THIS YEAR AT SAINT MARY:
WE MEDITATE ON GOD’S GOODNESS AND OUR THANKFULNESS.
[ 1 ] Pope Francis has declared this coming year as the extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. He challenges us to consider how the mercy of God has made a difference in our lives, and how we might respond to his grace.
[ 2 ] As the Body of Christ who seeks a deeper experience of him in our lives as well as in the witness of him in our lives for others’ sake, we acknowledge that we must grow in our thankfulness for God’s mercy in order to be people who sow seeds of mercy. We repeatedly ask God to forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; now we must cultivate a culture of gratitude for Being Forgiven so that we can become as free with our forgiveness for others as God is with us.
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- Letter from Fr. Don Rooney, pastor
- Letter from Sr. Susan Louise, OSFS, principal
- Texts for Meditation
- 2015-2016 Commitment Card
- Parish Advisory Board and Spanish Ministry Team
- Educational Ministries
- Liturgical Ministries
- Operational Ministries
- Outreach Ministries
- Parish Life Ministries
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[ 3 ] God chose us in Christ, his Son, long before the incarnation. The covenant of the Passover began with God calling the great prophet, Moses; the burning bush is a powerful symbol for our meditation on the mercy of God. God’s great plan finds its anchor in the grateful “yes” of the Blessed Virgin Mary who, in iconography, is sometimes compared to the burning bush of God’s revelation.
[ 4 ] God is calling us to deeper life with him: the path we seek is the path of thanksgiving, whose most perfect expression is the Eucharist. At the altar of God we receive our identity, our belonging, and our mission to go out to the world and share with all people the same gifts we have gratefully received by God’s mercy.