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From The Pastor's Desk - August 19, 2011

Dear Parishioners,
As Catholics, as Christians, the practice of our faith has a two-fold reality. First, Jesus desires that we enter into a one-on-one personal relationship with him. This happens as we meet him in the Gospels, and like Peter, as we hear in this Sunday's Gospel passage, proclaim him to be our Savior, the Son of the Living God and relate to him in a commitment to daily prayer whereby in our hearts we speak to him as our friend and our God who has loved us with an everlasting love. Yet our relationship with Jesus is not merely a "Jesus and me" one as if that were all there is. There is a second dimension to our relationship with Jesus: he desires that we also relate to him in and through his Church that he founded on the Rock of Peter and the foundation of his apostles, the reality of which we encounter in this Sunday's Gospel. While we can experience him in our hearts, our souls, because we do not see him with our bodily eyes he has given us his visible Church, appointing St. Peter and his successors, the popes, as his vicars to whom we look to be led visibly by Jesus as well as by his apostles and their successors, the bishops. It is from Peter and the apostles, and thereafter the popes and bishops, that we receive the true teaching of Jesus and those seven special visible signs of Christ's presence: the seven sacraments. It is by receiving Baptism that we we become members of his Mystical Body the Church and are made brothers and sisters in him such that when we love one another Jesus considers it as we loving him. We thus also are in a relationship with Jesus when we interact lovingly with one another in the Church. Further, it is in the Holy Eucharist that the Church ministers to us that we encounter Christ in the most personal way possible in this world as he is really and truly present to feed us with his very Body and Blood. Hence an authentic and full relationship with Jesus is both a one-on-one falling in love with him as well as falling in love with his Catholic Church he founded on Peter and his apostles.

If there is someone you know who is or if you yourself are interested in becoming a member of the Catholic Church so that you can enter into the fullest possible relationship with Jesus, please contact me. I would be very happy to visit with you and explain the formation process by which one is prepared to enter the Catholic Church.

Have a wonderful week. God bless,
Father Gutowski

This Week

Prayer Intention for the Week
For the sick: Joyce Cockerill, Kathy Ewing, Harriet Green, Ted Riha, Duane Poser, Sally Leyden, Chrissy Skinner, Jerry Martin, Wes Erhart.

Wed., May 2nd, RE, 6:15 p.m.