St. Thomas à Becket Catholic Church

St. Thomas à Becket is a Roman Catholic community. We believe in Jesus Christ and His One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

“Faith is a flame that grows stronger the more it is shared and passed on, so that everyone may know, love and confess Jesus Christ…Sharing the experience of faith, bearing witness to the faith, proclaiming the Gospel: this is a command that the Lord entrusts to the whole Church…Where does Jesus send us? There are no borders, no limits: he sends us to everyone. The Gospel is for everyone, not just for some…Do not be afraid to go and to bring Christ into every area of life, to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away, most indifferent. The Lord seeks all, he wants everyone to feel the warmth of his mercy and his love.” – Pope Francis, World Youth Day homily (7/28/13).

Mission: Our parish is committed to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As members of the Roman Catholic Church, we seek to share the love and joy of a relationship with Jesus. We hope to introduce the world to the beauty of our faith.

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Today, Catholic Pilgrims, I visited the cave where Elijah lived. This is the prophet Elijah from the Old Testament. You cannot fully understand the New Testament without the Old.

One of my favorite OT stories is when Elijah challenges the Baal priests. King Ahab and his wife, Jezebel, think their pagan god is the right one and a bit of a competition is set up. They each set up an altar, sacrifice a bull, and then are to call on their chosen deity to pour fire from heaven to consume the bull. Whichever god answers, that is the true God. Elijah stands back and watches the Baal priests go at it first and try as they might, they can’t get their god to respond.

Elijah then basically says, “Stand aside and watch this.” He asks God to consume the bull and his prayers are answered.

How does this apply to us?

All around us people are offering us imitation “gods.” They tell us that fame, money, and prestige will make us happy. Some encourage us to worship science, as they believe it has all the answers. Others encourage us to worship ourselves through atheism. “All you need is your will,” they say. Nature is also lifted up as a type of god.

As followers of the one true God, Catholic Pilgrims, we know that worship of any of these false gods will leave us empty. Like, Elijah, we must confidently proclaim God in our lives and let that witness show His power.

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[01/05/20]   Thinking of baby Jesus and the beauty of “littleness” all through this Christmas season. Love the idea of making ourselves little as St. Therese learned to do each night when she communed with God:

One day Thérèse asked sister Marié Henriette (her teacher at the Benedictine abbey) how to meditate. And this piece of information Thérèse certainly took to heart:

"I do not know how the others do it, but as for me (Sr. Henriette), I imagine I do it a bit like you do, Thérèse, when you get home in the evening with your papa, whom you have not seen since the morning. You throw your arms around his neck, you show him your good marks, you tell him about all sorts of little things, everything is gone over - your joys and your sorrows. Well, I do the same with the good Lord; He is my Father. In my thoughts I put myself near Him, I adore Him, making myself very little, like you, I speak to Him; it is with my heart that I pray, and how the time goes by quickly!"

Bishop Robert Barron

Bishop Robert Barron

Friends, the story of the Magi told in today’s Gospel is a summary of the principal dynamics of the spiritual life. Watching the night sky with scrupulous attention for signs of God’s purpose, the Magi evoke the importance of alertness in the spiritual order. We must keep our eyes open to see what God is up to.

Once they saw the star, they moved, despite the length of the journey. Sometimes people know what God wants them to do, but they don’t act, either out of fear, laziness, or the influence of bad habits. The Magi teach us to move.

When they spoke to Herod of the birth of a new King, he tried to use them to destroy the baby. When you walk the path that God has laid out for you, expect opposition.

The wise men came to Bethlehem and gave the child their precious gifts. When you come to Christ, break open the very best of yourself and make it a gift for him.

Finally, they returned to their home country by another route. As Fulton Sheen commented so magnificently: of course they did; for no one comes to Christ and goes back the same way he came!

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/010520.cfm

Daily Inspiration:

“Today the Magi gaze in deep wonder at what they see: heaven on earth, earth in heaven, man in God, God in man, one whom the whole universe cannot contain now enclosed in a tiny body.

As they look, they believe and do not question, as their symbolic gifts bear witness: incense for God, gold for a king, myrrh for one who is to die.”

— Peter Chrysologus

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TODAY IS THE MEMORIAL OF THE MOST HOLY NAME OF JESUS!

St. Paul writes in his letter to the Philippians, “At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (2:10). Christians have always believed that the name of Jesus is a powerful one, but many are not familiar with the meaning behind it. What does the name mean? Where did it come from?

First of all, the name “Jesus” is one that was divinely given through the angelic message of Gabriel to Mary: “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus” (Luke 1:31). Out of all the names he could have chosen, God chose that name for a reason.

The Catholic Encyclopedia states, “The word Jesus is the Latin form of the Greek Iesous, which in turn is the transliteration of the Hebrew Jeshua, or Joshua, or again Jehoshua, meaning ‘[God] is salvation.'”

