Weekly messages from our Pastor
Passion Sunday introduces us to a week of intense reflection on the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the Son of God. What difference will it make in our lives two weeks, or two months, from now?
Posted 16 September 2012 Posted by Father John Francis Murray, C.Ss.R.
Tags: Catechetical Sunday
This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 16, 2012, and will focus on the theme “Catechists and Teachers as Agents of the New Evangelization.” Those whom our community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry.
Posted 1 June 2012 Posted by Father John Francis Murray, C.Ss.R.
Tags: freedom of religion, catholic, christian, sacred heart
This last Wednesday I went to a press conference in Orlando held by Bishop John Noonan and leaders of other faith traditions. They spoke with one voice… the press conference was not about politics, it was about religious leaders, pastors and American citizens coming together to speak about the truth,...
Posted 25 May 2012 Posted by Father John Francis Murray, C.Ss.R.
Tags: god, mary, sacred heart catholic
As some of you know, just recently I traveled up to New York to celebrate my aunt’s funeral. The first leg of my flight was from Daytona Beach to Atlanta at 6:00 am on a Tuesday morning.
Posted 13 May 2012 Posted by Father John Francis Murray, C.Ss.R.
Tags: may, catholic, sacred heart, mary, catholic
May is here, what a beautiful month! On this second Sunday of May, like every year, we celebrate motherhood. On this day, during the month of May as trees and flowers spring forth new life, we pause to pray not only for our mothers who gave us life but for...
Posted 6 May 2012 Posted by Father John Francis Murray, C.Ss.R.
Tags: sacrament, anointing, sacred heart
The other day I was called to hospice to celebrate the Sacrament of Anointing. I use the word ‘celebrate’ deliberately in describing the sacramental experience. We know every sacrament is a celebration. I believe many of us more commonly associate the word celebrate with other sacraments like, Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage,...
Posted 8 January 2012 Posted by Fr. John Francis Murray, C.Ss.R.
After the 4:00 Mass this last Saturday, I found myself discussing the mysteries of the Blessed Trinity with a young altar server! The young boy was struggling with the doctrine, three persons in one God. He was obviously tuned into the feast day we were celebrating, the Solemnity of the...
Posted 4 December 2011 Posted by Fr. John Francis Murray, C.Ss.R.
Even before we’re born, before we see the light of day, people are preparing the way for us, a new high chair, perhaps a play pen, and don’t forget the car seat. We can’t forget, the new baby will need a comfortable bed, with soft blankets and a fluffy pillow.
Posted 30 October 2011 Posted by Fr. John Francis Murray, C.Ss.R.
Tags: eucharist, new missal, sacred heart, catholic, new smyrna beach, edgewater
This weekend at all the Masses we will be reviewing only a few changes in the new translation of the Roman Missal. Both changes occur during the part of the Mass we call, the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
Posted 23 October 2011 Posted by Fr. John Francis Murray, C.Ss.R.
This week our priests will be teaching you about the new Creed we will be praying at Mass. Deacon Frank Agnoli from the Davenport Diocese gives us a good review of the new creed. He writes; “The Creed is a theologically rich text.” In this column, I want to point out...