Monday, January 16, 2017


 I saw an ad on the Internet that said: “Don’t give up chocolate for Lent.” It’s only 44 days till Lent that begins on March 1st. Perhaps, too early to think about what you plan to give up. After all, you’re still working on breaking your New Year’s resolutions. Or, more likely you blew them off in the first week.

Giving things up might help us to have a meaningful Lent, but that’s not what Lent is really all about. Lent is about doing something—something bold to become a better husband or wife, father or mother, son or daughter, friend, a better neighbor etc.

Lent is the perfect time to form new life-giving habits and abandon old self-destructive habits. But most of us just give up chocolate. Then, when Easter arrives, we realize we really haven’t grown spiritually since the beginning of Lent.

Lent is an opportunity to examine your life, give your struggles to God, and invite him to help you become the-best-version-of-yourself.

So the question we need to take time to reflect on before Lent begins is what do I need to change about myself in order to become the best version of myself?

What if this year you did more than just give up something during Lent? DO SOMETHING LIFE CHANGING!

I have attached the following “You Tube” presentation given by Tim Kibler. He is the founder of Charlotte Comfort Home, the hospice program that plans to renovate the abandoned St. Nicholas convent and restore the building to serve the needs of families In Wyoming County.

Please forward his presentation to everyone on your Facebook list so that more people will BE BOLD and generosity come forward to support this project.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Gift of Our Heart

 It’s Sunday night and Susan asked me what I was doing on the computer. I was uploading email addresses that parishioners submitted on a liturgy survey. Better then that, I was reviewing the Advent survey that asked our folks to reflect on the past six weeks. Their comments focused on how much they enjoyed the children’s Nativity Play and Christmas Eve services Most important was their comments that they feel like a community where people really care about one another.

The true meaning of Christmas is in giving. We have all been given the gift of time, the gift of life. How better to show how grateful we are for those gifts than by sharing them and our resources with one another, the people of Holy Family never stop giving.

The ladies of our parish announced that they are starting their prayer and study group again and invite all the ladies of every community to come and learn about the strength and wisdom of Jesus
The strength of the Lord is ours for the asking. Yet there are many who continue to be "sometimes up", but mostly "feel down". Many times we just "jump in" and later ask God "what the best way to follow.” True, I have done such and such, but Jesus could have done it so much better. A good scripture would be, "I can do all things as Jesus gives me power to so do." (Phil 4:13).

Lord, I pray for all my Sonshine Friends that we ask Jesus to forgive us when we have tried to do it by our self There is available strength and power from which to draw. Let us ask for His strength. How anxious Jesus wants to hear from us and thank Jesus for that listening ear and that powerful arm.