Tag Archives: St. Gabriel the Archangel

Sunday Sermon and Our Parish Picnic

7 Oct

“Life is like a picnic. You make preparations, spread out the blanket, open the basket, and assemble the guests. Then, the ants invade and it pours down rain. Grab your stuff and run like crazy!”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Today was a special day at St. Gabriel. Not only were we going to have our Parish Picnic at noon, but Bishop Kelly, our former Pastor, was officiating at 9 am Mass. He was there for the dedication of the Bishop Kelly Center, formerly our old sanctuary and offices.

I had a little trouble comprehending today’s Gospel. Hmm? You tell your servants to prepare your meal while you eat and drink after they’ve tended the fields? Do you thank the servant for doing what was commanded? Hmmm…? I probably would say, come on in and have supper with me after they worked the fields and tended the sheep. That’s just me.

Lk 17:5-10

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

“Who among you would say to your servant who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’? Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink’? Do you thank the servant for doing what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are worthless servants; we have done only what we ought to have done!’”

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My take on it… long and short… God expects us to do much more than just the minimal amount of what is expected. If you are a good and faithful servant, you will honor your master above and beyond the call of duty. Go the extra mile.

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After Mass and the dedication, Helene and I went over to the parish hall where they were setting up for the picnic and ministry fair. We didn’t sign up for a special duty, we were “gophers.” The gym was lined up with tables of all the different ministries available, and members had info and sign up sheets. I’m already part of the Welcome ministry, but I signed up for the 60+ group. I guess the only criteria is you have to be over 60. Well covered there. They just meet once a month for fellowship. I can do that.

The Knights and men’s groups cooked the hamburgers and hot dogs out back, and the rest of the food was a pot luck. The women’s club set up and other volunteers helped out wherever they could. There was a ton of food. Catholics like to cook! Almost as much as we like to eat and socialize. There were all kinds of fun things for the kids to do, with bounce houses, slides, games etc. oh, and face painting was a big hit.

It was a fun and informative afternoon. My friend Lynn asked Father Don how he came about to becoming a priest after he had graduated with a degree in electrical

engineering. He felt the call after realizing that engineering was not his true calling. We are very fortunate that he answered that call.

A great day at St. Gabe’s. Happy Sunday my friends.

Sunday Sermon and My CRHP Sisters

28 Jul

“The need of the immaterial is the most deeply rooted of all needs. One must have bread; but before bread, one must have the ideal.”

― Victor Hugo

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After a late night at the Elvis concert Saturday, and getting ready for this morning’s early rise for serving breakfast for our new CRHP sisters, the four or five hours of sleep I think I got, wasn’t that refreshing. But, I happily jumped out of bed before the 6 am alarm, so I could get to church by 7:30.

I individually prepared the two dozen roses, each in a plastic baggie with a wet napkin at the stem, then tied with twine, so each new CRHP retreat sister could have a red rose and remembrance with their breakfast. I had baked three fruit upside down cakes, (one for my Fire station) bought 24 Yoplait yogurts, brought a couple bottles of apple juice, and had a rose for each lady. There were enough roses so our CRHP 28 sisters could have one too.

If you’re not familiar with CRHP, it stands for Christ Renews His Parish, and there are two men’s and women’s spiritual retreats each year. I went a couple of years ago, and it was a wonderful life changing experience. The previous retreatants are then asked to provide meals for the new groups. I made such wonderful friends at my retreat.

There was SO much wonderful food. We could have fed the entire parish. Not, really. We have thousands of parishioners.

Just a few of my CRHP 28 sisters.

Father Don stopped by for a quick bite before 9 o’clock Mass.

The ladies all had a fine breakfast and when they finished and left, our group sat down to eat. It was 8:30 by now, and I asked my sisters if they wouldn’t mind if I ducked out early before clean-up so I could walk across the way to church, then I could greet and attend Mass. I thought we wouldn’t get done till 10 or so. Perfect timing. I still got to greet at the door, go to Mass and stop for coffee with Jerry and Helene afterwards.

