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Father Peter Mactutis
Parish Priest 

 

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

 

 

2/4/18

Dear Parishioners:

I would like to explain the results from our Liturgy committee that has met for the last three weeks. They have offered great insights and come up with a tentative plan to implement some changes to the sanctuary space in the church, as well as some other changes. They are listed below:

  1. The tabernacle will be moved, from the large wooden structure that it currently occupies on the East side of the sanctuary, to the center of the sanctuary directly behind the altar and under the large crucifix. A temporary stand that matches the style of the ambo and altar will be constructed for the tabernacle. By doing this, the tabernacle, in which the Eucharist is reserved, will be located in such a manner to maintain the link between the centrality of our prayer before the reserved Eucharist outside of the Mass and the centrality of the altar where we celebrate the Eucharist as a community. This move also helps with the issue of the tabernacle currently being in a high traffic area were many people are coming and going constantly from the sacristy. The tabernacle will be able to receive more attention and reverence behind the altar and out of the flow of traffic of people.

 

  1. The large image of our Lady of Guadalupe, which is a devotion of great importance for many people in our parish, will be moved, from its current location in the back of the church on the west wall, to the large wooden structure that is the current home for the tabernacle. This will give the people a more accessible place for devotion.

 

  1. The location of the altar and the ambo are changed slightly. The altar is moved forward a few feet and the ambo is moved back a few feet. This gives a little more prominence to the altar. Also, new candlesticks will be used on the altar that also bring more prominence to the altar.

 

  1. The statues of St. Mary and St. Joseph, that are currently mounted on the south wall on either side of the sanctuary, will move and be mounted onto the large white wall behind the sanctuary. This will bring the statues closer in to the center of the church. The statues of St Anthony and of the Sacred Heart of Jesus will move to the current locations of the statues of St Mary and St Joseph Currently St Anthony and the Sacred Heart are somewhat hidden in the side transepts.

 

  1. The flags for the Vatican and for the United States will be located nearer to the main entrances with the glass double doors. This is a more common and appropriate place for the flags.

 

  1. The altar servers will begin to wear cassocks and surplices. Cassocks are normally black or red, with a white surplice over the cassock. These garments are a different style from the current white albs that the altar servers wear. The cassock and surplice are more formal and traditional. They also help to accentuate the solemnity of the Eucharistic action unfolding before us during the Mass.

These changes do not require any significant parish funds. The generosity of some individuals in our community has already been offered for these changes. This is important because we have some more pressing needs for our funds, for example, the repairing of damage from a past leak in the roof of the parish office and doing some repairs to the parking lot.

Please feel free to pray about these changes and communicate your thoughts to me.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

1/28/18

Dear Parishioners,

This week we celebrated the Conversion of St. Paul. He often lamented his earlier mistakes in his life, but he threw himself into God’s mercy and with great passion proclaimed God’s grace to everyone. It is never to late to change…never to late to be a saint! As St. Augustine said of himself and his late conversion in life:

“Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would not have been at all.

You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.”

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

1/21/18

Dear Parishioners,

The last two weeks at Mass we have listened to the Gospel accounts of the first disciples; namely, Andrew, Peter, James and John being called by Jesus to follow him. For some reason for me this brings to mind our different cultural groups. Our different cultures are kind of like people, in that they have different backgrounds, experiences and personalities.

The Filipinos, Hispanics, Anglos, and Vietnamese are the predominate active cultures in our parish. Just like the first apostles, we are drawn together to form and create something bigger then ourselves. It is quite beautiful when you think about it. It just would not be the same if Jesus had not called Andrew, or if James had been left out. Just the same, it would be a tragedy if our parish was missing one of the groups that is now present. I pray that we never take each other for granted and we see the beauty we all bring to this team of disciples living the Gospel in Marysville.

May we always find our unity in Christ,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

1/14/18

Dear Parishioners,

As you probably know, we will be entering the season of Lent on February 14th this year. There are some events every year that we remember in January that helps us enter in to the seriousness of the Lenten season.

The first, as we celebrate Martin Luther King Day, is remembering the dark history of our country with regards to race-based slavery and our continuing attempts to root out the racism in our country and in our hearts. We made the mistake of trying to rob human beings of their intrinsic dignity and freedom. The second, is connected to this mistake, we remember on January 22nd the anniversary of the legalization of abortion in our country. We are still robbing people of their intrinsic dignity and freedom. Please pray for our country through January.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

1/7/18

Dear parishioners y guests

Every year we have a Mass celebrated by one of our local Bishops at St. Martin's Abbey just before the March for Life at the state Capitol in Olympia. I would like to invite you to join me and other Catholics from the entire state to this Mass and March to pray for the unborn and all those deprived of the right to live.

