Dear OLPH Family and Friends,

Our Fr. Joe is thankfully back home with us. Fortunately, he was able to by-pass quarantines that are being set up all over the world.  Welcome home, Fr. Joe!

On this Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time, the readings remind us of how we are to reflect the mission that Jesus personally assigns each of us.   As with the Apostles, He invites us to follow Him in every circumstance.  In the Gospels of previous Sundays we have been following the story of Jesus’ early career.   He went to be baptized.   Then when He heard that John the Baptist had been murdered, He moved from Galilee to Capernaum.   He chose His apostles there.   Last Sunday we reminisced about His “presentation” as an infant, which itself looked forward to His suffering.

In this week’s Gospel He tells them to “be what you are.”   He gives images.  If you are like salt, then don’t lose your flavor.   If you are like a lamp then don’t put a basket over yourself where no one can see your light.  If you are a city on a mountain top, don’t hide. Very typically, Jesus used every means possible to let His message be made known to the world.

This week our diocese kicks off the Annual Catholic Appeal.   The theme is GRATITUDE IN ACTION.  The Diocese has a goal of $3.5 Million.   Our parish assessed amount is $48,000.  All monies collected beyond the $48,000 will be returned to the parish in the form of a rebate.  Your generosity in the past has made possible many of our necessary projects.  This year will go to the new roof over the Cry Room. All monies the Diocese collects will strictly go towards Gospel Ministry; i.e. Evangelization,  Catholic Schools, support of our future priests, help with our retired priests, Young Adult Ministry and spiritual care of the imprisoned.  We hope and pray for 100% participation.  Whether you contribute little or great, follow your conscience.  If you are unable to help financially, please contribute with your support in prayer.

Please consider making the following prayer a part of your life during this appeal.

Oh Lord, giver of life and source of our freedom, we are reminded that yours is “the Earth in its fullness; the world and those who dwell in it.”

We know that it is from your Hand that we have received all we have and are and will be.

Gracious and loving God, We understand that you call us to be the stewards of Your abundance, the caretakers of

All you have entrusted to us.   Help us.  Help us always to use your gifts wisely and teach us to Share them generously.

May our faithful stewardship bear  witness to the love of Christ In our lives. We pray this with grateful hearts in Jesus’ name.


When Jesus calls us to be His followers, to be His Salt and His Light it is a personal invitation.  May we be faithful to His invitation given in Love!


Fr. Ron