Pastor’s Corner

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August 11, 2016

Dear parishioners and friends,

I invite you to consider this reflection and our Holy Father’s thoughts on the role of sports in our lives.

With prayers and blessings on all of you for all the activities of your lives,

Father Frazier

Pope Francis Sports Commentary

 

February 6, 2016

Dear Parishioners and friends,

It is hard to believe that the season of Lent will begin this week. Our Sunday Gospels from Christmas until this weekend have encouraged us to begin to reflect on our discipleship, that is, how closely we are following Jesus with our prayer and carrying out the Gospel message in our lives.

Secondly, and as important, is our call to be missionaries: being aware that we are people who have been chosen and called to take the message of Christ to a waiting world.

Like Isaiah, Peter finds himself overwhelmed by the call, but by the grace of God, each carried out his role in the plan of God. It all began with a recognition that they were not worthy and not up to the task. However, God’s assurance and his faithfulness enabled them to achieve their vocation and live the rest of their lives in union with the Spirit.

What about us today?  Do we recognize the call of Christ in our lives and the Faith that enables us to carry out the mission of Christ to the world? Have we spent time during these past few weeks discerning where we are going spiritually and what role we are called to play in the Good News being shared with all we meet each day?

Some of those question we might ask ourselves:

  • What is my time of prayer like? When I am driving to work? A little time in the morning or the evening? Is it a priority?
  • What about Mass on Sunday? The sacrament of Reconciliation?
  • What is the effort I make to share the Faith with our family first of all and then at work? What kind of a witness do I make before others?
  • Do I take to heart the call of the poor, the outsider, someone who is different or hurting?

We are celebrating the Year of Mercy. Perhaps it is time, in light of these questions, to ask ourselves if we really remember the grace of mercy in our lives and the call to extend that mercy to everyone in word and action. “Now is the time.” the Scriptures say. Now is the day of salvation.

Open yourselves up and trust the Love and Mercy of God in your life. As we begin this Lenten time together let us join with Christ and each other on this journey of Faith and begin to live out the prophetic mission every day.

Happy Lent. Happy Springtime of renewal.

Peace to all of you.

Father Frazier

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Now the Work of Christmas BeginsDear parishioners and friends,

A blessed New Year to all of you! New beginnings are always filled with expectations and hope for the future. It is also true of our spiritual lives. As we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord, we are reminded once again of our own call to mission and a closer following of Jesus. As Howard Thurman wrote, “now the work of Christmas begins.” May our journey of faith together be filled with new experiences and meeting Jesus. I invite you to read Isaiah chapters 42-49 for guidance about being a servant of the Lord.

Father Frazier

 

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

As we approach the Christmas and Epiphany seasons, we look back and reflect on the great mystery of the birth of Christ. This birth changed the face of the earth and transformed the life of the world forever. No matter what our belief is, we have all been touched by this man. In his birth we found hope for our life and its importance and value in God’s wonderful plan.

We also join the Angels in their song, “Glory to God in the Highest.” This Good News was given not just to a few people but for the whole world. Like the shepherds, we are invited to go off and spread the message that God is with us! We do that by living our lives of faithful service to each other and by the sacrifices we make on behalf of the poor and needy in our community and in our families. We do it when we stand up for peace and respect for all the living.

This Christmas let us become true and genuine followers of Jesus and commit ourselves to bring to birth the person of Jesus every day. Let’s make Christmas celebrated every day and throughout the world!

Peace and Blessings to all of you.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

In the scripture, we are encouraged to pray prayers of intercession:

“…in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God” ~Philippians 4:6

There are so many needs in life for which we can pray. One of those needs is for our parish community. We want to commit St. Joseph-on-Carrollton Manor and all of our parishioners and their needs and concerns to God’s loving care. So I am asking all who are willing to help us pray for the parish daily.

It does not need to be a fancy prayer or a lengthy prayer, just a moment each day to entrust all of us to God, to ask his protection and to seek the outpouring of His Holy Spirit on each of us so we may know Jesus more and more each day.

