Father Mike’s Weekly Message

   Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Pope Benedict XVI said, “The throne, this King we worship … is the cross, and his triumph is the victory of Love, an almighty love that from the cross pours out his gifts upon humanity of all times and all places.”


This Sunday, throughout the world, the church celebrates the solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the universe. It was instituted by Pope Pius the XI in 1925.

If I were to ask you what the qualifications to be a king are, what would you say? A lot of people might say that a king must have or show, Power, authority, leadership, strength.

However, the gospel makes it clear that Jesus is a very different kind of King. His coronation was the cross. His crown was one made of thorns. The peace that Jesus would bring to the world would not be what the people expected nor believed in. He was sent by the Father to bring salvation to the world.

 Christ is our King in ways the world may not understand, but we do, and it’s up to us to tell the world that his way is the true way that the world so desperately needs to hear.

My sisters and brothers, Jesus is King of the universe and through him, and with him, and in him, we are saved.

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

Fr Mike

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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.