Pastor's Page


Father Peter Mactutis
Parish Priest 

 

12/16/18 

Dear Parishioners,

We have had a few great things happen here at St. Mary’s in the last few weeks. I would like to say a word of gratitude to those that helped to make these things happen.

First, I want to thank Lakeside Industries for their generosity and hard work in repairing the more urgent problems in our parking lot by filling in the pot holes.

Second, thank you to the crew that came in last Saturday to try painting the parking-stall lines. The weather did not cooperate with them and started raining before the paint had time to dry. They will try again when the weather is better…sometime in the spring. Thank you also to Israel Aparicio and his crew for their generosity and for doing a great job cleaning the parking lot and grounds.

Third, thank you to Mike Mulligan and his crew for the great work they did repairing the roof on the office building. The northeast corner of the roof had severe rot damage and Mike and his crew did a great job fixing it.

Fourth, thank you to Jose Rosario and his crew for painting the outside of the rectory. They have a little more to do, and it is looking great.

Fifth, thank you to Dang Mai for the great work he did renovating the family bathroom in the office building. It is so much better! And finally, thank you to Elsa Hernandez and everyone that helped our parish celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. 

Advent Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

12/9/18

Dear Parishioners,

Restful Prayer

During Advent, I would like to invite everyone to come to the church and spend time in silent prayer. Advent is a great time to be alert and restful. Spending some alone-time with Jesus helps to create that restful and peaceful space in our souls. If you are saying to yourself right now, “I am too busy to spend time at the church praying”; then you are the perfect person in need of this prayer. We all need it.

Obstacles to This Prayer

Sometimes we shy away from quiet prayer because we don’t feel anything, or hear anything coming from Jesus. Our difficulty in connecting with Jesus is generally rooted in one of three mistakes we might be making; one, we are talking in prayer, but not listening. Two, we are too busy asking for our will to be done rather than listening for God’s will. And third, we are just not spending time with Him.

The Solution

Truly humble prayer is primarily quiet listening. The key to listening is desiring to spend time with the One that we love. Then, and only then, will God begin to reveal His will for you. The first step is to spend the time and come. With the combination code to the side door you can come into the church 24 hours a day. If you do not have the code, come by the office during office hours and we can give it to you. We also have a beautiful Adoration chapel in the office building that is open during office hours.

Please come.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

12/2/18

Dear Parishioners,

Bulletin

Beginning this week, we are making some changes to the format of the bulletin. The bulletin will no longer be bilingual. Our Hispanic parishioners will be receiving a one-page version of the bulletin that will be entirely in Spanish. We are doing this to present information to our parishioners in a clearer and more concise manner. Also, Sharon Larson is the new bulletin editor for the English bulletin and Selena Vergara-Valdez is the editor for the Spanish version.

The English bulletin, as well as the Spanish version, will be available to everyone at all the Masses. Also, the bulletin page with St. Anne mission information will continue to be available on the table in the back of the church at St. Mary’s for all that are interested in the events at St. Anne.

 

Advent

For Advent consider having an Advent wreath in your home. It consists of a wreath made with branches and four candles, three purple and one pink colored. Light one purple candle the first week and each night say some prayers together as a family. Reading the daily Mass readings can be a great way to meditate and pray together. The daily Mass readings are available at:

English: www.usccb.org/bible/readings/

Spanish: www.usccb.org/bible/lecturas/

You can end the prayer time with the following prayer: Heavenly Father, your son, Jesus, is your greatest gift to us, a great sign of your love. Guide us as we strive to walk in that love together as a family this Advent. As we prepare our hearts for Christmas, bring us closer to each other and to your son. Give us the grace and strength we need every day. Help us to always trust in you. Come, Lord Jesus, lead all people closer to you. Come and dispel the darkness of our world with the light of your love. Amen. The second week: light two purple candles. The third week: light two purple and one pink candle. The fourth week light all of the candles.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

11/25/18

 Dear Parishioners,

Black Friday…. Cyber Monday…. whatever you want to call it, it is flat out the season of Consumerism. Buy…buy…buy…. I would like to offer a couple of things to think about in order to keep Jesus Christ’s coming as the center of this time, so that on December 25th we will celebrate Christmas and not just “Consumermas”.