We have written a short prayer that you may find helpful (below), or you may choose to offer your own prayers. Please consider joining together in prayer with all who are praying for St. Joseph’s.

Peace.

Heavenly Father, we come before you with gratitude for bestowing on us the gift of faith. You are the one who began the work in us and you are the one who will bring it to completion.

We ask that you would strengthen and renew each member of your church, especially here at St. Joseph-on-Carrollton Manor, through your Spirit. Be with us in our active pursuit of discerning your will and living out your gospel message.

Grant us, Father, the spirit of wisdom and revelation that we would know you better. Increase our love for you and our neighbor. Strengthen our hearts, giving us the courage to reach out to those around us and share with our community the joy of knowing your great love for us.

Make us, oh God, instruments of your peace. May we, as Micah exhorts, do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with you ever at our side. May your grace go before us and follow after.

We ask your blessing upon us in the name of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Dear Parishioners and friends,

I am so glad to be sharing with you some of my thoughts about Our Holy Father Francis’ first visit to America. It is a privilege to have him here with all of us. At the Wednesday Canonization Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, he spoke of the great ministry of now Saint Junipero Serra, Franciscan missionary to the people of California.

Pope Francis recognized St. Junipero Serra’s unique gift of accepting all people, especially the indigenous natives of the area. He offered them protection and safety from the Spanish explorers. He respected their dignity and their created goodness. Because of his kindness, many came to the Faith and were Baptized. His mission of evangelization began with his extending his hand in kindness to the native Americans.

We are called to see these actions as inspiration for ourselves in our own efforts at evangelization. As many have said, “Evangelization is relational.” It is about first of all accepting people where they are and listening to their story. This leads many to the heart of Christ and to the gift of Faith. This may mean change for many of us, for we have looked at our Faith as a personal experience. Our Holy Father in this same homily has asked us to be willing to take the risk of sharing our experience of Faith with others. He used the motto of St. Junipero Serra when he said siempre adelante! Keep moving forward! Being joyful in our Faith and moving in a direction that helps another to discover Christ will go a long way to our evangelizing mission.

Let us pray fervently for our Holy Father, as he travels among us now and every day of his papacy. His message of hope and consolation for all of our brothers and sisters is powerful and an example for us to follow. May we try in our own special way~with the Spirit to guide us~to live out his message in our daily life! Keep moving forward!

Peace.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

During the past few weeks and months our parish community has been going through some challenging transitions and changes. Most of the changes are causing us to examine the ways in which we have been responding to the Mission of Christ as a Church and as a community of faith.

It has been very exciting as the parish’s Mission Advisory Council has accepted this example of Christ to go out and proclaim the Good News. We look at our parish as forming disciples of Jesus who will go out and share their faith through “Eucharist, Formation, and Service” through our words and actions. This mandate of Jesus may call many of us to examine our own faith and then put into action by word and deed what we say we believe.

We have heard this summons and taken to heart the call for Evangelization as it was given to us by Archbishop Lori in his Pastoral letter to the community (A Light Brightly Visible). “Be missionary disciples” was the new invitation in the letter, with a plan to bring that message to all people without exception. This in itself is good news!

At St. Joseph’s we have been asked to initiate this plan now as an example for other communities. We know there may be some fear, some uncertainty about where we are going, but I believe we are up to the challenge and the call. With God’s help we will begin this journey to a new experience of ourselves as a parish family. Have hope and trust in the Spirit’s guidance!

The first element of this growing in our mission is to discern where we are in our Faith experience and look at where we are called to be. We do that by means of a simple survey. Consider this survey as a look into our own hearts. Your answers will help me and our parish and Archdiocesan leadership see where we are and how we see our community. This survey should take you about 15 minutes to complete and your answers will give us a snapshot of the vitality of our community.

The request to fill out the survey appears in the parish bulletin and on this website. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and help us in planning for the parish’s future. Please also pray for the grace to continue this journey ahead of us.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

This past Sunday, we came to the conclusion of the “Bread of Life” discourse (John 6). Over five Sundays, we reflected on the great Sacrament of the Eucharist and the gift of the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. We also, through studying these five passages from John’s Gospel, focused on the presence of Jesus in our lives every day.

