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Striving For Perfection

March 3rd, 2019|

by Cliff Wilson, Parishioner at St. Mary Magdalen PAUL faced numerous theological problems inside his Corinthian community. One of them dealt with resurrection. Although members believed in the resurrection of Christ, some denied the possibility of general bodily resurrection. They could not grasp the [...]

ELIMINATING ENEMIES BY MAKING THEM FRIENDS

February 24th, 2019|

by Rev. Macdonald Akuti, AJ, Associate Pastor at Holy Spirit & St. Mary Magdalen Churches Dear friends, all our enemies are eliminated by loving them and making them our friends. In our gospel today, God’s great expectation for all of us is to love [...]

Build Strong Trust in God

February 17th, 2019|

by Rev. Gabriel Nakamu Emuria, AJ, Associate Pastor at Holy Spirit & St. Mary Magdalen Churches The goal of any human life is to attain joy. True joy is only found in God. The readings of this Sunday invite us to seek the kingdom [...]

Do Not Be Afraid

February 10th, 2019|

by Rev. Joseph Adhunga, A.J., Pastor at Holy Spirit & St. Mary Magdalen This weekend, at Holy Spirit, the community celebrates the installation of the newly elected parish leaders. The elected leaders will officially take their respective responsibilities and proclaim publicly their willingness to [...]

Pope Francis’ World Youth Day 2019 Remarks

February 3rd, 2019|

Pope Francis celebrating the concluding Mass of the World Youth Day at Metro Park in Panama City, January 27, 2019. Our parish youth community did not have a chance to attend the World Youth Day in Panama last week, but it is [...]

We are the Body of Christ

January 27th, 2019|

by Dr. Stephan Flascha, Parishioner at St. Mary Magdalen Today’s second reading of Apostle Paul’s letter to the Corinthians is best addressed to all mankind, decrying divisiveness, because we all are one body in Christ. From the song We Are the Body of Christ (#579 [...]

Ordinary Time

January 20th, 2019|

by Rev. John Montag, SJ, Associate Pastor at Holy Spirit & St. Mary Magdalen This Sunday, we enter the second week of Ordinary Time. Perhaps you’re thinking, ‘well, things pretty much returned to ordinary just after New Year’s Day.’ While that’s true, that’s not [...]

The Power of and Need for Prayer (Part III)

January 13th, 2019|

by Rev. Joseph Adhunga, A.J., Pastor at Holy Spirit & St. Mary Magdalen The Celebration of the baptism of Jesus Christ should remind every Christian about the new birth in spirit and adoption of children of God. The spirit of adoption empowers one to [...]

The Power of and Need for Prayer (Part II)

January 6th, 2019|

by Rev. Joseph Adhunga, A.J., Pastor at Holy Spirit & St. Mary Magdalen The reason why I want to discuss the power of prayers and the need for prayers in connection to human desires is because desires are grafted in human nature. Therefore, it is [...]

The Power of and Need for Prayer (Part I)

December 30th, 2018|

by Rev. Joseph Adhunga, A.J., Pastor at Holy Spirit & St. Mary Magdalen This is “Year of Grace.” Let the grace of God dwell in our hearts and in our families. Prayer is one of the means among others to make grace a reality in [...]

The Colors and Materialism of Christmas

December 23rd, 2018|

by Rev. Macdonald Akuti, A.J., Associate Pastor at Holy Spirit & St. Mary Magdalen Christmas is a time of year when we are bombarded with material things. We see, smell, taste and hear this festive time of year and are reminded of the infant birth [...]

GOD INVITES US TO REJOICE

December 16th, 2018|

by Rev. Gabriel Emuria, A.J., Associate Pastor at Holy Spirit & St. Mary Magdalen The third Sunday of advent is known as Gaudete. The word Gaudete means rejoice. In the first reading, the prophet Zephaniah urges us to shout for joy because the salvation is [...]

Getting Ready for Christ’s Coming

December 9th, 2018|

by Rev. John Montag, SJ, Associate Pastor at Holy Spirit & St. Mary Magdalen We are entering the second week of Advent, looking forward to celebrating our remembrance of Christ’s Incarnation. However, as we’ve seen the past couple of weeks, our preparation during Advent [...]

ADVENT 2018, YEAR “C”

December 2nd, 2018|

by Rev. Joseph Adhunga, A.J., Pastor at Holy Spirit & St. Mary Magdalen Advent, for the Catholic and other Christian denominations is the four weeks of the intensive preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, the [...]

SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE UNIVERSAL KING

November 25th, 2018|

by Rev. Joseph Adhunga, A.J., Pastor at Holy Spirit & St. Mary Magdalen In the United States of America, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Universal King, is celebrated after the National “Thanksgiving Day.” This Sunday of the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, [...]

THERE IS NO SITUATION IN THIS WORLD WHICH IS PERMANENT

November 18th, 2018|

by Rev. Gabriel Emuria, A.J., Associate Pastor at Holy Spirit & St. Mary Magdalen In the last two weeks, there have been devastating situations of shootings and wildfires burning in the state of California. Many people have lost their loved ones, properties, and possessions. [...]