Try not to make Christmas day the day your kids get tons of gifts. Plan ahead so that the day your kids get more gifts is on their birthday, or better yet on their baptism day. Keep Christmas very simple with gifts, and keep it focused on Jesus. If one feels the need to give gifts, always include in the gift something that points to our Savior. For example, place a holy card, or print a nice copy of your favorite prayer and include it with the gift.

Don’t be afraid to include the prayer card or holy card even for your atheistic or agnostic friends and family when you give them cookies. It is amazing how the Holy Spirit can work through simple things like that.

For those that give Christmas cards, have it be about Jesus and his family. Write a note in it about something spiritual. It is tempting for people to write a note bragging about all the great things about their family. Refrain from this. It is not what Jesus would do.

This Advent season is a wonderful opportunity to fulfill our mission to evangelize; namely, to share Jesus with others.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

11/18/18

Dear Parishioners,

The times that I immediately give thanks to God are when I barely avoided something really bad, like barely avoiding an accident while driving on I-5. I am sure we have all had one of those! But even atheists are grateful for something like that.

True gratitude that is rooted in faith and love for God is all encompassing. Thank you Jesus for the good, the bad, and the ugly. Everyone thanks God for the good, but few do so for the bad and the ugly. What might be an example of this? I have seen many marriages that were very lukewarm, the spouses just co-existed; but it took a tragedy to wake them up. After the initial shock, they were able to thank God for allowing it to happen, otherwise they may never have changed. It is like a seed; the seed has to die in the mud before it can bring forth life.

With Thanksgiving day coming up, think of one or two things, maybe even bad or ugly things that happened, that you have never thanked God for, and say a word of thanks.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

11/11/18

Dear Parishioners,


This weekend we celebrate Veteran’s day. I think that one of the great things about our veterans is that they teach us what it means to be good stewards and caretakers of our community. In other words, no one ever served in the military because they wanted to get rich, but many have served because they want to help serve our country and to help and protect it. This is stewardship. It is when we offer our time, talents and resources to help create something beautiful and protect that
which we have that is good.
This is the same for what we hope for in the Catholic Church. Every Catholic is called to help build up the faith and serve in their local parish.
Thank you to our veterans for your service, and thank you to all that serve our Church.

Blessings,
Fr. Peter

 

 

 

11/4/18

Dear Parishioners,

This last week we celebrated All Saints Day. The most basic definition of a saint is: everyone that is in heaven. And, I think we all would agree that we all want to go to heaven. This most basic desire, rooted deep in our souls has been referred to by the Catholic Church as the universal call to holiness. The 2nd Vatican Council said:

“all Christ's faithful, whatever be the conditions, duties and circumstances of their lives—and indeed through all these, will daily increase in holiness, if they receive all things with faith from the hand of their heavenly Father and if they cooperate with the divine will. In this temporal service, they will manifest to all men the love with which God loved the world.” Lumen Gentium #41

May we support each other and persevere in this great endeavor!

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

10/28/18

Dear Parishioners,

As part of our faith formation program, we have purchased a license to another website that offers great Catholic videos and content called, “Word on Fire”! This is content that is produced by Bishop Robert Barron.

If you are interested in accessing this website, you will need to follow the following steps: (It is a little complicated, so, you will learn patience along the way!)

You will sign up for a service called “Flocknote” which is the basis for the “Word on fire” service:

1. On your cell phone, text the word “marysville” to the phone number 84576.

2. You will receive a text back and click on the link provided.

3. It will send you to the “St. Mary’s Catholic Church profile page”, input your name & email.

4. On the next page make sure “English – St. Mary” has a green checkmark.

5. Click the arrow to the right of “English – St. Mary”, and in the Drop down menu click “St. Mary Updates!” And Unselect everything else, unless you’d like Updates for our FaithFormation Program.

6. It will ask a couple more questions, and then send you 2 emails.

7. The first email will be to verify your email, and after verifying it, there will be a second email to make a password.

8. Remember your password.

9. From there you can login from www.flocknote.com

10. Once you have logged in with your phone number and password, click on the link that says: “Visit WoFDigital.org”

11. Enjoy the great content!

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

10/21/18

Dear parishioners,

I would like update everyone on a few things happening in the parish.

