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To Love, Proclaim, and Serve God through

Amar, Proclamar y Servir a Dios a través de

  • life-giving liturgical worship
  • joyful community
  • empowering others

We live our mission through worship, in which lay adults, children and youth participate alongside our clergy.  Traditional, life-giving Eucharistic liturgy and fine music are hallmarks of worship at our parish, and we have weekly services in both English and Spanish.  We create a joyful community with a harvest of fellowship activities and events for all ages.  We empower and serve others through vital ministries, particularly around feeding the hungry.  Please explore our website to get to know us or, better yet, come visit!

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Musings from Mother Jenny 02.23.2024

It was good for my soul last week to be on an airplane cruising at an altitude of 32,000 feet. Soaring heavenward, through bleak clouds and rain, when turbulence hit, all I could do was pray and trust the pilot to navigate us safely through the storm. Once blue skies opened and the sun shown bright, home and church, work and worries dissipated as we flew south to warmer weather. If ten years of living through the frigid winters of upstate New York and Connecticut taught me anything, it is that taking a winter break is very good for my soul.

So off Joe and I flew last week to the Florida Keys. The home where we stayed had a gorgeous 360-degree rooftop view of sky, water and mangroves. Each morning, I sought a ritual of solitude on the roof watching clouds, pondering, praying and journaling. Amidst the beauty and warm breezes, my perspective began to change. I could see the future in a new light, one that was more hopeful and less anxious. And then as often happens when I’m sitting with myself in solitude, words to an old familiar hymn came to mind:

O soul are you weary and troubled
No light in the darkness you see
There’s light for a look at the Savior
And life more abundant and free
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in his wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of his glory and grace.

As we move further into Lent, I share these words with you as a prayer and a promise. Keeping our eyes on Jesus does help to lessen our worries and calm our anxious souls, at least it does for me. I also offer this image of Jesus.

Years ago, when I wrote (painted) this icon, I was going through a difficult time of loss, betrayal and grief. Looking into the eyes of Jesus was healing and helped bring peace and joy back into my life. May it be so for each of us this Lent.

 

 

With blessings for a Holy Lent,
Mother Jenny+