Sunday, November 12, 2017

Two Matters of Importance

I wish to speak to you regarding 2 matters of importance:
First, In light of recent events in Texas and in other parts of the country, I believe we need to discuss the security of our church during Mass. I have asked Amery Bernhardt to chair a new Parish Safety Committee. Sgt. Bernhardt is a Westchester County Police Officer with 15 years experienced. He is a Certified Instructor through the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Program. Our First Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 5 at 7:30 pm in the church rectory. Chief Kevin Keefe from the Town of East Fishkill will attend. I now wish to invite to this meeting any parishioner who works in law enforcement. Your presence would be truly beneficial. Tuesday, December 5 at 7:30 pm.
Second, About a year ago, the Archdiocese informed us about the Renew and Rebuild Capital Campaign for all parishes. Each parish has been asked to develop a list of capital projects. One project that came immediately to mind was to replace all the 50 year old school windows. Our next thoughts were of our church. I invited parishioners to be part of a committee to study the church. Many responded. We choose Eric Winogradoff to chair the committee. Some things came out of our study:
-         We noticed brown marks coming through the paint on the ceiling. We realized we needed to paint the church.
-         We saw how the carpet is deteriorating. We thought this was a good opportunity to replace all the carpet with tile, just as you see at St. Denis & St. Kateri. Maintenance is minimal and it will last for generations.
-         The kneelers are shot and need to be replaced.
-         We realized that the choir area needs to be reimagined.
-         We learned that the sanctuary area is not to code. The middle step is too narrow with an overhang. Also, there are awkward steps into the work sacristies, and there is a big drop off near Mary where one priest broke his leg. We have a temporary rail there.
-         We have a rolling wooden baptismal font while most parishes have a fixed, permanent and beautiful font.
-         There was an attempt to add marble to the altar. Some feel this attempt did not significantly beautify the altar.
-         The old baptism font that used to be in the narthex serves as the table for the Tabernacle. Nothing in the sanctuary matches.
-         Significant money can be saved by installing LED lights.
I asked to committee to dream of an even more beautiful church. Many of their thoughts have been on display in the narthex.  It is a work in progress. You are welcome to share your own thoughts as indicated in the bulletin. The committee hopes to present a final proposal for your review by February.  At that time, we will hold some parish meetings.
I just wanted you to understand the process that has been taking place because, soon, you will be asked to support the Renew and Revive Campaign. This will help you to understand how your donation will be used.

Thanks for listening!

Be Prepared!

Sinking of Titanic
Woman about to get in lifeboat – forgot something, let me go back
Ran to her room – pushed aside her diamond rings and necklaces
Reached above bed for 3 oranges

A few hours before you could not have given her a crate of oranges for her smallest diamond. But now everything had changed -  priceless things became worthless. Worthless things became priceless.

Bridesmaids could care less about oil. But the bridegroom was late. Now they were running out. Getting oil, any oil, was most important thing. Some were ready and some were not.

Jesus tells this parable – be ready for the coming of the Son of Man. Some thoughts:

1)    Some things in life cannot be borrowed.  We can help each other with so many things, but at some point, we are on our own.   We can encourage, can pray, in the end, we have no power. That person must decide to change. Watched mom & dad pass from this life – not a thing I could do – Ultimately, they had to face it themselves.

2) We often think there is more time. But some things in life cannot be put off until the last moment – Superstorm Sandy – when the hurricane was forecast, it was already too late to do some things.  So, we try to prepare now!

3) If we are not prepared, can miss great opportunities   Watchfulness a daily thing!
Parents go to movie with 13 year old.
Sign says children under 12 $8.00   Adults $12.00
They tell themselves, my child is not an adult – ask for child’s ticket.
Suddenly, a great opportunity is lost to teach responsibility
They could have taught child that honesty is more important than money.

Before the iceberg – diamonds were all that mattered.
Now it’s oranges.

We know not the day or hour – are we prepared?

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Veteran's Day

Friday, November 10 is Veteran's Day (Observed). Morning Mass will be at 7:00 a.m. Parish Offices will be closed and the Adoration Chapel will be closed. We are grateful for all our Veteran's and pray God's blessings upon them!

Funeral Mass - Angelo LaVecchia

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for the repose of the soul of Angelo LaVecchia on Thursday, November 9 at 10:00 a.m. Please pray for him and for his family.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

A Servant Leader

He was ordained a priest in 1945 after seven years of study. After his ordination and First Mass, he went back to the seminary for a final retreat before going to his first parish.  That first night he could not sleep, so he decided to take a loop around the seminary.
On his walk he met Mike, the night watchman, who would walk from building to building, making sure everyone was safe.  They chatted about the lovely weather and some other small talk. Of course, he had a brogue. That’s how it was in 1945. After a few minutes, he told Mike “I better get back to my room and try to get some sleep.”  Mike tipped his hat and said – “Well, good night, Father.”  The priest said later – “For 50 years, I’ve been trying to live up to that tip of the hat.”
This good priest understood that he had received this title – Father – not for himself – but for the good of others. He was called to be a servant!  If only that was true of all of us who have received titles and responsibilities – that we are not to be served, but to serve!
Our gospel is very uncomfortable today – Jesus criticizes the leaders:
They preach but they do not practice. The word often used is hypocrite – that word comes from the Greek - it means “play actors” who wore masks for their roles. Their public faces do not match their inner truth. This is a great challenge for us – to be who we say that we are – to be the same person – at work, at school, at home, on vacation, at the store, when I am alone. We have the opportunity to be a great example for others. Are we?
They give heavy burdens to carry, but do not lift a finger to move them. Jesus does not say – do not give heavy burdens – speak the truth – BUT - Cardinal George of Chicago used to tell his seminarians – do not dump truth on people and walk away – walk with them!  Sometimes we priests must tell people - they cannot be a godparent because they are not confirmed or married in the church. But then, we try to help them – would you like to prepare for Confirmation? – would you like to have your marriage blessed in church? – we blessed 7 marriages last year!
They love symbols of power and importance. They seek their own glory instead of the Glory of God! What Jesus asks for instead is humility.  And, what is humility?   It is not putting oneself down, saying I am no good.  Humility recognizes that all I am and all I have is a gift from God. So then – what return can I make to the Lord for all that has been done for me?  It is a call to compassion.  “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!”
So then here’s the challenge:

See the stained glass window? A saint lets God’s light shine through. God’s light!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

All Souls Day

Thursday, November 2 is the Solemnity of All Souls. While not a Holy Day of Obligation, it is an important opportunity to remember and to pray for our beloved departed. All Souls Masses will be offered at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. All Souls Day also marks the beginning of a Novena of Masses for our Departed. May they rest in peace.

All Saints Day

Wednesday, November 1 is the Solemnity of All Saints. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be offered on Tuesday, October 31 at 5:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, November 1 at 7:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. (school Mass) and 7:30 p.m.

Funeral Mass - Madeline Wagner

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for the repose of the soul of Madeline Wagner on Monday, October 30 at 10:00 a.m. Please pray for her and for her family. 

25th Anniversary of St. Columba Parish

Welcome all – and thank you for being here on this magnificent night.
The story began in 1904 – just around when Msgr. Thompson began his service as a priest. It continued in 1960 when a Hall was built for Mass and in 1965 when a new school was opened.  In 1988 a new church was opened and then, in 1992 – probably around the time Father James was born, there was another birth as the Parish of St. Denis gave birth to the Parish of St. Columba. St Columba in turn would give birth to St. Kateri Mission in 1998, becoming a full Parish in 2002.
So today, as we celebrate the 25 years of St. Columba Parish and the 113 years that the good News has been proclaimed by this faith community, it is truly a time to give thanks for the wonders that God has accomplished! 
Let us pray!
Eternal and loving God, today we give thanks to You for Your goodness through all the years of prayer, witness and service in this Parish of St. Columba. We give You thanks for Your grace in calling us to be Your people, for Your love revealed to us in Christ Your Son, for Your gift of the Spirit and the joy of salvation.
For the Church universal, of which our parish is a visible symbol, together, we say - We thank you, Lord.
For your presence whenever two or three have gathered in your name, We thank you, Lord.
For our parish church where we may be still and know that you are God, We thank you, Lord.
For our school and religious education program where so many children have been taught our Faith, We thank you, Lord.
For the fulfilling of our desires and petitions as you see best for us, We thank you, Lord.
For our past and a vision of the future that lies ahead, We thank you, Lord.
For the gift of the Holy Spirit and new life in baptism, We thank you, Lord.
For the pardon of our sins when we have fallen short of your glory, We thank you, Lord.
For the Holy Eucharist in which we have a foretaste of your eternal kingdom, We thank you, Lord.
For the blessing of our Marriage Vows and the crowning of our years with your goodness, We thank you, Lord.
For the gift of so many priests, deacons and religious sisters who have served us, We thank you O Lord
For the faith of those who have gone before us and for our encouragement by their perseverance, We thank you, Lord.
For all the benefactors of our parish who have died in the peace of Christ and are at rest, We thank you, Lord.
For the fellowship of all your saints, and especially St. Columba, our patron, We thank you, Lord.
O God, from living and chosen stones you prepare an everlasting dwelling place for your majesty. Grant that in the power of the Holy Spirit those who serve you at the parish of St. Columba may always be kept within your presence. This we pray through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Bless us, O Lord  . . . 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wedding - Jonathan Pai & Kimberly Levine

The Sacred Bonds of Holy Matrimony will be exchanged by Kimberly Levine and Jonathan Pai on Saturday, October 21 at 1:00 pm. Please pray for this couple about to be married.

Funeral Mass - Frank Giancaspro

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for the repose of the soul of Frank Giancaspro on Friday, October 20 at 10:30 am. Please pray for him and for his family.

Monday, October 16, 2017

An Invitation

Once Winston Churchill received an invitation from George Bernard Shaw to one of his opening plays back in the early 1900s. The note read, "Enclosed are two tickets to the performance of a play of mine. Bring a friend - if you have one." Churchill sent back this reply: "Dear GBS, I thank you very much for the invitation and tickets. Unfortunately, I am engaged on that night, but could I have tickets for the second night? - if there is one."
The king has sent invitations – come to the wedding banquet – the king! And yet - some say no – how do you say no to the king? – but some do.
There are reasons:
-       Just too busy. God gets crowded out. Sunday is sleep in day or football day. If there is a soccer game on Sunday morning, soccer will most often win. Dad = put God first.
-       I am not good enough – I don’t belong – I still have doubts – I am a sinner. Of course, we are not worthy – but the king wants us – He gave His life for us!
-       I’m good enough. I don’t need it. I’m better than most of those people at church. It’s not how good we are compared to others, but compared to God?
-       Too many hypocrites. Mozart is no less a composer when someone plays his music less than perfectly. It’s not Mozart, it’s us. And so is God. We are not here because we are perfect. It is because we need God.
What’s happening more and more – people are ignoring the invitation. Reminded – after President Trump was elected – not my President – not my God – or – there is no God.
— “Because I grew up realized it was a story like a fairy tale.” Based on true, historical evidence. Discover the truth about God and Christianity.
— “As I learn more about the world around me and understand things that I once did not, I find that the thought of an all-powerful being to be less and less believable.”  Where did we come from? Where did universe come from – scientists more and more believe universe had a beginning – what or who brought it into existence???
— “I realized that religion is in complete contradiction with the rational and scientific world, and to continue to subscribe to a religion would be hypocritical.”  I will not follow a faith that is not rational. It has to make sense – and not all knowledge is scientific. There are other ways of knowing.
A small boy was consistently late coming home from school. His parents warned him one day that he must be home on time that afternoon, but nevertheless, he arrived later than ever. His mother met him at the door and said nothing. His father met him in the living room and said nothing.

At dinner that night, the boy looked at his plate. There was a slice of bread and a glass of water. He looked at his father's full plate and then at his father, but his father remained silent. The boy was crushed. The father waited for the full impact to sink in, then quietly took the boy's plate and placed it in front of himself. He took his own plate of meat and potatoes, put it in front of the boy, and smiled at his son. When that boy grew up, he said, "All my life I've known what God is like by what my father did that night." Come to the wedding feast!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Funeral Mass - Helen Phelan

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for the repose of the soul of Helen Phelan on Monday, October 16 at 10:00 a.m. Please pray for her and for her family.

Funeral Mass - John Sievers

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for the repose of the soul of John Sievers on Saturday, October 14 at 11:00 a.m. Please pray for him and for his family.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Wedding - Stephanie Sullivan and Christian Narewski

The Sacred Bonds of Holy Matrimony will be exchanged by Stephanie Sullivan and Christian Narewski on Saturday, October 7 at 3:00 p.m. Please pray for this couple about to be married.

Wedding -Carolyn Cassidy and Rinaldo Lopez

The Sacred Bonds of Holy Matrimony will be exchanged by Carolyn Cassidy and Rinaldo Lopez on Saturday, October 7 at 1:00 p.m. Please pray for this couple about to be married.

Funeral Mass - Bernabella Hu

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in Spanish for the repose of the soul of Bernabella Hu on Wednesday, October 4 at 9:30 a.m. Please pray for her and for her family.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Jesus Emptied Himself and Became Obedient

Two sisters were babysitters. A young couple hired one of them. When they got home, the home was a mess, the kids looked tired and the babysitter was half asleep on the couch. The next day, however, the kids said their babysitter was a lot of fun. She helped them do their chores and homework and said their prayers with them. But this did not change their decision – never again.
The next time they hired the other sister. When they got home, the home was tidy and the kids were asleep. The sitter said – they were like angels – so they gave her an extra tip. The next day, the kids complained. She yelled at them, called her boyfriend instead of helping them and forced them to go to bed early.
So, you’re the parent – which one will you hire the next time?
Jesus speaks of a man who had two sons.  Told one – go out to the vineyard today. No – but thought about it and then he went. Then told the other one – you go too – and he said yes – but never went.
Some thoughts:
1)     Important to do what we say we are going to do.   A young widow was left with 2 children. During the wake for her husband, many came up to her and told her they would be there for her. As the year went on – some were but some were not – not even call or visit.   CS Lewis fought in WW1. His buddy told him – if anything happened to him, please look after his wife and daughter.  Something did – and Lewis kept his word. Sometimes the woman was ungrateful, rude and arrogant. But he made a promise, and he kept it.  Just like so many here!
2)     A key to a successful life is to be a promise keeper. Before he went into politics, Abraham Lincoln and a partner owned a store. Eventually the store went under and the partner died. He had a pile of debt. I will repay everyone. It took him 15 years, but he repaid every last cent. Not surprising he became a great President.
3)     We want to be known as someone who does the right thing. Oskar Shindler was baptized a Catholic, but when Hitler came to power, he became a Nazi. He drank too much. He gambled too much. He was not faithful in marriage. And he tried to make money by using Jewish slave labor. But then, he began to see – human beings. He tried to put to work as many as possible to keep them out of the gas chambers.  He saved thousands. Today there is one Nazi buried on Mount Zion in Jerusalem.   
-          Do what we say we are going to do.
-          Be a promise keeper.
-          Be known as someone who always does the right thing.

The son said no to God, but finally he said yes! And so can we!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

St. Francis Blessing of Animals

In honor of St. Francis, we will offer our traditional Blessing of Animals on Saturday, September 30 at 1:00 p.m. Please assemble on the church lawn along Route 82. All God's creatures, great or small, are welcome.

Funeral Mass - Patricia Dwyer

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for the repose of the soul of Patricia Dwyer on Friday, September 29 at 10:30 a.m. Please pray for her and for her family.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Wedding - Kieran Bastian-Hamilton and Amanda Martorano

The Sacred Bonds of Holy Matrimony will be exchanged by Kieran Bastian-Hamilton and Amanda Martorano on Sunday, September 24 at 3:00 p.m. Please pray for this couple about to be married.

Wedding - Andrew Race and Erin Dennehy

The Sacred Bonds of Holy Matrimony will be exchanged by Andrew Race and Erin Dennehy on Saturday, September 23 at 3:00 p.m. Please pray for this couple about to be married.

Wedding - James Murphy and Virginia Kurlander

The Sacred Bonds of Holy Matrimony will be exchanged by James Murphy and Virginia Kurlander on Saturday, September 23 at 1:00 p.m. Please pray for this couple about to be married.

Wedding - Scott Devecchio and Eileen Carey

The Sacred Bonds of Holy Matrimony will be exchanged by Scott Devecchio and Eileen Carey on Friday, September 22 at 3:00 p.m. Please pray for this couple about to be married.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Funeral Mass - Richard Gione

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for the repose of the soul of Richard Gione on Friday, September 15 at 10:00 a.m. Please pray for him and for his family.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Funeral Mass - Christine Heinrich

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for the repose of the soul of Christine Heinrich on Tuesday, September 5 at 11:30 a.m. Please pray for her and for her family.

"The Grunt Padre"

