21 June, 2021

Pastor’s Ponderings – June 20, 2021 – Happy Father’s Day

Blessings to all the fathers of our Saint John Vianney parish family.

Heavenly Father, you entrusted your Son Jesus, the child of Mary, to the care of Joseph, an earthly father.

Bless all fathers as they care for their families. Give them strength and wisdom, tenderness, and patience; support them in the work they must do, protecting those who look to them, as we look to you for love and salvation, through Jesus Christ, our rock and defender. Amen.

“Blessed is the Father who walks with God … they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles.” -Isaiah 40:31

21 June, 2021

Pastor’s Ponderings – June 13, 2021 – Beloved Father

A Beloved Father, Watchful Defender of Christ

St. Joseph was an example of a father tenderly loving his Son and a father obediently following God’s will when he did not fully understand its purpose.

The carpenter from Nazareth had to trust deeply in God while dealing with the concrete challenges his family faced in a world particularly marked by poverty, impression, and injustice. The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple prefigures Jesus’ offering on the Cross and the offering of our own lives for love of God and others.

“Jesus shapes his life in conformity with what God expected of him. God gave him all the needed graces to carry out his special mission, as God also did for Mary and of all to whom he entrusts a mission.” May we have that same trust in God?

St. Joseph, A Beloved Father, Watchful Defender of Christ, Pray for us.

5 June, 2021

Pastor’s Ponderings – June 6, 2021 – A Beloved Father

A Beloved Father, HEAD OF THE HOLY FAMILY

The greatness of St. Joseph is that he was the spouse of Mary and the father of Jesus. In this way, he placed himself, in the words of Saint John Chrysostom, “at the service of the entire plan of salvation.” In a similar way, every father plays an essential role in bringing their families to Christ, because fatherhood is at the service of God’s plan for salvation.

The veneration and naming of the Feast of St. Joseph was established by Pope Sixtus in 1479 for the growing commemoration of his marriage to Mary and his conscientious fatherhood and his defense of life. So let us pray that all fathers fulfill that role well, as they love and serve their families.

St. Joseph, a beloved father, head of the Holy Family, pray for us.

30 May, 2021

Ponderings II – May 30, 2021 – Memorial Day

We all know that Memorial Day is much more than burgers, pools, beaches, and friends.

Memorial Day marks a day of sacrifice. Memorial Day is a day that we remember those who have paid the ultimate price in service to our nation. We remember those who have given and sacrificed their lives.

It is a day that will be difficult for some. For many, it will feel unbearable. Tomorrow, whether you have been impacted directly, indirectly, or seemingly not at all, let us take the time to slow down and reflect on the cost that was paid by men and women for a cause they believed in.

23 May, 2021

Ponderings II – May 23, 2021 – On the Road to Your Dreams

On the Road to Your Dreams….

May you meet every challenge you face, recognize every precious opportunity, and be blessed with the knowledge that you have the ability to make every day special.

May you be strong enough to keep your hopes alive. May you always be gentle enough to understand. May you know that you hold tomorrow within your hands and that the way there, will be shared with the makings of what will be your most wonderful memories.

-R.L. Keith