November 9, 2018
Beloved in Christ, tomorrow we celebrate the feast of another 20th century saint who has impacted thousands of lives in the last hundred years.
Beloved in Christ, Blessed Feast!
November 3, 2018
Beloved in Christ, Blessed Feast of St. Raphael!!
Words cannot accurately describe the sacrifice, love, and dedication of this holy saint of America!
In one of his 5 month missionary journeys he visited 43 communities, confessed and communed 650 people, baptized 98 people, performed 73 weddings, celebrated 45 Divine liturgies, and delivered 45 sermons. This was all just in a 5 month period.
As you can see he worked night and day, desiring with all his being to provide his beloved flock with a place to worship and know God. We continue to reap the fruit of his labors today! It is out of great thanksgiving that we celebrate Great Vespers tonight at 6:00 and Divine Liturgy on Saturday at 9:00, participating in the life of the Church that he so selflessly and sacrificially gave his entire life for. O Holy Father Raphael, intercede for us!
October 31, 2018
Beloved in Christ, today our country celebrates Halloween which literally means All Hallows Eve (or All Saints Eve) and it was called that until the 18th Century (where we see the term Halloween first used). This day was originally (and still is in the Catholic Church) a day where Christians would pray for the departed and remember the saints and the martyrs. Some historians even believe that Christians fasted on this day.