One Church One Message is about getting every one that attends our church to hear the same message on a given week. At Holy Eucharist this means that our children, students and adults are all being taught a similar theme - so families can discuss it. It means that at every Mass, we repeat the same homily so that every adult has heard the exact same message. One Church One Message is simply about getting everybody in the parish headed in the same direction, as with geese flying in formation, or a crew team rowing together. The message is what we call our weekend homily. It is the centerpiece of our church communication.We invite you to read, reflect and pray on these messages.
While we have more means of communication and more ways to connect to the rest of the world in human history, polls and research show that many in our culture struggle with loneliness. We feel alienated from each other, alienated from ourselves, and alienated from our Maker. While loneliness looks different in our modern times, the problem is as old as human history. In this series we will look at the cause of our loneliness and what we can do to combat it.
Forgiveness is a basic tenant of our creed. Each week we profess to believe in the “forgiveness of sins.” Yet, while "forgiveness" itself is very simple concept, it can also feel complicated. By forgiving others are we justifying others' wrong behavior? Does forgiveness automatically mean trusting another person? How do we even forgive people who have hurt us. At its core, forgiveness can be a difficult process, especially when hurt feelings and anger cloud our thinking. However, in order to begin healing from pain caused by others, we must choose to forgive. While forgiving someone won’t change the past, it can change our future. This 4-part series explains the importance of forgiving others and how it helps us even more than the person who hurt us.
Advent is a time when grace and truth enters the world in a special way: the arrival of Jesus. Many people struggle balancing grace with truth. We tend to be good at emphasizing one but not the other. Truth without grace isn’t actually truth… it’s about being right. Grace without truth isn’t really grace… it’s enabling or lawless.