Revised Reconciliation Session #3 – Practice Session Sunday, January 20 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, Tuesday, January 22 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Today’s Gospel is about the Kingdom of God and the mustard seed. We have to ask the question: What can mustard seeds teach us about the kingdom of God? The tiny mustard seed literally grew to be a tree which attracted numerous birds because they loved the little black mustard seed it produced. God's kingdom works in a similar fashion. It starts from the smallest beginnings in the hearts of men and women who are receptive to God's word. And it works unseen and causes a transformation from within. Just as a seed has no power to change itself until it is planted in the ground, so we cannot change our lives to be like God until God gives us the power of his Holy Spirit.

The Lord is ever ready to transform us by the power of his Spirit. Are we ready to let God change us by his life-giving Word and Spirit? The kingdom of God produces a transformation in those who receive the new life which Jesus Christ offers. When we yield to the Lord Jesus and allow his word to take root in us, our lives are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us. Paul the Apostle says, "We have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us" (2 Corinthians 4:7).

PASTORAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS:

I have asked the current Pastoral Council members to remain on the council for another year since we are working on the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan, which will be completed in the spring of 2016. Elections will resume then.

APPRECIATION DINNER:

If you are a current volunteer in a ministry or sit on one of our parish committees, please pick up your invitation to the Annual Appreciation Dinner on June 26th. Please place your response into the box located in front of the office by June 21st. Thank-you!

PARISH HALL DOORS:

The inner doors of the parish hall are now being locked due to various intruders into the hall, especially during the week. If you are hosting a meeting/event/function, please go to the office for the inner hall door key. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

ENVELOPE NUMBER 616:

Would the person/family using envelope number 616 please call the parish secretary to identify yourself. Many thanks!

I wish you all a good week!

Fr. Phil