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  1. Kathy Popp

    Regarding the Gospel on the 33rd Sunday, I did not understand why the 3rd servant told the master he was fearful because he “harvested where he did not sow and gathered where he did not scatter.” Does this mean the master was a criminal and wouldn’t the servant’s fear be justified?

    • Fr.Paul+A.+Kaech

      how many times have you heard in Scripture do not fear? Fear ties us up and puts us in bondage. The Master wanted his servants to be fruitful with the talents that he gave them. remember it is a worldly story to tell of the Kingdom of Heaven! But fear will keep us from doing Gods work as well. Let see how perhaps we allow fear to bind us up! ” I can’t talk about my faith with him or here because they will ridicule me! ” . or perhaps the fear we have going to the confession.

      No the Master was not a criminal it is but a story to make a point that we should not fear and to go out on a limb to advance in spiritual and physical matters is of God and the ways of the kingdom of Heaven. Some don’t serve the poor because they fear them etc.

      Blessings

      Fr. Kaech

      • Maryann

        This is the most clear explanation of this particular Gospel that I have ever read!
        Thank you for your always exemplary teaching, Father Kaech!

  2. Leslie Peterson

    The Rosary prayer gathering we shared last Saturday at 12noon, to lift up our Police Officers was so comforting and inspiring. Thank you Fr. Kaech. In these uncertain times of civil unrest and moral trepidation it was so comforting to gather together in prayer with our brothers and sisters in Christ. I’m looking forward to Mass on Tuesday morning, scary election day with threats of violence. Thank you again Father, you’re a wonderful spiritual leader for your flock !

    • Fr.Paul+A.+Kaech

      WE must continue to pray for our officers! Although I wait for lay leadership on this not just one person so others please weigh in on the conversation!

      Thanks Be to God that we live in in a nation of laws!

      Fr. Kaech

      • Kathy P

        Father, I would also like to continue the rosary for police officers, but would also like to include health care workers and others on the front line during the pandemic.

  3. Michael Rooney

    I was reading Sunday’s gospel, Ordinary Time Week 30, Matthew 22:34-40. I was inspired by Jesus’s response that the first and foremost law of the commandments is to love him. And then Jesus follows up the 2nd law, is like the first commandment which states to love your neighbors as yourself. Then Jesus states the whole law depends on these two commandments.

    I have recently been studying the Psalms. And I was reading Psalm 18 which is about God helping David defeat his enemies. It made me think what is an enemy? For there are many people we don’t like. There are many people that are bad and hurt people. There are politics that are cruel and even kill people. When do you decide that someone is no longer a neighbor and is an enemy?

    I’ve always taken the stance that I am not the judge and rely solely on God as the judge. But there seems to me there is a fine line where we need to decide as humans the definition of an enemy and a neighbor…so when is there a time you don’t love someone as your neighbor?
    Thank you….

    • Fr.Paul A. Kaech

      Michael

      The Lord told his disciples that ” For whoever is not against us is for us” Mark 9:40
      We Christians should have no enemies on our part! There are people we have lost trust in but we need to continue to love them! We need to trust only in God!

      On the other hand we can attract animosity from another for one reason or another! Although we do not need to enter into the others enmity! The part of the Law ” Love your neighbor as yourself” has been brought to a new level by Jesus Christ the Son of God! Think of this saying. Most of us think well of ourselves and that is helpful for our neighbor if this is the maxim we go by. Although if one does not think well of themselves they most likely wont think well of their neighbor either. Jesus explains that our neighbor is the foreigner the folks who are estranged from us. The good Samaritan story Luke:25-27.

      There is a call from Jesus for us to love our enemies and those who project ill will toward us. Matthew 5:43-48. there is a call from Jesus to ” be perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect” found in the same passage as mentioned above. There is no room in Christianity for those who despise another. Although there is forgiveness and reconciliation in Christianity. We should be a people of Mercy toward on another and allow God to be their Judge. If we hold animosities toward an individual we put ourselves in the place as their judge and push God out of his role, consequently Disrespecting our God and his role in our lives. We are called to love the sinner hate the sin.

  4. Kathy

    I want to vote as a Catholic in the upcoming election. Has the Archdiocese given us any direction about the bill regarding comprehensive sexual health education. Is there a website to help?

  5. Mercedes

    Are there archangels with female names? (There was weird stuff on internet so asking) If not, are there any angels with female names?

