Fourth Sunday of Advent: God Is Faithful!

December 18th, 2011 | Posted by Fr. Roger Lumbre in Spiritual - (Comments Off on Fourth Sunday of Advent: God Is Faithful!)

Wow Christmas is almost here. Some of us are still not done with shopping and still busy preparing for the Christmas meal, not to mention Christmas parties and activities here and there. In the midst of this excitements and kind of commotions, I wish to emphasize once more this important message for this Advent: GOD IS FAITHFUL TO HIS PROMISE!
Our Gospel reading for today is a fulfillment of God’s promise. This promise has been made hundreds of years ago. We heard this promise in the book of Genesis 3:15. We read this as our first reading during the feast of the Immaculate Conception. “I will put enmity between you and the woman, her offspring and yours…” We call this proto-evangelium or the first Gospel being the first good news! This promise of God is being carried out patiently but surely through the ages until it’s fulfillment in the annunciation of the birth of Jesus through Mary.
From our first reading we can also have a glimpse of a deeper meaning of God’s plan. David wanted to build a house for the Lord which would house the arc of the covenant. Initially the prophet Nathan approved of the plan, but God sent him the message that Yahweh was more concerned with turning David’s family into “His house” than with residing in a house Himself. In other words, God’s presence in families is more important than is His presence in buildings.
This eternal presence of God in the family of David is fulfilled in Jesus’s birth and the church that he established. He lives with us forever. Along this line I invite you to reflect on our church here in Girard and in the Diocese of Wichita. It is true the body of Christ, the church, is so human. But human as we are, we are empowered to let the divinity and holiness of Christ be seen in our Church through each one of us. Do I see myself as part of the Diocese of Wichita or I care only for St. Michael, my church. And do we feel God’s presence here in our own church? What and how could I contribute to make God’s presence felt by everyone? The birth of our Jesus make this a reality! Our Blessed Mother did her part. Saint Joseph did his part. God is calling us to do our part, to participate of God’s divine intervention through every moment of our lives. God bless us all! Fr. Roger



November 26th, 2011 | Posted by Fr. Roger Lumbre in Website - (Comments Off on Welcome!)

Happy birthday to St. Michael and St. Joseph website!

Last April, 2011 when Bishop Jackels told me he will assign me to Girard and Arma, I search the web right away to check what Girard and Arma look like as a parish. Unfortunately all I could get were general information from the search engine. I could not find any website from either of them. That led me to think that maybe many of the parishioners do not use the computer or there is no internet connection around the area. That worried me a bit. How will I check my email and connect to facebook. That worry banished when I got here and found out we have internet connection and that most parishioners have emails and use the internet.

This led me to realize right away that we need to have a parish website. Most parishes have websites and they are proven to be effective in communicating and reaching out to everyone. Finally, it has come to us. Praise God!  Thanks to Rick Duling who started the work of this website.  Thanks to Doug and Kristen Graham who took over the job and spent hours to give birth to our website. We are just starting and there are still more things that need to be put in place and improved. So far we have downloaded some of the parish pictures taken during the different parish activities: pet blessing, bazaar, CCD, and bishop’s visit. To view them (you can also copy them) just click on gallery and you are there. We are still on the process of downloading our weekly parish bulletin so you can view them online. We have also include some quick links to websites like the diocesan website, natural family planning website, the USCCB, and many more. Feel free to communicate with us your thoughts and ideas. May our website be a venue for growth and unity. God bless us all! Fr. Roger