Triduum 2019 was a beautiful journey as we celebrated the Paschal mystery.
Scott Bagshaw, Coordinator of LifeTeen High School Youth Ministry & College Life shared his testimony recently at the Men’s Mass and Prayer Breakfast.
The urgency of the laity is needed as together we work to heal the church and the wounds left by the scandal of abuse.
When we’re walking through the desert, pray for the grace to recognize the temptations that want to claim us and take us away from God.
Being a tree that bears good fruit requires the self-reflection that Jesus calls us to.
Todd Bankofier recently shared his story at the Men’s Mass & Breakfast. Listen to his compelling testimony as he breaks open 2 of the Beatitudes.
The teachings of Jesus can confuse us as we try to make sense of what he asks and how it fits into our way of thinking. It takes time to reflect on what he is asking. This week’s Gospel, and the Beatitudes (our theme for the year) really turn our world upside down, but does not Jesus do that already?
Fr. Eric breaks this open during his homily this weekend and invites Adam Stein, our Coordinator of Communications, to share more about our theme and a very special event that is happening next week.
Here is the video that was shown at all the Masses this weekend:
Click here for a flyer on the Beatitudes project events that is happening next week and mark your calendars for these important dates:
Saturday – Tuesday, October 20 – 23
October 20 & 21:
Stu G will be speaking at all Masses
Monday, October 22:
a night of stories & song
6:30 pm in the Church
Tuesday, October 23:
“A View from the Hill” – Film & Q&A
9:30 am in the Daily Mass Chapel
6:30 pm in Fenlon Hospitality Center
Finally, you can click here to download the Beatitudes card & calendar of events here at St. Patrick that takes us through the rest of this year. Thank you! Together we are Christian Disciples in Mission who are Living Beyond Sunday through the Beatitudes!
Father, husband, son and die hard Sawx fan Paul Schnabel was the guest speaker at St. Patrick Men’s Prayer Breakfast recently.
Joel Stepanek, Director of Resource Development for LIFE TEEN, speaker, and author, joined the men gathered at St. Patrick Catholic Community’s Men’s Mass & Breakfast on March 10, 2018. He shares some practical insights on living a life of faith using Ignatian spirituality.
Today’s Gospel marks the beginning of the third long discourse given by Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew. Over the next few weeks, the Gospel readings will consist of the entire 13th Chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, a lengthy teaching discourse.
Throughout this discourse, Jesus will offer several parables to illustrate for his listeners what he means by the kingdom of heaven. He begins with the parable of the sower, which appears rather straightforward—of course seeds grow best in good soil. Seeds that miss the soil, are sown on rocky ground, or are sown among other plants will not grow. The surprise in the parable is the enormous yield of the seed that is sown on good soil.
Jesus then explains his use of parables. Jesus seems to suggest that he uses parables to teach because the meanings of parables are not self-evident. The hearer must engage in some degree of reflection in order to comprehend the message of a parable. In this way, the medium—the parable—models the point of the parable of the sower. Those who are willing to engage themselves in the effort to understand will be rewarded by the discovery of the message and will bear fruit.
To bring home the point, Jesus interprets the parable of the sower to his disciples. The different types of soil in which the seeds are sown are metaphors for the disposition with which each individual hears the teaching about the kingdom of heaven. Some will be easily swayed away from the kingdom of heaven. Some will receive it for a time but will lose it when faced with difficulties. Some will hear the word but will then permit other cares to choke it out. Yet some will receive it well, and the seed will produce abundant fruit.