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A Message from the Pastor

Dear Parishioners and Friends of the Church of St. Nicholas,

Welcome to these humble web pages. Feel free to check out the weekly bulletin within; and, know that you are welcome any time to join us at Mass or for any event that you will find listed within the pages on our website.

As you peruse these pages, I invite you to pray for all my parishioners, living and deceased. With the help of Godís grace, let us all renew minds and hearts, knowing that all of us rely upon the help of Godís grace, which often comes to us through the prayers of the Faithful. We are instructed by Jesus to pray:

ďI tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours. When you stand to pray, forgive anyone against whom you have a grievance, so that your heavenly Father may in turn forgive you your transgressions."
Mark 11: 24-25

Each of us has a duty and a privilege to pray for others, especially those who have asked for our prayers, those who have need of our prayers, those for whom we have promised to pray, and those for whose temporal or spiritual good we have forgotten to pray.

As a help to you, I would like to invite you to spend time in silence before the Tabernacle in your parish church; and, to adore our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Many parishes now offer times for public adoration, but you may go to adore at times most convenient for you. During these hot summer days, you will find most churches open, offering a cool respite from the heat and a safe place for you to pour out your heart to the living God.

Here at St. Nicholas, you will find the opportunity to sit in quiet; and, to discover in the silence that you are not alone, that holy Angels and Saints surround you. With the help of Heaven you will go back out into the world and, supplied with Godís grace, face with inner fortitude whatever life hurls at you. Whatís more, after a good visit to the Blessed Sacrament, you will certainly find yourself strengthened with renewed conviction to help others around you who are struggling with their own daily trials. Through you and by your prayers for them, they will find the same peace that you possess in Christ.

Begin with a visit to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Present yourself to Him during Adoration. And may God bless each one who reads this message.
God bless you.

Fr. Basil, OSB


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