Posted by: St. Florence Catholic Church | September 23, 2022

Church Bulletin September 25, 2022

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Posted by: St. Florence Catholic Church | September 14, 2022

Church Bulletin September 18, 2022

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Posted by: St. Florence Catholic Church | September 9, 2022

Church Bulletin September 11, 2022

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 Note – there is an error on the September Events calendar.  On Sept 11, we will have a Sunday Celebration in the Absence of a Priest (SCAP Service) lead by Deacon Terry Waiss instead of a Mass.  The SCAP service fulfills your Sunday obligation.
Posted by: St. Florence Catholic Church | September 2, 2022

Church Bulletin September 4, 2022

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Posted by: St. Florence Catholic Church | September 2, 2022

“Shades of Grey” –  Live Music at the Sept 11th Picnic

Shades of Grey plays an exciting mix of classic rock, bluegrass, folk & country music. Based in the Ogden-Huntsville, UT area, they play throughout the Western United States. The band adds an Americana flavor to tunes drawn from a variety of musical influences. From Steve Miller to Steve Earle, Tom Petty to Tom Russell, Bruce to Buffett and Eagles to Monkees, their diverse range is one reason why this band is an Ogden Valley favorite.

Posted by: St. Florence Catholic Church | August 26, 2022

Church Bulletin August 28, 2022

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Posted by: St. Florence Catholic Church | August 26, 2022

Fr. Oscar Hernandez’ Homily for Aug. 27/28, 2022Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Being a disciple of Jesus has its share of effort, dedication, and hard work. Sometimes, we think that everything “is fine”, that we do not need to convert, transform, and continue growing. It is likely that we are “very confident” with what we are and what we do regardless of the state of life and commitment we have. If we let ourselves be touched by the Word of God and accept it seriously, it is impossible not to feel shaken, challenged. It is not possible to live our faith and continue living as we lived before, the Word of God is transforming, it brings forth a relationship with the Lord, it produces changes, and it produces works.

The word of God not only shows us the way of salvation, but also how to live with our neighbor. Today he tells us about a basic theme for Christian life: Humility, Saint Francis of Sales says: “The most powerful weapon to defeat the devil is humility

We live in a very aggressive society, structured around consumption and competition. Faced with this reality, the Lord comes to offer the structure of his kingdom: “For everyone who exalts he will be humbled; and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

We are all called to humility.  Being humble, from the perspective of the Kingdom, has more to do with emptying ourselves of ourselves, to fill ourselves with God, it is to fulfill the will of God.

So, how can we know if we are humble or not; let’s see what the first reading says. “My child, conduct your affairs with humility and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts. Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God”.  

A humble person does not brag about his achievements or what he does. Do you like to show off what you have? Your houses, your cars, your bank accounts, your titles? Being humble is not a denial of the abilities that God has given you, but to use your talents to put them at the service of others, and among them the most vulnerable.

A humble person does not need to brag about what he has or what he does. A humble person does not seek protagonist, to be the center of attention. I want to do this, but I want people to notice that I am there, my ideas, only what I do, that they know everything, only: me, me, and me.  The sickly desire to attract attention.

A humble person does not feel superior to others. A humble person accepts correction with appreciation. A humble person does not think he knows everything. A humble person is slow to anger, forgives easily, and does not hold a grudge.

Jesus says: “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not recline at table in the place of honor. A more distinguished guest than you may have been invited by him, and the host who invited both of you may approach you and say, ‘Give your place to this man,” I did not know Father Patrick, of pleasant memories for you, but Father Jose Barrera told me that he was a holy man, humble Father. Being humble is not feeling less than anyone or feeling worthless. You can have riches and be humble; the problem is to let things possess us. Brothers and sisters, the Lord taught us to be meek and humble of heart, I believe that we should all examine our lives and obey God and ask for the gift of humility. There is a journey we all have to make, a pilgrimage we are all called to undertake, and that is the journey from pride to humility.

Posted by: St. Florence Catholic Church | August 19, 2022

Church Bulletin August 21, 2022

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Posted by: St. Florence Catholic Church | August 19, 2022

Mission Council Meeting Minutes from August 2022

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Posted by: St. Florence Catholic Church | August 13, 2022

Fr. Oscar Hernandez’ Homily for August 13 & 14, 2022 Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today Jesus appears to us as a sign of contradiction, division for those who follow him. To follow the Lord, you must make an option in your life: we walk well or we walk badly, it is a free decision of the human heart. That is the conflict of today’s gospel: Faith as a combat of life.

By faith we gather on Sundays to celebrate the Eucharist. By faith we form the people of God, the church, this assembly of sons and daughters of God. By faith we see a brother as our neighbor and by faith we live our lives as a gift from God. By faith, thousands of believers shed their blood. By faith, thousands of believers left everything and consecrated their lives to the service of the Church as we read in the second reading: “Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,”

The very history of the church can only be understood and explained by the faith of those witnesses who have come before us like Saint Lawrence, a feast that we celebrated on August 10. Who accepted persecution and death rather than perform the idolatrous act of burning incense before the statue of the emperor. Martyrs are the extreme testimony of holiness for the love of Jesus. In this adventure of faith no one travels alone, it is the body of Christ that suffers, that suffers the test. And the proof is here and now.

In this life’s race we carry the weight of guilt, the weight of sin, we fight against vices, against our old self, and we fight to leave everything that hinders us. Thus, the letter to the Hebrews continues: “let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.”

I do not know how many bad habits you will have to break, how many small slaveries you will be able to free yourself from, how many falls into sin you will avoid this week, but the word of God assures us that if we look at Jesus, everything will be easier. The look of Jesus heals our diseases and strengthens our spirit.

Jesus is the cause of division. The Jesus we have to look at is not a sweet, soft Jesus, who accommodates all sizes and tastes, one size fits all. The Jesus we must see is demanding, jealous and challenging. Jesus says: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing”

 Fire, the fire of the Spirit that burns everything that hinders us. The fire that purifies. The fire that frees us from everything that binds us to the garbage of this world; since sin is the extinguisher that puts out the fire of the Spirit. The fire of the Spirit in sincere confession burns away our sins and enables us to run the race of faith. “How I wish it were already blazing” The Lord wants the Spirit to burn and shine in the hearts of all his followers. We awaken to the Word of God, to sacramental life especially in the Eucharist.

Then Jesus says: “There is a baptism with which I must be baptized and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished”. He is talking about the water of baptism in the river Jordan and the blood bath in Calvary.   Sisters and brothers, The Kingdom of God comes to us through suffering, fire, and blood. The one who is close to Jesus is close to the fire, close to suffering and invited to the martyrdom of the Master.  Whatever test we are going through or what has happened to us in our own history, is the history of our own salvation; this journey began in our baptism and will last until the final day of our life.

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