In last week’s column, we talked about what the point of prayer was and why we pray. This week, I wanted to start looking at the 5 basic “forms” of prayer in the Catholic Tradition: praise, adoration, thanksgiving, intercession, and petition. Rather than looking at all of them at one time in one column, we will look at them one at a time over the next 5 columns.
HI everyone, it’s Angel again! My dad says that this weekend’s gospel talks about something called prayer. I wonder if prayer is like when I’m begging dad for treats? Maybe, maybe not? Dad says that we should all be engaging in on a daily basis as a part of our faith journey, prayer. He says that prayer isn’t just a part of our relationship with God, prayer IS our relationship with God. But, why do we pray? What is the point of prayer? I asked my dad to explain it all to me, here’s what he told me.
The St. Pat’s Cruise-In & Ice Cream Social is Wednesday August 3rd 5-8 pm at St. Pat’s parking lot (4427 Rocky River dr. Cleveland). It’s $10 a car; any make, model, or year. There will be dash plaques, door prizes, and trophies for the drivers. We will also have a DJ, basket raffles, 50/50, and much more. Hotdogs, hamburgers, baked goods, and of course ice cream will be available for purchase. Spectators are welcome and FREE! Come spend a hot summer night with some cool cars and ice cream.
Come one and all to our Parish Picnic! The Parish Picnic ill take place on Sunday, August 7th, 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM. The event include our popular gift basket raffle. We are asking for contributions of gift cards (any type and denomination) to place in the gift baskets.
Hi everyone! It’s Angel here again with another episode of “ Angel’s Angle’s!” My dad has been busy over the past few days packing, so I’m giving him a paw again. He tells me that this Thursday he leaves for something called vacation. Dad says that while he’s on vacation, I’ll be on vacation as well at grandma’s. We’ll both leave this Thursday and we will see you again on July 11th.
All-too-often we are confronted in our country, but also in our world, with terrible acts of hatred and violence. In recent weeks that list has grown to include places like Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas. When tragedy and violence strike, one of our natural reactions is to offer our thoughts and prayers to those whose lives have been impacted. Certainly, as people of faith, that is what we’re called to do, bringing before our God the needs of people throughout our world. We must keep praying!
St. Medardus is a Saint who is popular in the northern regions of France, so chances are pretty good that here in the northern regions of Ohio, we’ve never heard of him. Medardus was born into a noble French family around the year 456 & from his youngest years, he displayed a deep care for the poor. He was ordained a priest when he was 33 & was known for the conviction with which he preached God’s Word & the influence of his example.
The Holy Name Summer Cookout and (short) Meeting will be held this Monday, June 13th at 6:30 PM in Thorpe Hall. We will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, and beverages. Please bring a side dish to share. The meeting is open to all parish members. For more information, email us at email@example.com.
Our country & society seem to be becoming more divided & more hostile by the day, if not by the hour. As we see all this taking place, we certainly want to stand firm in the truths of our faith & what God has revealed to us, but how do we do that in the face of a society that in so many ways doesn’t want to hear what we have to say? How do we enter into these dialogues & conversations?
Certainly any & every death is a significant one. No matter the details, the size of the family, or anything else, losing someone we love is a very hard experience to endure. Every single member of our parish family is valued & important & when any one of us passes on, it leaves a void in both a biological family & our parish family.
Sometimes we all find someone or something in life that causes us stress and anxiety. Sometimes there are things that other people do or say that drive us crazy or that leave us shaking our heads, wondering what’s going on. Sometimes there are things that other people do or say that we look at and wonder why. And, if we’re honest, sometimes there are times where others wonder or say those things about us.
Our Summer Raffle Winners of $1,000, $500, and $300 will be drawn at our Parish Picnic here on our Parish Grounds on August 7, 2022. Tickets are available for pickup from the baskets located at the church doors as you leave Mass. Each family is asked to take a packet containing 10 books of tickets ($50.00). If you have a neighbor or relative who has not come back to church yet, please pick up a pack for them too! This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Please help us to raise money for the many repairs that are necessary on our Parish grounds
Hi there, everyone! It’s Fr. John’s “Boss” Angel again! My dad told me that many people enjoyed when I helped him with his column for Palm Sunday, so he asked me if I would be willing to help him by writing a column once a month. I told him that for a few extra treats a day, I’d be willing. My dad agreed, so here we are with the second installment of Angel’s Angle’s (I came up with the name all by myself, don’t let my dad tell you any different and take any of the credit).
This weekend, allow me to wish all of our mothers & grandmothers a Happy & Blessed Mother’s Day! There are not enough words to describe all that a mother does & no amount of pay would be enough for what she truly deserves. This weekend we offer special prayers for all of our mother’s living & deceased.
If I were to invite us to name a Saint, my guess is that there are a number of Saints that would be named quite frequently. Saints such as St. Francis of Assisi, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Patrick, and St. Vincent de Paul, for example, would probably rank high up there in the number of ,mentions. But, while there are many Saints that are well known and well loved, there are also many “lesser known” Saints. Saints whom we may have never heard of or Saints who, the only thing tat we know about them is their name. With the Church’s wide array of the Communion of Saints, I thought it might be interesting to, once a month in my column, give us a brief introduction to one of those Saints who we might not know as much about.
Happy Easter! As we celebrate this octave day of Easter, we celebrate what has become known in the Church as Divine Mercy Sunday. St. Faustina, who in many ways could be considered a “Missionary of Mercy” wrote, "For there are three ways of performing an act of mercy: the merciful word, by forgiving and by comforting; secondly, if you can offer no word, then pray - that too is mercy; and thirdly, deeds of mercy."
Happy Easter! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! He is risen! As we gather together to celebrate this joyous day, please know of my prayers and best wishes on this most holy day! Thank you to all those who have helped to make today’s celebration possible! And a special thank you to all of you for coming together to celebrate & rejoice in Jesus’ resurrection!
Hi parish family! It’s Angel, Fr. John’s companion &, as I like to think about it, his “boss.” ;) My dad’s been a bit busy working with everyone to make sure that everything is ready for this week, so I told him that I would put together a little something for this week’s bulletin to help him out.
Next week we begin Holy Week. In Holy Week, we enter into the holiest week of the Church. Our Lenten journey culminates in the events that we celebrate & remember this week, the passion, death, & resurrection of our Lord. I invite & encourage all of us to make this week a holy week in both name & action.
How has your Lent been so far? As we celebrate the 4th Sunday of Lent this week, roughly the halfway point of our Lenten journey, it’s a good time for us to pause and reflect on how much we have dared to be different. Have we been faithful to our promises of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving? Or have we faltered? If we have, there’s still time to pick up and begin again so that when we get to Easter we might renew our Baptismal Promises with great vigor.