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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – May 15, 2022 Thumbnail

From the Acts of the Apostles:“And when they arrived, they called the church together and reported what God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles”. Reflection:Paul and Barnabas, reporting on the success of their missionary efforts, told the disciples assembled in Antioch, “It is necessary for […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – May 8, 2022 Thumbnail

From today’s selection of the Book of Revelation:“I, John, had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands…. these are the ones who have survived the […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – May 1, 2022 Thumbnail

THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY CHAPEL I would like to caution all of you, members of this parish community, about “The Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel”, so you might avoid being misled. It has been brought to my attention that some parishioners had attended that chapel thinking that it is a Roman Catholic church, but […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – April 24, 2022 Thumbnail

Why the Marist Vocations is Critical to the Church Today Under the Light of this Easter Season The Marists have been in this parish for more than 30 years. Through our ministry we all have been driven by our Marist mission, to minister the marginalized, and to whoever feels like lost or forgotten, in the […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – April 17, 2022 Thumbnail

From the Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians: “For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us celebrate the feast, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth”. Reflection This is what Easter is all about: It’s the good news […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – April 10, 2022 Thumbnail

Reflection from the Superior General of the Society of Mary (Marist Fathers), Very Reverend John Larsen, S.M. April 2022. “We can be tempted by the demon of discouragement. The mysteries of Holy Week and Easter invite us to be opened to receive the grace of encouragement. For Mary at the foot of the cross, and […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – April 3, 2022 Thumbnail

From today’s Gospel reading:Then Jesus said to the woman, “Neither do I condemn you, Go, and from now on, do not sin anymore.” Reflection:One can imagine that hearing the Word of God, which did not condemn the woman, but set her free, might also have been a word that renewed and enabled her to start […]

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

From today’s 2 Corinthians reading:“Whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.” Reflection:Paul says our relationship with God was restored, not through any work of ours, but through God’s initiative in Christ. It wasn’t just Jesus’ sacrificial death that accomplished our reconciliation, but his […]

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

From today’s Gospel reading:Jesus said to the people, “There was once a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard, and when he came in search of fruit on it, but found none, he said to the gardener, ‘For three years I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – March 13, 2022 Thumbnail

Gloria Cardona, María Rosas and Yolanda Trejo attended, as representatives of our parish, the “First Diocesan Assembly of Hispanic Ministry” – held on March 5, in the church of St. Patrick’s, in Tampa – with Bishop Gregory Parkes welcoming and granting his blessing. In this meeting, the different ministries offered by the Pastoral Center were […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – March 6, 2022 Thumbnail

From today’s Gospel reading:Jesus answered him, it is written, “One does not live on bread alone”. Reflection:The tempter puts three choices before Jesus and three times Jesus responds quoting Scripture. The story joins the presence of the Spirit with the guiding words of Scripture. Is that how we can face temptation and stay true to […]

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

From today’s Gospel reading: Jesus said, “Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours”. Reflection: As Jesus announced, the blessings of the kingdom are already present to his disciples – but not fully. Thus, his Beatitudes stir up hope and form our way of thinking and acting as we wait […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – February 13, 2022 Thumbnail

From today’s Gospel reading: Jesus said, “Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours”. Reflection: As Jesus announced, the blessings of the kingdom are already present to his disciples – but not fully. Thus, his Beatitudes stir up hope and form our way of thinking and acting as we wait […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – February 6, 2022 Thumbnail

From today’s gospel reading: “Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men. When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him”. Reflection: Peter sees beyond the “miraculous catch”. Here is Jesus, someone who can enter into his life and direct him to […]

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

Throughout the thirty-five years of Marist presence at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, we have been trying to share with our parishioners the spirituality of our congregation. That is why, occasionally, I share with you, reflections from our Superior General, the Very Reverend John Larsen S.M. Today, I would like to share with you his […]

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

From today’s gospel reading: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord…Today […]

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

From today’s gospel reading: “Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs at Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him”. Reflection: Christmas opened a series of manifestations of the presence of the glory of God in Jesus: to the shepherds, to the wise men coming […]

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

From today’s Gospel: After all people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am pleased”. Reflection: Here the meaning of […]

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

From today’s gospel reading: “They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh”. Reflection: The Feast of the Epiphany reminds us that we all have a gift we can give to the King of Kings; this Feast also reminds us that our gift […]

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From Fr. Hector Desk – December 26, 2021 Thumbnail

From today’s gospel reading: After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers…He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – December 19, 2021 Thumbnail

From today’s Gospel reading: “For, at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Reflection: As we near the end of Advent, today’s Gospel can inspire us to […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – December 12, 2021 Thumbnail

From today’s Gospel reading: The crowds asked John the Baptist, “What should we do?” Reflection: If we are going to welcome the Christ child at Christmas, we will need to face what hinders our openness to him and will dampen our welcome. We take up the question of those who heard John asked him, “What […]

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