Source: https://www.google.com/amp/s/aleteia.org/2018/01/03/what-does-the-name-jesus-mean/amp/

On this day (and always), let us remember to say Our Lord’s name with utmost reverence.

I love you, Jesus.
Thank you, Jesus.
Jesus, You are my Hope. My Salvation. My Lord and my God.
Jesus, I place all my trust in You.

Today’s Prayers:

PRAYER TO THE
HOLY NAME OF JESUS

Lord Jesus,
we humbly pray You to give us all a great reverence
and respect for Your most holy name.
Forgive us for ever having used the name of Jesus in vain,
or without due respect.

Help us remember how reverently and lovingly,
Your Mother Mary used the name of Jesus,
and how humbly Saint Joseph called You
and spoke to You by name.

Your name, dear Jesus,
is above every other name in heaven or on earth,
because You are the Jesus,
the Savior of all men.
You have saved us,
and You have told us to ask God anything in Your name,
and it would be granted.

We ask You,
humbly and confidently,
to bless us and our work,
and give us the rich treasures of Your Divine grace,
without which we cannot even so much as pronounce the name of Jesus.

Amen.

Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Jesus, hear us.
Jesus, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us (after each line)
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
God the Holy Ghost,
Holy Trinity, one God,
Jesus, Son of the living God,
Jesus, splendor of the Father,
Jesus, brightness of eternal light,
Jesus, King of glory,
Jesus, sun of justice,
Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary,
Jesus, most amiable,
Jesus, most admirable,
Jesus, the mighty God,
Jesus, father of the world to come,
Jesus, Angel of great counsel,
Jesus, most powerful,
Jesus, most patient,
Jesus, most obedient,
Jesus, meek and humble of heart,
Jesus, lover of chastity,
Jesus, lover of us,
Jesus, God of peace,
Jesus, author of life,
Jesus, example of virtues,
Jesus, zealous lover of souls,
Jesus, our God,
Jesus, our refuge,
Jesus, father of the poor,
Jesus, treasure of the faithful,
Jesus, good Shepherd,
Jesus, true light,
Jesus, eternal wisdom,
Jesus, infinite goodness,
Jesus, our way and our life,
Jesus, joy of Angels,
Jesus, King of Patriarchs,
Jesus, Master of the Apostles,
Jesus, Teacher of the Evangelists,
Jesus, strength of Martyrs,
Jesus, light of Confessors,
Jesus, purity of Virgins,
Jesus, crown of all Saints,
Be merciful, spare us, O Jesus.
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Jesus.
From all evil, deliver us, O Jesus. (after each line)
From all sin,
From Thy wrath,
From the snares of the devil,
From the spirit of fornication,
From everlasting death,
From the neglect of Thine inspirations,
By the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation,
By Thy Nativity,
By Thine Infancy,
By Thy most divine Life,
By Thy labors,
By Thine agony and Passion,
By Thy Cross and dereliction,
By Thy sufferings,
By Thy Resurrection,
By Thine Ascension,
By Thine institution of the most Holy Eucharist,
By Thy joys,
By Thy glory,
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Hear us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us, O Jesus.
Jesus, hear us.
Jesus, graciously hear us.

Let us pray.
O Lord Jesus Christ, who hast said: Ask and ye shall receive, seek, and ye shall find, knock, and it shall be opened unto you; mercifully attend to our supplications, and grant us the gift of Thy divine charity, that we may ever love Thee with our whole heart and with all our words and deeds, and may never cease from praising Thee.

Make us, O Lord, to have a perpetual fear and love of Thy holy Name, for Thou never failest to help and govern those whom Thou dost bring up in Thy steadfast fear and love; who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen.

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Your family is the Body of Christ, and when someone, anyone leaves, it leaves a hole where flesh should be. Saint Monica knew this pain; she accompanies us.

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“Praised be the Theotokos!”
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Bishop Robert Barron

Friends, today we celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Mother of God.

St. Irenaeus says that, throughout the history of salvation, God was trying on humanity, gradually suiting divinity and humanity to one another—preparing for the Incarnation. All of that preparation was a prelude to the Israelite girl who would say yes to the invitation to be the Mother of God.

To say that Mary is the Mother of God is to insist on the density of the claim that God truly became human. As Fulton J. Sheen commented, Mary is like the moon, for her light is always the reflection of a higher light.

Catholic theology has drawn a further implication from Mary’s status as Mother of God—her role as Mother of the Church. If she is the one through whom Christ was born, and if the Church is indeed Christ’s Mystical Body, then she must be, in a very real sense, the Mother of the Church. She is the one through whom Jesus continues to be born in the hearts of those who believe. This is not to confuse her with the Savior, but it is to insist on her mission as mediator and intercessor.

