Volunteer Appreciation

02-03-2019Weekly ReflectionFr. David Poecking

Sunday offerings are not the only gift that fuels the mission of the Church, though of course these are gratefully received and used to the best of our abilities. But volunteers are also essential to the life of the parish. At Sunday Mass, most of the people who make it happen are volunteer altar servers (and parents!), choristers, Communion ministers, readers, sacristans, ushers, and more. Volunteers also drive our social outreach and most of our catechetical programs. Still others assist me and the other clergy in the governance of the parishes.

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March for Life

01-27-2019Weekly ReflectionHelen Stamatakis

All,

God blessed us with a beautiful day yesterday at the 2019 March for Life in Washington DC. The theme of the March was “Unique from Day One: Pro-Life is Pro-Science”. With some last minute cancellations, 37 people made the 1 day pilgrimage. We prayed as a group on the way to the March (4 Pro-Life Rosaries) and watched 2 Christian movies – I Can Only Imagine and a movie on St. Theresa of Lisieux (and did a Divine Mercy Chaplet) on the way home. Mass was inspiring as we joined the North Carolina contingent of pro-lifers in a Mass celebrated by the Bishops and Priests of their diocese. We saw a busload from Illinois at the rest stop and numerous groups from our half of the country. Most of the marchers are in their teens and 20’s which continues to give hope. My non-Catholic husband (Greek Orthodox) enjoyed his first March and could not get over the friendly (loving) “vibe” given from the marchers who were so enthusiastically supporting life.

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Isn’t This The Son Of Joseph?

01-27-2019Weekly Reflection

In today’s Gospel we find Jesus in the synagogue in Nazareth, his hometown. He proclaims that he is the anointed one of God and that he has come to renew the world in fulfillment of what the prophets foretold. The people are amazed by his words, but they also question him. They know him as the son of Joseph, the carpenter. To them he is a simple man from a simple family. While they are attracted by the words that he speaks they wonder how he could possibly do the amazing things that he speaks of. As disciples of Jesus, we are called to share his life and love with everyone we meet. Often times we feel called as missionaries to help those in need in other parts of our city, throughout our country and even halfway across the world! Yet, sometimes we can feel most challenged in proclaiming the Good News of the Gospel in our hometown or home parish. We wonder how we could possibly be effective witness of Jesus to the people who know our weaknesses and who have seen us at our less than best. Be confident! This is the exact witness that the world needs, that God calls us in our imperfection to set the world on fire with his love that is already burning in our hearts. As we continue our journey On Mission for The Church Alive! we are invited to be effective witnesses of the Gospel both near and far. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.

Progress at RocKenRo

01-20-2019Weekly ReflectionFr. David Poecking

We clergymen new to RocKenRo have made efforts to get to know you and help you get to know us and to know each other better. We’ve found ways to meet our routine duties to provide the sacraments and care for souls. We’ve been listening to you to come to a better qualitative understanding of how you see yourselves and your mission as disciples of Jesus Christ in the context of his Church. You have helped us and continue to help us in these endeavors.

Meanwhile, we’ve begun a somewhat more quantitative analysis of RockenRo:

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Rev. Fr. Ken Keene, requiescat in pace

01-13-2019Weekly ReflectionFr. David Poecking

In what appears to be a combination of an accident with both recent and chronic health challenges, Fr. Ken Keene died suddenly on January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Fr. Ken pastored Holy Trinity Parish for nine years and left only this past October as part of the transitions On Mission for The Church Alive! Fr. Ken also happened to be a native son of Holy Trinity Parish and a graduate of our elementary school. Just these past three months, I’ve already met Fr. Ken’s mother Alvera and his brother Dave, who are both very active at Holy Trinity. Fr. Ken has other family, as well. Please pray for those closest to him who are grieving his death, all too early at the age of 60.

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The Manifestation of God in Jesus Christ

01-06-2019Weekly ReflectionFr. David Poecking

Addressing the Church in Ephesus, Saint Paul describes a “mystery now revealed.” For the ancients, a “mystery” was not merely something unknown, but something destined to be made known according to a ritual process. The ancient meaning survives in our reference to “murder mysteries,” a genre which is not just about people dealing with a murder by person(s) unknown. Instead, the murder-mystery genre typically has a sleuth, specially gifted with skills of observation, wisdom, or some other virtue empowering him (or her) progressively to see past the lies, deceptions, and delusions of the many suspects and so ultimately reveal the whole truth and restore justice.

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