First, we just had Lakeside Industries come and do some much needed repair work on our parking lot. They did a great job! Thank you Lakeside!! The next step for the parking lot is to form a team of people to restripe (repaint) the lines for the parking lot. If you are interested in helping with this, please let me know.

Second, this has been a very hectic week. We have hired four new staff members. One of them, Daniel Roberson, who is our new bookkeeper, I told you about last week.

We also have hired Ann Velasco, she will be helping to lead the Confirmation program, in conjunction with our new YDisciple youth program, as well as assisting with our faith formation program. Also, we hired Myriam (Lupita) Escalante. She will be helping to develop and lead our marriage preparation program, as well as assisting with our faith formation program.

Also, we hired Veronica Ramirez. She will be assisting with our faith formation program and the marriage preparation program.

All three of them, Ann, Myriam, and Veronica will also be assisting in the office with the general operations in the office.

Fourth, We are beginning Confirmation Registration today!

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

10/14/18

Dear parishioners,

I would like update everyone on a few things happening in the parish.

First, our new bookkeeper is Daniel Roberson. Daniel and his family are active members of our parish. In the few days he has been working as bookkeeper he has proven to be a wonderful addition to our staff team here at St. Mary and St. Anne. I look forward to working with him more.

Second, we have several people that I am talking to and interviewing for the positions in assisting with our pastoral ministries. Hopefully this coming week and the following week we will have more great people in place helping us with our ministries.

Third, this week we launch our new faith formation program for kids preparing for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist, as well as kids that still need to be baptized or are just seeking to grow in their faith. Please pray for all involved.

Fourth, our confirmation and youth program will be announced shortly.

Please stay tuned.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

10/7/18

Dear parishioners,

I would like to update everyone on a few things happening in the parish.

First, we are close to having the position for bookkeeper filled. Once everything is finalized I will announce who the person is.

Second, we are looking to fill several positions that involve working in the following areas of parish ministry at St. Mary: Faith formation, RCIA, Marriage preparation, and Confirmation.

It is strongly preferred that the ideal candidates are bilingual in English and Spanish. They also need to be good, practicing Catholics, knowledgeable of the Catholic Church’s teachings, and have good organizational skills.

Please come by the parish office to inquire about these positions, or if you know anyone that would be a good candidate, please pass this information on to them.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

9/30/18

Dear parishioners,

At our priest meeting this quote was part of our prayer. I wanted to share it with you. It captures the beauty and frailty of our Church.

“How baffling you are, oh Church, and yet how I love you! How you have made me suffer, and yet how much I owe you!... You have given me so much scandal and yet you have made me understand what sanctity is. I have seen nothing in the world more devoted to obscurity, more compromised, more false, and yet I have touched nothing more pure, more generous, more beautiful…

No, I cannot free myself from you, because I am you.... And besides, where would I go? Would I establish another? I would not be able to establish it without the same faults, for they are the same faults I carry in me…

The Church has the power to make me holy but it is made up, from the first to the last, only of sinners… It brings a message of pure transparency but it is incarnated in mud, for such is the substance of the world.... When I was young, I did not understand why Jesus chose Peter as his successor, the first Pope, even though he abandoned Him. Now I am no longer surprised and I understand that by founding his church on the tomb of a traitor he was warning each of us to remain humble, by making us aware of our fragility.”

(Carlo Carretto, The God Who Comes, 1974)

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

9/23/18

Dear parishioners,

In the next couple of weeks, we will be beginning our faith formation and sacramental preparation programs. These programs will be, in some ways, structured differently from the programs of the past. Our family ministry committee was very helpful in identifying ways to re-focus our efforts. For example:

Our programs will help parents to truly be the first and primary teachers of the faith to their children. I have some experience doing this in other parishes. It is amazing what happens when the parents grow in their confidence to share their faith in a deep way with their children. It is transformative for the whole family.

Also, with regard to the teens, we will be creating a program that helps them make deeper connections to God by forming small mentoring groups. It has been found that teens grow much stronger in their faith when they are a part of a small group that is led by adults. These groups are designed to create long term connections with other teens and the adults that are mentoring them. The format for this program we will be using is called “YDisciple” which is available at www.formed.org.

