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IN THIS EDITION
Stories of Hope
Faith helps family endure as husband seeks transplant
Pray for an end to abortion
9 Days for Life Prayer
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Opportunities beginning soon:
THAT MAN IS YOU!
begins Jan. 22
Grief Support Group
begins Jan. 27
Financial Peace University
begins Feb. 2
Around the Diocese:
A Catholic Perspective on End-of-Life Issues:
Funeral for Suzanne Arndt, Jan. 22 at 11am -
Adoration will be from 12:30 - 8pm on Jan. 22
Confirmation Rite at the 5:30pm Mass on 1/25 (it's likely to be very crowded)
FROM THE PASTOR
My dear parishioners,
In this time of the pandemic, many people have found themselves at home more than they used to be. Restrictions on social gatherings and travel have forced most of us to slow down and simplify. I know a lot of people who have taken advantage of the home time to learn a new skill, like cooking, or a language or a musical instrument. There is also an increased interest in learning about different prayer practices. Many people have felt that they are in the desert and have asked where God is in this pandemic. Others have reported God becoming manifest in unexpected ways. They have experienced encounters with the divine in sometimes startling ways. I think that is a wonderful trend, and it makes sense to me. When outside distractions are stripped away or lessened, it leaves an opportunity to be open to the present moment. This means that the person may be moving closer to God in the simple awareness that nothing is guaranteed. Understanding that we are not in control is a spiritual insight that can bring us to Jesus.
We can learn a lot from saints like Julian of Norwich, who spent her religious life as an anchoress, which is basically a hermit. She lived in a little room in the convent. The room had a hole in one wall which faced the outside world and a second hole in the opposite wall that faced the chapel. Here she lived, prayed, and wrote. Many people would come to her for spiritual direction by standing on the sidewalk outside the convent and speaking to her through the hole in the wall. Julian wrote about her mystical experiences, which were vivid and wildly imaginative. She wrote about the necessity of experiencing our own weakness in the face of the almighty. In her own words, “If we did not fall, we would not know how weak we are of ourselves, nor should we know our Maker’s marvelous love so fully.”
The statue of Julian of Norwich on the West Front of
, made by the sculptor David Holgate in 2014.
She is unflinchingly realistic about the problems of our human condition, but her prayer consistently leads to a place of great hope. She sees the world as being held in God’s hands like a hazelnut. She reminds us that even death is not the end of the story. Her message to us today is that whatever we may be living through at this moment, in the end, “all will be well.”
God bless you all,
Jim Johnsrud suffers from a rare liver disease but because of its degree is only eligible for a living organ donor transplant, but circumstances surrounding COVID-19 have made such matches more difficult than in years past.
The Texas Catholic did a story on the Johnsrud's faith. We wanted to share it again in case you missed it.
9 DAYS FOR LIFE
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January 22 is the National Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, when the Catholic Church remembers the 48th anniversary of
Roe v. Wade
—the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in all 50 states.
We have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Friday from 12:30 - 8:00 pm. Consider stopping by the chapel to pray for the unborn and mothers in need. The National March for Life is Jan. 29th with the theme: “Together Strong: Life Unites.”
Learn more about our Pro-life Ministry at St Gabriel
IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO GET INVOLVED & GROW
THAT MAN IS YOU! Grief Support Group, Financial Peace University
THAT MAN IS YOU!
The second semester starts on January 22nd
and matches up well with Lent. 40+ men attended at St Gabriel this fall, but that is not a prerequisite.
Friday mornings 6:15am to 7:30am
St Gabriel Community Center
For information or to register contact Steve Bassett at 210.394.5356 or email@example.com
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
Two trained facilitators from the Ministry of Consolation lead the group which meets one evening a week for 8 weeks.
Meetings are confidential and books are provided as a stewardship supported program (Freewill donation offering).
To learn more or RSVP click here
Financial Peace University
9 Week Class begins Tuesday, Feb. 2
The First 5 to sign up are eligible for a FREE class*
Sign Up Here
*Must purchase kit upfront and attend 8 out of 9 classes. Rebate equal to $130. One per family
AROUND THE DIOCESE
End-of-Life Issues Webinar
As a reminder, there will be a Confirmation rite for our students preparing for the Sacrament at the 5:30pm Mass this Sunday, 1/24. Many of them will have family and sponsors in attendance. We want to let you know so you can pray for them but also to prepare you for a crowded Mass. We recommend not attending that Mass if you are trying to avoid crowds.
Adoration continues today through 8 pm and tomorrow from 12:30-8 pm. As a reminder, there is a
Holy Hour of Reparation on Thursdays at 7 pm
Praise & Worship on Friday at 7 pm.
St Gabriel the Archangel
on Thursday, January 21 at 2:00PM