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has asked us to grow in our relationship with Jesus through our life experiences and to be drawn more deeply into our union with Christ.

Our faith community here at St. Joseph‑on‑Carrollton Manor offers many avenues and venues for this encounter with Jesus to happen. First of all, we all need to read Archbishop Lori’s Pastoral Letter (A Light Brightly Visible) and see what is meant by “being evangelized” ourselves. We are all being called to search our hearts to see ways we can come more deeply into union with Jesus. We are, each one of us, being invited to answer the call, “Come and follow me.”

With these thoughts in mind, let us all ponder and reflect on the living Word of God, our Lord Jesus. Over the next few weeks, let us be open to the Spirit to grow in our union with Jesus through silent prayer and meditation and by living the Gospel message with one another.

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Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

05Apr15 ~ John 20:1-9
 
During the fifty days of the Easter season, we continue to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. We also continue to reflect on the message of the Gospel: “He is risen!” – and we come to see ourselves as called to be witnesses of his Risen Life by our words and actions.
 
As we have been invited to believe, we also, as witnesses, invite others to “come and see.” This is the work of Evangelization – the mission of all in the Church – bringing the Good News of Jesus to all we meet.
 
During these Easter days ahead, may each of use discern our discipleship in the Risen Lord.
 
“He is risen, as he said!” Alleluia!

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Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

29Mar15 ~ Mark 14:1-15:47

On Palm/Passion Sunday, we move through conflicting emotions: from exultation to utter sadness and rejection. While we sing “Hosanna” when times are good, we are likely to give up on Jesus when times are rough. We say with Peter, “I don’t know the man.”

The Passion narrative calls us to reflect on our ability to surrender all to the Lord, and with humility to accept his divine will in all things good and bad.

Yet our suffering is not without hope or promise of peace and serenity. We trust in God in all of life’s situations, believing in his words of consolation, “Be not afraid.”

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Fifth Sunday of Lent

22Mar15 ~ John 12:20-33

When all seemed lost and the future was uncertain, a voice was heard from heaven again, “I have glorified it and will glorify it again.” This encouragement spurs Jesus on to finish the mission, even though it means his own death. He trusts in the Father’s will.

We are also asked to trust in the Father and his love for us when we face ourselves, our past, and our difficulties. We are encouraged to move forward relying on God’s forgiveness and mercy. We are also reminded to be true disciples of Jesus and to continue proclaiming his love and faithfulness by our lives of service and care for others.

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Fourth Sunday of Lent

15Mar15 ~ John 3:14-21

As we move along our Lenten journey, today we are confronted by the Cross of Christ and the judgment on the world by not following Christ to Calvary. The scripture says that God sent his Son into the world to save it from death and bring it to eternal life (John 3:16).

If we believe in Jesus and try to live his life today, we will not be condemned. God will always be faithful and never desert us. Even through Cyrus the Persian, he continued to extend his hand to the Jewish people and ultimately brought them back from exile. He does the same for us.

We reflect with hope on the words of St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians (2:4‑10), “It is owing to his favor that salvation is yours by faith.” The whole passage brings us peace and consolation. God is still doing wonderful, unforgettable things in Christ through us. During this Lent we remember and give thanks for that salvation won for us by the Cross of Christ and we heed the call to be his disciples in the world today.

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Third Sunday of Lent

08Mar15 ~ John 2:13-25

Jesus comes into Jerusalem and the first thing he does is clear the temple of sellers. The next thing he does is predict his own death and resurrection. Jesus becomes the new temple.

Paul calls each of us to be “temples of the Holy Spirit.” We are, by baptism, called to be living expressions of Christ: that is, Jesus, living through us.

On our journey with Jesus, are we bringers of the Good News of love and reconciliation? Or do we hang back, being part of the crowd, rather than being witnesses to Jesus and with one another?

Take this week to think about your journey and where you are today. We are halfway through Lent. What has changed? Are you moving forward with Christ?

