Pastor’s Weekly Message

Msgr James Forsen

Generosity

The Pastor realized that the parish had never received a donation from the parish’s most successful parishioner. He called to persuade him to contribute. “Our research shows that out of a yearly income of more than $750,000. you give not a penny to the Church. Wouldn’t you like to help your parish and give back…

How To Rebuild A Church

I received a letter from one of our parishioners last week, which I want to share with you all. Having listened to our desire to Renew Visitation and the need we have to all pitch in to build up our parish, one of our families sent me this email. “Before Mass this morning, my wife…

The Beatitudes in our Life

Beatitudes for the Disciple Blessed are those who know they need God and call Him “Father,” for the temptations of the world will never seduce them. They shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they who have suffered injustice, the injustice of an unfair wage, of a negligent child, of a brother or sister who has…

Epiphany Trivia

As we celebrate this last Sunday feast of Christmas, the Epiphany (the baptism of Jesus, which is celebrated tomorrow, is the official conclusion of the Christmas season), it might be helpful to look deeper into this story from Matthew’s gospel to better understand what is really going on. So, some “trivia” questions. Sometimes we say…

Renewing Visitation

Dear Visitation Parish, We have recently undergone the process of a feasibility study of our parish members to see if Visitation has the viability to run a capital campaign for Renew Visitation. The company we used for the study, Changing Our World, discovered through several interviews of our parishioners that we are indeed ready to begin fundraising for Visitation. We…

Jesus is Coming! Look Busy!

As Advent begins, we will be hearing apocalyptic scripture describing the end of the world in fearful terms. Earthquakes, fire, floods, wars and insurrection. Families turning on one another. Parents handing their children over to authorities. People begging for the mountains to cover them over and cursing their very birth when contemplating the things yet to come. When I…

New Beatitudes for Modern Life

On the Feast of All Saints, we heard the gospel proclaiming the beatitudes “Blessed are the poor in spirit… Blessed are the peacemakers… Blessed are the meek.” In that same spirit that Jesus brought to this world, I offer you once again my “new beatitudes for modern life… Beatitudes for the Disciple Blessed are the grateful, for they…