Reopening Plans for St. Priscilla Church
We are resuming our regular Mass schedule. We are no longer be livestreaming Masses.
Weekday Masses in English: Monday – Saturday at 8:00AM
Weekend Masses in English: Saturday at 4:00PM and Sunday at 8:30AM & 12:30PM
Confessions are available Monday – Friday 30 minutes before each Mass. On Saturday, confessions are available from 3:00 to 4:00PM, as usual.
If you wish to register for one of our Masses, you must call the Parish Office in advance.
There are strict guidelines we must follow when entering the Church. You will find helpful tips and reminders below. While our parish staffs will attempt to take appropriate precautions consistent with the advice of public health authorities, parishioners and guests should understand that they assume the risk of contracting COVID-19 any time they enter a public space since such precautions do not eliminate the risk of infection.
Fr. Matthias' Reflection
An unclean spirit as we read in the Gospel according to St. Mark learns that Jesus has a special relationship with God. He feels a great danger to himself in the person of Jesus. It is clear that by freeing people from unclean spirits, Jesus deprives Satan of power on earth, thus enabling God’s reign. Our Lord and Savior clearly shows us who is first and the most important to Him. Continuing, as it were, from last week’s meditation on an excerpt from 1 Corinthians, today we also hear a very clear exhortation that everything we do, the relationships we live in, should serve and help us stay close to God. It is God alone who gives full meaning to our lives. Hence the most important thing for us is to put God first and trust Him. Everything else is less important and should follow this principle. An extremely accurate commentary on this fragment of the Apostle Paul’s letter are the words of St. Augustine, who said: “If God comes first, everything is in its right place.” Such an attitude requires our commitment and attention to God’s matters. Let us, today, shift our gaze from the material to the spiritual and supernatural. This will free our hearts from unnecessary attachments and allow us to truly live life to the full!
I want to take this opportunity and thank you for your constant remembrance and prayer for me. I, too, remain with you in prayer and thank God for each and every one of you. Lately, I’ve been enjoying spending time with the Desert Fathers. Their extremely deep wisdom tells us how to live. The desert is a kind of lifestyle from which we can draw inspiration and relate these experiences to our own lives, even to a minimal extent. So, in connection with this Sunday meditation, I want to propose to you three apothegms of St. Simeon of Thessalonica:
“This divine prayer, that is, invoking our Savior with the words:” Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me,” is a request, self-giving and a proclamation of faith. It awakens the Holy Spirit, gives God’s gifts, cleanses the heart and casts out demons. It is the presence of Jesus Christ in us, the source of spiritual intentions and holy thoughts. It frees from sins, heals souls and bodies, and bestows God’s light and mercy.”
„Let each believer continually repeat, both in mind and in speech, this prayer of the Name of Jesus. When he is at home and while traveling, going to bed and waking up, when he says or does something, let him always be in this prayer. He will then find the great joy and merry, experienced by those who practice this prayer carefully. It also applies to people who are occupied with earthly matters, and monks themselves, even if they must remain in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the world.”
“It is therefore necessary that all priests, laity and monks, whenever they awaken from sleep, think of and remember Christ first. Let them present this prayer to Him as the beginning of all thoughts and as their sacrifice. Before they think about anything else, they should remember Jesus who saved us and loved us so much. For we are Christians and we bear the Name of Christ.”
Abide in the love of Christ,
Fr. Matthias – your Pastor