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Second Sunday of Lent

01Mar15 ~ Mark 9:2-10

The mission had not been very successful. The people did not follow for the right reason. Some actually rejected him. Now Jesus came to Mt. Tabor to rekindle that initial zeal for his calling. In the scene of renewal, the power of God calls him again, “This is my beloved.” He is transfigured by the presence of Moses and Elijah and the voice of the Father. He immediately sets out, sets his direction toward Jerusalem, where all will be fulfilled and the Mission will be completed in his Death and Resurrection.

 It is easy for us to appreciate the transfigured Christ when all is well. But we must also accept the Cross as part of the Mystery of Love. This was Peter’s challenge, but he ran away.

 May we stay with Christ and be transfigured by him. The words of the hymn “Transfigure Us, O Lord” are especially applicable to understanding this part of the Mission. May we keep our direction focused on Christ and spend Lent journeying with him to Calvary and Resurrection.

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First Sunday of Lent

22February15 ~ Mark 1:12-15

Today we recall Jesus going out into the desert. As St. Mark writes, “The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert.” We see a verb of motion, a verb of direction, a verb of a journey, present here. Neither Jesus nor we will ever be the same: having been baptized in the spirit, we are called forward as disciples in mission and “in motion.”

We are called to journey with Christ and to bring others to the joy of the Gospel. This Lent we are called to reflect on our journey and ask ourselves honestly if we have encountered Jesus in our lives. If not, why not? What do we have to change about our lives this Lent to meet Christ and journey with him?

God speaks in little whispers. Are we listening?

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

15February15 ~ Mark 1:40-45

St. Paul says whatever we do should be done for God’s glory. Out Lenten time is a grace to let us look inside and see if we need to deepen our relationship with Jesus through our vocation in life. Lent is a time of new beginning: taking stock of our past and moving forward with Christ into our future.

May we all have the inspiration to do just that. Let us all put aside those persons, situations, and things that keep us from knowing Christ and following him more faithfully.

Take the grace-filled time of Lent to join with others on this journey “to put out into the deep for a catch.” Take the risk of falling in love with Christ again and committing yourself to follow him.

One way to do this is by joining a Lenten small faith group. There’s still time to sign up, and I invite and encourage you to consider it!

This program will run for the six weeks of Lent, and we will provide materials to guide participants through the weekly meetings. We will study Forming Intentional Disciples, by Shirley Weddle. Everyone will receive a copy of the book and the accompanying a workbook, at no cost to you.

Don’t be fooled by the name. The goal of this book is to help each of us grow into disciples of Jesus who know him and follow Him ever more closely. Please click here to learn more and to sign up.

I pray that your Lenten experience will be an enriching and positive 40 days.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Frazier

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A Farewell

22February15

Therese Ivanisin has decided to leave the position of Director of Faith Formation at St. Joseph’s where she has served for the last seven years. Her last official day is February 22, however, she will still be around to help us in any way we may need after that.

This is an exciting time for Therese, and a loss for us at St. Joseph’s, but God’s timing is perfect, and He will open doors both for Therese and for us.

In April, we will celebrate Therese at a reception following Mass, to honor her and her service to the parish in her role as Director of Faith Formation. More information will be coming shortly.

For now, please join me in wishing Therese Ivanisin well and in praying for God’s hand to lead her along His path and to protect her and give her His perfect joy and peace.

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

08February15 ~ Mark 1:29-39

Jesus appears as the itinerant preacher. Unlike the other rabbis, he would go out to meet his followers, his disciples. Today this is the mission of the Church: to reach beyond ourselves and our own comfort level to encounter Christ in another person. We must always be asking ourselves this question: “What would Jesus do?”

This same call to go out and proclaim the Gospel is the mission of every one of us in the parish and to see the action of Christ in our vocations every day. This seems like a big task. But if we have put Christ first in our life, then all the rest falls into place. That’s a promise from Jesus.

During the coming Lenten season, we will have the opportunity to share together this gift of faith and see how we can share our gifts with the larger community. As St. Paul says about preaching the Gospel, he is compelled to do it. He would burst if he did not. What about us? Do we feel that way? Lent is a time to experience that.

