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From the Desk of Fr. Mark - Our Pastor
January 29, 2023 - Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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From the Desk of Fr. Mark - Our Pastor
January 22, 2023 - Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

"Jesus went around all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues,
proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom,
and curing every disease and illness among the people."

The earthly ministry of Jesus has begun. The first three chapters of the Gospel of Matthew are an announcement of Jesus. Chapter four starts the story of the earthly life of Jesus Christ. We hear that He teaches, proclaims, and heals. In that context, He will call people, disciples, to follow Him. It will lead to the Sermon on the Mount, which will begin next weekend. In the meantime, the actions of Jesus will capture notice. Many will observe, many will critique, some will follow. Following Jesus is not a spectator sport. It requires time, effort, commitment, and faith. Following Jesus will demand our participation by living a Holy life. There are many ways to live in such a fashion and the Spiritual works of Mercy and Corporal works of Mercy show us the way.

Spiritual Works of Mercy: - Admonish the Sinner - Instruct the Ignorant - Counsel the Doubtful - Bear wrongs Patiently - Forgive Offenses Willingly - Comfort the Afflicted - Pray for the Living and the Dead

Corporal Works of Mercy: - Feed the hungry - Give drink to the thirsty - Clothe the naked - Shelter the homeless - Visit the sick - Visit the imprisoned - Bury the dead

By following these works of Mercy, we follow in the earthly ministry of Jesus which leads us ultimately through His death and resurrection, to a new and eternal life. Let it begin!!

Have a great week!

  • I will be forming the membership of our combined Parish Council in September 2022. I hope to have our first meeting by the beginning of September. If you would like to be considered for this council, please let me know.
  • Beginning August 15, the St. Linus office will be the primary office of our parish. The OLOR office will discontinue having regular hours. It will be available for occasional use.
  • After Labor Day, the 8:30 am morning Mass at OLOR will resume Monday through Friday. The 5 pm Saturday OLOR Vigil Mass will be discontinued. The parish weekend Vigil Mass will be 4 pm at St. Linus.

Fr. Mark Walter
Pastor of Our Lady of the Ridge / St. Linus Parish

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