NOTICE:   Fr. John, our 6th pastor, went to his eternal reward on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.  In  lieu of flowers, Fr. John requested donations to one's parish; St. Alexander Parish has set up a Memorial Fund:
"In Memory of Fr. John Barrett" 
for those who wish to honor him in this way.  Read his obituary here.

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From Deacon John...

In today’s Gospel, a Canaanite woman calls out to Jesus to save her daughter.  But Jesus ignores her.  It may at first seem like Jesus was being cruel to her but we must remember that God knows all about us, our innermost thoughts and feelings.  “For you formed her inmost being:  you knitted her in her mother’s womb.”  Psalm 139:13.  Then Jesus said to her “It’s not right to take food from the children and give it to the dogs.”  But this woman would not be put off.  She says “Please Lord, for even the dogs eat scraps from the masters table.”  She could have considered it an insult but she moves passed that only considering her daughter.  Then Jesus heals her daughter and says “O woman great is your faith!  Let it done for you as you wish.”

We must remember that God hears all our prayers but especially the prayers of faithful servants.  “The fervent prayer of the righteous person is powerful.”  James 5:16

Fr. Mark's Recommended Readings
 Pope Francis' Exhortation: Joy of the Gospel  English .pdf   Spanish .pdf
 2013 'State of the Parish' ,  2013 Stewardship Campaign Summary
"Made for More", book on which Fr. Burke's Mission was based, available in the parish
         Gathering Space

2014 Holy Week slide shows: Holy ThursdayEaster Vigil                                                 and 2014 Easter Season
and one on our 2014 May Crowning



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