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2016 - 2017: Disciples: Sacraments of Peace

Parish Theme: 2016 - 2017: Disciples: Sacraments of Peace
(Credits for Photography and Videography: Ernie Barnhart and Cody Brown)

The 2015–16 theme, “Merciful Discipleship,” was a blessing for many of us. Our monthly reflection on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy led many of us to exercise mercy in very practical ways. During Lent, our entire community joined hands to become instruments of mercy in two communities in India and Paraguay. Our community welcomed the Matsiko World Orphan Choir, aided the Refugee Resettlement Program, and heard the real life stories of refugees, immigrants and those with disabilities. I myself have become more aware of my need for God’s mercy. More importantly, I found myself being challenged to be more merciful not only by giving to charitable organizations, but to also by changing my thoughts and my attitudes. Many of you have shared similar personal experiences with me. This was a very fruitful year for us. 

Since January 2016, our parish council, the adult faith formation team, parish staff and many others have been contemplating our theme for the years 2016-17. “PEACE” has emerged as a compelling theme. The reasons are all too obvious. Our world is undergoing tremendous turmoil. Our own nation is in the throes of unprecedented violence. More people die in our country from violence than from terrorism. This election year has seen negative and divisive politicking rarely seen in our nation’s history.  Moreover, racial upheavals, domestic violence, and violence in our school and college campuses, leaves each pining for peace. Sometimes, we too get caught up within the web of negativity, resentment, hatred, jealousy, revenge and dissensions. Our families, work places and even places of worship can witness prejudice and strife. 

Hence, we have decided to dedicate 2016-17 to “Disciples: Sacraments of Peace.” 

Peace was Jesus’ gift to his disciples. Before he himself was put to a violent death, Jesus had said to his disciples, “My peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you.” (Jn 14:27). After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to the disciples who were locked up in a room, paralyzed by fear. Christ’s gift to them was peace. Twice he said to them, “Peace be with you!” This was the same peace he promised them before his death. In the beatitudes, he calls “peacemakers,” “children of God.” (Mt 5:9).  

In this year of peace, as individuals and as a parish community, we will strive to be "Sacraments of Peace." 

We welcome you to access the resources posted on this page to reflect on our theme. 

In Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace,

Fr. Satish Joseph

* A note: For the time being, please click through the powerpoint as you watch the video.  
We are working on syncing the video and powerpoint, and they will be updated as we finish that project.

Peace in the Bible - Dr. Kelly Johnson, PhD

Peace in the Bible - Dr. Kelly Johnson, PhD

Making Christ's Gift of Peace Your Own - Spencer Hargadon

Peaceful Are... - Spencer Hargadon

Blessed are the Peacemakers! - Dr. Kelly Johnson, PhD

Blessed are the Peacemakers - Dr. Kelly Johnson, PhD

Disciples: Sacraments of Peace - Fr. Satish Joseph

Disciples: Sacraments of Peace - Fr. Satish Joseph