Delighted so see EWTN recently aired a film on the life of Father Vincent Capodanno, the Grunt Padre. Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of his death in Vietnam.
His dad emigrated from Italy and met his mom in Brooklyn. They married, and later, they moved to Staten Island.  They were a wonderful Italian family – center was family and faith. On Vincent’s 10th birthday, his dad suddenly died, and his mom had 9 children to care for. All pitched in. As Vincent grew older, he began to think on the priesthood – as a missionary. He entered Maryknoll in Ossining and was ordained in 1958. He was sent to Taiwan for 6 years, and then to Hong Kong. But he was not settled. He wanted to go where he was really needed. He asked permission to enter the Chaplains Corps. In April 1966, he was sent as chaplain to the Marines in Da Nang, Vietnam.
There he became the best known and most sought after Chaplain. They called him the Grunt Padre because he was one of them, with them everywhere. While serving his Marines, they noticed his deep respect for the Vietnamese people. He never picked up a gun, but he was engaged in warfare – for the souls of all he met.
On this day, today, 50 years ago, he offered 3 Masses for his marines. Then he went with them to battle. They were vastly outnumbered that day. It was said that if you received 3 purple hearts, you would be sent home. First, Father Vincent was wounded in the hand. Later, the shoulder, Finally, while trying to help a corpsmans, he was shot 27 times.  He was sent home. Later, for trying to save so many lives that day, he would receive our nation’s highest honor – The Medal of Honor.
Peter said – no crosses – Jesus says, sometimes you must pick up your cross and follow me.
So many crosses – so many that we all carry – sickness, money, care for elderly, children, work. 
We continue on – we pick up our crosses and keep going!
Sixteen years ago, a Franciscan priest preached a homily to a group of firefighters, men and women who see and carry the cross each day.
He said: “That’s the way it is. Good days. And bad days. Up days. And down days. Sad days. Happy days. But never a boring day on this job. You do what God has called you to do. You show up. You put one foot in front of another. You get on the rig and you go out and do your job – which is a mystery. And a surprise. You have no idea when you get on that rig.  No matter how big the call. No matter how small. You have no idea what God is calling you to. But He needs you. He needs me. He needs all of us.    Father Mychal Judge, first casualty 9/11. His last homily – 9/10 2001.

Jesus told Peter – get behind me – we get behind Him – we get behind Jesus as we carry our crosses  – for we know that this is the way that leads to the kingdom.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Funeral Mass - Robert Speckman

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for the repose of the soul of Robert Speckman on Monday, September 4 at 10:00 a.m. Please pray for him and for his family.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Labor Day

Monday, September 4 is Labor Day, a National Holiday. Morning Mass will be at 8:00 a.m. Our Parish Offices will be closed and the Adoration Chapel will be closed. 

Funeral Mass - Gerard Docherty

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for the repose of the soul of Gerard Docherty on Tuesday, September 5 at 10:00 a.m. Please pray for him and for his family.

Wedding - Anthony Romano and Candace Bryson

Anthony Romano and Candace Bryson will exchange the vows of Holy Matrimony on Sunday, September 3 at 3:30 p.m. Please pray for this couple about to be married.

Funeral Mass - Edward Golden

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for the repose of the soul of Edward Golden on Saturday, September 2 at 10:00 a.m. Please pray for him and for his family.

Monday, August 14, 2017

No Room For Hate

Opening – Stem cell researchers discovered that mothers retain in their bodies cells that belong to their children. The cells have all the kid’s DNA, not just mom’s half. They somehow migrate during pregnancy. Mary has Jesus cells in her body. If he rose, why wouldn’t she?

Three great moments in Mary’s life
1)     Annunciation – Mary says Yes. The angel called her Full of Grace – Mary, the new Eve, has been born free from Original Sin. Creation begins anew in her.
2)     Incarnation – Through Mary, the Word become flesh – God becomes one of us!
3)     Assumption – One of the effects of sin is death as we know it. Mary instead gently returns to the Father. Where she has gone, we hope to follow.
All this points to the love God has for His people – if only we were to have the same love for one another!
Last Spring there was a gathering of almost 200 people in the chapel of Georgetown University – they were united in a common bond – back in 1838, 272 of their ancestors were sold as slaves to finance the college.  Sandra Thomas spoke for them – “Their pain is unparalleled. Their pain is still here. It burns in the soul of every person of African American origin in the US.”
Thankfully, Georgetown initiated this gathering and is taking many steps to rectify this wrong. But the question is still – Why? How could this have happened – a Church that is supposed to see through Jesus and Mary the sanctity of all human life!
It continues of course – the events in Charlottesville have been awful. Might we say it again: Racism and Christianity are not compatible. If you are a racist, you are not a Christian. There is no place in America for hate. Hatred is not welcome here. That is not who we are!

Nice religious feast – Assumption – but with profound implications. We are children of Jesus and Mary – we are all children of God.  

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady

Tuesday, August 15 is the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be offered on Monday evening at 5:30 p.m. and on Tuesday at 7:00 a.m., 12:00 noon and at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral Mass - Linda P. Gallery

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for the repose of the soul of Linda Gallery on Wednesday, August 16 at 10:00 a.m. Please pray for her and for her family.

The Lost Art of Walking on Water

Mark Twain was visiting Holy Land. He wanted to go on a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. How much do you charge? – they saw his white suit – a rich Texan - $25.00 -  Twain said - no wonder Jesus walked!
There was a plaque on desk of President Kennedy. Admiral Rickover would give it to submarine captains. In the Spring of 1963 he gave one to President Kennedy. “O God, Thy Sea is so great & my boat is so small.”  Some attribute the quote to St. Brendan the Navigator.
In our Gospel, Jesus had just been told of the death of his cousin, John the Baptist. He has fed the 5,000 with the loaves and fish.  Now he goes off to a mountain to pray while he send his disciples across the lake in a boat.
Goes to the mountain to pray.  Mountains are high – closest to heaven. A place of encounter with God.  He had to do like Elijah  -  tiny whispering sound.  Had to be still and listen – really listen    Poet Noel Crowell    “Hold up your cup, dear child, for God to fill. He only asks today that you be still.”
Jesus goes to pray – because he wants to be with his Father -  he needs strength, love, hope.  But, prayer also connects him even more deeply to his disciples – Jesus brought to prayer all their cares and worries.  People always ask me - Pray for me – be assured that I do – I carry your prayers in my heart & I put you on the altar each day.
That day, prayer caused him to leave the mountain & go to His disciples.
As Jesus came walking across the water, his disciples were no longer afraid of the storm – they were afraid of Him!     He said: Take courage -  It is I  (ego emi – Moses at the bush) Do not be afraid  (70 times in NT)
Peter asks – can I come to you?  “Come!”  And for a while, one of us, Peter, is walking on water!  But what happened?  What was his mistake?  He began to look around.  Like when I am climbing a height – do not look down!!!   He looked and saw what was actually going on. He took his eyes OFF Jesus.  Then he began to sink.   Save Me!!!    Jesus reached out His hand  - why did you falter?
St. John Vianny the Cure of Ars saw a farmer sitting in church – what are you doing?  I look at Him – He looks at  me.
Calmest place in a hurricane – the eye – keep our eye on him!
“O God, Thy sea is so great and my boat is so small!”

