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Browsing Notes from Fr. Abraham

The Bishops Applauded Supreme Court "Hobby Lobby" Decision

Posted by Nancy Lambert

The Green family began what became Hobby Lobby Stores, a retail chain of arts and crafts stores, out of a garage in the family’s home in Oklahoma.  The Hahn family likewise began Conestoga Wood Specialties, a cabinet-making business, out of a garage in the family’s home in Pennsylvania. The ... Read More »

Pope Francis Warns on 'Evil' of Drugs - Opposes Legalization

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Pope Francis leads the feast of Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) at St. Maria Maggiore Basilica in Rome … Pope Francis warned against legalizing drugs, calling addiction an "evil" which he said had to be resisted without compromise. Setting himself against the trend in several western countries to allow the use of so-called ... Read More »

Beliefs and Teachings

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Beliefs And Teachings  The Second Vatican Council declared that "the future of humanity is in the hands of those men who are capable of providing the generations to come with reasons for life and optimism." (GS, no 31). No one can live without the hope that life has ultimate and lasting meaning beyond ... Read More »

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

Posted by Nancy Lambert

"The mode of Christ's presence under the Eucharistic species is unique.  It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as 'the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all the sacraments tend.'  In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist 'the body and blood, together with ... Read More »

The Holy Trinity - Three Persons, One God...

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Today we celebrate the Most Holy Trinity.  The Trinity is One.  We do not confess three Gods, but one God in three persons, the "consubstantial Trinity."  The divine persons do not share the one divinity among themselves but each of them is God whole and entire:  "The Father is ... Read More »

It's Pentecost - The Birth of the Church

Posted by Nancy Lambert

During the period between His Resurrection and His Ascension, Jesus continued to teach his disciples in the power of the Spirit (Acts 1:2).  Instructions were given to them for the period immediately following the Ascension:  "Do not leave Jerusalem but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you ... Read More »

The Ascension of the Lord

Posted by Nancy Lambert

" 'And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.'  The lifting up of Jesus on the cross signifies and announces his lifting up by his Ascension into heaven, and indeed begins it.  Jesus Christ, the one priest of the new and ... Read More »

Memorial Day and National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and People of the Sea

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Memorial Day:  Remembering the Fallen on Memorial Day weekend

Remember in your prayers all who have died in military service for our nation.

Prayer for Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)

God of power and mercy,

You destroy war and put down earthly pride.

Banish violence from our midst ... Read More »

History is Made

Posted by Nancy Lambert

History is being made as our three parishes gather together in one building for the first time as a people.  We may have had other gatherings, but this is actually the first time we are uniting to celebrate one Mass for the three parishes...our Holy Family Catholic Community.  We ... Read More »