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/010120.cfm

Daily Inspiration:

"We are by Divine Grace at the dawn of a new year. Since only God knows whether we will finish this year, we should spend it in reparation for the past and in preparation for the future. Good works go hand in hand with good intentions."

- St. Padre Pio

Goodnight, and God bless you!

Catholic Exchange

Examine seriously the tenor, tone, and present status of your prayer life. Then pray about how you can make improvements.

Catholic Exchange

As Christians, we have great hope in the resurrection. In fact, this is the hope that gives us the perspective we need to get through the hardest times in this life.

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Saint Sylvester is remembered in particular for the Council of Nicea, the Baptism of Constantine, and the triumph of the Church. Learn more:

Bishop Robert Barron

Friends, today’s Gospel comes to its climax with the magnificent phrase: “And the Word became flesh and lived among us.”

The gnostic temptation has tugged at the Church, on and off, for nearly the past two thousand years. This is the suggestion, common to all forms of puritanism, that the spiritual is attained through a negation of the material. But authentic Christianity, inspired by this stunning claim of St. John, has consistently held off gnosticism, for it knows that the Word of God took to himself a human nature and thereby elevated all of matter and made it a sacrament of the divine presence.

The Greek phrase behind “lived among us” is literally translated as “tabernacled among us” or “pitched his tent among us.” No Jew of John’s time would have missed the wonderful connection implied between Jesus and the temple. According to the book of Exodus, the Ark of the Covenant—the embodiment of Yahweh’s presence—was originally housed in a tent or tabernacle. The evangelist is telling us that now, in the flesh of Jesus, Yahweh has established his definitive tabernacle among us.

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/123119.cfm

Fr. Cedric Pisegna

Fr. Cedric Pisegna

Goodnight and God bless you! Love, St. Thomas a Becket.

Prayer to the Holy Family:

Dear Lord,
Bless our family.
Be so kind as to give us the unity, peace, and
mutual love that You found in Your own family
in the little town of Nazareth.

Saint Joseph,
pray for the head of our family.
Obtain for him the strength, the wisdom,
and the prudence he needs
to support and direct those under his care.

Mother Mary,
pray for the mother of our family.
Help her to be pure and kind,
gentle and self-sacrificing.
For the more she resembles you,
the better will our family be.

Lord Jesus,
bless the children of our family.
Help them to be obedient and
devoted to their parents.
Make them more and more like You.
Let them grow, as You did,
in wisdom and strength and grace
before God and man.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
by your intercession, love, and holy example,
make our family and home
more and more like Yours,
until we are all one family,
happy and at peace
in our true home with You.

Amen.

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Heavenly Father, thank You for all earthly fathers who willingly embrace the work You have given them in their families. Give them Your grace today.

Bishop Robert Barron

Friends, on this feast of the Holy Family, our Gospel shows us Joseph and Mary’s flight into Egypt, pursuing their mission to protect the Christ child. This story prompts me to say something about the Christian family’s mission.

The family is, above all, the forum in which both parents and children are able to discern their missions. It is perfectly good, of course, if deep bonds and rich emotions are cultivated within the family, but those relationships and passions must cede to something that is more spiritually focused.

A biblical prioritization of values helps us to see what typically goes wrong with families. When something other than mission is dominant—a son’s athletic achievement, a daughter’s success at university, etc.—family relationships actually become strained. The paradox is this: precisely in the measure that everyone in the family focuses on God’s call for one another, the family becomes more loving and peaceful.

John Paul II admirably summed up what I’ve been driving at when he spoke of the family as an “ecclesiola” (a little church). At its best, he implies, the family is a place where God is worshiped and where the discernment of God’s mission is of paramount importance.

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/122919.cfm

Daily Inspiration:

“On this day, let us pray humbly before the image of the Holy Family. She is an icon of the domestic Church, called to pray united. The family is the first school of prayer. In it, children, from an early age, learn to perceive the meaning of God.”

- Cardinal Robert Sarah via Twitter

Bishop Robert Barron

Friends, on this feast of the Holy Innocents, a baby is at the center of attention as the Gospel story commences. Cherished by his mother, protected by his foster-father, bestowed with gifts by the Magi, the baby Jesus is at the same time threatened by Herod and indeed by all of Jerusalem which, we are told in an earlier verse, trembled at his coming.

Herod’s massacre of the innocents mimics, of course, Pharoah’s murder of the male children of the Hebrews at the time of Moses’ birth. Once more we are made to see that, in the fallen world, the least powerful can be ruthlessly eliminated in order to satisfy the needs and assuage the fears of the most powerful.

Of course, the same Herod who casually ordered the murder of the children of Bethlehem had previously commanded the execution of two of his own sons. This awful story functions as a vivid picture of what compromised family life looks like.

The abuse of young people can and should be analyzed psychologically and sociologically, but biblical people know that, in the final analysis, it is a manifestation of the dysfunction born of sin.

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/122819.cfm

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