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Same Difference

 Sep 04, 2020 08:32 am

I’ve been watching the Tour De France these mornings, and although it was delayed by a month or so by the pandemic, watching the teams race to the finish each day is giving me some sense of normalcy, even if still different in many ways from the Tour that I love to watch every summer.  

Even the most “normal” things we do now are changed, inevitably, by our present situation. School is still about learning (and teaching), but now there is spacing and scheduling changes. Lunch with friends is still about conversation and memories, but now there is more space between us, and masks. Labor Day is still a day off for some of us, but parties, the way we used to have them, are different. And of course, no matter what, Church is still about Christ, about the community of faith, about sacrifice (Jesus’ and ours), about going “in peace, to love and serve the Lord.” Thanks be to God.  

In the coming months, Mass at MQOA will change, as we look for the safest and most spiritually fruitful ways to gather in the colder months, but the Mass will still and always be the Mass. It will still be about what it’s meant to be about (see above), even if the logistics are different. And as always, being willing to adjust as needs arise will be vital, and we’ll be ready to do that, together.  

Thank you for being willing to try new ways to worship, pray and meet, thank you for feeling and sharing the Spirit from your car or your socially-distanced seat, thank you for loving your neighbor by wearing a mask and washing your hands. Thank you for supporting your parish in prayer, with your donations, and your offers to help. We are MQOA, no matter what is happening in the world, and we are who we are because of who you are, and who God is.  

Hope to see you at Mass, in person or online!

Blessings,

Margo


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A MESSAGE FROM FR. MURRAY / UN MENSAJE DEL PADRE MURRAY

 Sep 04, 2020 08:26 am

Leadership in the church has always been a challenge. It was a struggle in the period when Moses first asked God for help, and ever since, it has been like this to the present day. We are always in need of leaders. I read over and over the moments when Jesus called his twelve Apostles. What did he see in a fisherman, a tax collector, and a zealot that was so important that they became his inner circle? The cost of accepting the invitation was a complete lifestyle change, and to be challenged at the core of their being, to follow Jesus. In turn, what the Apostles and disciples received from Jesus was authority, the authority to call all people to be followers of Jesus and to decide what was right and wrong about behavior in the community, based on what they had been taught by Jesus.

Since then, guided by the Holy Spirit, we too have been guided by the teachings of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. We have received an awesome responsibility to speak to the whole world about who Jesus is, and what it means to be in relationship with him. And we use the same tools given to the Apostles and disciples to accomplish our mission (they have developed in many ways since then, of course). We, too, have been given the grace and authority to call out sin when we see it, and lovingly challenge others to right or better behavior. This is what leadership is for us: to be good disciples of Jesus by what we say and do, wherever we are. We are also called to lead others to Jesus. As a community of believers, we can never think that we are alone in our relationship with Him. Otherwise, we are merely a Church of individuals and not a Church of disciples, gathered around the Lord in the teachings, scriptures, sacraments, and traditions of the Church.

As we continue our journey together, we might ask ourselves how we are living as disciples in the world, and how are we leading others to Jesus. It is worth changing our whole lives and losing ourselves to accept Jesus’ call. This week we celebrated a baptism and a wedding. Congratulations to Michael and Kristina on your wedding! Congratulations and welcome to Augustine!

Peace, Fr. Murray

Building news: The tower windows at St. James were inspected last week for asbestos and were found to be asbestos positive. This means that we will have to remediate the asbestos found in the window caulking, remove the windows, repair and repaint the frames, then replace the windows. Hopefully they will be good for another 50 or 60 years. We will be receiving estimates for this project with the help of the engineering and building department at the pastoral offices of the Archdiocese. We investigated the idea of putting plywood in, but both aesthetically and cost wise, it seems more economical to fix them entirely.

Last week’s Sunday afternoon storm also revealed a problem with the gutters at Immaculate. There was a lot of overflow on one side, and so the roofers have been called to look at the problem. I am hopeful that it is a simple blockage. Please pray for a small miracle in this instance. This week, we were also assisted by a company to evict a family of pigeons in the church tower at St. James. We will look into installing screens for next year.


