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 Gibbons . . . . . .

                 Today we celebrate the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.  In his book, “Killing Jesus” by Bill O’Reilly, he describes the invention of crucifixion by the Romans.  They experimented with crucifixion to perfect it.  There were times when it took a victim four days to die.  It was a punishment for anyone who opposed the will of Rome.  It kept their slaves obedient.  If you were a Roman citizen it was illegal for anyone to crucify you.  St. Paul was a Roman citizen and in his letters he used his citizenship to save his life and help spread the Gospel.
     In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells Nicodemus, “Son of man is to be lifted up so that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life”  (Matt 3:13).   Jesus took on the form of a slave; He humbled Himself taking on even death on a cross  (Phil 2:8).  God in His infinite wisdom has taken an evil invented by His creatures and turned it into an offering to save these very creatures.  

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