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The 15th and 16th Sundays in Ordinary Time-2 Weeks

From Fr. Tom...
In the Gospel, Jesus sends out disciples to spread the good news of the Kingdom of God. That joyful mission is ours as well. To speak positively about our experience of our faith is a powerful way to gently nudge our friends and family to think about God in their lives.
I've always loved my Catholic faith. As a Priest, I marvel how I am able to talk to Jesus in prayer, hold him in my hands when I celebrate Mass, and know his plan and purposes for my life.
Recently, one Diocese did a survey of their Churches to find out the top ten things people loved about being Catholic. Here is the list:
Universal: We belong to a catholic ("universal") church. All are welcomed in the Catholic Church, no matter one’s race, language, culture, country, or economic status.
Saints: The saints inspire us as Catholics and connect us to the faithful who have gone before us.
Prayers & Devotions: As Catholics we cherish these spiritual practices that lead us closer to God.
Catholic Social Teaching, Justice & Service: We have a strong stance for the weak and the vulnerable, based on the dignity of the human person as created in the image and likeness of God.
Sacred Teaching, Scripture & Tradition: Our teachings are not arbitrary, but are rooted firmly in Scripture and Tradition.
Blessed Mother, Mary: Catholics have an affection for Mary, and honour her as Jesus’ mother, the first disciple, and one who intercedes for us.
Apostolic: The Catholic Church began when Christ handed Peter the keys to the kingdom of heaven.
Community: “Community,” “communal,” “family,” “familial,” and “unity” are ways we describe our faith life.
Sacraments: Many of the faithful have experienced the strength and power of sacramental grace.
Eucharist: The Eucharist is our Number ONE reason for being Catholic! The Eucharist is the “source and summit” of our faith.
What do you love about being Catholic? Please share your answer with Fr. Steve and I when you see us! We'd love to hear what you love about our faith.

Starting this week, Fr. Steve and I will be available 1/2 hour before the Mass we are celebrating to hear confessions. We will be in the confessional at the back of the Church. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will continue to be available on Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.