PLEASE NOTE: Fr. Floyd will be away this week, so there will be NO weekday Masses or Adoration at either parish. Father’s first services after returning will be the normal Saturday Masses.
April 11 (Tuesday)
April 12 (Wednesday)
April 13 (Thursday)
*Arma- No Adoration 8:30 am – 12:30pm*
*No Mass in Arma at 4pm*
We will have “extra” confession times this week: Monday at
7:00pm in Girard, Tuesday after Mass and Stations (around
6:15) in Arma, Wednesday after 6:30pm Mass in Girard,
Thursday after 8:00pm Mass in Girard, and Friday after the
Noon Veneration of the Cross service in Arma. This is an
opportunity to receive the forgiveness of God.
April 9th 2017 Bulletin Message, Fr. Floyd McKinney
Death with True Dignity
When we think of Holy Week starting with Passion/Palm Sunday we start thinking about the passion and how Jesus suffered for us. Yes, Jesus did suffer but maybe we are missing something. The English word passion comes from the Latin word ‘passio’ which can mean passive. As we look at the Passion we can see what Jesus did for us as he was passive in his giving of self; earlier in his ministry he gave himself in an active way as he preached to the people. In today’s world we like for people to be active, doing something, so those who are ill to the point of being passive in bed are seen in a negative way. We even start speaking of euthanasia as ‘death with dignity’ as though their suffering has no meaning. What is the value, they ask, of people continuing to live on in hospice when there is no chance of recovery or improvement and they have already slipped away from us consciously? The answer lies in the mystery of passivity, as seen most clearly in Jesus’ passion. In his passivity and dying he was able to give us something deeper than what he gave through his strength and activity. This is death with dignity.
March 5th 2017 Bulletin Message, Fr. Floyd McKinney
So you have started your Lent; you are fasting and abstaining like a good Catholic should. That is a good thing. In the scriptures we see that there can be more for us to do; we can reach out to others. If you look on the internet for “fasting and Catholic tradition” you can find a lot about what, when, and how. That means there is a lot to read about the details of our lenten penances.
If we want to make our sacrifices a little more spiritual, maybe we should look into the ‘why’ of our lenten observances. Since we are talking about our relationship with God we usually think more about ‘what am I doing spiritually?’. If we look at the scriptures we can see that at least in part our spiritual life is connected to our practical life. Nurse the sick, it tells us; clothe the naked, feed the hungry, comfort the afflicted. It adds, turn the other cheek, return good for evil, give to the poor, go forth and preach to all nations.
We can see then that the Gospels help us to look at social justice. We might say, of course we believe in social justice; we do not want war, poverty or even human trafficking and we know we need to take care of our planet. We understand the problem in our mind but can we say that we are doing something in our day to day life. THAT is why we sacrifice during this preparation for Easter, to remind us that we do indeed need to remember that our faith does not take a vacation. God has called each of us, individually, uniquely, to live in this life, this world…and help build a better one.