Throughout the Gospel accounts, we’ve heard the miraculous stories of Jesus healing the lame, bringing sight to the blind, feeding thousands with practically nothing and even raising the dead. Some saw Him as a prophet, and some may have even thought He was a magician or doing unexplainable tricks.
To better help ministries in choosing the best room for their needs, we have incorporated a new section on the website to show the rooms offered in the Conesa Center. When filling out an Event Registration form, there you will see a link on the side that says "Room Layouts", this is where you will click to find all the rooms offered in the Conesa Center as well as a short description of each.
I bet that if you surveyed a segment of the population on what their wants and needs are in this life, many would say cell phones, computers, or other portable electronic devices. In fact, just take a phone from a teenager and see their reaction. Others would say they want a successful career with financial stability.
In Sunday’s Gospel reading from John, chapter 6, we find Jesus with His disciples being followed by thousands of people who are looking for healing and hope. Jesus asks Phillip how they were going to feed the multitudes, fully knowing that Phillip would not have the answer. But Andrew and others found a boy who gave what he had to the disciples.
When you and I go through stressful situations at home or work, we probably want to take time alone to decompress. Some people like to go for a walk or work out at those times. If you’re a parent, especially with little ones, that “alone” time is valuable because it’s extremely rare. The kids demand your attention. They need to be fed, do their homework, and get ready for bed. Then, when you finally have a few free moments, you’re too tired to enjoy them.
When we go on a trip, maybe a vacation to the mountains or beach, we pack our bags and bring the appropriate clothes for the destination. When I was a child and we’d travel from New York to Florida to spend time with my grandparents, mom would often prepare snacks, sandwiches or a meal to eat on the road.
Have you ever been a situation where you haven’t seen an old friend or coworker, maybe for many years, and then when you reunite, you think, “boy, he or she has changed!” The same can be said for a young adult returning from college, or someone returning after a long deployment in the military. When you first saw them, you may have judged first by appearance, then by what they said in sharing what’s been going on in their life since your last encounter. At times it can be disturbing to you. After all, that’s not how you remembered them.
During the week of June 14, 2021, the members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted overwhelmingly to issue a teaching document on the beauty and power of the Eucharist. Recent news articles have unfortunately resulted in much confusion over the matter, and the planned document has been viewed by many to be a political statement rather than a teaching tool.
13th Sunday Ordinary Time. As a priest and Bishop, I have encountered many people who are suffering. I’ve celebrated many funerals and witnessed the pain of a parent losing a child, a spouse losing a loved one and in my own life, the loss of my parents and older brother. Losing a friend or loved one is never easy, but we put our faith, our trust, in God - that He is in control and is holding those loved ones close to Him.
On Saturday, June 12th, 2021, 49 Prince of Peace Parishioners, including Father Kovanis, officially completed their 33 weeks of spiritual reflection and physical exertion dedicated to the Camino de Santiago Trail (Walk of St. James) in Spain.
12th Sunday Ordinary Time. I remember one time, when I was bishop in Pensacola-Tallahassee, some friends invited me to go sailing with them. It started out as a beautiful day, but a couple of hours later a large area of thunderstorms appeared in the distance. It became clear that we were in the path of an incoming storm as the skies got darker and the wind began to pick up. The next thing we knew, we were in the middle of strong storm and rough seas. I remember feeling the sense that we were helpless and just had to ride out the storm.
Sunday, June 13, 2021 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time. “The Kingdom of God is like...” is a phrase Jesus uses throughout the Gospels to teach His followers. He uses images or parables to help the crowds to come to a greater understanding of a difficult concept or reality. This is the case in this weekend’s Gospel according to Mark.
Sunday, June 6, 2021 Solemnity of Most Precious Body and Blood of Christ. Passover is a very important feast in the lives of the Jewish people. We read about this in Exodus where Moses instructed the people to sacrifice a lamb and put the blood of the lamb over the door, so that they would be spared the wrath that was to come to those who did not believe or follow these instructions. For generations since, the Jews have commemorated this event with the feast of Passover.
May 30, 2021 Solemnity of Most Holy Trinity. Do you ever have doubts, even about a sure thing? There are few things that we really know for certain that will happen in life. Even in certainty, doubt can still creep in.
BREAKING NEWS: At the Chrism Mass on March 30th, Bishop Gregory Parkes made a big announcement. “It's my intention that the general dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass issued last March will be lifted effective on the vigil of Pentecost, which is the weekend of May 22 and 23rd. We will be updating and providing suggested protocols and guidelines to our parishes so that they remain among the safest places to be.”