    • Fr.Paul A. Kaech

      Normally the names of angels are used for both Male and Female. You can see this practice in the Latino community. Gabe, Gabi Gabriel, Michael, Michel, etc.

  6. Kathy

    I watched a discussion about Saint Mother Teresa and she was asked how she felt about gay people. Her reply was, “They are all God’s children.” I thought becoming a child of God was only through the sacrament of Baptism. Am I incorrect?

    • Fr.Paul A. Kaech

      Kathy

      A good question: The fact that we are made in the image and likeness of God Is most likely what Saint Mother Theresa was referring to. “The divine image is present in every man. It shines forth in the communion of persons, in the likeness of the unity of the divine persons among themselves”CCC 1702

      The fact that WE are made in the Image and likeness of God does not mean that we will live for all eternity with God. We still have to ” work out our salvation with fear and trembling” Phil 2:12 also in the catechism not far from the above quote from the Catechism is this “Man, enticed by the Evil One, abused his freedom at the very beginning of history.”10 He succumbed to temptation and did what was evil. He still desires the good, but his nature bears the wound of original sin. He is now inclined to evil and subject to error:

      Man is divided in himself. As a result, the whole life of men, both individual and social, shows itself to be a struggle, and a dramatic one, between good and evil, between light and darkness.” CCC 1707

  7. Mercedes

    I heard today, that priests are assigned two guardian angels because they are spiritually attacked in a greater way than the rest of us and that this part in Eucharistic prayer 1 is one of the evidences of priests having two guardian angels: With deep reverence we ask you, almighty God: command that these gifts be carried by the hands of your holy angel to your altar on high in the sight of your divine majesty. Can you (Father Kaech) feel your spiritual companionship? Can the rest of us, having only one guardian angel, be allowed to feel our spiritual companionship?

    • Fr.Paul A. Kaech

      Mercedes
      Yes, have also heard before the Priest have 2 guardian angels. At times yes I have felt the presence of Help on the Altar, that is not a human being! Although I never knew who it actually was the Lord an angel or saint? I believe that feeling ones guardian angle is not a natural quality of Human Beings! I do believe that the more one respects (recognizes, through prayer and communication) his or her guardian angle the more they will be aware of the angle of Gods presence. CCC328-336

  8. Fr.Paul A. Kaech

    Kathy
    in reference to your question ( August 19) about the ascension in to Heaven of Jesus Christ!
    Yes Jesus Ascends into Heaven ( CCC 659) ( these are my words) In Jesus ascension he takes our humanity to unite with is Father and Holy Spirit. Heaven is where this unity of the God head is! In our humanity it is very hard to conceptualize entry into something without using our language which is bound to space and time. God, Father,, Son, and Holy Spirit are not bound by space and time !

    I hope this answers your question

    Blessings
    + Fr. Kaech

    • Fr.Paul A. Kaech

      Dear All

      A few People in our faith community have been infected by the Covid Virus. Therefore we will belive streaming Mass on Facebook! Sorry but we have to be safe: Beginning tomorrow the church will be closed except for a few staff meetings. There will be no public services in the Church or the Church facilities until September 13th. Please be safe wear your mask and social distance and
      ” don’t put the Lord to the test” Luke 4:12

      • Maryann

        Father Kaech,

        Would you consider, please, live-streaming First Friday Mass and Adoration on September 4th, since we are unable to attend?

    • Fr.Paul A. Kaech

      Happy 22nd week in ordinary time everybody. Sundays first reading was read again the breviary today.. Jeremiah 20: 7-9. Jeremiah explains how the word of God is burning within his person and he has to share it with others. This is a sign of Jeremiahs great love for God. We all know what it means to be in Love, our heart burns for the other and we have a need to share the Love we have for this individual with the people around us. It is hard to contain this love within to stay silent.

      We all find ourselves at different stages in our Journey as Christians. Perhaps our heart burning within is not our experience. If this is the case it begs the question: why not? Especially if the burning of the Heart is a normal thing. The reality is our God wants a relationship with us but do we want a relationship with our God? If we want this relationship we need to come to Love God and all his works. We also need to reject all that is not of God because all that is not of God is contrary to our Love!

      Love requires abandonment: opposed to explaining Love I refer you to
      1 Corinthians Ch13″ 4-13 Then I refer your to 1Joh ch 4:7-21.

