Pastor's Page


Father Peter Mactutis
Parish Priest 

 

6/16/18

Dear parishioners,

We are hiring for a part time Administrative Assistant position for St. Mary parish. See the information in the bulletin for more information. Thank you so much to Sharon Larson for her time working with us!

Also, we are forming a very important committee in July:

   This committee is a Family Ministry Committee. This committee will be a whole-parish initiative to study and implement forms of ministry that nurture the spiritual growth and well-being of all our families. It will look at our current sacramental and non-sacramental programs as well as envisioning new ways of ministering to all.

If anyone is interested in joining the Family Ministry Committee, please email me at frpeter@stmary-stanne.org . I would love to have representation from the entire community.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

6/10/18

Dear parishioners,

I am continuing to explain our new mission statement:

  • PRAYING TOGETHER.
  • GROWING IN AUTHENTIC FAITH.
  • REACHING OUT TO ALL OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

Growing in Authentic faith – What is authentic faith? It is faith that is transformative. It impacts and changes everything we do. It changes our natural abilities to be supernatural works of God’s grace. It is when our natural patience becomes supernatural, because we trust that God is at work…it is when our natural courage is raised to supernatural courage and we proclaim Christ and his truth even when reason would tell us to stop…it is when natural forgiveness would faulter and supernatural forgiveness enables us to forgive the most vile of sins and offenses…it is when we love our enemy because Jesus loves them and we trust him always.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

To be continued…

 

 

 

6/3/18

Dear parishioners,

I am continuing to explain our new mission statement: 

  • PRAYING TOGETHER.
  • GROWING IN AUTHENTIC FAITH.
  • REACHING OUT TO ALL OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

Praying together has always implied that we also are gathering for prayer during the week to support each other in our daily walk with God. There are various devotions that are offered each week. For example:

  • Daily Mass - which is a nice way to spiritually begin or end the day.
  • Adoration of Jesus in the Tabernacle – can come any time 24 hours a day. (The door code is available from the office.) (Or you can pray in the chapel in the office building)
  • Grupo de Oraciones – Charismatic prayer time in Spanish (Friday at 7pm.)
  • Legion of Mary – Tuesdays after evening Mass
  • El Shaddai – Charismatic Filipino prayer group. (Saturday at 1pm)
  • Guadalupanos – Rosary in Spanish. (Every other Wednesday at 7pm)

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

To be continued…

 

 

 

5/27/18

Dear parishioners,

I would like to thank Melissa Solano for her time here at St. Mary serving as our secretary and later as our youth minister. I truly appreciate all her time, energy and faith that she showed, especially to our youth. I know that she will be missed, and we wish her all the best on her transition in this next step in her life.

In the next couple of weeks, we will be forming a new ministry that will focus on the faith-life of the whole family. The first step will be to form a family ministry committee that will develop a vision for family ministry in our community. I will be speaking about this in the coming weeks.

Have a blessed and safe Memorial Day! Say a prayer for all those that gave their lives for our country.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

5/20/18

Dear parishioners,

Two weeks ago I wrote about part one of our new mission statement:

The mission statement:

  • PRAYING TOGETHER.
  • GROWING IN AUTHENTIC FAITH.
  • REACHING OUT TO ALL OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

Part one: Praying together: Praying together not only implies Sunday Mass time together, but also family prayer time every day. Forming a deep friendship with God is maintained and nurtured every day; our children learn how to do this by the example of mom and dad. As Pope Francis said recently, love takes work.

So, as a review, “praying together” means coming together every Sunday as a family of faith and nurturing our relationship with God and praying with our loved ones every day.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

To be continued…

 

 

 

5/13/18

Dear parishioners,

Happy Mother’s Day!

It seems that no matter what path our life takes, whether it be good or bad, mom is the one that never gives up on us. In this, she is a beautiful image of God’s patience and undying love. It is tempting to get mad that our mom’s never get the recognition that they deserve, but even if our moms did get it, they wouldn’t care about it, because they don’t love us to get recognition. They love us because it is what God has placed on their hearts. Motherhood is the path that always finds it source in God, whether it be cooperating with God in creating a new human being, or in sacrificing everything to raise their child day in and day out.

Thank you Lord, for giving us such great moms!

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

5/6/18

(Please see bulletin)

 

 

4/29/18

Dear parishioners,

Our new vision statement: TO BE A REFLECTION OF CHRIST TO ALL.

Our new vision statement is meant to sum up what our goal is as a parish, and as individual disciples of Jesus. We want to be a reflection of Christ to all we meet…right? St Mary, our patroness for our parish is often called “the light of the moon”. This is because Jesus is like the light of the sun, and Mary reflects that light to others the same way the moon reflects the light of the sun. The moon is like a giant mirror…even in darkness the moon is reflecting the light of the sun, just as Mary is reflecting the light of Christ to all, even in darkness.

Our goal is to imitate our blessed Mother in this endeavor. But how, you ask…

Next week I will talk in more depth about our new mission statement:

PRAYING TOGETHER.

GROWING IN AUTHENTIC FAITH.

REACHING OUT TO ALL OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

 

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

4/22/18

Dear parishioners,

This last week our pastoral council approved our new Vision Statement and Mission Statement for St. Mary parish. The objective was to create a vision statement, which, very briefly, states what our “end goal” is for the parish, in other words, what is our ultimate goal as a community. The mission statement is, “how are we going to arrive at this end goal”. The vision statement and the mission statement are not meant to contain the details of how, who, what, why, etc. Those questions will be answered as we develop our guiding principles and specific goals for the parish. These statements are meant to be short, and to the point, so that they can easily be memorized.

