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It's a Wonderful Life

Posted by Fr. Valentine Rebello on 12/14/18

God places people in our lives who challenge us to grow and be the best version of ourselves. They are people who see greater potential in us than we even see in ourselves. They call out the best in us. Often, they are coaches or teachers, but they can ... Read More »

It's a Wonderful Life

Posted by Fr. Valentine Rebello on 12/13/18

Steep" essentially means soak. In the most basic sense, to steep something means to soak it, which is what we do when we prepare tea.  So, when someone says to steep your tea, all you are doing is preparing a cup of tea.

To steep ourselves in his love, we need to allow ourselves to share it fully with others. We need to ... Read More »

It's a Wonderful Life

Posted by Fr. Valentine Rebello on 12/10/18

The words of Baruch and Luke this second week of Advent reminds me of Christmas Masses, certainly true at St. Pius X, but probably at Christmas Masses everywhere.

For many years now, my family has attended Christmas Eve Mass 3:30 in the St. Pius X gym. (best gym in ... Read More »

God Has a Plan

Posted by Fr. Valentine Rebello on 12/09/18

"Do not be afraid, Mary,for you have found favor with God.

 

My memory of Immaculate Conception, a holy day,

Many years ago, my mother was doing God’s work and was driving the nuns from St Ignatius to a retreat house. My brother and I were home alone and ... Read More »

Feast of St Nicholas

Posted by Fr. Valentine Rebello on 12/06/18

 In the days leading up to December 6, children throughout Europe put their shoes or a special St. Nicholas boot in front of the fireplace or the front door at night to find them filled with small presents the next morning. In England he is known as Father Christmas, in the United States, Santa Claus. 

 

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It's a Wonderful Life

Posted by Fr. Valentine Rebello on 12/05/18

Again, from Sundays reading​

 Gloom and doom

People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.But when these signs begin to ... Read More »

Can you put heaven into WAVES?

Posted by Fr. Valentine Rebello on 12/04/18

Can you put heaven into WAVES?

There are probably many routes to take, many speed bumps to avoid, congested traffic areas to avoid, and spots where someone is watching us.

Select the ADVENT path.

1. Advent comes from the Latin word, “adventus,” which means what?

a)      Adventure

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It's a Wonderful Life

Posted by Fr. Valentine Rebello on 12/03/18

There were many occasions of reflections this weekend. It could have been a headline in today’s paper. Think about it.

People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from the anxieties of daily life,

AND ... Read More »

All Saints Day

Posted by Fr. Valentine Rebello on 11/01/18

 

 

I had to share

November 1. All Saints Day. 

"What is your connection to the saints? Is it your name? Your parish? Today is a perfect day to stop and consider your connection to the saints. My mother gave me, at least my middle name, for her ... Read More »

From Nelson Mandela & Jesus!

Posted by Fr. Valentine Rebello on 10/15/18

It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needlethan for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." Jesus looked at them and said,"For human ... Read More »