The Mass and March for Life are on Monday, January 22nd beginning at 9:30am for the Mass and 12pm for the March.

We will be carpooling from St. Mary's and leaving at 6:30am. There will be signup sheets for all interested in coming. This Mass is the largest Mass we have on an annual basis in our Archdiocese, please come and pray an end to legalized abortion and to pray for all mom's struggling with this decision in their life.

Blessings and Happy Epiphany

Fr Peter

 

 

 

12/24/17

Dear parishioners and visitors of St. Mary and St. Anne,

It is with great joy that together we celebrate the birthday of our baby Brother, Jesus Christ. Yes, Jesus is more than just our little Brother, but he is so just humble that we can’t help but see him as part of our family. Just like having a new baby brother, which becomes the center of attention of the family; Jesus becomes the center of attention of our families. And, like any baby, whose fragility and innocence, opens and frees our hearts of all our cares and concerns, fears and worries; and replaces them with peace and joy; Jesus does the same, but so much more! Come Lord Jesus!

Merry Christmas,

Father Peter

 

 

 

12/17/17

Dear Parishioners,

Thank you so much for this last week. It was a week full of beautiful events. I think it is especially consoling to Our Lady to see so many people celebrating their faith and growing in holiness. These celebrations are a great to begin walking with Mary and Joseph along the path from Nazareth to Bethlehem. It would have taken them nine or ten days to make the journey. Let’s join them in the quiet unfolding of this great mystery.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

12/10/17

Dear Parishioners,

We are beginning to make changes to the bulletin to make it more useful friendly and informative.

May God bless you through this Advent season,

Father Peter

 

 

12/3/17

Dear Parishioners,

This Advent we are giving a book (free of charge) to all the families that attend Mass at St. Mary’s and St. Ann’s. The book is “Joy to the World” by Scott Hahn. In Spanish, we will have a book, but it has not yet arrived.

Please make this book a spiritual part of your Advent journey. Dr. Scott Hahn has the gift of drawing deeper insights and meaning from the Scriptures. He makes the Scriptures come alive and apply to us in our daily lives.

After you have read the book, pass it on to someone else!

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

11/19/17

Dear parishioners,

We just celebrated the feast day of St. Frances Cabrini. She is the only canonized saint to have lived and worked in the Seattle area. Here are a few quotes from her:

“I will go anywhere and do anything in order to communicate the love of Jesus to those who do not know Him or have forgotten Him.”

“Prayer is powerful! It fills the earth with mercy, it makes the Divine clemency pass from generation to generation; right along the course of the centuries wonderful works have been achieved through prayer.”

“I travel, work, suffer my weak health, meet with a thousand difficulties, but all these are nothing, for this world is so small. To me, space is an imperceptible object, as I am accustomed to dwell in eternity.”

Blessings,
Fr. Peter.

 

 

 

11/5/17

Dear Parishioners,

I would like to briefly reiterate the correct way to understand the "Stewardship" model for the Catholic Church.

First, what is stewardship NOT:

Stewardship is not the "volunteer" model. Volunteerism implies that it is optional to help, or to participate. It also implies that I only need to give a small percentage of my time, talent or treasure. Also, as a volunteer, I can quit at any time without any negative ramifications.

Stewardship is not the "employee" model. The employee model is one of "transaction". This is great for businesses, but bad for the Church. We are not employees, where we expect to receive something in return for our time, talent or treasure that is offered to the Church. There is greater accountability in the "employee" model than the "volunteer" model, but it is still not Stewardship. Also, fundraisers are not stewardship. Fundraisers are transactional: You give me something, I give you something.

Stewardship is not based on emotion. Our personal likes and dislikes fluctuate with whether we like the priest, or the choir, or the staff, or the youth ministry, or the brand of donuts after Mass, etc... But our need to give, or to participate, does not fluctuate based on our personal likes or dislikes.

What is Stewardship:

Stewardship is the "family" model. We are brothers and sisters, thus, we love each other and care for each other. Therefore, we don't expect to get something in return when we give. Because of familial love, we enjoy giving of ourselves because that is what we do when we are in love. Also, just like a family, sometimes we don't agree on everything, or sometimes were angry with each other, but we still give, we still help, and we still love. Also, because Stewardship is based on love, trust is very important. We need to be able to count on each other.

And finally, in the "stewardship" model we are motivated by our love for the beautiful nobility of the Church as the body of Christ. Because of this we give the best we have to offer, not just what is left over.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter