Welcome Letter from Fr. Rudy 

 Dear Friends, 

It is a true joy knowing about your interest in St. Patrick Church! After fourteen years as pastor, I can safely say the people of St. Patrick are a welcoming bunch truly engaged in their faith and their love of God!

Our beautiful church building and grounds came about after the old church was destroyed in the Holy Thursday Tornado of April 13, 2006. We dedicated the new St. Patrick on November 29, 2009 with the idea St. Patrick would be a consecrated place for the worship of God, the education and socialization of people, and the love and service of our neighbor and community – I think we are fulfilling all these.

Our members come from every walk of life, culture and language group, and what unites us, is our Catholic faith and the fact that we are all children of God the Father who desire to belong to a community of faith that values life, and the presence of Christ and the Holy Spirit at work in the hearts and minds of God’s people.

The heart of our community is of course the Holy Mass, (see our Mass schedule) and, as a vibrant parish in the Iowa City – Coralville area, we offer any number of opportunities to learn, grow and experience the Catholic faith in community throughout the year. We are blessed to have:

  •       Time, talent and treasure to share
  •       Wonderful liturgical celebrations and music
  •       24 Hour Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
  •           Adult formation, and Catholic education for young people in our religious education program and K-12 schools – Regina
  •           Opportunities to feed the poor and work for justice
  •       Numerous parish social events and festivities for faith, friendship and fun!

So, welcome to St. Patrick! We are happy to have you share your faith journey with us. Many blessings to you and yours!

Fr. R.

 

Twenty Second Sunday –Ordinary Time – Year B- September 1-2, 2018

I watched a Bishop Barron video where he compared the blight of sexual abuse in the Church to the blight of slavery in the United States at the time of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln knew that slavery would eat away at the nation and the ideals of freedom and equality on which it was founded and so he opted to stay and fight for those ideals to make the nation live up to its principles. 

And while not a perfect nation, we continue to work at making it so.

We who love the Church must do the same – now is not the time to leave, but to stay and fight for those who have been victimized and live the ideals on which the Church was founded. As Bishop Barron said, we are not Catholic because of the moral integrity of our leaders – as much as we should want and expect that– but rather we are Catholic because of Jesus Christ, the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the grace of God, the Holy Eucharist, the sacraments, the Blessed Mother, the angels and saints and all those who strive to live a decent and holy life. 

Imperfect persons though we may be, all of us are called as we heard in Deuteronomy, to give more perfect evidence of our wisdom and intelligence by the manner in which we observe the commandments of the Lord. Because as it was said: “If we don’t live our life according to what we believe then we will believe according to the life we live.”

The state of the nation, the state of the Church, the state of our lives – all call us to do some soul-searching - for Jesus reminds us: “… it is not what enters from outside which defiles but rather the things that come out from within are what defile. “

So, what is the state of my heart and soul? Do I simply do what I want? Is my soul divided? Partly doing God’s will - partly serving myself? Do I act out of fear – of God, my parents or some authority? Do I want what God wants – then this is the making of a saint. Do I at least want what God wants? Then this is a good beginning. 

The scandal, the sins and the failures of some in the Church should impel all of us to be and do better, living as St. James says as: “a kind of first fruits of God’s creatures”. For we are not Catholic because of the moral integrity of anyone of us, but rather we remain Catholic because of what we have been given: Jesus Christ, the guidance of the Holy Spirit, grace of God, the Holy Eucharist, the sacraments, the Blessed Mother, the angels and saints and all those who strive to live a decent and holy life. 



Vi un video del Obispo monseñor Barron donde compara la plaga del abuso sexual en la Iglesia a  
la plaga de la esclavitud en los Estados Unidos durante la epoca de Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln sabia que la esclavitud iba corrumpir a la nación y a sus ideales de la igualdad y la libertad en las cuales se habia fundado la nación. Pore so optó a quedarse y luchar por esos ideales para que la nación viviera por esos principios.

Y aunque no somos una nación perfecta, estamos trabajando por perfeccionarla.

Nosotros que amamos a la Iglesia hemos de hacer lo mismo – ahora no es tiempo para abandoner a la Iglesia, sino que ahora es el tiempo para quedarnos a luchar por las victimas del abuso y para vivir con más convicción los ideales por los cuales fue fundada la Iglesia. Como dijo Monseñor Barron – no somos Católicos por la integridad moral de nuestros líderes – aunque éso sería lo ideal – mas bien somos Católicos por Nuestro Señor Jesúcristo, la guianza del Espiritu Santo, la gracia de Dios, La Sagrada Eucaristía, los sacramentos, la Santísima Madre, los angeles, los santos y todos aquellos que luchan para vivir vidas decentes y santas.

Lo más imperfectos que seamos, todos somos llamados, como hemos escuchado en Deuteronomio, a una noticia perfecta de la sabiduría y la prudencia por cumplir con los mandamientos del Señor. Porque como se ha dicho: “ Si no vivimos nuestra vida de acuerdo con lo que creemos, pueda que vayamos a creer de acuerdo a como vivimos nuestra vida.”

El estado de la nación, el estado de la Iglesia, y el estado de nuestra vida – nos llama a una auto inspección de nuestra alma y corazón. Porque Jesús nos dice: “ Nada que entre de fuera puede manchar el hom; lo que lo mancha es lo que sale de dentro.”

Así, es, ¿Acuál es el estado de tu alma y tu corazón? ¿Haces solo lo que te parece? ¿Está dividida tu alma? ¿cumpliendo en partes con la voluntad de Dios, y en partes cumpliendo con lo que conviene? ¿Actuas por medio a Dios – o tus padres o por alguna autoridad? ¿Quieres lo que Dios quiere – entonces esto si es materia para la santidad. Por lo menos, ¿Quiero lo que Dios quiere?  - Entonces esto es un buen inicio. El escándalo, los pecados y los fracasos de algunos en la Iglesia debe de impulsarnos a ser y hacer mejor viviendo como dice Santiago como “primicias de sus criaturas”. Porque no somos Católicos por la integridad moral de ninguno de nosotros, sino que seguimos siendo Católicos por lo que hemos recibido: Jesúcristo Nuestro Señor la guianza del Espiritu Santo, la gracia de Dios, La Sagrada Eucaristía, los sacramentos, la Santísima Madre, los angeles, los santos y todos aquellos que luchan para vivir vidas decentes y santas.
 
Fr. Rudy
 
 

Fr Rudy Priorities in Life Sermon Nov. 3 & 4 2018.pdf