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Reflections on the Prodigal Son

03-31-2019Weekly Bulletin LetterFr. Robert Seraph Aliunzi, AJ

This weekend, I am giving my State of the Parish Address at all the Masses, outlining the successes and blessings that we have enjoyed since my last presentation of the same, a year ago. In this address, I will also point out the challenges faced as a parish and as Church and my pastoral focus for the next year. This focus will be mainly on continuing to make stewardship a way of life here at our parish. For this reason, instead of continuing with the series on the spirituality of stewardship as I promised, I am going to give a brief reflection on the gospel of this Fourth Sunday of Lent in this article.

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March 31 Weekly Reflection

03-31-2019Weekly Reflection

Take a moment to reflect on Jesus and His presence in your life. Pray together, aloud, the Our Father.

March 24 Weekly Reflection

03-24-2019Weekly Reflection

Adults/Teens: In the Gospel this weekend, Jesus speaks about the fact that unless we repent, we will not escape the fate that those in the story met; death. Often times, we are quick to point out the faults of others, or compare ourselves to those who have committed whatever we deem as truly horrible decisions. We may say something like, "at least I am not that bad!" But Jesus tells us that we should not be so quick to judge or compare.

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Embracing Stewardship as a Way of Life Here at St. Andrew the Apostle

03-24-2019Weekly Bulletin LetterFr. Robert Seraph Aliunzi, AJ

I am going to resume my reflections on the Spirituality of Stewardship because I believe this is very important if we are going to make stewardship a way of life here in our parish. In my previous articles on this topic, if you recall, I dwelt on the core values of Stewardship which include: Identity, Trust, Gratitude, and Love.

On Identity, I pointed out that first and foremost, we are created by God in His own image and likeness and this image is very good; and also, that we are created for God. If then we are created by God and for God and I may add, purely out of love, we have to trust that this same God will provide for all our needs because He loves us. Hence, we should not be afraid to share what we have with others for fear that we will lack what we need.

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March 17 Weekly Reflection

03-17-2019Weekly Reflection

Adults/Teens: IN the Gospel reading this weekend, we meet Jesus on the mountain of His Transfiguration. Jesus selects Peter, James, and John to travel up the mountain with Him and pray. The sight the apostles witness is beyond any of their wildest breams. Jesus' body actually changes, the apostles have a glimpse into what His Glorified body will look like. And as if this were not incredible enough, Moses and Elijah also appear. in this brief interaction, so much is confirmed for those chosen to be with Christ; there is truly a Heaven, there is an afterlife, there is truly reason for hope.

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Recommended Lenten Spiritual Acts

03-17-2019Weekly Bulletin LetterFr. Robert Seraph Aliunzi, AJ

In my brief announcements at the beginning of each Mass this past weekend, I recommended for your consideration some practical spiritual acts based on the three traditional pillars of Lent, namely: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving. Allow me to remind you of them in this article.

On prayer, I recommended that during this Season, you consider attending at least one more Mass during the week in addition to either Saturday eve or Sunday. I also reminded you that in case attending the morning Mass does not work for you, we have a 7.00pm evening Mass on Wednesdays. We also have the stations of the cross led by different Ministries in our parish at 7.00pm every Friday during this Lenten Season. I am pleased to note that the attendance at the weekday Masses has gone up as well as at the Stations of the Cross. Additionally, during this season, you could also recite the rosary more often, go for adoration before the Blessed Sacrament every Wednesday here at our parish, or go for confession more frequently and be attentive whenever you pray.

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Annual World Day of Prayer

03-10-2019Weekly Bulletin LetterFr. Robert Seraph Aliunzi, AJ

This past Wednesday, liturgically also known as Ash Wednesday, we officially began Lent. This is a period that calls us to spiritually audit our lives and make the necessary changes needed in order to become holy. The means proposed for us to achieve this include, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We shall be hearing more about this in homilies in the coming weeks. In this article, allow me to reflect on the first Friday which we observed a few days ago on which we seldom focus. I am reminded of this by an article written by one of my Ugandan priest writers, Msgr. Katende.

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March 10 Weekly Reflection

03-10-2019Weekly Reflection

Adults/Teens: Temptation is something we will all face in our lives. Jesus was also tempted. Jesus was tempted just as we are, but he did not sin. Sin is always a choice. We are called to guard ourselves against sin and when possible, against the dangers of temptation itself. The temptations Jesus encounters in the desert represented the temptations that we may fall prey to in this life.

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Greetings from the Apostles of Jesus General Assembly

03-03-2019Weekly Bulletin LetterFr. Robert Seraph Aliunzi, AJ

In my last week’s article, I requested for your prayers for theApostles of Jesus Religious Missionary Institute, as Fr. Teilo andI headed to Nairobi, Kenya to join our brothers for our thirdGeneral Assembly; which took place from February 18 throughFebruary 23, 2019. We bring to you, from your Apostles ofJesus Family, lots of warm greetings and assurances of prayers.Through your prayers, the Assembly was a huge success. Thankyou, thank you, and thank you!

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March 3 Weekly Reflection

03-03-2019Weekly Reflection

”In today’s readings we hear Jesus speaking in Galilee as well asa Jewish sage named Sirach writing in Jerusalem more than acentury earlier. The two of them touch upon a single truth: Thewords that come out of us make known the hidden thoughtswithin us. Speech reveals the secrets of the heart.

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