord for the grace to hope more firmly in his promises, confident that his victory over the world will fill our hearts with joy as we face the future and all that it has in store for us…Today marks the start of the worldwide Caritas campaign ‘Share the Journey’, to assist families forced to migrate. I encourage you to support this praiseworthy initiative as an expression of our solidarity with our many brothers and sisters in need.”
… Pope Francis, September 27, 2017
To learn more about the Share the Journey Campaign, please visit www.sharejourney.org
“What name have you given your child?” is a question that we hear most commonly during the Sacrament of Baptism. Last fall, Shannon had the privilege of being asked that question during the Blessing of the Child in the Womb service at St. Raphael. Surrounded by other expectant mothers and fathers, Father Phil laid his hands over her and her husband while blessing the life growing inside of her.
Shannon says there is something special about the journey of pregnancy that can draw mothers closer to the Church, specifically to our Holy Mother and, in turn, to Jesus. It happened to her: “So many times during those nine months, I would meditate on how Mary must have felt knowing that God had chosen her for something so miraculous……….
The recent cancellation of the DACA program isn’t a theoretical matter for us at St. Raphael. As a parish with many immigrant families from around the world, we have many young parishioners who are presently able to drive a car, go to college, and work because of DACA. Their ability to live their lives and pursue their dreams as young Catholics who have grown up in this country is now in jeopardy, unless our lawmakers pass new legislation that will continue to ensure them these opportunities. Addressing this issue, as with other social issues like protecting the sanctity of all human life, reducing poverty, and speaking against racism, isn’t primarily a matter of politics. It’s primarily a matter of human rights and dignity, and even deeper, a matter of Christian love. And for us at Saint Raphael, it’s a matter of caring for our own young parishioners.
Below is the statement from our new bishop, Bp. Luis Rafael Zarama, about this matter that is affecting young people in our pews, and a brief quote from the statement of all the U.S. bishops, which can be found online. Following that, you’ll find a quick and easy to use link from the bishop’s website to send a message to our lawmakers urging them to help these members of the upcoming generation of young Americans. On this our feast day weekend, I know many of our young people at Saint Raphael would be grateful if you would do your part in making this request known!
After the guy fixing a sprinkler head here by the Disney hotel stopped, said good morning, asked me how the day was going so far, I was reminded how every person in the Disney organization, regardless of their responsibility or position, understands hospitality as their job. I immediately recalled a classic Disney story that happened during a visit with one of my choirs last year.
I encourage a determined effort to promote the social and professional inclusion of migrants and refugees, guaranteeing for all – including those seeking asylum – the possibility of employment, language instruction and active citizenship, together with sufficient information provided in their mother tongue.
… Pope Francis
By our presence and loving assistance to the vulnerable among us, we proclaim that each person is an unrepeatable and precious creation from God, no matter how young or frail. We grow in our journey with Christ each time we choose to sacrifice for another.
Citing published memoirs, Dr. Samuel Gregg observed* that former French president Charles de Gaulle grew from the experience of raising his daughter, Anne, who had Down Syndrome. De Gaulle reportedly confided that his daughter brought him joy and grace. Loving her helped him to look beyond worldly honors and failures to higher things.
God of Compassion You created a world for us to know your love and peace.
Yet amidst the beauty of creation we encounter pain and hurt, and forces beyond our control.
At times like these our hearts are shaken and ache with sorrow
at the destruction of our lives, homes and livelihoods.
Hear our prayers for those affected by the floods, earthquake, and fires
And for all those working to bring relief and fresh hope.
From the USCCB and Diocese Office of Respect Life and Social Concerns – Encourage Your Senator to Support the Dream Act. The Act is intended to protect immigrant youth who entered the United States as children and know America as their only home. The bill offers qualifying immigrant youth “conditional permanent resident status” and a path to full lawful permanent residency and eventual citizenship.
Click her for the USCCB website to respond. This will take very little time but allows us, as Catholics, to advocate for justice.
My July 23 posting in this column of a new job description for pastoral council (PC) members produced some happy results. At the end of a discernment process for potential candidates, we wound up with a group of such eager and talented people, that we’ve decided to take them all! Given this decision, it turns out there is no need for ballots to be cast to elect new PC members this year. Instead, soon we’ll be providing bios of each of the new members for you to get to know a bit about them.
I’m eager to begin work with this new council to continue in our visioning process, and to gain from their talent and energy for the big-picture planning that will help move St. Raphael from good to better as a parish following Jesus in his mission.
A few conversations the last couple of weeks have reminded me how we as a church don’t quite get the Second Vatican Council’s call to universal holiness, that is, a sharing in the work of sanctification in the world. Sometimes we think that it is only the job of the clergy, staff, or a few chosen parishioners to do the work of the church. Imagine if we all fully embraced our responsibility and didn’t leave it to just a few. I came across this reflection on the call to holiness by Kristopher Seaman, and would like to share it with you this week:
While ministering with a talented iconographer, I suggested that, in preparation for the Solemnity of All Saints, the children be taught how to “write” an icon (the term iconographers use for creating an icon) of their favorite saint or the saint of their baptismal name. We arranged the children’s icons around the worship space. During the homily at all of the liturgies, the priest celebrant invited the assembly to look at the icons, and reminded them that we are all called to become saints. While icons are windows into the holy lives of the saints, they are also mirrors………..
“We always need a guide, dialogue, to go to the Lord,” Pope Benedict XVI said in a general audience in 2009. “We cannot do it with our reflections alone.”
Pope Benedict XVI was referring to the spiritual director, a role played by a priest, a member of a religious order, or a layperson who helps someone grow his or her relationship with God. A spiritual director meets with you regularly……….
We’ve created an online survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WJKQ6K3) which we ask all parents to fill out. Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) will resume at the 9:30 Mass next Sunday, September 24. It will take place once a month during the fall, so additionally on October 22, November 12, and December 10.The survey will help us send out reminders, keep in touch, and also hopefully cultivate some more volunteers so we can make this wonderful program for our children as excellent as possible. Note, this is not a registration! Just a helpful way to get everyone more connected. CLOW is always open to all children at the 9:30 Mass, even (especially!) visitors!