Pasoral Messages From Fr. Rick – August 20, 2021

Donate Blood   Our Insurance Company, Church Mutual, reminds us that the Red Cross is in extreme need of blood donations.  If you are able to make a donation, please see their website:

How we get back to normal

Every Utahn who is able to should choose to get vaccinated for COVID-19. If as many people as possible get vaccinated and we continue to follow health recommendations, we will win this fight against this virus.

Bishop’s Annual Appeal:  Please make a donation to the Diocesan Development Drive.  So far only about one third of our community have made a donation…. And don’t forget who pays for the ‘ol Padrecito’s salary.

Help Haiti  from Catholic Relief Services:  Last Saturday, a powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, followed two days later by Tropical Storm Grace. Thousands are injured and many more have lost their homes and loved ones. Currently, our staff is working with partners on the ground to determine the most urgent needs. Thanks to your generosity, we are responding quickly and efficiently.  Make a donation at .

Afghan Refugees   Catholic Community Services of Utah will eventually be helping to resettle the many refugees as they begin to arrive in various place around the country.  For ideas on how to help, see: 

Black Robe As a supplement to our book discussion on Columbus and the Crisis in the West, we will be watching the movie Black Robe about the French Jesuit missions to the Huron and Iroquois Native Tribes in the northeast.  Movie starts in the social hall this Wednesday at 2:00 PM.  Popcorn and carcinogenic beverages (diet soft drinks) will be provided.  All are welcome.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Thursdays from 4 to 5 PM.

A Time to Grieve

The war in Afghanistan, resurgence of Covid, persistent droughts and wild fires, young Catholics not practicing their faith, unexpected health problems.  There are many huge disappoints in our lives where things just do not meet our desires, expectations and dreams.  It’s essential that we do the necessary grieving in a prayerful state so we can lighten the pain and have energy for the next part of God’s plan.  Grief is not a sign of failure or weakness.  Grieving is one of the most honest and courageous things we do.  Please join us on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 12:30 to 1:30 PM.  We will recite Psalm 34 together and grieve quietly, deliberately and specifically, knowing that the Lord is our strength.  If you cannot join us at the church, please take some quiet and deliberate time at home to be with us in prayer.

Psalm 34

I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall be always in my mouth.

My soul will glory in the LORD; let the poor hear and be glad.

Magnify the LORD with me; and let us exalt his name together.

I sought the LORD, and he answered me, delivered me from all my fears.

Look to him and be radiant, and your faces may not blush for shame.

This poor one cried out and the LORD heard, and from all his distress he saved him.

The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he saves them.

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the stalwart one who takes refuge in him.

Fear the LORD, you his holy ones; nothing is lacking to those who fear him.

The rich grow poor and go hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.

Come, children, listen to me;I will teach you fear of the LORD.

Who is the man who delights in life, who loves to see the good days?

Keep your tongue from evil, your lips from speaking lies.

Turn from evil and do good;seek peace and pursue it.

The eyes of the LORD are directed toward the righteousand his ears toward their cry.

The LORD’s face is against evildoers to wipe out their memory from the earth.

The righteous cry out, the LORD hears and he rescues them from all their afflictions.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted, saves those whose spirit is crushed.

Many are the troubles of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him from them all.

He watches over all his bones; not one of them shall be broken.

Evil will slay the wicked; those who hate the righteous are condemned.

The LORD is the redeemer of the souls of his servants;

and none are condemned who take refuge in him.