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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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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – August 7, 2022 Thumbnail

Summary of the Diocesan Report on Synodality The many opportunities for sharing and listening proved helpful in bringing people together from a variety of different backgrounds and perspectives. While nothing was “resolved”, a dialogue was initiated. If any consensus could be identified, it is the gratitude many expressed for the opportunity to come together to […]

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

On My 45th Anniversary of Priesthood I was ordained a priest for the Society of Mary on July 16, 1977, in Mexico City. Right after my ordination I was assigned to a campus ministry center, the Marists have in Mexico City; followed by other two parochial appointments in the same city, interrupted by a short […]

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

From today’s Gospel reading:But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. Reflection:The Samaritan would have known from his own experience what it felt like to be “beaten up” and left behind. His was a member of a despised group, an outsider to the religious and national thinking of […]

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

On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a landmark ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. In their reaction, the Roman Catholic bishops of Florida stated: “The most influential abortion case in decades, Dobbs is a decision by our nation’s […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – June 19, 2022 Thumbnail

From the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians:“This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me…This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me” …For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – June 12, 2022 Thumbnail

From today’s reading from Romans“…and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God had been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given us”. ReflectionWe don’t celebrate only a doctrine of the church today, but the unfathomable mystery that is God, who chose to dwell among us, “fully human […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – June 05, 2022 Thumbnail

From today’s reading of the Acts of the Apostles:“When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were”. Reflection:Ruagh is the Hebrew word for “spirit”, but also […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – May 29, 2022 Thumbnail

From today’s Gospel reading:Jesus said to his disciples: “And behold I am sending the promise of my Father upon you, but stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” Reflection:When our world is dark and we feel alone, we want Jesus to keep his word and send us “the promise […]

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From Fr. Hector’s Desk – May 22, 2022 Thumbnail

From today’s gospel reading:“The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you”. Reflection:The Spirit will continue Christ’s work by reminding us of what Christ taught us to do: not to be selfish individuals, but to work and share […]

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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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