Pastor's Page


Father Peter Mactutis
Parish Priest 

 

2/17/19

Dear Parishioners,

I want to offer a word of encouragement to all of our families that are in the Faith formation program and preparing their kids for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Thank you all for the hard work you have been putting into teaching your children. I am so impressed by your efforts. Once you complete packet #4, your child will be ready to do their First Reconciliation (Confession). If there are some families that are having difficulties, I would suggest just slowing down and letting your kids and you learn at the speed that works for you. I know that you all are very busy and your time is precious. There is no rush. As we get closer to May, we will set dates in June, July and beyond for First Communion. Your child will make it!

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

2/10/19

Dear Parishioners,

This Monday, February 11th, is the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes. I have always been impressed by the events of our Lady’s appearance to St. Bernadette many years ago.

One detail from the apparition that seems very unique is the command that Mary made of Bernadette. In front of everyone watching, Mary told Bernadette to “eat of the plants and to wash.” The only plants were the weeds growing next to her. So, out of complete obedience she started to eat the weeds. To wash she was going to go down to the river, but Mary corrected her and told her not wash in the river but to do it right there. There was not water, but only a patch of really wet mud. So, out of complete obedience she started washing herself with the mud. Everyone thought she was going mad. In washing herself she was being washed clean of any pride, or concern what other people thought about her. She became a hero of true humility. It would only be a short while before people began to understand how powerful was her faith and beautiful her obedience. Soon a spring of water grew from the muddy spot that she washed. That spring of water is still flowing today.

St. Bernadette, pray for us.

Blessings,

Fr. Pete

 

 

 

2/3/19

Dear Parishioners,

There is a Catholic tradition to pray the “Angelus” prayer at 6:00am, noon, and 6:00pm. There is a famous painting that depicts this moment in the life of two farmers out in the field. You can see the church bell tower in the background. Using your imagination, you can hear the church bell ringing at noon. The two farmers have their heads bowed in prayer, saying the Angelus and listening the bells tolling in the distance. This was one way the people were united in prayer even when they were working.

  • V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,
  • R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
  • Hail Mary, full of grace etc...
  • V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
  • R. Be it done unto me according to Your Word.
  • Hail Mary, full of grace etc...
  • V. And the Word was made flesh,
  • R. And dwelt among us.
  • Hail Mary, full of grace etc...
  • V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
  • R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
  • Let us pray:
  • Pour forth, we beseech You, O Lord, Your Grace into our hearts;
  • that as we have known the incarnation of Christ, your Son
  • by the message of an angel, so by His passion and cross
  • we may be brought to the glory of His Resurrection.
  • Through the same Christ, our Lord.
  • Amen.  

 

 

1/27/19

Dear Parishioners,

The evening of February 8th we will be having our One Faith, One Community celebration. One part of this will be to learn how to say some of our prayers in the native languages of your fellow parishioners. There are many people here that would like to learn the prayers in English and others that would like to learn the prayers in Spanish, or Vietnamese, or Tagalog. What better way is there than to practice with each other… There will also be games for the kids and great food. Please mark your calendars. St. Pope John Paul II was fluent in many languages. He had a gift that many of us do not have. But the most important thing he had was a desire to share Jesus with others and not let different languages be an obstacle to that. Let’s share in that desire to reach out to each other.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

1/20/19

 

 Dear parishioners,

Here is a beautiful addition to our memorial to the unborn.

The statue of Mary and the angel were donated by some very generous parishioners and was installed just recently by the Knights of Columbus.

Thank you all, it is very beautiful.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter 

 

 

 

1/13/19

Dear Parishioners,

Facility update: We are looking into the possibility of cutting down the really tall trees that are on the backside of our property. This will only include the trees that are along the property line between us and the mobile home park that is directly behind us. The pastoral council has already discussed this issue and has agreed to move forward with it. We have also received consent from the owner of the mobile home park to do this. Also, we had a survey firm come in and survey the property line to make sure we know exactly where the property line is. We are now getting a second estimate on the logging of the trees. We will make $10,000-15,000 in doing this, although that is not reason for it.

There are several reasons we are looking into logging the trees. First, they are very tall and a danger to the mobile homes, the rectory and the food bank, especially during wind storms. Because of this they are a liability. Second, the trees cast a constant shadow over the property in the fall, winter, and spring. It is quite depressing living in the rectory and never seeing the sun except in the summer. Third, safety is a concern on our property. The wooded area in the back has been a place of illegal activity and is difficult to monitor. Finally, the food bank and the rectory may be ideal locations to use solar power. The food bank is discussing this as an emergency back-up alternative. We are also looking into the possibility of installing a solar system for the rectory. The rectory does not have gas, therefore the heating/electricity bills can be quite high. Removing the trees would make these options possible. After the logging and clean up we are planning to plant a hedge along the property line to act as a visual barrier. Also, with some of the proceeds we are looking into installing fencing on the property in a few locations to cut down on the cross traffic through our property. I will talk about that issue later.

Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

1/6/19

Dear Parishioners,

Like the shepherds that encountered the host of Angels and went to see the baby Jesus, so too do the Magi go to see the baby Jesus. Both return back to their homes changed by the encounter. They did not stay there, at the Nativity scene in Bethlehem. But they carried the experience with them for the rest of their lives. This is what we call an “Epiphany event”.

Our own encounter with Jesus changes us. We continually change, by God’s grace. So even though we continue to live in the ordinariness of our daily lives, we change what we do and how do it and why we do it, as long as we carry the Nativity event with us.

Epiphany Blessings,

Fr. Peter

 

 

 

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