Dear parish family and friends of St. Julia,
Having established the church in Philippi, the first European city to receive the gospel of Christ, Paul had a special fondness for this community. He would move on to other communities, yet he would continue to pray for the church he had established there.
I've said it many times, yet it deserves repeating. The letters of St. Paul are truly love letters as I was taught in the seminary, and his letter to the Philippians was perhaps his most intimate and personal letter he ever wrote.
This weekend in our second reading we will hear the words of St. Paul come alive as we will hear proclaimed "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Once again, we are reminded that he wrote this as he was imprisioned in Rome.
What are you facing at this moment? What is God asking of you? What are you trying to work through? What are you searching for? Who is your source of strength?
As we bring our prayers and petitions to our mass this weekend, may our hearts and the very depths of our souls be pulled to the source - Jesus Christ.
May you leave the doors strengthed having been fed by the Word of God and the real presence of Christ. A gift freely and lovingly given.
May God bless each of you and those that you love.
From Our Pastor