Message from Fr. Oscar
“Plenty Good News!” – Bulletin, January 10, 2021
My Dear St. Katharine Drexel Parish family,
In the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, the Lord says, “Here is my servant whom I uphold,
my chosen one with whom I am pleased, upon whom I have put my spirit.” (Is. 42:1) It is this same Spirit which has been given to all the baptized to uphold the children of God. Our baptism is a reminder that we are not only washed clean from original sin, but moreover, we are born anew into a relationship with God, and all Gods’ people. The grace of baptism illuminates the dignity of being made in the image and likeness of our Creator God.
As we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, we are called to reflect upon the invitation to live with God and in God through the effusive power of love. I take this opportunity to acknowledge a member of our parish family who has responded with her life to the divine invitation to love, and to express that love through ministry in the Church and in society.
Sister Marie Therese Browne, SCN, whom we affectionately call Sister Tess, is celebrating her 50th Anniversary as a vowed religious sister and has consecrated her life to serving all the Children of God, especially the marginalized, the oppressed, and the forgotten. Tess’ commitment to social justice and Catholic Social teaching is truly born from her faith and her baptismal call to be Christ for others.
Thank you, Sister Tess, for putting the power of your baptism into action, and for your witness to faith, perseverance, dedicated service, and unfailing love in your many years of ministry. May God continue to bless you as you are a blessing to us.
Congratulations on your Golden Jubilee! We, your St. Katharine Drexel Parish family, love you and wish you many more years in the vineyard of the Lord.