• From the Pastor's Desk
      Dear Parishioners:
       
      In today's Gospel account, Our Lord admonishes those who would entrap him: "Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God." He teaches us that a disciple has both civic and religious obligations. The thoughts I share with you this week are mainly from a book of Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia, Render Unto Caesar. I've quoted from this book in a couple homilies, but they bear repeating. I hope they are true food for thought:
      "Catholic" is a word that has real meaning. We don't control or invent that meaning. We inherit it from the Gospel and the Church's long experience. We can choose to be something else, but if we choose to call ourselves Catholic, then that word has consequences...We can't truthfully claim to be Catholic and then act like we're not. If a man says he loves his wife, his wife will want to see the evidence in his love and fidelity. The same applies to our relationship with God. If we say we're Catholic, we need to show that by our love for the Church and our fidelity to her teachings.

      The Church is not a political organism. She has no interest in partisanship. However, Scripture and Catholic teaching do have public consequences because they guide us in the way we relate with one another. Loving God requires that we also love the people He created, which means...to treat them with justice, charity and mercy. The Catholic faith has social justice implications. The Catholic faith is never primarily about politics; but Catholic social action—including political action—is a natural byproduct of the Church's moral message. We can't call ourselves Catholic, and then simply stand by while immigrants get mistreated, or the poor get robbed, or unborn children get killed. The Catholic faith is always personal, but never private. If our faith is real, then it will bear fruit in our public decisions and behaviors, including our political choices.

      Each of us needs to follow a properly formed conscience. But conscience doesn't emerge from a vacuum. It's not a matter of personal opinion or preference. If our conscience has the habit of telling us what we want to hear on difficult issues, then it's probably badly formed. A healthy conscience is the voice of God's truth in our hearts, and it should usually make us uncomfortable. The way we get a healthy conscience is by submitting it and shaping it to the will of God; and the way we find God's will is by opening our hearts to the guidance of the Church...If we find ourselves disagreeing with our Church on a serious matter, it's probably not the Church that's wrong. The problem is much more likely with us.

      But how do we make good political choices when so many different issues are so important and complex? The first principle of Christian social thought is: Don't deliberately kill the innocent, and don't collude in allowing somebody else to do it. The right to life is the foundation of every other human right. The reason the abortion issue is so foundational is not because Catholics love little babies—although we certainly do—but because revoking the personhood of unborn children makes every other definition of personhood and human rights politically contingent. The heart of truly "faithful" citizenship is this: We're better citizens when we're more faithful Catholics. The more authentically Catholic we are in our lives, choices, actions, and convictions, the more truly we will contribute to the moral and political life of our nation."
       
      With affection,
      Msgr. Gervasio
       
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      • Oct 22, 2014
        7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
        Join us for a service project and social justice learning! Open to grades 6-8
      • Oct 26, 2014
        9:15 AM
        The Spirit of St. Francis Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order will gather in St. Anthony Church at 9:15 AM on Sunday, October 26, for the recitation of the Crown Rosary. They will attend the 10:00 AM Mass, then hold their meeting in the Church Hall.
      • Oct 26, 2014
        7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
        Join us for a fun evening of fellowship and prayer!
      • Oct 28, 2014
        2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
        Join us for a service project and social justice learning! Open to grades 6-8
      • Oct 29, 2014
        7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
        Join us for a service project and social justice learning! Open to grades 6-8
      • Nov 2, 2014
        Join us for our monthly Youth Ministry Mass- students are invited to participate in the liturgy by being a lector, ushering, and bringing up the gifts. We also welcome music by Sibling Rivalry at this Mass.
      • Nov 2, 2014
        8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
        Come and enjoy the Buffet Breakfast at our Knights of Columbus Council Home on Klockner Rd., Hours--8:00 to 11:30 AM. Click for details.
      • Nov 2, 2014
        7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
        Join us for a fun evening of fellowship and prayer!
      • Nov 4, 2014
        1:00 PM
        Senior Club #2 meeting
      • Nov 8, 2014
        10:00 AM
        Our parish will remember and pray for the deceased of the past year at a special Mass to be celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Saturday, November 8, at 10:00 AM. Let us pray also for their families and friends. All are welcome.
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    • News
      • October 18, 2014
        Our parish serves through its annulment advocate. If you have questions about obtaining an annulment, or would like help with the process, click the article title for details.
      • October 18, 2014
        Please join us on October 26 at the 11:00 AM Mass (OLS Church) to welcome our new candidates and catechumens into the Catholic Church. For more information, click the article title.
      • October 18, 2014
        Our parish St. Vincent DePaul Conference thanks you for your donations, which assist the needy within our parish. Your remembrance of the poor by donations to the poor boxes at the doors of St. Anthony and in the baskets on the 4th Sunday of every month at Our Lady of Sorrows is indeed a blessing for so many!
      • October 18, 2014
        Click the article title for the sanctuary lamp intentions for the week of October 18.
      • October 18, 2014
        The officers for the 2014-15 school year will be installed at the monthly prayer service on Wednesday October 22. Click the article title for the names of the student officers.
      • October 18, 2014
        Click the article title for the Stewardship Report for the weeks of October 5 and 12.
      • October 11, 2014
        Please join us at this year's Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. For details, click the article title.
      • October 11, 2014
        If you are a faithful, single, Roman Catholic man, between the ages of 18 and 40, and are asking yourself whether God is calling you to become a priest, you are cordially invited to attend this month's discernment meeting. For more information, click the article title.
      • October 11, 2014
        The month of November is dedicated to prayer for the faithful departed. During this month our churches are providing a place of remembrance for the framed photos of our beloved deceased. For more information, click the article title.
      • October 11, 2014
        Over the next two weekends, October 18-19 and 25-26, we shall participate in the diocesan-wide "October Count." The results are used by the diocese to stay in tune with trends in participation and for pastoral planning.