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

01February15 ~ The Gospel of Mark 1: 21-28

We witness this Sunday Christ appearing in the synagogue, performing an exorcism of an unclean spirit. As the Scripture says, “they were all astounded.” So should we be at the miraculous healing and miracles that Jesus works each day in our lives.

We are grateful also for the wonderful celebration of our faith in our parish that many of us witnessed on Friday and Saturday at the “Unwrapping Your Gifts” gatherings. Let us continue to remember and commit ourselves to renew this spirit all during the coming Lenten days. May we all come to discern the miracle of Jesus’ presence as we share our vocations and our gifts with one another. May God the Spirit bring to completion in all of us the wonderful beginning made this weekend.

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 25, 2015 ~The Gospel of Mark, 1:14-20

Again we encounter Jesus is his call to the first disciples. All left everything and followed him. Do we, can we, do the same? But this is what discipleship means! What is the sacrifice we make to be followers of Jesus today? Can you picture what your response would look like for yourself?

By Baptism we have been anointed as prophets to the world and witnesses to Jesus. What is your vocation? How are you being called? Jesus says to us every day, “Come after me and I will make you fishers of men.” That is you and me. What in our life has to change to make this happen?

In our parish, we are embarking on a journey through Lent and Easter and beyond to prepare our nets for the grace-filled catch of gathering people to learn about and love the Lord Jesus, and to experience His great love for all of us. Come and see!

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 18, 2015

“Come and see.” With these few words, Jesus invites Andrew to follow him. Andrew was so excited that he seeks out his his brother Peter and convinces him that he has found the Messiah. Andrew encourages the man who will become St. Peter to encounter the Lord Jesus.

Who was it or what situation helped you to encounter Christ? Was it a family member, a friend, a stranger? Whoever or whatever it was, the good news is that you met the person of Jesus. Remember that experience and begin to see yourself as preparing the way for Christ like John the Baptist did.

We at St Joseph’s are embarking on a journey to deepen and renew our relationship with Jesus and learning how, as our Mission Statement says, “ to passionately share the Gospel…” We will come together on January 31 to begin this journey to the Lord and our journey will continue through Lent and the Easter season. I invite you to “come and see.”

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The Baptism of the Lord

January 11, 2015

The pouring of water at our baptism changes our life forever. Even as little babies we are given the invitation to come to know God and His love for us in Jesus. That invitation and call continues for the rest of our life; it is our Life Journey. Every day we are being invited to follow Christ more faithfully and be his disciples.

One of those grace-filled moments will come at the end of this month when we will come together as a community to discern and reflect upon God’s purpose for us in all parts of our lives – home, work, play, and in serving God. I invite you and encourage you to be with us for our program “Unwrapping Your Gifts” on January 31st – please learn more by visiting our homepage at www.sjcmmd.org.

Our Baptism and Confirmation made us members of Christ’s family and empower us in our commitment as followers of Christ. Through our acceptance and recognition of Christ in our lives, the Holy Spirit enables us to engage in the mission of the Gospel by becoming involved in the mission of the parish.

As St. John the Evangelist tells us about the call of the first apostles and disciples, “Come and see.” (John 1:46 http://www.usccb.org/bible/john/1:1 ). I invite you to come and see what God is doing in each of our lives and how he continually calls you to follow Him. May the spirit and life given us at Baptism take hold of us and inspire us to “Come and see.”

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Epiphany

January 4, 2015

This is the time of Epiphany and the week of remembering the Magi who came to seek Christ. We reflect on the risk they took by going on such a perilous journey. They abandoned all they knew and their comfortable home to search for this Child. We might ask at this feast day: where are we on our journey of faith? Do we respond with indifference or neglect as did the religious leaders of the day? Or are we like the Magi, three “questioners,” continually pursuing Jesus and his mission to the world?

We are always on the journey, following the star. We need not be afraid. Have hope in your destiny to be with Jesus today and one day forever.

Our parish family will be offering many opportunities to grow and deepen our relationship with Christ during the coming weeks and months. What are you willing to change or risk in your life to know Jesus better or to know peace and healing at his hand?

