Wednesday, March 25, 2015

From Pope Francis - March 25, 2015


Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 25 March 2015 -

Pope Francis asks people to prayer for the Synod of the Family

Pope Francis told the crowd assembled for his weekly general audience to pray for the Synod Family. The meeting will take place in October. The Pope said that everyone is called to help with the project: cardinals, bishops, consecrated people, lay faithful, and himself. He added, "We need prayers, not gossip.”

March 25 also marks the 20th anniversary of the encyclical "Evangelium Vitae,” in which "the family occupies a central position.”

The Pope said that "the relationship between Church and family is sacred and inviolable” and that the Church "never abandons the family.”


Dear Brothers and Sisters: 

Today’s solemnity of the Annunciation invites us, in the context of the Church’s preparation for the forthcoming Synod on the Family, to consider the relationship between the Incarnation and the mission of the family.  In God’s plan, Jesus was welcomed into, and grew up in, a true human family, that of Mary and Joseph.

Today also marks the Day for Life, in which we once more reaffirm our respect for the inviolable dignity of every human life.  The family, blessed by God from the beginning and entrusted with the task of procreation, is meant to be a community of life and love in the heart of society.  Here we see how closely linked are the Church and the family. 

The Church is called to accompany and support all families, especially those in greatest need.  I ask you to continue praying for the Synod, so that it will reflect the compassion of the Good Shepherd for his flock and help the Church to be ever more committed and clear in her witness to the truth of God’s merciful love for all families.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

From Pope Francis - March 18, 2015


Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 18 March 2015 -

Pope Francis explains what adults can learn from children

Every Wednesday, hundreds of parents take their children to St. Peter's Square to receive a blessing from the Pope. Many of them have fun, but others not so much.

And it seems that the Pope knows this well.


"Some, when I try to give them a kiss, smile. Others, they see me in white, and they think I'm a doctor and I'll give them a vaccine. They cry spontaneously. Children are like this."

Pope Francis dedicated his catechesis precisely to children. He focused on what adults can learn from little ones.


"Children are themselves a treasure for humanity and for the Church, because they constantly remind us of the condition needed to enter the Kingdom of God: not consider ourselves but to instead those in need of help, love, and  forgiveness. And we all need support, love and forgiveness."

Beyond the simplicity of asking for help and allowing themselves to be helped, the Pope said that children also teach us to laugh and mourn, because sometimes we are unable to as we get older.

He also said that despite being "a great gift to humanity," they are also "a majorly excluded group, because sometimes they are not even allowed to be born."


"Children bring joy, hope and also problems. But that's life. Certainly, they also bring worry, and sometimes problems. But a society is better with these concerns and problems and is sad and grey without children."

The Pope will continue discussing children next week. He will talk about the wounds that can hurt children in their youth.

© Copyright 2015 - Libreria Editrice Vaticana

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Preparing for the advent of Guardian Angel-St. Columba Parish

As you may have heard, St. Columba will officially merge with nearby Guardian Angel on Aug. 1, 2015. Cardinal Dolan’s official decree announcing the merger has been posted on the archdiocesan website. (You can find the decree online at: The provisional name for our new parish is Guardian Angel and Saint Columba, though we will have the opportunity to submit alternative names for the cardinal’s approval within the next year.

While Guardian Angel has been designated as our parish church, and the repository of all sacramental registers, the church of St. Columba will remain open and maintain a regular schedule of Masses and sacraments. There is nothing in the decree that affects the status (or continued use) of the St. Columba rectory, the chapel, the convent, or the administrative offices. But you can expect many administrative changes as we consolidate both practical matters (like bank accounts) as well as church functions like religious education and the liturgical music program.

The diocese has indicated that a new pastor for the parish will be named no later than July 1, 2015. In the meantime, there are several things we can do to prepare for the merger: Pray.—Meet our new fellow parishioners from Guardian Angel at joint events like the Day of Lenten Reflection on March 22.—Begin to imagine the sort of parish we aspire to be, and the activities we want to pursue in terms of youth ministry evangelization, adult formation, and advocacy/outreach.