Category Archives: From Fr. JC Maximilian’s Desk

From Fr. JC’s Desk: “Cultural Catholics”

“Jesus Christ did not come to suffer and die so that he could make ‘cultural Catholics’” (Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles). When I first read Archbishop Gomez’s comment, I found it very provocative.  What did he mean by “cultural … Continue reading

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From Fr. JC’s Desk: “From the Mouths of Children”

Forgive me if I brag a little about my family.  My sister, Ann, called me this week to tell me about her youngest, Seamus.  Seamus is 7 years-old, and recently participated in their parish’s Vacation Bible School (VBS).  After the … Continue reading

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From Fr. JC’s Desk: “Fathers: Priests of the Domestic Church”

To all the fathers in the parish I want to wish a happy Fathers’ Day.  I pray that it is a special day for you to spend with your family.  For those of us whose fathers have passed away, today … Continue reading

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From Fr. JC’s Desk: “Welcome to our New DEDF”

Come July 1, we will be welcoming Rich Scanlon as our new Director of Evangelization & Discipleship Formation.  This is a new position for our parish, replacing the position of Director of Faith Formation.  Rich’s responsibilities will include implementing our … Continue reading

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From Fr. JC’s Desk: “Making a Pilgrimage without Leaving Home”

As some of you know, I had planned to lead a pilgrimage next October to both Lourdes and Fatima, in part, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearances at Fatima. Unfortunately, not enough people signed up, so I … Continue reading

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From Fr. JC’s Desk: “Memorial Day”

In case you are wondering why I am not at the Masses this weekend, I am down in Burlington, NC officiating at the wedding of my oldest niece, Sydney. All of my immediate family will be there. After us not … Continue reading

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From Fr. JC’s Desk: “Initiation”

During the Easter Season, there are a lot of things in the Church’s liturgy which reminds us of the Sacraments of Initiation:  Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.  Of course, the Easter Vigil, the most solemn Mass of the year, is the … Continue reading

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From Fr. JC’s Desk: “The Disciple’s Journal”

Last week I wrote about how we are restructuring the Religious Education program.  The goal to emphasize that we are forming disciples — which is what Jesus commands us to do. The Disciple’s Journal (which I am creating) is meant … Continue reading

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From Fr. JC’s Desk:  “Future of Religious Education”

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20) Jesus does not … Continue reading

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From Fr. JC’s Desk: “Easter is a Time of Joy”

We were created for joy. You never hear someone say, “You know, this whole joy thing is not for me. I wish I had a little bit more misery in my life.” We are created for joy, but we come … Continue reading

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