“Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.”

January 1, 2016 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on “Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” | Discipleship, Faith, Guest Deacons, Homilies, Mary, Prayer, Self-Reflection, St. Luke

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
January 1, 2016 – Year C

Readings: Nm 6:22-27 / Psalm 67 / Gal 4:4-7 / Lk 2:16-21
by Rev. Mr. Mike Stinson, Permanent Deacon

“Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.”

I’m a teacher, and one morning a few weeks ago, I was driving to school, and my son Jeremy was in the car with me. As we got to a long curve in the highway, I noticed a car that was coming the other way was drifting across the yellow line, moving into my lane.

I moved over slightly and assumed he would move back into his lane — but he didn’t. He kept drifting over towards me, and I moved over some more, and he kept coming, until finally at the last second I jerked my wheel to the right — then there was a loud bang! and then what was left of my rear view mirror was dangling from a wire, thumping the side of my car door as I drove on down the road.

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A Holy Family

December 27, 2015 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on A Holy Family | Christmas, Commitment, Deacon Eddie, Eternal Life, Family, Homilies, Love, Mary, Saints, St. Joseph, St. Luke

IMG_7049Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
December 27, 2015 – Year C

Readings: Sir 3:2-6, 12-14 / Psalm 84 / Col 3:12-21 / Lk 2:41-52
by Rev. Mr. Eddie Craig, Permanent Deacon

Today is the feast of the Holy Family. You may be wondering why the church has all these feasts. It’s an opportunity for us to take a look at figures from our past or an aspect of our faith, to reflect on their lives and what their lives mean to us today.

Now if I asked you to name Holy Family, I’m sure most of you would say it’s Jesus, Mary and Joseph. But if we consider scripture and we take a look at it closely, really we should respond that the Holy Family was Joseph, Mary and Jesus. We can learn a lot if we take a look at their lives as reflected in scripture. (more…)

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Star of the Sea

September 13, 2015 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Star of the Sea | Courage, Faith, Father Salvador, Homilies, Hope, Mary, Ordinary Time, St. Mark, Strength, Trust

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Parish Feast Day
September 13, 2015 – Year B
Readings: Is 50:5-9A / Psalm 116 / Jas 2:14-18 / Mk 8:27-35
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

It’s encouraging to know that someone of St. Peter’s stature and importance in the early Church could walk the walk so well – with his foot in his mouth. But what we have to remember is that, just like all of us, St. Peter was human. Even the greatest of humans makes mistakes. (more…)

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Can We Be Like the Mother of God?

January 1, 2015 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Can We Be Like the Mother of God? | Christmas, Discipleship, Evangelization, Faith, Guest Deacons, Homilies, Love, Mary, Saints, Service, St. Luke

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
January 1, 2015 – Year B

Readings: Nm 6:22-27; Psalm 67; Gal 4:4-7; Lk 2:16-21
by Rev. Mr. Mike Stinson, Permanent Deacon

What does a Mother do? She helps her child grow. First, her child grows within her. Then her child is born. And then she encourages her child to keep growing, and she introduces him to others.

Like any mother, Mary remembered the events surrounding the birth of her child — the gospel says she “kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” These events showed the unique nature of her child. A human baby — but also God, come to earth in human form. (more…)

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Love Personified

December 21, 2014 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Love Personified | Advent, Faith, Father Salvador, Grace, Homilies, Hope, Joy, Love, Mary, St. Luke

4th Sunday of Advent
December 21, 2014 – Year B

Readings: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Psalm 89; Rom 16:25-27; Lk 1:26-38
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

In three days, it will be Christmas. The children are anticipating the gifts they will receive from Santa and all the people who love them. But for the adults, especially parents, grandparents and godparents, the next three days can be a little stressful. (more…)

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Making the Impossible Possible

December 8, 2014 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Making the Impossible Possible | Faith, Father Salvador, Homilies, Hope, Love, Mary, St. Luke, Trust

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
December 8, 2014 – Year B

Readings: Gn 3:9-15, 20; Psalm 98, Eph 1:3-6, 11-12; Lk 1:26-38
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

Today’s feast is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, when the Blessed Mother was immaculately conceived by her mother, St. Anne. Today is exactly 9 months before the Blessed Mother’s birthday on September 8th.

Sometimes we take all these modern inventions for granted. Young children know how to use these technologies, when many adults, including me, have difficulty. (more…)

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Mary: Our Spiritual GPS

August 15, 2014 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Mary: Our Spiritual GPS | Courage, Eternal Life, Faith, Father Salvador, Homilies, Hope, Joy, Light, Mary, St. Luke, Trust

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 15, 2014 – Year A

Readings: Rv 11:19a, 12:1-6a, 10ab; Psalm 45; 1 Cor 15:20-27; Lk 1:39-56
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

As we celebrate today the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we remember that glorious day when the Blessed Mother was taken up, body and soul, into heaven. Our faith tells us there are only two physical bodies in heaven: our Lord Jesus himself, who ascended into heaven, and the Blessed Mother, who was assumed into heaven.

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