Faith: Taking Care of Business

Taking Care of Business Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time When we were kids, my brothers and sisters and I thought that you were not supposed to say the blessing before meals in a restaurant. You were not supposed to flaunt your faith in public. It probably had more to do with fear of being embarrassed if…

Death Penalty and Catholic Social Teaching

Death Penalty and Catholic Social Teaching  “We need to participate for the common good.  Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern.” – Pope Francis Pope Francis reminds us that the…

Bulletin: October 2, 2016

  Bulletin: October 2, 2016 Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection Today our readings are about faith, frustration, and how much is enough. Habakkuk is a complainer having an argument with God. Timothy is encouraging a community challenged by cowardice and the apostles want more faith than they have. Things aren’t happening fast enough for any of…

Urban Revival Opening Oct 20

Urban Revival Opening Oct 20 “Save the Date” for Grand Opening of New Downtown Store benefiting Bethlehem Center Please mark your calendars for the opening of a new upscale resale boutique at 219 Court St. in downtown Visalia. The store, Urban Revival, will specialize in brand-name clothing and re-finished furniture and home décor. The official…

Faith: Coach Paul

Coach Paul Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Today’s reading from First Timothy sounds almost like a coach getting his team ready for the big game. This coach has much higher goals than a home run or a touchdown. Instead of pursuing a league championship, he seeks faith, love, patience, and gentleness. How about us? Are…