Please pray for many in our community who are on this journey or beginning this journey, as are our candidates who will be received into the Church at Easter. And remember that all at one time or another hear the call. May we all respond as did those first searchers and risk takers.

May God bless you in the new year with peace and joy.

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Christmas

As the experience of Christmas fills our lives, let us take time to reflect on this beautiful mystery. We in the Christian world celebrate the coming of Christ to earth. The eternal Son of God, Jesus Christ, took on flesh out of love for all of humanity. In this great act of love, all people have been given the respect and dignity that all life deserves.

We celebrate the wonderful gift that each person has received in being born and created in love. Today, let that sacred spark of life, which we call a soul, be filled with joy and peace.

Today and every day let us minister to those who are in need of the message of Christmas and share the gift of love and peace with them.

May God bless you and your family during these holy days of the Christmas season. And as we move through the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord toward Epiphany and the arrival of the Magi to the manger, may your star shine brightly to draw others to Jesus and his love.

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Fourth Week of Advent

In my homily on the second Sunday of Advent, I spoke about being “on the level” during Advent. We become so caught up with the Christmas experience that we hardly have time to think about Advent and the coming of Christ into the world. We have to be aware of our priorities during these days, to see if we are spending our valuable time on keeping things “in balance.”

The purpose of Advent is to remind us of the ways Christ appears in our lives and to be able to “level the mountains and the valleys” in our lives in order to clear a path for Jesus. We are also called to witness to our faith by helping others to see that Christ is with them in all they do.

 Stay “on balance” during these days and get ready for Christ to appear. This is all “on the level!”

 A special note to families coming to the 4pm Mass in the new church: I invite you to read your children the story of “The Littlest Angel” sometime before Christmas Eve. I have a special program planned for the children based on this story! It should be very wonderful for them!

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Third Week of Advent

Dear parishioners and friends,

During this time of the year we remember the Light of the World coming to be with us. It is a grace-filled time to be open and aware of the many ways in our life that the Son of Man comes to visit us. It is a time to recognize him in the call of the poor, in the heart of the sick, and in the lives of the unemployed.

Be alert, be awake, be prepared to receive him this Christmastime and to celebrate Christmas every day of the year.

 Advent blessings,

 Father Frazier

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Advent 2014

“Your kingdom come” – these words from the Our Father, this most familiar and well loved prayer, invite us to reflect on the coming of the Kingdom of Christ this Advent and Christmastime. We pray during the Advent season to be open to the Spirit as it guides us to become more aware of the presence of God in our lives. We are encouraged to meditate on the three comings of Christ. His coming in birth at Bethlehem in history, His coming at the end of time in glory, and his coming into our lives every day, should fill our thoughts and our hearts during this time.

 

While we celebrate Christ’s birth for us, we also need to be aware of His presence in our lives each day, not only on Christmas. We acknowledge and remember that presence each time we celebrate the Eucharist with one another and we pray for his kingdom to come in our hearts by faith and acts of charity. We pray for the kingdom to come today by our hearing his call to minister to our brothers and sisters.

 

May Christ’s kingdom be seen and witnessed by us during this holy season. Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus!

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Thanksgiving 2014

As the leaves turn and the cool weather begins to move in, we gather to celebrate the great feast of Thanksgiving. It is a time of families gathering together, friendships rekindled, and giving thanks to God for all we have received, and for his providence and care throughout the year.

For many among us, it becomes a time of disappointment as so many face the reality of unemployment and of wondering where their next meal will come from. Thanks to many fellow Christian people and our own parishioners, this Thanksgiving will be a time of hope and consolation. Thanks to many of you, we will fill the homes of many of the poor with the essentials for a meal that will give them hope and a reason to believe God knows their challenges and loves them.

As we give thanks, I urge you to continue to pray for our brothers and sisters who through the whole year rely on our charity and concern for them. As we give thanks, please continue to pray for peace in our world and for the reuniting of families who are experiencing the ravages of war and violence. Through our prayers and our active outreach to those in need, we can continue to make Thanksgiving a feast all year long.

Please join us for Mass on Thanksgiving Day at 9am, and bring in canned food for the collection. Any monetary gifts in the collection will fund our outreach to the poor. We will give thanks together and then go forth to love and to serve.

