How to Live Well05-15-2022
To live well is nothing other than to love God will all one’s heart, with all one’s soul and with all one’s efforts; from this it comes that love is kept whole and uncorrupted (through temperance). No misfortune can disturb it (and this is fortitude). It obeys only [God] (and this is justice), and is careful in discerning things, so as not to be surprised by deceit or trickery (and this is prudence)
— St. Augustine De moribus ecclesiae 1,25,46
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The Cardinal's Annual Stewardship Appeal 2022
Our goal is $47,000. We are very grateful for your sacrifice and generosity. God bless all of you and keep you safe.
We have begun the 2022 Cardinal’s Annual Stewardship Appeal. Your generosity has supported ministries and apostolates across the Archdiocese, Our goal is $47,000. In these troubled times we are very grateful for your sacrifice and generosity. Gifts can be made in the ordinary manner or online at cardinalsappeal.org God bless all of you and keep you safe.
Yours in Christ,
Father Leonard F. Villa
Benefits of Frequent Confession05-15-2022
There are those who say that little importance should be given to the frequent confession of venial sins. Far more important, they say, is that general confession which the Church, surrounded by her children in the Lord at Mass makes during the penitential rite of the Mass the “I confess” is offered and the “Lord have mercy.”READ MORE
Why Do We Need Commandments?05-06-2022St. Thomas Aquinas
We are placed between the things of this world, and spiritual goods from which eternal happiness consists: so that the more we cleave to the one, the more we withdraw from the other, and vice versa. Wherefore whoever cleaves wholly to the things of this world, so as to make them his reason for living, and to look upon them as the reason and rule of all he does, falls away altogether from spiritual goods. Hence this disorder is removed by the commandments.READ MORE
Note On the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary03-16-2022
Pope Francis intends to consecrate Russia and the Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Some background: In the past it was claimed this consecration was already done by Pope John Paul II in 1984. Years ago, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, claimed that Sister Lucia told him in a letter and in an interview the consecration was done in 1984 by Pope John Paul II. The problem with this is that Pope John Paul did not specifically mention Russia. Moreover no one has seen the alleged letter of Sister Lucia. Others thought that the fall of communism in Russia in 1989 was a sign of the consecration yet the Virgin of Fatima asked for the consecration of Russia and communism was not mentioned, but simply that Russia would spread her errors and nations would be destroyed.
St. Paul the Apostle Parish Mission
The Parish of Saint Paul Apostle under the guidance of the Holy Spirit informs the response of the believer to the presence of Jesus through conversion. In this process strengthened and maintained by prayer, worship and catholic action, individuals become Christ in this twenty first century.
At Sunday Eucharist all gather to hear God’s Word in the Scriptures. Gradually an understanding of life’s make-up deepens and the rich meaning of living through union with Jesus opens a fuller connection to His focal work at Calvary. Through God’s unfolding grace the purpose of faith is being fulfilled by our incorporation with Him in our Eucharistic – “this holy and perfect sacrifice: the bread of life and the cup of eternal salvation.” Conversion or being awakened to the mystery of His Death and Resurrection calls for the essential supports necessary to live out this process. Through prayer the Holy Spirit accommodates believers to the revelation of the Loving Father whom Jesus introduces. Worship offers depth of awe reflected in the love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Catholic action flows from the desire to make God’s Love real to others in this life.
Our Patron Saint
Paul the Apostle commonly known as Saint Paul and also known by his Hebrew name Saul of Tarsus was an apostle (although not one of the Twelve Apostles) who taught the gospel of Christ to the first-century world. Paul is generally considered one of the most important figures of the Apostolic Age and from the mid-30s to the mid-50s AD he founded several Christian communities in Asia Minor and Europe. He took advantage of his status as both a Jew and a Roman citizen to minister to both Jewish and Roman audiences.
According to the New Testament book Acts of the Apostles (often simply called Acts), Paul persecuted some of the early disciples of Jesus, possibly Hellenised diaspora Jews converted to Christianity, in the area of Jerusalem prior to his conversion. In the narrative of Acts, Paul was traveling on the road from Jerusalem to Damascus on a mission to "arrest them and bring them back to Jerusalem" when the resurrected Jesus appeared to him in a great light. He was struck blind, but after three days his sight was restored by Ananias of Damascus and Paul began to preach that Jesus of Nazareth is the Jewish Messiah and the Son of God. Approximately half of the book of Acts deals with Paul's life and works.
In Catholic tradition whoever has St. Paul the Apostle as patron also has St. Peter the Apostle as patron as well. In the traditional liturgy on a feast or votive Mass of St. Paul a prayer to St. Peter is always added and vice versa.