Photo of Christ in Hagia Sofia, public domain

Photo of Christ in Hagia Sofia, public domain

August 24, 2014 – 21th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 22, 19-23 •   Psalm 138:1-2,2-3,6,8 •  Romans 11:33-36  • Matthew 16:13-20

What’s in a name?  I was never a good student when it came to high school literature but I distinctly remember reading Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.  One of the responses from Juliet was   “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose/ By any other name would smell as sweet”.

And, how sweet is the name of Jesus to me?  Who do I say that He is?

We all know of others names that beckon to our hearts, our family members or friends.  We learn as children the names of our family members.  The words ‘mom and dad’ come to mind, not specifically their surnames but as I think of them as their daughter.  Going to mom and dad as a child when I was afraid, knowing that mom and dad were there to clothe me, to feed me, but most of all to love me and accept me for who I was and am throughout the years.  Mom and dad always guiding me with their kind words and reprimands at times!  In today’s Gospel, Jesus is conversing with his disciples about who the Son of man is and Jesus said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”   Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah”.  Do I see the name of Jesus in others?  May the living word of Christ be the God that we cherish, the God that we give thanks, the God that we seek.  Blessings to you this week!  SK



Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 2 pm

Get-Together with a touch of Jazz by Lori & Friends

 A fundraiser  at the home of Dr. Francisco & Marie Colón

 There will also be a Presentation of Unique Jewelry and Framed Icon Prints

 Inquire by contacting us at 505-419-2938 


mb_picFrom Mother Benedicta

Blessings to you in the midst of our hot summer.  But though it is summer we are busy trying to prepare for the hard winter that will no doubt follow.  We are ready to begin Phase II of our three phase project to make our buildings more energy efficient and to cut drastically our need for expensive propane gas, our current primary heating source. We are putting in energy efficient windows in 3 of our buildings.

With the income from the Annual Ice Cream Social, we have nearly completed Phase I which is the super insulating of our buildings against the extreme cold of winter and the heat of summer.  The next step is to replace the low grade windows for high grade windows that will save us 20% to 30% annually in heating costs.  The total of this project is $18,000.  That means that each replacement window will cost $500.  They will be professionally installed with a lifetime warranty on the windows and the installation.  The installation crew is fully bonded and insured.

I am asking if you would consider sponsoring one window of this project which means a gift of $500.  This would be a tremendous help to the community if you can say yes.  The sponsorship can be made in one payment or according to your own schedule.   Feel free to contact us.  For your convenience you can click on “Making a Donation.”

Please know that we continue to keep you and all our friends and donors in our daily prayers.  Thank you for your prayers and support.

Peace and blessings,