“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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Giving Thanks

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During this month when we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, I would like to express my thanks to so many of you who support this parish in many ways.

Thank you to…

  • All who made the effort to “come out and hang out” during October. I met more than 150 parishioners and neighbors during our time together. It was really a pleasure to spend time with you, to share and celebrate the Mission of our parish, and to talk about some of the needs of our faith community. I was glad to have the opportunity to share with you a little of the developing mission for our parish. I’m looking forward to meeting more of you as the Mission Advisory Council continues to develop dates for more gatherings in early 2015.
  • All who have taken to heart our call to discipleship and stewardship. I am most grateful to see so many of you responding to the call of the Spirit to serve as disciples in our various ministries.
  • The many who have responded to parish’s financial stewardship ministry. Your commitment and all your selfless gifts go to strengthening and increasing our ability to serve others out of love for Christ.
  • Finance Chairperson Mike McCoy, and the members of our Finance Ministry, for their tireless dedication to keep us on the path to fiscal responsibility.

 As I say and truly believe, I can’t do this alone. Thank you for all you do to support our beloved parish!

 Peace.

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Welcome to Our New Parish Manager

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After discernment and the guidance of the Spirit, I have brought to our staff James Mannarino. Beginning today, he will serve as the parish manager and be responsible for the administration of the parish and our mission.

With the growth of the parish to almost 950 families, our dedicated staff has been working diligently and tirelessly to handle the all the parish needs. Now they and I will have the support of a gifted manager who will share with us in the care and growth of this parish community as we look to our future with enthusiasm!

James will lead the staff through a transition to a mission-oriented approach so that with every task, we effectively and passionately share the Gospel of Jesus and carry out our Mission Statement.

He looks forward to meeting the members of our parish family, so please say hello when you come into the office! And please remember in prayer all who minister on your behalf.

May the peace of Christ be yours today and always.

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Your Participation Blesses Our Parish

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Dear Parishioners and Friends,

I begin with my personal appreciation to Cindy Kindl and Michelle Close for their leadership of our 20th and most successful Country Fair. Their organization and dedication and that of so many of you who help with this important event resulted in our celebrating the best Fair yet! Together we raised more than $25,000 toward supporting our parish community. Thanks to all of you who participated in any way – we couldn’t have done it without you!

This coming weekend you’ll find in the bulletin and on our website the annual parish financial report. I encourage you to take a look at it, and then plan to stay after Mass the following weekend (01-02Nov) when parish finance chairperson Mike McCoy and the members of the finance committee will talk about the financial state of the parish. Please come to hear how together we are planning and building for our future. Bring your questions and be a part of the important discussion. Refreshments will be available.

There is still time to fill out Stewardship commitment forms and commit ourselves to “rendering to God what is God’s” – remember that this offering is the thanksgiving for what God has blessed us with through the year. Thank you for your important support of our beloved parish. Your financial gifts are what make it possible for us to live our parish mission.

Peace be with you.

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 Autumn Upon Us

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

The new year has started up again after summer vacations. Our programs and ministries are in full swing! Through the year we will be introducing some new and exciting ways to be involved and to stay connected. Keep your eyes open and your ears perked up for coming events and new programs.

One of the ways I am reaching out to meet more of our parishioners and neighbors is our “Come Out and Hang Out” events. These are opportunities for me to greet more of you in your neighborhoods. I am looking forward to sharing the mission of St. Joseph’s with you and to hear how we can better minister to and serve you. What do you need to help grow your faith and that of your family? What do you need to help you share that faith with others?

In the mail and in the bulletin, on this website and via Facebook and Twitter, are opportunities to participate. Why not join us?

We also look forward to our 20th Country Fair. Come join us and celebrate with us on Saturday, 18October. Come and meet some fellow parishioners and neighbors!

Peace of the autumn season be with you.

