Father Mike’s Weekly Message

   30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

When we go to bed at night and close our eyes, we obviously can’t see anything. Try to imagine that that’s what a blind person lives with their entire life. In today’s Gospel, a blind man is asking Jesus to have pity on him. He is not specific at his request, but just knowing about Jesus, he simply asks the Lord to have pity on Him. What a great lesson to learn. He is putting faith in Jesus that anything he does is a gift to him. Jesus asks him, “What do you want me to do for you”. It may seem obvious to us the answer from a blind man, but Jesus asks him, opening up all possibilities. The man’s site is  given to him and Jesus tells him that his faith has saved him. Take notice that it is his faith that saved him.

The next time you ask the Lord for anything, ask yourself, is my faith as strong as it can be? Do I really trust and believe that Jesus can and will do what I ask of him, if it is according to his will?

Trust, believe, and have faith, always and forever. Amen!


May God’s blessings continue to be upon us all. 

Fr Mike

                                                                                                          News & Events

Starting immediately, our NEW memorial wall at St Patrick’s in both Catskill and Athens, will have a cross placed on it for each soul that was burred from St. Patrick’s Church. The cross will have the deceased name and date of death on it and will remain on our memorial wall to be honored at every mass for one year. 

At the end of one year from the death of that person, it will be taken down and given to the family of the deceased.

Please stay tuned for future announcements.