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“I am not a religious person …” I have found this statement a common denominator with many conversation I have had with the random encounters of my daily life “out on the street”. Maybe you have not thought this yourself but I know many of us have struggled with the “humanity” of our religion, or any religion for that matter. I wonder if we need to ask a more important question, what is true religion.

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” (James 1:27)

Since the beginning of our lives we have depended on human rules. This is a fact and a necessary truth. A child without rules? Well, it’s hard to even fathom. God established this truth with Abraham and his son, Moses in the dessert, with David and his kingdom, and even Joseph and Mary with Jesus. In our readings this weekend there is no doubt that God is warning us of becoming pharisaical, of following the rules and not loving the rule maker.

This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship, teaching as doctrines human precepts.”

He is not warning us of religion and yet how often can we make it such. Religion can become a hollow shell that is only skin deep. When it comes to us “following the rules” of our religion, whether we follow them shouldn’t be the question. It is why we follow, why we do what do that matters most. Jesus is the reason for our religion, and it is our human attempt to do what He asks.

I’ll never forget my father’s response to my question, “why should I do what you ask” when he gave me a curfew during my teenage years. His response will always ring true in my heart. “Not just because I love you, but because YOU LOVE ME!”

Fr. Patrick McConnell
August 30, 2015



~ Friday, August 28
8:00 AM Mass

~ Saturday, August 29

8:00 AM Dust Busters
10:00 AM Confessions
5:00 PM Mass
Catechetical Blessing at Mass
Scrip  available after Mass

~ Sunday, August 30
Masses 7, 9, 11 AM, 7 PM
Scrip available after Mass

~ Monday, August 31
8:00 AM Mass

9:15 AM Bakery and Produce Give Away
~Tuesday, September 1
8:00 AM Mass

9:30 AM Grief Support Group6:00 PM Family Rosary
5:30 PM Social Concerns Committee
6:00 PM Famiiy Rosary
6:00 PM KC Officers Meeting
7:00 PM KC Meeting

~ Wednesday, September 2
8:00 AM Mass

10:00 AM Mass CCH
7:00 PM The Mass

~Thursday, September 3
8:00 AM Mass

10:30 AM Mass Comforts of Home
7:00 PM Fall Fest Committee

~ Friday, September 4
9:30 AM School Mass at Church

~ Saturday, September 5

8:00 AM Dust Busters
10:00 AM Confessions
5:00 PM Mass

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