Liderazgo en la iglesia siempre ha sido un desafío. Fue una lucha en el período en que Moisés pidió ayuda a Dios por primera vez y, desde entonces, ha sido así hasta el día de hoy. Siempre estamos necesitados de líderes. Leí una y otra vez los momentos en que Jesús llamó a sus doce discípulos. ¿Qué vio en un pescador, un recaudador de impuestos y un fanático, que fuera tan importante al punto de hacerlos parte de su círculo íntimo? El costo de la invitación fue un cambio completo del estilo de vida y el ser desafiados en la esencia de su ser, en lo que significaba seguir a Jesús.  

A su vez, lo que los apóstoles y discípulos recibieron de Jesús fue autoridad, la autoridad para llamar a todas las personas a ser seguidores de Jesús y para decidir qué era correcto e incorrecto en el comportamiento, basándose en lo que Jesús les había enseñado. Desde entonces, guiados por el Espíritu Santo, también nosotros hemos sido liderados por las enseñanzas de Jesús y el Espíritu Santo. Hemos recibido la gran responsabilidad de hablar con todo el mundo sobre quién es Jesús y lo que significa tener una relación con él.  

Y utilizamos las mismas herramientas que se les dieron a los apóstoles y discípulos para cumplir nuestra misión. (Se han desarrollado de muchas maneras desde entonces, por supuesto). A nosotros también se nos ha dado la gracia y la autoridad para llamar al pecado por su nombre cuando lo vemos, y desafiar amorosamente a otros a comportarse correctamente o mejor.  

Esto es lo que significa el liderazgo para nosotros: ser buenos discípulos de Jesús por lo que decimos y hacemos dondequiera que estemos. También estamos llamados a llevar a otros hacia Jesús. Como comunidad de creyentes, nunca podemos pensar que estamos solos en nuestra relación con él. De lo contrario, somos simplemente una iglesia de individuos y no una iglesia de discípulos reunidos alrededor del Señor en las enseñanzas, escrituras, sacramentos y tradiciones de la Iglesia. A medida que continuamos nuestro viaje juntos, podríamos preguntarnos cómo estamos viviendo el discipulado y cómo estamos llevando a otros hacia Jesús. ¡Vale la pena cambiar toda nuestra vida y perdernos para salvarnos! 

Esta semana dimos la bienvenida a un bautismo y una boda. Felicitaciones a Michael y Kristina por su boda. Felicitaciones y bienvenido a Augustine. 

Paz, Padre Murray

Noticias del edificio: Las ventanas de la torre en St. James fueron inspeccionadas la semana pasada en busca de asbesto y se encontró que eran positivas para asbesto. Esto significa que tendremos que remover el asbesto que se encuentra en el calafateo de las ventanas, quitar las ventanas, reparar y volver a pintar los marcos, luego poner nuevamente las ventanas y, con suerte, estarán en buenas condiciones por otros 50 o 60 años. (Es posible que hayan sido reparadas o trabajadas más recientemente, pero parece que no tenemos un registro del trabajo, así que esta es mi suposición). Recibiremos estimaciones para este proyecto con la ayuda del departamento de ingeniería y construcción, en las oficinas pastorales de la Arquidiócesis. Analizamos la idea de colocar madera contrachapada, pero tanto estética como económicamente, parece más económico arreglarlos por completo.  

La tormenta del domingo por la tarde de la semana pasada también reveló un problema con las canaletas en Inmaculada. Hubo mucho desbordamiento en un lado, por lo que se ha llamado a los techadores para que analicen el problema. Espero que sea tan simple como un bloqueo. Ore por un pequeño milagro en este caso. Esta semana también fuimos asistidos por una empresa para deshacernos de una familia de palomas en la iglesia. (SJ) Examinaremos las telas metálicas el próximo año. 

 

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