Keep our eyes fixed on Jesus!  With all worries about finance, children, jobs, health, elderly parents, marriage, world conflicts  - Keep our eyes on Jesus – and we might find ourselves walking on water, too!!!

Sunday, August 6, 2017


Thanks for being here today. Interesting how our journeys have brought us together here at this time and at this place. Is this an accident?
Jesus and his disciples are also on a journey – to Jerusalem. A few days before, Jesus asked them – who do people say that I am?  Some say the Baptist, Elijah, one of the prophets. Now – who do you say I am? – Peter said – you are the Christ – the Anointed One.  Now they were ready, but be prepared – I am going to be rejected.
So, it is with mixed emotions that they are traveling south through the Galillee to Jerusalem – excitement and fear. Jesus now decides to take them up a mountain – Mount Tabor – it stands alone – very steep – tour buses cannot go up it even today – crazy taxi drivers.  Up a mountain – close to God – see things in a new way.
Transfigured – turned inside out – see Jesus as he truly is – remember this now as you face the cross. It is also a reminder who we are and what we will one day become!!!
Moses and Elijah are with him – Law and Prophets – which points to reality of eternal life!
Put up tents say Peter – can we stay?  Would like to!  Like honeymoon period of marriage – cannot stay – must go down the mountain – but remember this!
Cloud = shekinah – the glory of God -  led people Israel –
My beloved Son – listen to Him – best advice possible – listen to Jesus – follow his way – they are afraid – Do Not Be Afraid.
So, our journeys have brought us together today – for a brief time up the mountain with him:
-         To remember who He is
-         To remember who we are

-         As we face the challenges of the week – don’t be afraid!!!    

Monday, July 17, 2017

Wedding - Anthony Arce and Linda LeBron

Anthong Arce and Linda LeBron will exchange the Sacred Bonds of Holy Matrimony on Sunday, July 23 at 3:00 p.m. Please pray for this couple about to be married.

Wedding - Andrea Miele and Donn Shaver

Andrea Miele and Donn Shaver will exchange the Sacred Bonds of Holy Matrimony on Saturday, July 22 at 1:00 p.m. at the Marist College Chapel. Please pray for this couple about to be married.

Sowing Seeds

I want to start a garden – he told the owner of the garden center – but my yard is a problem. I get blazing sun in the afternoon for two hours, but otherwise it’s all shade. How about the soil? – Hard clay, lots of rocks. What do you recommend I plant?  Why don’t you check out aisle 2 – we have a new supply of Birdbaths and flag poles!
Passing on the faith is just like planting – sometimes there are many obstacles. Unlike modern farming, where seeds are put in nice straight rows, the farmers of Jesus time just tossed the seed. It landed in all sorts of places:
Some fell on hard soil. Saw on “CBS This Morning” New on line grocer called “Brandless.” Sell about 200 products – everything is $3.00. They sell directly to consumers, saving people money.  Owners say 78% of customers are millennials born between 1981-1997 or so.  They:
-          Don’t want to buy products they grew up with
-          Don’t want their parents government
-          Don’t want their parents institutions
-          Don’t want to go with brands.
Soil is hard!!!

Some fell on rocky ground – no roots
Was a time we valued things like motherhood, fatherhood, fraternity, civic involvement, church involvement – this has given way to SAT scores and future earning power.   Marriage and religious participation is being replaced by striving for money, power, prestige.

Instead of bringing happiness – has led to great loss of meaning and hope. Since the 1980’s loneliness among adults in USA increased from 20% to 40 %.   Social isolation is now a major public health crisis – on par with cancer & heart disease.  Life expectancy of Americans is decreasing for first time since 1930’s.  I don’t have to tell you – drugs, suicide is now 2nd leading cause of death among teens and young adults.    NO ROOTS!

Some fell among briars & choked it. Two brothers were Christians – Clarence & Robert. Clarence involved with civil rights &Robert was a lawyer. Once Clarence asked Robert for legal help – no, it could hurt my career. I thought you were a follower of Christ?  -  only to a point, I am not following him onto the cross.  Robert, you are not a follower of Christ, only an admirer.  Faith choked!

Some found good soil – we realize the difference faith can make –   
Beautiful Vacation Bible School – Sister Marie teaching Catechists about their faith – collecting clothing & food for homeless for Midnight Run – St. Joseph’s Men’s group delivering beds to the poor – and our own garden out back – delicious vegetables for the food pantry

So – we keep throwing the seed – and we don’t give up - because we have something here – a light in the darkness – THE way to experience peace, fulfillment and joy!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

New Discovery Regarding St. Columba!

St. Columba, known in Gaelic as Colum Cille, “the dove of the church”, arrived on the island of Iona, in the western coasts of Scotland, in the year 563. Considered one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland, he was the founder of the great Abbey of Iona, which became one of the most important religious, cultural and political centers of the region for centuries.
According to BBC, using radiocarbon dating processes, archaeologists have finally been able to identify the charred remains of a hut found in 1957 in the place in which, according to tradition, the saint’s cell stood. The place is called Tòrr an Aba, “the abbot’s mound”.
The test results on these pieces of burnt wood date them as being almost 1500 years old. These pieces would have belonged to St. Columba’s cell, where the saint worked, prayed and died.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Funeral Mass - Theodore DeRosa

A Funeral Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Theodore DeRosa on Tuesday, July 11 at 11:00 a.m. Please pray for him and for his family.

Come To Me . . .

Come to me all who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest – lovely words!
So many burdens:   responsibilities  - hardships  - anxiety  - Loneliness - Handicaps
Failures  -  Bitterness  -  Grief  -  Guilt  -  Illness  -  Old age  -  Worries that we are burden to others.