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So, the Gospel reading message for today was quite appropriate: Share bread with your friends. When we were asked to provide and serve a meal for this retreat, most of which were strangers, everyone went above and beyond the call of duty, and we loved every second.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus was asked by the disciples how to pray. That’s where we get the “Give us this day our daily bread” from. He uses the example of a man knocking on his neighbor’s door in the middle of the night wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. He had a visitor but no food to offer. What if the friend turns him away? Persistence and a good heart will have the friend get up and give the bread.

9 ‘So I say to you: Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.

10 For everyone who asks receives; everyone who searches finds; everyone who knocks will have the door opened.

My take on it… always share your blessings with others. Not just share, but share from your heart and with love. Just like you take care of your children and friends, when you ask God, your Heavenly Father, for something, you will receive it. It also mentioned you have to be persistent. I think sometimes you have to do a lot of “knocking” before your prayers are answered. All in God’s good time. (I’m still knockin’ Lord!)

Happy Sunday my friends. (PS- I took a little nap when I got home. I was exhausted. Now, to clean up my messy kitchen. 🤦‍♀️)

Sunday Sermon and Maestro Hector Olivera

29 Apr

“When in doubt, throw doubt out and have a little faith.”

E. A. Bucchianeri

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Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus appearing to the Apostles in a locked room after His resurrection. Thomas was not there, so he did not believe them. He said he would have to touch the wounds himself to believe. Eight days later, Jesus appeared to them again, and Thomas was there. Jesus told Thomas to touch His wounds. Then, Thomas believed. (Thus, inspiring the quote “Doubting Thomas.”

29Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” 30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.

My take on it… sometimes you just have to throw caution to the wind and just have faith, blind faith. That’s a good analogy. You can’t always see the things you believe in, but you still believe.

“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe,”

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Last night, the parishioners of St. Gabriel the Archangel had the great honor of hearing an amazing concert by Maestro Hector Olivera for the dedication of the beautiful Allen Organ. Born in Buenos Aires, Mr. Olivera began playing the pipe organ when he was three. At age five he played for the legendary Eva Perón; at twelve he entered the University of Buenos Aires and by eighteen had performed for heads of state and celebrities throughout Latin America. When offered a scholarship at the renowned Juilliard School of Music in New York, he moved to the United States. Three years later, Mr. Olivera’s outstanding professional concert career was launched when he won the AGO’s National Improvisation Contest.

I guess the best way describe his talents is to let you hear for yourself. Amazing!

Maestro, please…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-su3sRvpPo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzTjOKszuSQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiShAn8zDdE

Wednesday:) Where Angels Wing

20 Feb

“We all have a Guardian Angel who is loving, kind and caring, who’ll be there when we need someone to share the load we’re bearing.”

― Anonymous

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The gloomy grey skies from yesterday burst into glorious sunshine today. You know why? This morning was the ribbon cutting ceremony for the brand new Catholic Church in McKinney. The Angels would not allow a gloomy rainy day. Parishioners, staff, friends, family, neighbors and local dignitaries gathered on this beautiful Wednesday morning for the ribbon cutting ceremony at St. Gabriel the Archangel. Dedications and Masses will begin this weekend.

A beautiful new church for a beautiful caring community.

Angels guide and guard the way.

Stunning stained glass windows surround the sanctuary to brighten even the gloomiest day. But today, the sun illuminated the interior.

May your Guardian Angels guide and protect you always. I know mine do. I have a few, but my angel mother is and has always been my champion.

Sunday Sermon and the St. Gabriel Church Picnic

8 Oct

“God doesn’t send you the obstacles, He guides you through the hurdles.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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“There is a difference between giving up and knowing when you’ve had enough.”

Unknown

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It was a gloomy dark morning with rain threatening. Oh no! Today was the St. Gabriel annual church picnic at noon. I greeted at the door before 9 o’clock Mass with Jerry and Mary. I had a small stuffed animal for Avery in one pocket of my sweater and a Matchbox car for Liam in the other. Little Avery gave me a big hug, but today, my young friend, Liam, had a gift for me along with his hug. I was honored. A rock and two tree seeds or nuts. Not sure what kind, but they are very pretty.

Today’s Gospel Mark 10: 2-12 was about, well, one of my least favorite subjects, DIVORCE. The Pharisees were testing Jesus and asked Him if it was lawful for a husband to divorce his wife. We are all familiar with His response, usually a quote used in most wedding ceremonies.