Please pray for our parish as we begin these programs.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

9/16/18

Dear parishioners,

This week there were two large storms menacing our world, hurricane Florence and the super typhoon Mangkhut. Florence was pounding the East Coast of the United States and Mangkhut was pounding the island of Luzon in the Philippines. Please be keeping all of the people affected by these storms in your prayers. I have no doubt that the people affected are resilient, but the effects will still be devastating.

Last week in one of my homilies I insinuated that the good thing about a natural disaster is that it forces us to open our hearts to the needs of our neighbor. I even said that maybe that is what we need in the Seattle area, so that we would love our neighbor a little better. I would like to retract that statement. I am sorry for making light of the true suffering that happens as a result of these storms. But I still hope that we will feel inspired to not wait for a storm to hit before we reach out to our neighbor. And, with our own spiritual storm that is hitting in the Catholic Church, we as disciples can see with ever greater sight, that we need each other to be resilient in the faith and continue sharing Jesus Christ with the world, no matter what form the storm takes.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

9/9/18

Dear parishioners,

Yesterday, September 8th we celebrated the Nativity of Mary. I suppose there is no other event in the life of a family that is as joyful and hopeful as the birth of a child. Children always help us as adults to stay focused on those things that are more important in life. As our blessed mother Mary was this hope for Anna and Joachim, her parents; Jesus, her son, would become this sign of hope for the world.

Next Saturday we remember Mary as Our Lady of Sorrows, the day after the feast of the exaltation of the cross. This helps us to enter her agony and yet, still full of hope. From her birth to the death of her son, she and her Son together remain a sign of hope for us.

For our Church today, in our need for hope, Mary and Jesus are that for us.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

9/2/18

Dear parishioners,

I have been enjoying some time away. I went to Boise to visit with a priest friend from the seminary.

I also spent some time this last week with my mom and stepdad. It was a great visit. During my visit with my mom we spent a lot of time talking about the continuing scandal that is unraveling in the Church. It is very difficult and depressing. I am praying for the Church a lot more. After reading some of the stories from the victims in the Pennsylvania report I have been praying a lot for them. It is horrible how they were treated by the very shepherds that should have been protecting them. I am also praying for our current bishops, that they can find a path to creating a structure of accountability and atonement for what has been done.

My prayers are with you all. I will be back in the parish this next week.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

8/26/18

Dear parishioners,

This last week an earthquake hit our neighbors to the south, in Oregon. Even if we did not feel it, it still rattles our nerves. Earthquakes are terrifying because they are powerful, deadly and not very predictable. However, our planet has earthquakes every single day. And, the reality is, is that they are healthy and normal for the planet. Our planet is constantly moving, stretching and adjusting itself. This is also what creates our beautiful mountains and waterways which we enjoy having in western Washington.

I bring this up because we need spiritual earthquakes in our lives as well. This is when we do something that stretches us to grow in a way that is over a short duration, but is also powerful and transformative.

Retreats are like spiritual earthquakes. They are often short, powerful and transformative. So, when was the last time you went on a spiritual retreat? If it has been a while, or maybe never….please consider planning one in the next year. Below are some great resources for finding a good retreat opportunity:

http://palisadesretreatcenter.org/ (The Palisades retreat center constantly has great retreats being offered throughout the year. It is located in Federal Way, WA.) https://www.mountangelabbey.org/guest-house/ (Mount Angel Abbey is a wonderful place to do a retreat. They are currently renovating the retreat house and will be back open in January of 2019.)

https://olrmonastery.org/guests/ (The Benedictine nuns on Shaw Island also have a great place for a retreat.)