Some carry burdens and are not even noticed! A faculty member at a college had his room cleaned every week. A woman came in and did an excellent job. They would often chat. He learned that she had to be up at 5 each day to catch a bus to work. Then, when she was done after a long day, she had to care for her family.  He also learned that a professor was in this same room for 14 years and never once spoke to this woman. She would say Good morning with no response. Finally, she gave up.   All it takes sometimes is just a word of appreciation, to help make a heavy burden light. It makes a world of difference when we treat others with dignity and respect.

Take my yoke upon your shoulders and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart

Meek and humble of heart – allowing others to walk over us? Not at all!

Meek – from Greek word praus  (prah-oos)  a military term  referring to a horse.  The finest wild stallions were trained as war horses. They were filled with spirit, courage and power, but were disciplined top respond to the slightest nudge or pressure from the riders leg. They were “meeked”   strength under control.   Cooperation.  Allow God to guide us, allow God to be in control.

Two things about yokes:
-yokes are custom made for each ox. They were carved from solid wood , form ftted so that the yoke would not create sores. Like having on an old pair of shoes.
- allows two animals to pull together. Work is shared!

My yoke is easy and my burden is light

Boy was helping dad with yard work. Dad asked him to move a few rocks. There was this one rock, He tried and tried but he could not move it. Finally, he gave up.  Dad, I can’t do it.  Dad asked – did you use all your strength?   Yes, every ounce.  No, you did not.  You did not ask me to help.  Together they moved the rock.

Come to me   . . .      Take my yoke . . .    

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Graduation Homily - Feast of St. Columba

As we mentioned earlier, today is the Feast Day of St. Columba, the Patron Saint of our parish, and one of the Patron Saints of our school. Twenty-five years ago, Cardinal O’Connor split the parish of St. Denis and created the new parish of St. Columba. Fifty years ago, the people of St. Denis Parish, which included the Mission Church of St. Columba, founded our magnificent school. And so, we are celebrating two significant milestones this year!
St. Columba was born in Donegal, Ireland many years ago. When he began his studies for the priesthood, he used to spend much time praying in church. His fellow students called him Columkille – the Dove of the Church. He was a brilliant man who would travel about Ireland teaching about Jesus. He founded many churches and monasteries.
Eventually, St. Columba left Ireland with a small group of monks and landed off the coast of Scotland on Iona Island.  There he founded a monastery that became famous all over Europe. From there, Columba and his monks spread the faith all over Scotland. At one point, he even banished an evil creature to the deeps of a lake – the Loch Ness Monster! Years later on Iona Island, his monks created the famous “Book of Kells” which can be seen today at Trinity College, Dublin.  
Two years ago, I traveled to Iona to visit his monastery and his grave. Sadly, the Vikings beat me there. To protect his relics, they were moved to Downpatrick in Ireland where he rests next to St. Patrick & St. Bridget.
Monasteries were and still are special places of learning. Throughout history, Catholics have built schools and colleges to educate their young. Fifty years ago, the people of Hopewell Junction stepped out in faith to create a school. It has educated generations of young people like yourselves.  A school cannot work without a dedicated principal, outstanding faculty and staff, supportive parishioners and parents who understand the unique role of Catholic education – Education of the Whole person: Body, Mind and Soul. My dear graduates, you have much to be thankful for tonight.
As you go forward from St. Denis – St. Columba, what is my wish for you?
Before age of cable TV and cell phones., town streets were lit by gas lamps.
Couldn’t just hit a switch, had to have a lamplighter who would go out each evening and light the lamps.
One night, an English writer named John Ruskin was sitting on his porch.
Across the valley, he could see the torch of the lamplighter as he went to each gas lamp.
Because it was getting dark, he could not see the lamplighter.
After a while, he pointed to the trail of lights and said to a friend:
That is a good example of how Christians are to live. You may never have seen them. But you know they passed through the world by the trail of lights they left behind.

Jesus said, you are the light of the world – in a world where there is so much darkness - my dear graduates, let your light shine!!! God bless you!!!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A Great Letter!

Some days ago, Fr. Andrea, the pastor of Milan’s parish of St. Michael the Archangel and St. Rita, found pro-abortion graffiti scrawled on the wall of his church.
Not only did the vandalism promote abortion, it added some blasphemy: “Abortion on demand (for Mary too).”
Fr. Andrea took to Facebook to respond to the anonymous criminal, encouraging him not only to see abortion for what it is, and to be brave about changing the world for good, but assuring him that the very community he had violated was ready and able to love him.
Here is a translation of the priest’s letter, which has gone viral:
Dear anonymous writer on the wall,
I’m sorry you couldn’t take an example from your mother. She had courage. She conceived you, carried on the pregnancy and gave birth to you. She could have aborted you. But she didn’t. She raised you, fed you, washed you, and dressed you. And now you have a life and freedom. A freedom you’re using to tell us that it would be better if people also like you weren’t in this world.
I’m sorry, but I disagree. And I admire your mother very much because she was brave. And she still is, because, like every mother, she is proud of you even if you behave badly, because she knows that there is still good inside of you that only needs to manage to come out.
Abortion makes nonsense of everything. Death wins against life. Fear defeats a heart that wants to fight and live, not die. It means choosing who has the right to live and who doesn’t, as if it were a simple right. It is an ideology that conquers humanity and wants to take its hope away.
You obviously have no courage. Given that you’re anonymous.
And while we’re at it, I would also like to tell you that our neighborhood has already experienced a lot of problems, and we don’t need people to vandalize the walls and ruin the little beauty we have left.
Do you want to show how brave you are? Then improve the world instead of destroying it. Give love instead of hatred. Help those who are suffering to endure their sorrows. And give life instead of taking it away! This is real bravery!
Luckily our neighborhood, which you are destroying, is full of brave people! Who know how to love you, too — you, who do not know what you are writing.
Fr. Andrea