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 Easter Greetings from Father Frazier

We bring you the blessings of Easter! Our journey of salvation has been fulfilled by Christ’s death and Resurrection. He calls us to be his own, to serve him by sharing the Good News and proclaiming the Gospel to all.easter_banner_5

We invite you to respond to the call to serve and be an active part of our parish community. Just as “all are welcome,” all are invited and encouraged to share time and talent in parish ministries. Working together, we’ll deepen our faith,  and believe in the Gospel message. We will go forth with joy to proclaim the Resurrection, sharing the Good News with our parish and our community by living our mission and vision.

Our pastoral staff joins me in wishing you all the best for a blessed Easter.

 

A Lenten message from Father Frazier…

Dear parishioners and friends,

We begin our Lenten journey together, helping each other along the way to fulfilling our call to holiness and our Lent01falling in love with Jesus. This Lent we are invited through our prayer and fasting and almsgiving to focus our brothers and sisters on the message of the Gospel, the message that we are called to witness by our lives. Our Holy Father, Francis, invites us to consider carefully ways in which we can share the faith with one another and challenges us to discern in our lives the changes we need to make to pursue our salvation and our life forever with God. Lent means springtime. It is a time when God is especially close to us–renewing and transforming our lives.

May the grace of this season permeate your lives and make them instruments of Gospel joy and hope.

 

An Advent message from Father Frazier…

Advent 352x352Our scripture readings from the prophet Isaiah encourage us, as they did our Jewish ancestors, to lives of hope and consolation about a better world to come. This new kingdom was not only coming as the end of days, but rather coming to life in the person of Jesus every day.

We are invited to share in a reform and renewal of our lives during these Advent days. We are called to rebuild the kingdom by our day‑to‑day lives of peace and mercy. We are commissioned by Baptism to announce this good news of Jesus in our efforts to share the Gospel with all we meet. We all share in the ministry of Evangelization and in transforming the world by sharing our faith. We are part of the good news of Christmas and the message of the angels – “I bring you glad tidings, which shall be for all people.”

May we all be inspiration and hope for one another as we spend our Advent together watching for the appearances of our savior, Jesus Christ.

To Know God, Know Scripture

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We cannot come to know the mystery of God’s love and his life in each of us unless we are founded in the word of God. The very presence of God is found in God’s good word to us, and the calling to us to take it to heart and live what we read.

St. Jerome said “Ignorance of the Scripture is ignorance of Christ”.  To call ourselves Christians; to call ourselves part of the Catholic experience is to be rooted in the great gift of God’s word through Scripture, to be able to pass that on to one another, and to share the great good news of the impact of God on our lives today.

The questions we face are “What?”  “So what?”  and “What now?”  The answers could be:

What? Scripture

So what? Scripture is important to be able to know God and to our lives

What now? It is time for us to commit ourselves to reflect on the Scripture and listen to what God has to say.

(A good source for the daily readings can be found here.)

Welcome to our parish!

We welcome everyone to St. Joseph’s.  Here we seek to spread the Good News and incorporate the words of Scripture into our daily routines.  Our faith community celebrates the sacraments together while creating an atmosphere of prayerful reflection.  Our Liturgy Committee prepares the community for the celebration of the Mass, and the Music Ministry strengthens our bond in Mass through song.  We have many programs for all ages that attend to the Word.  We offer a variety of Religious Education classes for Kindergarten through 8th grades, sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation, and a Youth Ministry program for middle school and high school students.  Adults are encouraged to further their faith through one of the small faith communities. For those interested in learning about the Catholic Faith, we offer the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).

As Christians we are all called to help others.  Here at St. Joseph’s we take the Gospel message seriously and consider our efforts on behalf of the poor. The community works through our Outreach Committee, St. Vincent de Paul, and Catholic Charities to bring relief and support to those in need. We believe in the dignity and value of all human life, and justice and rights for all people.

We encourage everyone to contribute to the parish in their own unique way. Check the pages of this website to find information about a variety of ministries and organizations to join and events that promote our sense of community.

We hope that you will find St. Joseph-on-Carrollton Manor a place where you can be involved, encouraged, and supported, and we look forward to getting to know you and your special gifts! Please call 301.663.0907 any time you have questions or comments.

Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Lawrence K. Frazier

Pastor

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