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:
So, welcome to St. Patrick! We are happy to have you share your faith journey with us. Many blessings to you and yours!
Ascension 2019 – June 2, 2019 One day a fellow was reading his morning paper when he noticed that he was listed in the obituaries. Alarmed, he called his best friend and said, “Did you read the newspaper? These people can’t get their facts straight – it says that I’m dead.”
“Really?” says his friend. “Speaking of getting facts straight…if you’re dead, tell me where you are calling me from?”
Today we celebrate the fact that our Lord ascended into heaven. And to get the facts straight, the Lord came down from heaven in the first place, took on our human nature, did God’s will on earth, suffered and died for the forgiveness of sins, rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father – until he comes back again in glory to judge the living and the dead.
And, there are two facts, about when Jesus comes back again in glory to judge the living. The first, is, that at the final judgment, we will know who has merited heaven and who has not. And the second, is that until Jesus comes back to judge the living and the dead, as the angels say in the first reading, it is our job not just to “stand there looking at the sky,” but to actually be busy about living and doing the will of God and giving witness to our faith.
So, now that you have all the facts straight, how are you doing with your life thus far?
One thing we need to know is that every single one of us is called to live a certain kind of life – a life of holiness. And it makes no difference what state of life we have, whether married, single, divorced, separated, young, old, man or woman.
Pope Emeritus Benedict the XVII put it this way, “All people are called to holiness. And having extraordinary gifts does not make someone a greater saint than another. Holiness is not a luxury. It is not a privilege of a few, or something unattainable for a normal person. Holiness is the common destiny of all people called to be children of God. It is the universal goal of all the baptized.”
How do we achieve that universal goal? I think it involves the same discipline that it takes to become a good athlete, carpenter, piano player or spouse – practice, practice, practice. It means living a virtuous life – always doing the right thing for the right reason – loving what is good and shunning evil.
If in life you say: “I’ll do my part,” then do it. If you say to the Lord, “I’ll talk to you in prayer.”- then, pray. Or, if you say, “I will worship you in the Mass, go to communion, try to live a good and moral life and go to confession to deal with my failures.” Then you are on the right track to holiness.
On this Ascension Day, until the Lord comes again, let us live by Faith profess our faith and commit ourselves to God, let us live with hope that eternal life will be ours and let us live in charity loving God above all things for God’s sake and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God.
These are the facts that will give us good standing until the Lord returns in glory.
Un día un señor estaba leyendo el periodico cuando vió que su nombre estaba en la lista de fallecidos. Alarmado, le llamó a su mejor amigo y le dice. “ ¿No haz leido el periodico? Los tontos me creen muerto. Su amigo le contesta, “
Ah si! ¿ Y si estás muerto, dime de donde me estas llamando?
Hoy, celebramos el hecho de que el Señor ascendió al cielo. Y reconocemos que el Señor bajo del cielo, se encarnó por medio del Espiritu Santo tomó nuestra condición humana, padeció, murió por el perdón de los pecados, resucitó de entre los muertos y ascendió al cielo y vendrá en Gloria para juzgar a los vivos y a los muertos.
O sea, a dado la vuelta completa. Y cuando regrese Jesús en su Gloria para juzgar a los vivos y a los muertos, hay dos cosas que se nos revelarán. Primero, en el juicio final vamos a saber quien ha merecido el cielo y quien no. Y Segundo – mientras venga Jesús en su Gloria, no hay, como dicen los dos angeles en la primera lectura no hay que solo estar allí parados mirando al cielo – hay que movernos y vivir y hacer la voluntad de Dios y dar testimonio de nuestra fe cristiana.
Entonces ¿Como estamos cumpliendo con esto en nuestra vida?
Primero, hay que saber, que cada uno de nosotros somos llamados a una cierta manera de vida – la vida de la santidad. No tiene que ver nada nuestro estado de vida – si somos casados, solteros, divorciados, separados, joven, anciano, hombre o mujer – no importa.
El Papa Eméritu Benedicto XVII lo dijo así: “Todomundo está llamado a la santidad. Y el tener dones extraordinarios no implica que alguien sea mayor santo que alguien más. La santidad no es un lujo ni un privilegio de unos pocos o algo incapturable para la persona normal. La santidad es el destino de todos aquellos llamados a ser hijos de Dios. Es la meta universal de todos los bautizados.”
¿Y como es que realizamos esta meta? Creo que del mismo modo que realizamos ser buenos atletas, buenos carpinteros, músicos o buenas personas – por la práctica, la práctica, la práctica. Se trata de vivir una vida de virtud – de hacer lo bueno por motivos Buenos – amando lo bueno y rechazando lo malo.
Si en esta vida dices: “Hare mi parte – entonces hazlo. Si le dices al Señor hablaré contigo en la oración – ora. Y si le dices a Dios: “Te adoraré en la Santa Misa, comulgaré y trataré de vivir una vida Buena y moral y confesaré mis delitos – entonces ya vas por el camino de la santidad.
En esta fiesta de la Ascensión del Señor – hasta el día que venga Cristo a juzgar vivos y muertos viviremos por la fe, profesando nuestra fe - comprometiéndonos al Señor. Vivamos con la esperanza que la vida eterna será nuestra y vivamos por la caridad donde amamos a Dios sobre todas las cosas por causa de Dios y a nuestro prójimo como a nosotros mismos por amor a Dios.
Así estos hechos darán testimonio de algo bueno en nosotros para cuando Cristo venga en su Gloria.
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 c
la plaga de la esclavitud en los Estados Unidos durante la
Y aunque no somos una nación
Nosotros que amamos a la Iglesia hemos de hacer lo m
Lo más imperfectos que seamos,
El estado de la nación, el estado de la Iglesia, y el estado de nuestra vida – no
Así, es, ¿Acuál es el estado de tu alma