tom schliessman

January 9, 2021

My Brothers and Sisters:

I look forward to seeing all of you next weekend, as my Quarantine will definitely be over.  I missed being with all of you this weekend.  I am blessed that I was able to celebrate the Eucharist in the Rectory this morning (Sunday) and the main intention was the weekly Pro Popolo, which means “For the People.”  It was for you, the people for whom I am entrusted to care.  
Thank you for all your prayers and well-wishes.  Thanks, also, to everyone who has worked so hard during the Advent and Christmas Seasons.  I longed for this last weekend with Christmas hymns.  Luckily, like so many of you, I can still play them at home and plan to for a while yet.  
This weekend marked the Baptism of the Lord.  I was struck by one article today where the author noticed that Jesus was praying after His baptism in the Jordan.  The author went on to expound on something we sometimes forget.  Jesus, as God the Son, was in constant dialogue with the Father and the Holy Spirit.  In our Baptism, we are brought into that inner life of the Trinity. We can - and need - to pray regularly.  That is where we participate in this intimate union we have. The more we do that, the more our Confirmation (which is intimately linked to our Baptism) empowers us in our walk with Christ.  
There is a website whose articles sometimes pop up with interesting comments.  I offer you a particular article I saw a while back.
I also ask you to look at the Archdiocesan website.  It is:  
Particularly, there is an invitation to answer a survey the Vatican wants our bishops to ask everyone to take in the next few weeks so that they can send the results to Rome in preparation for the upcoming 2023 Synod.  
In Christ,

fr.tom sig


Ya Estoy deseando verlos el próximo fin de semana, ya que mi Cuarentena habrá terminado definitivamente.  Extrañe no haber estado con todos ustedes este fin de semana.  Tuve la bendición de haber podido celebrar la Eucaristía en la Rectoría esta mañana (domingo) y la intención principal fue el Pro Popolo semanal, que significa "Para el Pueblo".  Esta Misa fue por ustedes, la gente a la que se me ha encomendado cuidar.
Gracias por todas sus oraciones y buenos deseos. Gracias, también, a todos los que arduamente han trabajado durante las temporadas de Adviento y Navidad. El fin de semana pasado heche de menos los cantos de Navidad.  Por suerte, como muchos de ustedes, todavía puedo tocarlos en casa y pienso hacerlo por un tiempo más.  
Este fin de semana se ha celebrado el Bautismo del Señor.  Hoy me ha llamado la atención un artículo en el que el autor se daba cuenta de que Jesús rezaba después de su Bautismo en el Jordán.  El autor continuó exponiendo algo que a veces olvidamos.  Jesús, como Dios Hijo, estaba en constante diálogo con el Padre y el Espíritu Santo.  En nuestro Bautismo somos introducidos en esa vida interior de la Trinidad. Podemos -y necesitamos- rezar regularmente.  Ahí es donde participamos de la unión íntima que tenemos. Cuanto más lo hagamos, más nuestra Confirmación (que está íntimamente ligada a nuestro Bautismo) nos capacita en nuestro caminar con Cristo.
Hay un sitio web cuyos artículos aparecen a veces con comentarios interesantes.  Te ofrezco un enlace en particular que vi hace un tiempo.
También les pido que miren en la página de la Arquidiócesis.  Aquí:  
En particular, se invita a responder a una encuesta que el Vaticano quiere que nuestros obispos realicen en las próximas semanas para así enviar los resultados a Roma en preparación del próximo Sínodo de 2023.  
En Cristo,

Padre Tom

fr.tom sig

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Our daily Masses (when school is not in attendance) are being celebrated in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel once again.
All of our Eucharistic Adoration is also being prayed in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel once again.

Resources Regarding the Return to Mass

The Archdiocese Office of Worship and Evangelization has created several videos featuring Archdiocesan speakers that highlight the privilege and joy of being able to celebrate the Eucharist together as the Body of Christ.  Each of these very brief videos addresses a specific facet of what a gift and a privilege it is for us to attend Sunday Mass. Please enjoy these videos and share them with others:

Sean Hussey Young Adult and College Campus Ministry:

Sr. Nicolette Etienne, OSB Middle School Religion Teacher:

Fr. Patrick Beidelman, Office of Worship:

Ken Ogorek, Office of Catechesis:


Pope Francis established the Year of the Family on March 19, 2021, the Solemnity of St. Joseph. This marks the fifth anniversary of the publication of his Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, which means "The joy of love" and explores the beauty and joy found in family life. The Year of the Family will conclude on June 26, 2022, on the occasion of the tenth World Meeting of Families in Rome with the Holy Father. Pope Francis established the Year of the Family to help strengthen faith and live God’s joy more fruitfully in family life.


For true human fraternity
We pray for all those suffering from religious discrimination and persecution; may their own rights and dignity be recognized, which originate from being brothers and sisters in the human family.


The month of January is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus. “In the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth and under the earth” (Phil 2:10). Christ’s name is chosen in heaven and the Angel Gabriel announces it when he informs the Blessed Virgin of the incarnation: “Behold thou shall conceive in thy womb and shalt bring forth a son and thou shall call his name Jesus”. It is a name that has marvellous implications, for it means “saviour.” The very name bespeaks the magnitude of His mission, His infinite love, a love that will cause Him to offer Himself up for us. The name of Jesus is the sweetest of all names and He who bears it is most worthy of all love. He who calls Jesus, his friend, can be assured that this friend is the most devoted and unselfish of all friends.


O Mary, you always brighten our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the Cross, took part in Jesus’ pain while remaining steadfast in the faith. O loving mother, you know what we need, and we are confident you will provide for us as at Cana in Galilee. Intercede for us with your Son Jesus, the Divine Physician, for those who have fallen ill, for those who are vulnerable, and for those who have died. Intercede also for those charged with protecting the health and safety of others and for those who are tending to the sick and seeking a cure. Help us, O Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who took upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows, so as to lead us, through the Cross, to the glory of the Resurrection. Amen.


Under thy protection, we seek refuge, O Holy Mother of God. In our needs, despise not our petitions, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
Adapted from the prayer of Pope Francis

RETIREMENT FUND FOR RELIGIOUS Next weekend: December 11/12, 2021


Father of all, Creator and ruler of the universe, You entrusted your world to us as a gift. Help us to care for it and all people, that we may live in a right relationship-- with You, with ourselves, with one another, and with creation.

Christ our Lord, both divine and human, You lived among us and died for our sins. Help us to imitate your love for the human family by recognizing that we are all connected— to our brothers and sisters around the world, to those in poverty impacted by environmental devastation, and to future generations.

Holy Spirit, the giver of wisdom and love, You breathe life in us and guide us. Help us to live according to your vision, stirring to action the hearts of all—
individuals and families, communities of faith, and civil and political leaders.

Triune God, help us to hear the cry of those in poverty, and the cry of the earth, so that we may together care for our common home. Amen.


This prayer from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is based on Pope Francis' Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home



Weekend Masses are booked through the end of the year. Daily Masses are available as early as next week. Call Kim at the parish office 317-546-4065 ext 332 to schedule a Mass intention in memory of a loved one or for the special intention of a loved one. The stipend is $10.



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