Faith Formation

Faith Formation classes will be cancelled March 13th due to weather conditions. Be safe! The 4th Grade Class Mass will be postponed to April 3rd, 10:30 Mass.

Message from Father Langan, March 12-13

March 12-13

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

     Sometimes we have to take a step back and ask the Lord, “Do you really mean that?”   This is not meant to be an impertinent question, but rather an attempt at serious introspection for the good of our soul.  We are the sinners and yet God in His unfathomable mercy comes to us to make a covenant, an agreement to be with us and watch over us intimately.   Thus begins that all important covenant with Abraham, our father in faith.  Though the particulars of the covenant may be strange to us the bottom line is that God will always be faithful even if we are not and that He longs for us to be with Him for all eternity. The covenant that He makes with Abraham begins the longed-for re-union with our Creator.  

     This covenant culminates in the personal covenant we believers have as a result of our Baptism.  The Father comes to seek us out, the Son dies for us that we may have life; the Spirit inflames us with the love of God.  Where there is fire there is warmth and light.  The Fire of the Holy Spirit purifies and ignites an energy to follow the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, wherever He asks us to go. In this our Heavenly Father takes great delight in each one of us personally and we take comfort and joy in knowing that we are children of God.

    During Lent, we indeed, meditate on and take great joy in our Baptism, our personal covenant with God and though the brilliance of that covenant sometimes becomes obscured by sin, God again steps forward to give us a “good wash” in the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession.  This is the acceptable time to restore the glow of our covenant, to rid ourselves of the dross of sin by coming to the Lord, through His priests, and receive the assurance of His mercy.  Yes, indeed, how odd of God to keep coming to us and renewing the covenant.  Such is the love the Lord has for us.

     Pray ceaselessly for the people of Ukraine and the conversion of Russia.  Our Lady of Fatima pray for us.

With Blessings,

Father Langan

Message from Father Langan, December 18-19

December 18-19

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

    We have come to the final Sunday of Advent and the anticipation of celebrating the Birthday of Our Lord will soon be upon us.  One of the ways of participating in the joy of this holy season is the exchange of gifts  We give in order to show our appreciation or our love and devotion to those close to us.  We try to make our gifts as personal and meaningful as we possibly can and sometimes we are right on target and other times we may have given a gift that evokes a puzzled look on the recipient’s face.  Surely we always mean well.

Sometimes the world is puzzled when we proclaim that God became man and has made His dwelling in our midst.  For some it is a difficult message to swallow and when we offer this gift of Good News it may not always be well received.  Nonetheless it should never curtail our desire to give what others need the most, i.e. to know how much God loves them.

      When we reflect on what God has given us we can only respond with great generosity.  As St. Elizabeth responded to the visitation of her cousin Mary: “Who am i that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”  all of us can ask the same question in regards to our Lord.  And yet He has come to all of us and for all of us.  Not with puzzled faces but with joy-filled hearts we embrace the Gift that the Father has sent us and with gratitude give what we have received.

May you and yours have a Blessed and Merry Christmas,

Father Langan

Message from Father Langan, December 11-12

December 11-12

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The Glorious feast of our Lord’s Nativity is coming and the vesture of the day, marked by the color rose, reminds us that He Who is the light of the world comes to dispel the darkness of sin and its consequences. We indeed rejoice on this Gaudete Sunday.  Rejoicing comes easy when we are unburdened from our sins and so we heed the herald’s call for repentance.  People asked the Baptist:  “What are we to do?”  In other words, How are we to get ready? And he clearly reminds them that there must be a change of heart and mind.

We have the wonderful advantage of living in anticipation of the Second Coming of the Lord.  We think of the blessed gifts we have already received from the Lord, the Holy Eucharist, Reconciliation and all of the Seven Sacraments.  Before Jesus came the ancients had the Word of God and His Holy Law.  We are so privileged to have God Himself in our midst.  What more could we possibly ask for?

Perhaps what we could ask for is the return to the Faith of those who have drifted from it.  Christ and Him alone is the reason to have faith and in His unbounded generosity to us has given, in the fullness of the Catholic Church, all we need.   Therefore let us rejoice, and as we make our final preparations for the celebration of Christmas, repent and find solace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Thanks to all who prepared and beautifully decorated Holy Family Hall for the reception of Father Dominic and our new parishioners.

Please remember that this coming Wednesday evening in Holy Family Hall at 7 PM,   we will have the first of our listening sessions in preparation for the upcoming synod.  In preparation you are encouraged to review on the Diocese of Scranton website the questions that will be addressed.  All are welcome to attend and participate.

With Blessings,

Father Langan