Information For Funeral For Sister Kathleen's Sister

Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home
26 Main Street
Lebanon, NJ 08833
 Janice Marie Prostak, age 53, of Greenwich Twp., NJ passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017.
 She was born on June 4, 1964 in Staten Island, NY.  She was a resident of the Hunterdon/Warren County area her entire life, moving to Greenwhich Twp. in 1988. 
 She was the daughter of the late Robert Andrew and Maryann Sicora Gerritse.
 Janice was the wife of Thomas S. Prostak, celebrating 30 years of marriage.
 She was a 4th grade teacher at Greenwich Elementary School where she taught for 21 years.
 Janice was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alpha, NJ.  She loved traveling and running.  Most of all, she loved her family and she loved education.  She was a very dedicated teacher who would spend a great deal of time thinking about what she could do for her students. 
 Survivors in addition to her husband include her son; Thomas W. Prostak and his fiancee Lauren Perlingero of Stewartsville, NJ. She is also survived by two sisters; Sister Kathleen Marie Gerritse of Hopewell Junction, NY and Karen Gardineer and her husband David of Ewing, NJ.  Two brothers; Thomas Gerritse of NE and John Gerritse of CA. 
 Calling hours will be Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  
Funeral Mass will be Friday, June 9, 2017 at 10:30am at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church,  830 5th Ave., Alpha, NJ. 
Inurnment on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Mausoleum in Alpha., NJ. 

 Memorials can be made to the Cysic Fibrosis Foundation  (

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Memorial Mass - Emilio Osso

A Memorial Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Emilio Osso on Saturday, June 3 at 11:30 a.m. Please pray for him and for his family.

Funeral Mass = Edward Begosh

A Funeral Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Edward Begosh on Thursday, June 1 at 10:00 a.m. Please pray for him and for his family.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Memorial Day

The Cluster Parishes of St. Denis, St, Columba and St. Kateri will join together to offer Holy Mass on Monday, May 29 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Denis Cemetery. (In case of rain, Mass will be in church). Please note that there will be NO MASS offered at St. Columba on Monday.

Funeral Mass - Michael DeLorenzo

A Funeral Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Michael DeLorenzo on Saturday, May 27 at 10:00 a.m. Please pray for him and for his family.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ascension Thursday

Ascension Thursday Mass Schedule

Wednesday, May 24 - Mass at 5:30 p.m. at St. Columba & 7:30 p.m. at St.Kateri (Revive Lower Dutchess Closing Mission Mass)

Thursday, May 25 - Masses at 7:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

An Absolutely Remarkable Story

 Gianna Jessen, an American survivor of a failed saline abortion, delivered a powerful testimony in the Eternal City on Saturday, May 20, at the 7th annual Rome March for Life.
The March began it Piazza Repubblica and made its way through the streets of Rome to Piazza Venezia, where crowds listened to several testimonies.
A young woman who had an abortion spoke of how she found healing. Professor Stephane Mercier, of the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, testified to standing up for life, after almost losing his teaching post after calling abortion “murder” in one of his classes. And a young man who survived a car crash but was left for dead by doctors, spoke out against euthanasia.
In her testimony, Gianna Jessen delivered a courageous witness to faith. She also posed a “gentle” question to feminists, offered a heartfelt message to women who have had an abortion, gave wise advice to young people, and had a powerful message for men.
Speaking in Rome’s Piazza Venezia, Gianna told the crowds:
I’ll give you a brief summary of my life. It’s been complicated. But first I want to thank the brave presenters that spoke before me. I have great admiration for what you are doing and what you did. I have cerebral palsy because I survived an abortion. I didn’t have an abortion; I lived through one. My biological mother was seven and a half months pregnant and she had a saline abortion. This burns the baby. It burns the baby inside and out and blinds and suffocates the child, and then the baby is born dead within 24 hours. But instead of arriving dead, I arrived alive, and in an abortion clinic, not a hospital.
So I love to say this: I am alive by the power of Jesus Christ. I am not ashamed of Jesus and I shout his Name in the streets of Rome, so everyone can hear: Gesu, Gesu, Gesu [i.e. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus]. I know that’s not popular. Sometimes pro-life people don’t even like to speak about Jesus, but I’m telling you: I’m not ashamed of the God who saved my life. How could I be? This is a battle between life and death, and we need God’s help. It’s a broken world, and broken people need real answers that come from God.
So it says on my medical records: born during saline abortion, 6:00 am, April 6, 1977. It went on to record that she was 29 ½ weeks pregnant, and I was only two pounds. The nurse called an ambulance because the abortionist wasn’t at work yet. Had he been there, he would have ended my life with strangulation, suffocation, or leaving me there to die.
You may wonder why I have no burns on my body or why I am not blind, and it’s just a simple answer: Jesus. But I do have cerebral palsy, and I was never supposed to leave the bed; I was never supposed to hold up my head. It was caused by a lack of oxygen to my brain while surviving an abortion. So I would like to gently ask the feminists that are listening, whether online, Facebook live, in the audience: if abortion is merely about women’s rights, then what were mine?
I just have a few things to say in conclusion, and they are these: I was later adopted. As I just told you, I was told that I would never walk. But what I want to tell you is that no human being can ever tell you what your destiny is. Only God can. Also, I want to tell you: I have met my biological mother, and I have said, “I am a Christian and I forgive you.”
I want to also say to anyone who has had an abortion, or more than one abortion, or any man who has paid for one or more abortions, and to anyone who doesn’t believe in God or Jesus: The only freedom any of us will ever find from our sin is Jesus. So just give him that abortion; tell him that you’re sorry, and ask him to forgive you, and he will set you free. And if you don’t believe in Jesus, tell him you don’t believe in Jesus and he will answer you. Just talk to Jesus and he will change your life.
And the last thing, to the young people listening: listen to me, there is great honor in honoring the marriage bed. Women, young women: you are made to be loved and respected. We are not meant to be used and have the men walk away.
Men: you are made to be courageous and honorable. You are meant to be faithful and kind. And guess what: I think men are wonderful. I love men. I don’t hate men like feminists do. I think men are great. God bless the men! Men: you can only be courageous if you know who you are, and you are made in the image of God, just as women are. So stand up and be who you are born to be: protectors of women and children, and be honorable.
God bless you! Ciao, ciao

Monday, May 22, 2017

Cluster Revive Mission - Lower Dutchess Parishes

Join us Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday May 22-23-24 for our Revive Mission at St. Kateri Church in Lagrangeville. Each evening starts at 7:00 p.m. with Adoration followed by the Mission 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. At the conclusion of each night, Confessions will be available. All are welcome!
Bring a friend!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Funeral Mass - Kathleen Fusari

A Funeral Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Kathleen Fusari on Tuesday, May 23 at 10:00 a.m. Please pray for her and for her family.

