Schedule and Pastor's Message
May 10th - May 16th 2020
St. Patrick Church
Mass: 10:00 AM Streamed on facebook
Mass: Mon. - Sat.: 8:00 AM In the Church
Mass: Mon. - Fri. 6:30 PM in the Church
Sat. 11:00 AM: Rosary for the end of Covid 19 virus
Conference call number: 717-275-8940
PIN Number 369 8340#
Saturday: Confessions 3:30-4:30 PM
PASTOR'S CLASS: TUESDAY MAY 19th 7:00 PM
Join Fr. Charles for a study and discussion of “The search”. This is a 7 episode series on FORMED which explores the deepest questions of the human heart—Why am I here? What's life all about? What happens when we die?—and guides you through the great big story of everything, as astrophysicists, psychologists, neuroscientists, artists, chemists and professors point to one big (surprising) conclusion: Jesus Christ, and the Catholic Church. What do you seek?
This presentation will be held on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM on Zoom. To register for the class, click on the link below. We will then send you the information on how to join the Zoom meeting.
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PASTOR’S WEEKLY MESSAGE 4
Do you like yourself? Do you give yourself a good self-image? The way we see ourselves determines to a large degree the way we act and react to life. Many people have a negative view of themselves because of erroneous information they have received from misinformed and unauthorized sources in their lives. God is the only authority on who we are. He is our creator. He gives us correct information about ourselves. He is the one we should be listening to about who we are.
In the second reading of today’s Mass (1 Peter 2: 4-9), St. Peter tells us what God says about us. He informs us of who we are. He reminds us that we are something very special in the eyes of God. He tells us who we are: “You, however, are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people He claims for His own to proclaim His glorious works.”
If this is true, there is no excuse for us to downgrade ourselves. Instead, we should always consider ourselves as very special individuals. There is no reason to consider ourselves rejected or unloved. Let us realize how precious we are to the Lord and continue becoming the person we have it in our power to be.
What is it in our power to be?
First, we are chosen! Christians are the chosen race. Christians are the new Israel. Being a chosen race means that we are to be a God’s community of people. We are the family of God, a new community of those who have been chosen by God. We are chosen for different reasons: a) God has become our friend and we must become God’s friend, b) we are chosen so that we may become obedient children of God. We are chosen to do what God likes, and c) we are chosen for service.
Second, we are a royal priesthood! This means that we have direct access to God. We have the right to go directly to God. We have the responsibility to minister to the needs of others. Every Christian is a minister. You and I have been gifted for ministry to serve other people. We are God’s instrument to do His work and speak out for Him.
Third, we are a holy nation! The root meaning of this word holy is to be set apart and consecrated for God’s service. A Christian is different from the world because of his character, choices, behavior, and values which are those of the gospel. Even though Christians are different, they are dedicated to transforming the world and restoring it to Christ.
Finally, we are a people God claims as His own! We are God’s private property, a people for God’s own special possession. A Christian may be a very ordinary person, inferior, useless or unwanted, but he acquires a new value because he belongs to God.
We should be our own best friend. Considering what the Lord has done, we have so many good things going for us that we should like ourselves. Because of our special relationship to the Lord, we have a dignity and nobility. So, why not have a strong sense of self-esteem? I am acceptable, valuable, capable, forgiven-- because of what God has done for me. He called me out of darkness into His wonderful light. I am His handiwork, His masterpiece, His creation, so I praise Him for who I am. We are His own – we are chosen, we have worth, we are found capable, we are forgiven. When I have that and know that, the world’s judging system just doesn’t matter. We know we are not junk. We are God’s beautiful masterpiece!
Sr. Kathleen Luger
on Friday, May 8 at 2:04PM