August 9, 2020: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water. He said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.

Matthew 14: 28-29

Pastor’s Message

Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time. There are three really important things that we can learn about faith from our gospel today. (1) Jesus often sends us into the storms. (2) He sends you into the storms to show you his faithfulness. (3) Our faith does not save us, the object of our faith does. (4) Jesus often sends us into the storms. The disciples didn’t choose to walk into a hurricane on the sea. Jesus intentionally sent them into a situation where he could teach them to trust him and worship him. If Jesus asks you to do it, you can do it. This is where we often get into trouble. So many times we have big plans. We work up the ideas and strategize and then we just set out into the chaos and try to fight against it. When was the last time you actually stopped and said, in all honesty, “God, is this your plan? Or am I just trying to do things in my own power and hope that you bless my efforts?” This is a difficult thing to discern and I know it is really complex to navigate, but it is important, that, no matter what we do, we make sure that it is actually something that God has called us to do.

St. Helena will celebrate the Feast of the Assumption on Saturday, April 15th at the 8:00am Mass where we will present roses to the Blessed Mother after Communion. We will also have a Mass at 12:00Noon.

Finally, I remind you that for the safety of all our parishioners, we will sanitize the pews and church after each Mass. Please do not return the Missalette to the table. Please do not leave ANYTHING in the pews or book holders…take everything home with you.

Thank you for your cooperation with keeping all safe. Thanks for reading, stay healthy, reach out to those close to you and last but not least have a good week.

Your Brother and Shepherd,
Rev. Msgr. Joseph Trinh

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