Our new vision statement (our end goal):

  • TO BE A REFLECTION OF CHRIST TO ALL.

Our new mission statement (how we will get there):

  • PRAYING TOGETHER.
  • GROWING IN AUTHENTIC FAITH.
  • REACHING OUT TO ALL OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

I will go into greater detail next week explaining the thinking behind these statements.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

4/15/18

Dear parishioners,

Pope Francis just released a new Apostolic Exhortation called, “Gaudete et Exsultate” (Rejoice and be Glad); on the call to holiness in today’s world.

Here is a quote from it on how an ordinary mom would encounter opportunities for holiness in a typical day, “…a woman goes shopping, she meets a neighbor and they begin to speak, and the gossip starts. But she says in her heart: “No, I will not speak badly of anyone”. This is a step forward in holiness. Later, at home, one of her children wants to talk to her about his hopes and dreams, and even though she is tired, she sits down and listens with patience and love. That is another sacrifice that brings holiness. Later she experiences some anxiety, but recalling the love of the Virgin Mary, she takes her rosary and prays with faith. Yet another path of holiness. Later still, she goes out onto the street, encounters a poor person and stops to say a kind word to him.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

4/8/18

Dear Parishioners,

Mercy implies two things; first, that something went wrong; and two, that God wants to heal it. In the Divine Mercy image of Jesus there are two rays of light coming from Jesus. The rays are striking and direct. They are meant to penetrate through anything that is wounded and then bring about healing. I think God’s mercy is scary to people because it also implies that his desire to heal will change us, and we are afraid of change. The rays are coming from Jesus’s heart. If we first see his heart and his love for us, then we will not be so afraid of this healing change.

I hope you all have a blessed Easter season,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

4/1/18

Dear parishioners,

Happy Easter!

Thank you for working hard to make the Lenten season a fruitful time for the whole parish. I truly hope that it was a great time of growing closer to Jesus for you. May God bless our Easter season with true and profound joy that Christ is victorious and has risen! Congratulations to Irene for her baptism at the Easter vigil. May we as a community support her on this journey.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

3/25/18

Dear parishioners,

Imagine being at the championship football game of the century and rooting for the team that is going to win the game, only to discover that the opposing team has hatched an evil plan to get our star player disqualified from the game and expelled from the sport, and then threatens the rest of the team to forfeit the game or else be jailed, and their plan works! And then our star player does not fight the accusations.

It is easy to be a follower of Jesus when everything seems great, like at the triumphal procession into Jerusalem. Everyone had such hopes that Jesus would do great things for the Jewish people. But it all goes wrong. And Jesus does not seem to help. He doesn’t defend himself, he doesn’t fight back. But that is the awesomeness of God’s plan, it focuses on a much bigger victory that no one was even thinking about, not a victory for our group, our interests, our culture, our country, but rather a victory for all of humanity, including our enemies, a victory that transcends all that is earthly and raises us up to all that is heavenly. But first, we must follow Jesus through the darkness.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

3/18/18

Dear parishioners,

In the next two weeks, we journey with Jesus as his companions through events that have changed our world forever. I want to encourage everyone to put all our other things in our lives to the side and make Christ the center for Palm Sunday…for the Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and for Easter. In terms of praying together, these events are the most important for us as disciples to share in.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

PS. We will have Mass this Monday at 10:30am to celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph.

 

 

 

3/11/18

Dear Parishioners,

Earlier this week there was a reading from St. Theophilus of Antioch in the liturgy of the Hours. The first line is powerful. He is speaking in response to people that doubt God’s existence. He says, “If you say, “Show me your God,” I will say to you, “show me what kind of person you are, and I will show you my God.” Show me then whether the eyes of your mind can see, and the ears of your heart hear.”

He goes on to say that a blind person cannot see the light from the sun, because of his infirmity, but if he were healed, he could see it and delight in it! So too does sin and evil deeds blind one’s ability to see God. But God can and desires to heal, so that we too can see! Repentance is the first and necessary step to being able to see God.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

3/4/18

Dear Parishioners,

This last week I took my turn with the flu. This is the second Lent in row that this has happened. Just reflecting on it, it is amazing how easy my Lenten promises are compared to having the flu. I have tried very hard to offer it up as sacrifice for people I know that need the prayers, but I have failed many times. As I give in to lamenting my situation or feeling sorry for myself I feel like I have a new appreciation for the apostles when Jesus was arrested. They would have done anything to have gotten out of that situation. The one word that keeps coming back to me is, “surrender”, and let God work.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

2/25/18

Dear Parishioners,
In our Lenten book study there is a beautiful section that talks about the truths that help to affirm us in our
relationship with God. I have shared a few of them below for you. They are great to bring to prayer and
meditate on:
  • God resolves all my problems with time and patience.
  • My life’s greatest tragedies can be transformed into my life’s major blessings.
  • God gives me insights, not because I am better than others, but because I am loved.
  • Journeying with Christ to the root of my sins and addictions will help break their grip.
  • I will not waste time worrying about my sins and failures. I will use my time wisely and ask God to help me understand the source of my sins and failings. I will trust that Christ came to heal all my wounds.
  • I trust that God will lead me.
Blessings,
Fr. Peter