I will create a complete list of retreat locations later.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

8/19/18

Dear Parishioners,

A lot of people have been trying the Lectio Divina prayer! That is great! However, they are also discovering that it is very different than what they are used to and have a lot of questions. In an effort to help I will explain a little bit more,

Lectio Divina is traditionally divided into four movements:

  • Lectio – Read - read the words and pay attention, understand, notice what you are drawn to, and follow it.
  • Meditatio- Meditate – Sit with it, like you are sitting next to a creek of water flowing by with Jesus sitting next to you. Reflect on it. Learn from it. Admire its’ beauty.
  • Oratio- Pray – What do you wish to say to God? Speak to Him who loves you. Your prayer will flow from the passage you read…“Thank you Lord for…..” “Help me to see…..” “Be close to my friend struggling with….” “Help to forgive like……”
  • Contempatio – Contemplate – Rest. Look with love on Jesus, and be silent. Be silent! Let Him fill you with His love. Be at peace. Stay here until Jesus is done.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

8/12/18

Dear Parishioners,

A person in the parish showed this article to me. I wanted to share it with you. It is a brief explanation of the prayer that I talked about last Sunday:

Guide to Lectio Divina

Choose a word or phrase of the Scriptures you wish to pray. It makes no difference which text is chosen, as long as you have no set goal of "covering" a certain amount of text. The amount of text covered is in God's hands, not yours.

Read.

Turn to the text and read it slowly, gently. Savor each portion of the reading, constantly listening for the "still, small voice" of a word or phrase that somehow says, "I am for you today." Do not expect lightning or ecstasies. In lectio divina, God is teaching us to listen, to seek him in silence. God does not reach out and grab us but gently invites us ever more deeply into his presence.

Ponder.

Take the word or phrase into yourself. Memorize it and slowly repeat it to yourself, allowing it to interact with your inner world of concerns, memories, and ideas. Do not be afraid of distractions. Memories or th oughts are simply parts of yourself that, when they rise up during lectio divina, are asking to be given to God along with the rest of your inner self. Allow this inner pondering, this rumination, to invite you into d ialogue with God.

Pray.

Whether you use words, ideas, or images—or all three—is not important. Interact with God as you would with one who you know loves and accepts you. Give to God what you have discovered during your experience of meditation. Give to God what you have found within your heart.

It is not necessary to assess the quality of your lectio divina, as if you were "performing" or seeking some goal. Lectio divina has no goal other than that of being in the presence of God by praying the Scriptures.

— Fr. Luke Dysinger

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

8/5/18

Dear parishioners,

As you may have heard in the news, Pope Francis acting with the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith has modified how the Catholic Church understands the application and justification of the use of the death penalty.

The text is included below: The Supreme Pontiff Francis, in the audience granted on 11 May 2018 to the undersigned Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has approved the following new draft of no. 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, arranging for it to be translated into various languages and inserted in all the editions of the aforementioned Catechism.

The death penalty

2267. Recourse to the death penalty on the part of legitimate authority, following a fair trial, was long considered an appropriate response to the gravity of certain crimes and an acceptable, albeit extreme, means of safeguarding the common good. Today, however, there is an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes. In addition, a new understanding has emerged of the significance of penal sanctions imposed by the state. Lastly, more effective systems of detention have been developed, which ensure the due protection of citizens but, at the same time, do not definitively deprive the guilty of the possibility of redemption.

Consequently, the Church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person”,[1] and she works with determination for its abolition worldwide.

---The Vatican website contains a more complete explanation in the document titled, “Letter to the Bishops regarding the new revision of number 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the death penalty…”

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

7/29/18

Dear parishioners,

Update on parish projects:

We are moving forward with having the parking lot repaired. All of the potholes will be repaired. This is still a temporary solution, but will be nice, especially when the rains return and the potholes turn into little ponds. Once the repairs have taken place we put together a volunteer ground crew to re-stripe the lines for the parking stalls in the parking lot.

Please remember we have our feast day coming, Wednesday, August 15th, the Solemnity of the Assumption! Save that evening on your calendar! Join us for time to pray and celebrate!

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

7/22/18

Dear Parishioners,

50 years ago this week Pope Paul VI released one of the most prophetic encyclicals ever, called, “Humanae Vitae”. In this document the pope detailed all the reasons why accepting and approving the use of artificial birth control methods would lead to a number of catastrophic consequences in our lives.

He said that if artificial birth control becomes common place infidelity in marriage and sex outside the bonds of marriage would become much more common place. Which has happened. This is because the natural openness and possibility of conception is removed; thus, a perverted and selfish view of sex is much easier to indulge in.