      “To be in Love is to be in God for God is Love” 1 John

      I or nobody else can explain to you how you come to love God for you are an individual that is Loved by God and this love deserves a response from you. The reason I cannot explain how you are are to come to love God is because I am not you. Your love comes from your in most being ( your heart) and it can not be taught or bought. Song of Songs 8:7

      Self abandonment is the best advice. All with reason; we are saved in our vocation! Vocation comes from a Latin word vocare which means call. As the church teaches our vocation is our call from God. Our occupation is not our vocation. In the Church there are 4 vocations: the single life, the married live and the vowed religious( communities) and the Priesthood which is 3 fold : Deacon , Priest and Bishop. I explain vocation because we need to begin with our identity of how we are naturally called by God. If in order to Love God we must abandoned ourselves to Our God we must first respect our call from God our vocation. Say we are married with children we should not be abandoning our family to give more time to God. We need to find time for God in our family. I am not saying that you shouldn’t come to the church and pray , i am saying that you don’t abandon your call from God to honor God in different way. Grace builds on nature. Just some thoughts!

      Blessings

      Fr. Kaech

      • Maryann

        Good morning, Father Kaech!
        May God bless and keep you!

        May I amend your continued homily, from September 1st, for Sunday in the 22nd week of Ordinary Time?

        “To be in Love is to be in God, for God is Love.” 1 John
        It is not possible, of course, for mankind to Love God for all His worth; to Love Him as He rightly deserves.
        Even to announce that we Love God above all else seems small in proportion to all that our Lord God has done for each and every one of us.
        Our best gift of Love for our Triune God, and this depending on the satisfactory completion of prior commitments (vocations), would be to give ourselves, body and soul, in perfect obedience to the beautiful service of our Precious Lord God – Father, Christ Jesus, and Their Holy Spirit!
        Add to this our devotion to His Holy and Immaculate Mother Mary, Who has Loved us as our Mother since before our conception.
        There is nothing so beautiful to God than to have His Love for us returned to Him, and the Blessed Virgin Mary, from hearts who Love Them truly – purely.

    • Fr.Paul A. Kaech

      Mercedes

      I refer you The Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 2794 in reference to ” Who art in Heaven” as said in the prayer Jesus Christs taught us: Teh Our Father!
      2794 This biblical expression does not mean a place (“space”), but a way of being; it does not mean that God is distant, but majestic. Our Father is not “elsewhere”: he transcends everything we can conceive of his holiness. It is precisely because he is thrice holy that he is so close to the humble and contrite heart.
      “Our Father who art in heaven” is rightly understood to mean that God is in the hearts of the just, as in his holy temple. At the same time, it means that those who pray should desire the one they invoke to dwell in them.
      “Heaven” could also be those who bear the image of the heavenly world, and in whom God dwells and tarries.

      It short it is a state of being in God!

        • Mercedes

          Is it because if Jesus’ body descends from Earth then it would be in H E double hockey sticks which is the opposite of where He merits to be or because His body is also to be in a Heavenly state of being?

          • Mercedes

            Remembering the Creed “He descended into hell and rose again on the third day” and remembering Him on earth 33 years, both of which was to save us so thinking that was only a temporary state of being for Jesus because of who he is cannot remain in those states, must always and forever be in a heavenly state. So at the same time while he’s in a lower than heavenly state of being can be in a heavenly state as well?

      • Mercedes

        Wow! Gracias! the rest is wonderful too: 2795 The symbol of the heavens refers us back to the mystery of the covenant we are living when we pray to our Father. He is in heaven, his dwelling place; the Father’s house is our homeland. Sin has exiled us from the land of the covenant,56 but conversion of heart enables us to return to the Father, to heaven.57 Jn Christ, then, heaven and earth are reconciled,58 for the Son alone “descended from heaven” and causes us to ascend there with him, by his Cross, Resurrection, and Ascension.59

        2796 When the Church prays “our Father who art in heaven,” she is professing that we are the People of God, already seated “with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” and “hidden with Christ in God;”60 yet at the same time, “here indeed we groan, and long to put on our heavenly dwelling.”61

        [Christians] are in the flesh, but do not live according to the flesh. They spend their lives on earth, but are citizens of heaven.62

  9. Fr.Paul A. Kaech

    Thank volunteers spread the word about the Mass on First Friday and about our new Blog!

    Blessings +

    Fr. Kaech

  10. Kathy Popp

    In today’s first reading, it says to go to the Parath. I couldn’t find the meaning of Parath. Can you help, Father?

  11. Mercedes

    Buenos Dias! Will it be possible for 50 fieles to attend First Friday Misa y una hora de adoration in August?

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