Fr. Carter

Week of March 26, 2017

Dear Parishioners, This Sunday in Lent in known as Laetare Sunday. Laetare is a Latin word that means, “rejoice,” or “be happy”. The priests wear rose colored vestments today in order to show this happiness. There is so much in the world to be happy about. We are happy to be Catholic. We are happy…

Week of March 5, 2017

From The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A. Kempis Chapter 13: RESISTING TEMPTATION SO LONG as we live in this world we cannot escape suffering and temptation. Whence it is written in Job: “The life of man upon earth is a warfare.”[Job 7:1] Everyone, therefore, must guard against temptation and must watch in prayer lest…

Week of February 26, 2017

Dear Parishioners, As Lent quickly approaches, I just want to share with you many of the events that we will have here at Holy Innocents. We have many opportunities for confession during Lent. A priest will be available after all the weekday 9 am Masses (other than Friday), our normal Saturday confessions at 5pm, and…

Week of February 19, 2017

Dear Parishioners, In my previous bulletin article, I gave general advice on how to pick good and meaningful Lenten penances. In this article, I’m going to list some concrete suggestions. Again, you should pick something that is appropriate and will help your relationship with God. By no means should anyone try to do everything on…

Week of February 12, 2017

Dear Parishioners, Lent is approaching. Lent is the liturgical season in which we prepare for Easter. It commemorates the forty days that Jesus spent in the desert to prepare for His ministry. We celebrate it by taking on additional penances and religious practices. Since we have two and a half more weeks until Lent is…

Week of February 5, 2017

Dear Parishioners, In today’s Gospel, Our Lord calls His followers the “light of the world”. He calls them the light because God’s light shines through the Church. People should be able to look at Christians and see the love and generosity we all learn from Christ. Pope Francis explains it well when he says: “Religious…

Week of January 29, 2017

Dear Parishioners, Up to the time I entered seminary, I had only attended public school. I went to public school from grade school through high school. And even when I went to college, I attended a public, state school. During that time I was certainly practicing my faith, attending church and praying. But, I never…

Week of January 22, 2017

Dear Parishioners, In John 17, our Lord prays for the entire Church. He prays that He may be glorified in them and that they may all be one. Just as the Father and He are one, so He desires the same unity among all Christians. In this spirit, the Church asks that we pray for…

Week of January 15, 2017

Dear Parishioners, In this Sunday’s reading, John the Baptist testifies that Christ is the Lamb of God. You may be wondering why John gives Jesus this title since a lamb does not seem to be that great of an animal in the grand scheme of things. It is not known for being brave, strong or…

Week of January 8, 2017

Dear Parishioners, At the beginning of the New Year, it is traditional to try new things. So, in the spirit of the New Year, I have three quick announcements. First, thank you to everyone who gave gifts to myself and the Church over Christmas and to everyone who volunteered their time and talents to make…