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Posted on: May 3, 2019

May is Mary Month

May is traditionally a month that we pay particular devotion to the Blessed Mother. This year at both St. Nicholas and Guardian Angels our children in Faith Formation and at GA School have had May crownings and rosaries. Following the lead of our children and youth, let us all do something to strengthen our devotion to the Blessed Mother this month. Perhaps you can pray a rosary daily, or the Memorare, or some other Marian devotion, or prayer. Make an effort to visit the Prayer Garden at St. Nicholas and pray the large rosary in the garden grounds, and visit the beautiful Our Lady of Guadalupe grotto, or some of the devotional shrines dedicated to the Blessed Mother.

Father Deziel

Posted on: April 20, 2019

Happy Easter!

A very happy and blessed Easter to all! We celebrate today the greatest day in human history. The greatest event in human history -Jesus
Christ risen from the dead! In Christ the deepest hope of every person on earth is fulfilled. Deep down, everyone longs for eternal life
(even those who don’t believe, or won’t admit it) In Jesus Christ that gift is found! It’s important to consider that in Jesus raised from the dead, it is not merely a resuscitation of life, as though Jesus has been brought back from the dead in order to live forever on earth. His body is now Glorified and his new life goes far beyond the earthly realms of existence. It
is something that we really cannot quite imagine. Yet it is similar enough to our earthly existence that the disciples were able to recognize the Risen Lord, and converse with him, and even share some fish with
him even though they often times had difficulty recognizing him at first, or were just too amazed to believe it was really him.
Our goal on earth is to draw near to the Risen Christ on a daily basis so that he is not a stranger to us when we die our earthly death one day. We desire that his very life be infused within ours here on earth. We do
this through prayer, the Sacraments, the Scriptures, and acts of charity and justice for others. The Lord wants us to experience the power of his Risen Life now, and not be simply passively waiting until death.
Rather we each day should be actively seeking the Lord, seeking to obey him and follow him, confident that whatever sufferings or challenges we must endure in this life, will certainly be no match for the Glory that is to be revealed to us in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:18).

Happy Easter!
Fr. Deziel

Posted on: March 28, 2019

Lenten Almsgiving This Week and Next

This week we take up a collection for Global Solidarity Sunday. This is a collection of all of the parishes of the Archdiocese to support the Church in many needy places around the world. Next Sunday, we’ll take up our final Lenten Almsgiving collection for St. Monica School in Mtamba, Tanzania. Next week’s collection will support the work of my good friend, Fr. Augustine Mbiche who began that school a dozen years ago and it now serves 350 students, with most of them being orphaned from the terrible AIDS epidemic in that country. I thank you for your generous and sacrificial offerings for both of these collections. If you feel like you are stretching yourself to give something to both of these worthy charities, then that is exactly what we are supposed to feel as we offer our almsgiving. Just as we fast from something during Lent and feel some discomfort, so too with our almsgiving, we offer something for the poor, and we are called to feel it sacrificially by going over and above whatever our usual giving to the poor may be. With both of these collections you can simply write out a check to Guardian Angels or St. Nicholas and we will then send it forward from here, and yes, all of your giving is tax deductible. I hope that you are all having a fruitful and meaningful Lenten journey. You are all always in my prayers. Fr. Deziel