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Pastor's Note for August 13, 2017

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 8/08/17

Next week is The 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 15, 21-28

Next week we will hear of the third in a series of miracle stories leading us to what is probably the most significant event in Matthew’s Gospel outside of the Passion Narrative. It comes next week. Like ... Read More »

Pastor's Note for August 6th, 2017

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 8/03/17

Next week is The 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time ; Matthew 14, 22-33

Next week you must take time to figure out where the miracle is. It is not Jesus walking on water. That image is an old one found in the Old Testament: in Job 9:8, Psalm 77, ... Read More »

Pastor's Note for July 30, 2017

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 7/27/17

In Ordinary Time the Gospel would be from Matthew 14, 13-21

When we gather next weekend, our reading from Matthew will be interrupted by the Feast of the Transfiguration which is always celebrated on August 6. As it occurs on a Sunday in this year, the Ordinary Time readings ... Read More »

Pastor's Note for July 23, 2017

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 7/19/17

Next week is The 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Gospel will be from Matthew 13, 24-43

Matthew organized his Gospel into a series of talks or “discourses” as the scholars like to call them. The Sermon on the Mount was the first with Chapters 5 through 7, and ... Read More »

Pastor's Note for July 16, 2017

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 7/11/17

 

The 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 13, 24-43

Next Sunday we will proclaim a parable from Matthew 13, 24-43. Think this over and come prepared with your mind and heart open to the Word of God. There is a message here in this parable that stirs our ... Read More »

Note from July 9, 2017 - DRE

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 7/05/17

From a bridge builder to a disciple, a beautiful journey.

The thought of working as part of the Pastoral Team at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Norman was not on my radar screen. I came to Oklahoma in 1981 to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering and to work ... Read More »

Pastor's Note for July 2nd, 2017 - Fr Boyer

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 7/05/17

            With pleasure, I am responding to Father Boeckman’s request to add a personal message to this week’s Bulletin by way of introduction. However, I suspect that an “introduction” is probably not necessary unless you have moved to Norman since 2013. Having spent 18 years of my 49 years ... Read More »

Pastor's Note for June 25th, 2017

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 7/05/17

June 25, 2017   Several people have asked for the words I quoted from Mother Teresa of Calcutta in a recent homily. I have included them below in parenthesis and in bold. Most of the words below are from Fr. Michael Gaitley. From the beginning of the new congregation, ... Read More »

Pastor's Note for June 18th, 2017

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 6/13/17

June 18, 2017

Silence is Golden

I am getting ready to set off for my “Long Retreat”. I will be living this retreat in Omaha, Nebraska on the campus of Creighton University under the guidance of the Institute for Priestly Formation. I have been working up to this for ... Read More »

Pastor's Note for June 11th

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 6/08/17

June 11, 2017

 

Trinity

Shamrocks, triangles and three legged stools. These are the images that were used when I was growing up to describe the Trinity, which we celebrate today. The RE teacher told me that God is three persons, like a triangle, a triangle has three sides, ... Read More »