He also said that this path would open the doors to widespread objectification of women. This has happened. The media routinely uses women as sexual objects to sell products, or create a fictional world where women only exist to seduce men. If you don’t believe me, just spend a couple of hours watching the average TV shows that are shown today. The bigger and far more destructive component to this is the widespread use of, and addiction to, pornography. All of this dehumanizes women and turns them into slaves.

He also said that governments would begin to use coercion and force to pressure women into using contraceptives for its own socio-economic agendas. In my travels to foreign and very poor countries, this is has become common place. In many instances the women are not even told what the doctor is doing or giving them. This includes sterilization without consent after giving birth. Countries are treating their people like cattle, instead of human beings with dignity and rights. Some of these coercive programs are funded by the American government and American based foundations and charitable organizations.

If the phrase, “knowledge is power” is true, then it behooves us to challenge our culture with knowledge and truth to help our culture see the destruction that is at hand.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter Mactutis

 

 

 

7/15/18

Dear Parishioners,

This week was a great week. I am very happy how our first meeting with the family ministry committee meeting went. We had 24 people participate and we had a very engaging discussion on the current state of the faith in families and will be continuing with our next meeting next week.

On a different note, I came across this prayer today and thought I would share it with you:

- Morning offering –

O, Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day, for all the intentions of You Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, for the salvation of souls, the reparation of sins, the reunion of all Christians, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father this month. Amen.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

7/8/18

Dear parishioners,

In addition to forming our new Family Ministry committee we will also be forming a new committee to help our Hispanic community. This committee will be made up of the leaders in our Hispanic community. The objective will be to create even better communication, collaboration and spiritual unity as we proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. Please pray for these two committees, that we will be thinking and acting in unity with the Holy Spirit and God’s will for our parish.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

As of June 16th, Summer hours for the office will be Tuesday-Friday 10:00am-6:00pm

 

 

 

7/1/18

Dear parishioners,

This last week I was at our Quo Vadis vocation camp for young men. It is for young men open to the idea of being a priest. We had 140 youth attend the camp. It was very inspiring for me because when I was a teenager I was not open to God’s will, nor was I praying for it. These teenagers are open and praying.

Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg came one day and gave a great talk. One thing he shared was how important it is to be “transparent”. In other words, to allow the light of Christ shine through you, like a window. He related a story about a first grade student that had tried to answer his question about “who are the saints?” The student said, “they are the people in the windows that allow light to shine through.” What he was referring to was the saints depicted in the stain glass windows in the church.

The bishop said that this a great way for us to view our own call to be saints...by allowing the light of Christ to shine through.

Happy Independence day!

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

6/24/18

Dear parishioners,

This last week we had some wonderful presentations at our priest gathering. Much of the subject matter was on helping people encounter Jesus in their brokenness and wounds. A priest quoted the following prayer that he uses. I wanted to share it with you all:

Prayer for Inner Healing

"Dear Lord Jesus, please come and heal my wounded and troubled heart. I beg you to heal the torments that are causing anxiety in my life. I beg you, in a particular way, to heal the underlying source of my sinfulness. I beg you to come into my life and heal the psychological harms that struck me in my childhood and from the injuries they have caused throughout my life.

Lord Jesus, you know my burdens. I lay them on your Good Shepherd’s Heart. I beseech you—by the merits of the great open wound in your heart—to heal the small wounds that are in mine. Heal my memories, so that nothing that has happened to me will cause me to remain in pain and anguish, filled with anxiety.

Heal, O Lord, all those wounds that have been the cause of evil that is rooted in my life. I want to forgive all those who have offended me. Look to those inner sores that make me unable to forgive. You who came to forgive the afflicted of heart, please, heal my wounded and troubled heart.

Heal, O Lord Jesus, all those intimate wounds that are the root cause of my physical illness. I offer you my heart. Accept it, Lord, purify it and give me the sentiments of your Divine Heart. Heal me, O Lord, from the pain caused by the death of my loved ones. Grant me to regain peace and joy in the knowledge that you are the Resurrection and the Life. Make me an authentic witness to your resurrection, your victory over sin and death, and your loving presence among all men. Amen"

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

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

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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