Funeral Mass - Edmund Conley

A Funeral Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Edmund Conley on Saturday, May 20 at 11:30 a.m. Please pray for him and for his family.

Funeral Mass - Anthony Spano

A Funeral Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Anthony Spano on Saturday, May 20 at 10:00 a.m. Please pray for him and for his family.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

On behalf of the priests, deacons, religious sisters and staff of St. Columba, we wish all of our mothers a Happy Mother's Day. May God bring you many graces and blessings this day! We also offer a heartfelt prayer for our mothers who have gone before us in faith. May they rest in peace.

Funeral Mass - Eugene Murphy

A Funeral Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Eugene Murphy on Thursday, May 18 at 10:00 a.m. Please pray for him and for his family. 

Funeral Mass - Rosemary England

A Funeral Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Rosemary England on Tuesday, May 16 at 11:30 a.m. Please pray for her and for her family. 

Our Lady of Fatima

Today marks the 100th Anniversary of Mary’s Appearance to the children in Fatima. Pope Francis traveled to Fatima this weekend to offer Mass and to canonize two of the shepherd children – Francesco and Jacinta. First time in our church history that children who were not martyrs were declared saints. St Francisco & St. Jacinta, pray for us!
Mary appeared beginning today and on the 13th of each month for 5 months – until October 13, 1917. On that day, 70,000 traveled to Fatima, including the aunt and uncle of Bishop Dominick. It had rained all morning. The people were wet and the roads and fields were filled with mud. But then came our Lady, revealed as Our Lady of the Rosary. And then came the Miracle of the Sun. The sun danced in the sky. Their clothes were completely dry and the mud was gone! Bishop and his family were very affected by the miracle – a reminder is found in the back of our church – placed by Bishop Dominick!
The children were given 3 secrets:
-         First was a vision of hell which foretold of the coming of WWII. They were encouraged to pray, especially the Rosary.    O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy.
-         Second had to do with the rise and fall of communism, and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
-         Third was written down and sealed – looked at by John 23 and Paul 6. On this exact day May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul 2 was shot 4 times. He lost 75% of his blood, but her survived. He asked to see the third secret – “Bishop dressed in white shot by bullets.”  Was asked by his assassin Ali Agca – “Why aren’t you dead?”   Pope – “A mother’s hand guided the bullets path.” On May 13, 1982, John Paul II went to Fatima and offered one of the bullets to Our Lady. It has been placed in her crown.
I have been to Fatima – it truly is a special place. I offered Mass at Cova da Iria – Vale of Peace.  Jesus said – do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God, have faith in me!
Mary said:
-         Peace is not only possible, it is inevitable. You will make it happen. Give everything over to my Immaculate Heart.
-         Nothing that hurts you, no sacrifice, no war, no fear can stand up to the peace my Son offers. The way to that peace is through the Cross, which is a key to all there is, a path to walk with me. It is not – it is never – too late.
-         Sin hurts but sinners can be bathed in mercy. Wars happen but they will not be the last act. You can drive God out of the country, but my image will stand in Red Square.”

On this Mother’s Day when we thank God for our moms, grandmothers, godmothers and foster mothers – we are reminded by Pope Francis – We have a another Mother – Mary, the Mother of Jesus - Cling to her.  Holy Mary Mother of God. . . .

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Funeral Mass - Anthony Oswain

A Funeral Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Anthony Oswain on Friday, May 5 at 11:30 a.m. Please pray for him and for his family.


The Road to Emmaus – Emmaus – 7 miles from Jerusalem - became famous 200 years before Christ – Judas the Maccabee (the Hammer) and his army won a victory against the Syrian forces of Antiochus Epiphanes. A few days later they took back the temple
And tore down the Statue of Zeus  – they wanted to light the candle but had only 1 flask of pure oil – 1 day’s worth – lasted 8 days - the Feast of Hanukkah – Festival of Lights

Now Emmaus seems to be a place to drown your sorrows – a place to lick wounds – a place of defeat.
Jesus is dead – Peter did speak of an empty tomb and women say something about seeing him – but it must be all nonsense.  The dream is over. Mistake – left the group, off on their own, easy to doubt.

Stranger joins them  -  why could they not see it was Jesus?
-          Resurrected body?
-          Just could not be Him!  Did not fit!

He asks – what are you discussing?    A look – what’s wrong with you? Don’t you know what happened??   – actually HE IS the ONLY ONE who really knew what happened!

Begins to make connections – helps to understand Scripture – the Messiah first must suffer!    Ignorance of Scripture is Ignorance of Christ - Jerome

Acts to go farther - stay with us – Act of hospitality -  a brilliant move – he said, when 2 or 3 are gathered, there am I!  Recall painting in St. Paul’s, London. Handle on inside!

He enters as a guest – becomes the Host -  Takes Bread – breaks it  - eyes were opened  -   They knew Him in the Breaking of the Bread – Eucharist.

Jesus revealed in Word – Eucharist – together.  Sound familiar?  God is present in many way – but in a most special way here!!!

Emmaus – where is it today?
Card Dolan in Holy Land – anything else – want to see Emmaus!
Sad – about 4 that claim it.
Could be this road – or that road.

Could be  5th Ave – I 84 – Taconic State Parkway – Rt 9 – 55 – 82???!!!

All roads can lead to Emmaus – here! -  and here our hearts will burn within us as we see Him again   -   Word + the Breaking of the Bread and one another!!!