November 26, 2017

Dear Parishioners:
Sia Lodato Gesu Cristo! Sempre Sia Lodato!

Today is the Solemnity of Christ as King of the universe. The words expressed by the children of the Hebrews as our Lord entered Jerusalem: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” ring in our ears, minds and hearts. With this great feast, we come to the end of our liturgical year only to begin again next week with the First Sunday of Advent. Over a span of a year, we have heard in Scripture of the creation of the world, and the universe in Christ through whom all was created. We pray in our Creed, Through Him all things, visible and invisible were created. We have lived through a cycle of prayer where we have celebrated our King in the Eucharist with Scripture reflecting on and praying with the WORD MADE FLESH—the Christ. Jesus has taught us the way to discipleship while giving us a glimpse of the Kingdom of God. For when I was thirsty, you gave me a drink; hungry, you gave me food; imprisoned, you set me free; naked, you clothed me. What you did for the least of these, you did for me. Remember the Beatitudes? Blessed are you who do all these things and yours is the Kingdom of heaven! Christ our Shepherd King gave us a new law of love and showed us how to live it in right relationship with God, self, others and the universe. He is the Lamb of God, the King who gave his life that we may have eternal life. Christos Vincit! Christus Regnat! Christus Imperat! Christ is  conquerer Christ is king, Christ is ruler! All has been created through Him, with Him and in Him – today we acknowledge what we profess to believe and live every day of the year. Jesus Christ is our Lord, our God and King. As we come to the conclusion of this month and the liturgical calendar, it is an opportunity for each of us to prepare for the season of Advent and make the best of the next several weeks preparing our hearts and homes for the celebration of Christmas. I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving Day! Wishing all of you a blessed week with the assurance of my prayers. Peace out – Fr. James, O.de M.

Food Pantry Help

Always welcoming anyone who would like to assist with the distribution of food and goods to the less fortunate in our neighborhood.

Our parish Food Pantry is open the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month, from 9-11am. If you would like to help, please call the Parish Office. Note: Donations of canned and non-perishable food items are accepted the last Sunday of each month.

November 19, 2017

Dear Parishioners:
Sia Lodato Gesu Cristo! Sempre Sia Lodato!

In today’s Gospel, an important man has invested in his servants. Each servant responds differently – either investing what has been given or not doing anything. Very simply the parable is about us! We are those servants. The question is what will we do/ what are we doing/ what have we done, with what God has given us? Do we hide our light under a bushel, or do we make the best use of our talents and give back more than we have been given. Preserving our lives is the least we can do. The best we can do is to appreciate and take advantage of what has been entrusted to us. We can use our hearts and minds to give glory to God and to help each other. We can be like the wife in the first reading who takes her husband’s love and gives back even more. We should be like the enterprising servants who take a risk, but return even more than they were given. Life is risky and uncertain, but we need to actively do our very best. And we have to act now. We can’t hide our light. We can’t bury our talents. We don’t know when the master will return and when we will be held to account. Will we waste our lives, or use our talents to make a greater return to God? A “talent” entrusted to each of us from the moment of our Baptism, is the gift of Faith. Faith in the One, True God, and His Church. It is God’s desire that we live our faith; share our faith, love our faith. It troubles me when I know (I am not referring to only here at St. Rocco – but in every place that I have served as a Mecedarian) but I know parishioners who claim they “love” their faith, God and the parish; they will do anything socially oriented and or fundraisers, etc. but do not make the effort to regularly attend Sunday Mass. When this is the case, the talent of “Faith” is not being invested or exercised. Just like our physical muscles, if we don’t use them, they lose their potential and we lose the needed support they provide our bodies. As Catholic Christians, being involved and doing good here and there is commendable and nice, but it ought to be the fruit of our regular Mass attendance. It is easy to find excuses for not attending Mass every Sunday: “I’m tired;” “soccer game at 10am;” “I’m really busy,” etc. etc. It is easy to allow ourselves to be so “busy” we are a slave to “activism” and not taking time to pray and worship our Lord. As a young man, I saw that there was a saying on a poster that read: “If you are too busy to pray, then you are too busy.” How true. My friends, we are not cogs in a machine; we are made to know, love and serve God in this world so as to be with Him in the next. Going to Sunday Mass is a privilege; an honor, it ought to be the highlight of our week. Invest the talent of “faith” given at Baptism. Water that seed of Faith; care for it, nuture it – this is all done at Mass when we remember and ask pardon for our faults; listen to God’s Word; offer ourselves, our needs and accomplishments to the Lord in sacrifice and receive the Eternal Word in Holy Communion. Life is risky. Living our Faith is risky. Don’t waste your life or the gift of your Faith – invest it so as to give a greater return to God and others. Be assured of my prayers for you this week. Peace out – Fr. James, O. de M.

Calling All Alumni

If you are, went to, or graduated from  St. Rocco School or if you know someone from our school, but does not belong to our Parish or simply has moved out of the area, please let them know that we are asking all ALUMNI to register themselves with our office.

This year is the 90th Anniversary of the school and we would like to make it a memorable year for the school Alumni and the Parish.

If you would like to make sure we have you on file for invitations and updates for the year PLEASE either fill out an ALUMNI sheet or call the office and we will take care of you.

Thank you and be sure to look for more information on upcoming events.