Blessed are those who did not see but believed

04-07-2024Weekly ReflectionFr. Chris Nunes

Dear Fellow Disciples, peace.

Thomas represents all disciples who reach faith by overcoming unbelief. He imposes conditions on his faith in the resurrection, refusing to accept the testimony of his brethren. How often do we do the same? His heart was taken by some kind of materialism and rationalism. He needs to see and touch Jesus before taking a step in faith.

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Hundred-Dollar Heroes

03-31-2024Campaign Progress

Let us reflect on the invaluable legacy left by past generations, a treasure too easily overlooked in the rush of our daily lives. This Easter, let us take a moment to express our gratitude to the visionary heroes of Saint Rose of Lima whose dedication laid the very foundations of our present campus. They paved the way for future generations to encounter God. Because of their faith and devotion, we have inherited not only a beautiful church and a thriving school, but also a rich tapestry of stories, traditions, and values – an enduring spiritual inheritance.

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Happy Easter!

03-31-2024Weekly ReflectionFr. Chris Nunes

HE IS RISEN! ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA!!! THE DISCIPLE SAW AND BELIEVED!

Dear Fellow Disciples, peace.

The beloved disciple serves as a model for our faith in the resurrection. Different from Peter who entered the sepulcher and tried to analyze the place carefully, noticing the details, the beloved disciple realized that something very important had happened to the Master.

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Hosanna to the Crucified Son

03-24-2024Weekly ReflectionFr. Chris Nunes

Dear Fellow disciples, peace.

The chief of the Roman soldiers recognizes the son of God in the crucified Jesus. He makes a confession of faith as a disciple. This was the intent of the evangelist Mark all along in his version of the gospel.

The centurion's confession passes through the contemplation of the crucified master, in whom he (and we) recognize the Son of God. He confesses Jesus as the Messiah, the Christ.

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Pathways to Progress: Feasibility study results, Diocesan approvals and MORE!

03-17-2024Campaign ProgressFr. Chris Nunes

In our last update in January of this year, we stated that the Feasibility Study for the Marian Center Renovation was well underway. We had received approval from the Diocese legal team to enter into a contract on the Athletic Field Relocation Study and were planning to meet with the Saint Rose ONE Building Committee to present the preferred alternative for the Master Plan Update. We also reported that we had completed some clearing on the 30-acre Nature Sanctuary and finalized a federal grant request for EPIC funds to clear out the underbrush on this property.

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We Want to See Jesus

03-17-2024Weekly ReflectionFr. Chris Nunes

Dear Fellow Disciples, peace.

The desire of the Greeks, "We want to see Jesus", lacked some clarity. What kind of Jesus did they want to see? The miracle worker? The leader of the multitude? The Master who speaks things never heard before? The one who gives hope to those who despair? In short, what was in the minds and hearts of those foreigners?

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Between Light & Darkness (Laetare Sunday)

03-10-2024Weekly ReflectionFr. Chris Nunes

Dear Fellow Disciples, peace.

Nicodemus' visit at night allows Jesus to address a theme not only important to the disciples but to humanity. The predisposition we have to let ourselves be involved with darkness, even though the light is offered to us. Nobody is free from such risk.

Jesus is the Light the Father offers humanity. His witness of love, even to the extreme of his total surrender was enough to touch people's hearts. Was it? Many decided to tread the path of selfishness and favor injustice and evil with no regard for those who suffer.

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A Message from Fr. Chris regarding the Capital Campaign

03-10-2024Campaign ProgressFr. Chris Nunes

Dear Fellow Disciples, peace.

From the beginning of our Capital Campaign, we have strived to provide transparency. Our Finance Committee has advised on financial matters and the Parish Council has prioritized our initiatives. Together, we have ensured that all decisions have addressed the parish’s needs, reflected our mission and served our community effectively.

As we further navigate the financial aspects of this campaign, I want to reiterate some important information I shared in the bulletin last October – our original goal, though carefully calculated, was based on cost estimates from 2020 when we initially completed the Master Plan. Our continued research and discussions with architects have proven our assumption that we will need a significant increase in participation and funds to finish phases I and II.

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House of the Father, House of Love

03-03-2024Weekly ReflectionFr. Chris Nunes

Dear Fellow Disciples, peace.

The profanation of the temple of Jerusalem, with the commerce and exploitation of the poor dried up Jesus' patience. The gesture of throwing the money changers out of the sacred space comes from the sad realization that God's image had been distorted and profaned.

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