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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – February 5, 2023 Thumbnail

Some members of the Parish Pastoral Council, our secretary Michelle and I, attended what the diocese called a “Discipleship Day”, last Thursday and Friday. This was a follow up of the “Synod on Synodality” and the local “Courageously Living the Gospel” initiatives. We joined many other parishes of the diocese, engaging in a new endeavor […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – January 29, 2023 Thumbnail

From today’s Gospel readingBlessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. ReflectionPeople of faith, inspired by the Beatitudes, have a different way of looking at life. Living our “beatitude calling” is difficult, but we know God stands with us and, in […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – January 22, 2023 Thumbnail

What would it have been like for Jesus to hear that his cousin John had been imprisoned? Bravely, John called the Pharisees, Israelites, and Herod alike to repentance. Even before his birth, John showed that he was wholly given to proclaiming Christ’s coming—even leaping in the womb. Such tenacity could not have been lost on […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – January 15, 2023 Thumbnail

On Sunday, Jan 8, Day of the Epiphany, the Three Wise Men made a special stop at OLPH to bring toys and candy to the children who long-awaited for this day.

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – January 8, 2023 Thumbnail

From today’s Gospel readingWhen Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi form the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews?” ReflectionWhere are we looking for Jesus today? Even if we had no other gospel story than this one, we should know […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – January 1, 2023 Thumbnail

From the Book of Numbers“The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let his face upon you and be gracious to you! The Lord looks upon you kindly and give you peace!” ReflectionThis brief and poetic prayer was given to Moses for Aaron. A blessing that says much for the Israelites and to us […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – December 25, 2022 Thumbnail

From the Book of Isaiah (9:1)“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone”. ReflectionBefore the coming of Christ, people lived without hope, submitted to darkness and sadness of their world. Christ in his first coming, brought them light, joy, […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – December 18, 2022 Thumbnail

From today’s gospel“This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Hoy Spirit”. Reflection“This is how the birth of Jesus came about”. What would you expect should follow an opening line like that? Would […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – December 11, 2022 Thumbnail

From today’s Isaiah reading“Say to those whose hearts are frightened: be strong, fear not! Here is your God, who comes with vindication; with divine recompense God comes to save you”. ReflectionWe celebrate “Rejoice Sunday” today, because, as Isaiah points out, “Here is your God, who comes with vindication….” Our just God is going to set […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – December 4, 2022 Thumbnail

From today’s Gospel reading[John told the people] I am baptizing you with water, for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I … He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. ReflectionGod is making a promise to us today through John the Baptist: someone is coming bearing […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – November 27, 2022 Thumbnail

From the letter of Paul to the RomansYou know the time; it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep. For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed; the night is advanced, the day is at hand. Let us then throw off the works of darkness and put on the […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – November 20, 2022 Thumbnail

From today’s Gospel readingThe rulers sneered at Jesus and said, “He saved others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one, the Christ of God …” Above Jesus there was an inscription that read, “This is the King of the Jews”. ReflectionJesus, the king, is showing us a power from the cross in […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – October 30, 2022 Thumbnail

From today’s Gospel readingWhen he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house”. And he came down quickly and received him with joy … Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – October 23, 2022 Thumbnail

From today’s Gospel readingJesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. “Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector … I tell you; the latter went home justified, not the former; for whoever […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – October 16, 2022 Thumbnail

From today’s Gospel readingJesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. ReflectionPrayer has enormous power. But to tap that power, we must persevere in praying. And, finally, we must not expect immediate results form our prayer. These will come in God’s own way and in God’s […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – October 9, 2022 Thumbnail

From today’s Gospel readingWhen Jesus saw the lepers, he said, “Go show yourselves to the priests”. As they were going, they were cleansed. ReflectionThe lepers’ cure came as they traveled. Perhaps we too realize that the healings we need, the physical, emotional, and spiritual ones, don’t happen all at once, but occur as we travel, […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – October 2, 2022 Thumbnail

Jesus said in today’s Gospel reading:If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and planted in the sea’, and it would obey you.” Reflection:Mustard seed faith is planted in us at our baptism. It is watered and cultured by family, friends, and the worshiping […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – September 25, 2022 Thumbnail

From today’s Gospel reading:Jesus said to the Pharisee, “There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. Reflection:By […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – September 18, 2022 Thumbnail

From today’s Gospel readingFor the children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. ReflectionWorldly people work harder for worldly rewards that last only a few years than Christians do for heavenly rewards that last forever. Worldly people are more willing to turn the other […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – September 11, 2022 Thumbnail

From today’s Gospel“I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance”. ReflectionThe father does three things in today’s parable:First, he embraces his son, welcoming him back fully. Second, the father puts shoes on […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – September 4, 2022 Thumbnail

From today’s Gospel“If anyone comes to me without hating their father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even their own life, they cannot be my disciple.” ReflectionJesus uses stark languages today to make a point. There is no putting off decisions we must make and changes we have not yet gotten around […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – August 14, 2022 Thumbnail

From today’s Gospel readingJesus said to his disciples: “Do you think I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.” ReflectionThe peace Jesus offers does not come without cost. Accepting him and his way, may separate us from our family, close friends and even from our old self […]

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