From the Pastor’s Desk | July 31, 2022 | Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
If you were raised with Christ, seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
~ Colossians 3:1
Brothers and Sisters,
Temptation often leads us to poor habits- the lure of wealth or the attraction to laziness – or even the mystery of how both can impact us. As St. Paul reminds the Colossians, let’s act like who we are meant to be. We are brothers and sisters of the Lord Jesus. As such, it allows us to operate as witnesses, seeking what is eternal. The rat race towards wealth is not an answer to lasting happiness, nor is complacency, a trait, if unchecked, that can lead to binge-watching an entire season of a show in one sitting. During the week ahead, write yourself a little reminder to remember to “seek what is above.” Tape this little prompt on your bathroom mirror or fridge door, or even send yourself a text. You might be surprised at the good habits you can begin or maintain as part of this easy exercise.
Our parish and school are currently hiring. Recently, our music director Ben-David accepted a position at a parish in Arlington. We are willing to explore several possibilities to fulfill the responsibilities. We are also exploring some options but continue actively pursuing a youth minister. Please send a resume to Lisa Sliker to apply for the parish positions. OLPH School is seeking a full-time 5th-grade teacher and a part-time nurse. For additional information or to apply, please email a resume to our principal, Tracy Underwood, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free to share these opportunities with family, friends, or neighbors looking for a wonderful place to work.
I wanted to mention that the parish staff recently discovered an issue with our phone system where voicemail delivery is not working correctly. We do apologize if our technological difficulties have been an inconvenience; our apologies!
Lastly, we are excited to welcome family and friends of Fr. Anthony to celebrate his 25th Anniversary of Priestly Ministry next Saturday, August 6. Parishioners are welcome to join us for a Saturday 6:30 pm Mass celebrated by Fr. Anthony. A reception will follow in the parish center. We are grateful to the many people who dedicate a prayer for vocations to sustain holy vocations and for the Lord to lead others into ministry and witness as priests, deacons, religious, marriage, and lay ministries. Please join me in praying for Carolyn Cooney, Sr. Thomas Miriam, Mike King, and other discerning vocations. May God bless them!
In the Lord,
Rev. Michael S. Triplett