“But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.

For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother

and be joined to his wife,

and the two shall become one flesh.

So they are no longer two but one flesh.

Therefore what God has joined together,

no human being must separate.”

In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this.

He said to them,

“Whoever divorces his wife and marries another

commits adultery against her;

and if she divorces her husband and marries another,

she commits adultery.”

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That was over two thousand years ago, and it still applies. The concept may still apply, but the world hasn’t changed, and people still get divorced, all too easily and often. It hits pretty close to home. It has been over five years that I’ve been struggling with this, and being Catholic, it’s not an easy concept to deal with. That’s why I’m still in the process of getting an annulment, because according to my church, even though I’ve been divorced for four years, I’m still married. That hurts. But, as I said. He didn’t send the obstacles, He helps me through the hurdles. I get stronger every day. Pretty soon, I’ll be able to leap over those hurdles with ease. After the Gospel reading, instead of getting all misty with tears slipping down my cheek, today I felt stronger and empowered. Yay!

The church picnic started at noon, but I went over early to take my brownies and to volunteer at the Bella House Ministry table with Mary. All the many church

ministries had tables in the gym to share information for volunteer opportunities.

The rain not only held off, but the sun burst through, and it was a beautiful sunny day. There was plenty of food, fun for the children, and time to visit with friends and families.

It was a good Sunday, a fun picnic, then later in the evening, the dark gloomy clouds returned. The warm day cooled into a pleasant night, and all is well.

HAPPY SUNDAY TO ALL.

Friendly Farewell To Father Charles

27 Jun

“The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.”

Antoine François Prévost

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Today, at St. Gabriel’s, Father Charles celebrated his last morning Mass. Our beloved Father will be going to St. Francis soon. During his homily, he thanked all the people who made him feel so welcome during his years at St. Gabriel’s. We have become his family, and will always remain family. Fortunately, he won’t be too far away.

After Mass, people gathered to say farewell and get in some last minute hugs. The children, especially, will miss the kind and friendly Father.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHlYqqWwFP0

Farewell lunch for Fr. Charles

Sunday, July 1, 2018, 12:00 PM
Location: Community Center
Say goodbye to Fr. Charles as he moves to his new assignment at St Francis and JP II High School. We will have a lunch for him after the 11am Mass. The Kenyan Choir will also sing at the 11am Mass. You will also be able to give him a card and say goodbye after each Mass. We will miss you Fr. Charles! Thank you for your sincere service to the people of St. Gabriel.

Thank you, Father Charles.

Sunday Sermon and CRHP Sisters Singin’ Karaoke

24 Jun

“We hang out, we help one another, we tell one another our worst fears and biggest secrets, and then just like real sisters, we listen and don’t judge.”

– Adriana Trigiani

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The early morning was overcast with helpful clouds, but by 10am, we went from tolerable to oppressive. Welcome to Texas. This morning, greeting before Mass with Jerry and Mary, we gave out a LOT of hugs. It was a huggy kinda morning.

Today’s Gospel according to Luke was about the birth of John the Baptist. Everyone thought that Elizabeth would name her baby Zechariah, after his father. There was no John in the family. All were surprised when even his father wrote on a tablet, “John is his name.” Then the father spoke, his tongue freed, and everyone knew this would be a special blessed child, and they wondered…

“What, then, will this child be?”

For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.

The child grew and became strong in spirit,

and he was in the desert until the day

of his manifestation to Israel.

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My take on it… John the Baptist was destined to be a special child and blessing to the world. But, you know what? Don’t we all wonder when we have children, what “this child will be?” Each and every child brought into this world should be given a special name of honor, and be a special blessing. One of my favorite quotes is, “Your perception is your reality.” You are what you believe you are. Perhaps if everyone believed they were special from the start, a gift from God, and was put on this earth to be great, loving and a blessing, then maybe it would be a much better world.

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After church, I made some brownies to take over to our CRHP 28 Sisters luncheon hosted by our sister, Theresa. These lovely ladies and I have shared so much in the past year or so since we first met at our St. Gabriel’s women’s retreat. We try to get together every month or so. Theresa was kind enough to invite us to her home for food, fun and…yes, karaoke.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAiYFqyleI4

Sisters that sing together, cling together.