Parish News & Events

Funeral Arrangements for Fr. Trent Watts

Fr. Watts was former Pastor of Sacred Heart in Southport and most recently Pastor of Saint Therese Parish in Wrightsville Beach.

On behalf of Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama, the following are the funeral arrangements, as we pray for the repose of the soul of the Reverend Trent L. Watts, Pastor of Saint Therese Parish in Wrightsville Beach.

Our Lady of the Rosary Columbiette s
Annual Soup-to-Go

Our Lady of the Rosary Columbiettes will hold their annual Soup-to-Go program after the 5pm Mass on Saturday, January 9th,16th, 23rd and 30th.

A variety of homemade soups will be available in St. Brendan’s kitchen each week along with Knights Heavenly Bread for $5 per container. Masks will be worn and social distancing will be in place. Proceeds will enable the Columbiettes to continue their support of church and community. Delicious soup and heavenly bread will make a wonderful dinner on a cold January night.

Bundle Up for St. Brendan
Outdoor Right-to-Life Rosary 1/16

The annual rally and march for life in Raleigh will take place Saturday January 16, and St. Brendan’s will conduct its own local Rosary and rally for Life on that day, to save you the long trip. Our Knights of Columbus Life Programs group will lead the Rosary starting at 4 p.m., before Mass, outdoors in our reflection area on the south side of the large parking lot (to the right as you drive into the church road).

We will circle around the Good Shepherd statue at the site, and pray for the unborn, and all the life issues of our Church. Bring a lawn chair for your comfort, if you do not wish to stand, and dress appropriately for the weather. If it rains, we will pray inside the church. Diocesan Human Life and Dignity Ministry Deacon Joshua Klickman encourages us to gather for the Rosary, with these words – “Only with prayer – prayer that storms the heavens for justice and mercy, prayer that cleanses our hearts and our souls – will the culture of death that surrounds us today be replaced with a culture of life.”

Come pray for Life!

Parish Raffle Winners

From Sr. Mary Teresa –

Thanks to all the supporters and thank you for another successful raffle!

The winners are:

First place: Alexander Vasquez
Second place: Margaret Elis
Third place: George Wiser

U.S. Bishops’ Statement on the Recent Protests

Dear Parishioners,

Please see below the U.S. Bishops’ Statement on the recent protests.

Here is a link to Vatican News on the need for peace.

Pray for Peace,

Fr. Mark

Links:

WASHINGTON —Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), issued the following statement in response to today’s violence in the United States Capitol:
“I join people of good will in condemning the violence today at the United States Capitol. This is not who we are as Americans. I am praying for members of Congress and Capitol staff and for the police and all those working to restore order and public safety.

“The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of this great nation. In this troubling moment, we must recommit ourselves to the values and principles of our democracy and come together as one nation under God. I entrust all of us to the heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. May she guide us in the ways of peace, and obtain for us wisdom and the grace of a true patriotism and love of country.”

Feast of Mary Mother of God Homily
by Deacon John Mullins

Christmas Homily by Deacon John Mullins

A child is born. Amid the hustle and bustle of the season, what plans have you made?

A carpenter named Joseph had made plans. But when it was discovered that the young woman he was betrothed to was carrying a child, the plans he had made for his life were seriously upended. When an angel comes to him in a dream and tells him the truth about the divine child that Mary was carrying, Joseph instantly – and without concern for his own plans – obediently takes her as his wife, and to Bethlehem for the Roman census.

Joseph had searched in vain to find a place where he, to whom heaven and earth belonged, might be born. But an uncaring world had no room for him that night at the inn. The creator could not find a home in his own creation.

And so, a virgin – swollen with child simply because she had said “thy will be done” – was helped gently off the back of a common beast of burden and laid on a bed of straw.

The world might have expected that the son of almighty God, creator of heaven and earth, would be born in a place of high regal honor. But the son of God entered the world he created in the lowest of places, rejected by the very people he came to save. A stable would be the last place in the world where one would have looked for the Christ. Divinity is always where one least expects to find it.

And in this cold forgotten place, the most extraordinary event in human history took place. The maker of Mary was made by Mary. The creator consented to come into his creation because she consented to have him. The God of the universe made himself a helpless human to help helpless humans like us.

For the first time in history, heaven was not a place “up there”. With the child in her arms, Mary now looked down upon heaven. There in her arms, almighty omnipotence lay helpless – salvation itself wrapped in swaddling clothes lay in an animal feeding trough. Just as animals go to the manger for their food to provide for their physical health, so too do we approach the manger to behold Jesus – our food, the bread of our lives, the one who feeds our souls.

In the dirtiest place in the world – a stable – purity itself was born. The son of God was made to enter his own world through the back door. He, who later was to be slaughtered by men acting as beasts, was born among beasts. He who makes the sun warm the earth now needed an ox and a donkey to warm him with their breath.

And so, we see that the stable and the cross stand at the two ends of Christ’s life. Disowned and relegated to a dirty stable upon entering, he was rejected and crucified upon leaving. An ox and a donkey surrounded him in his crib; two thieves surrounded him on his cross. He was laid in a stranger’s stable at the beginning, and a stranger’s grave at the end. He accepted the manger because we had no room for him at the inn; he accepted the cross because we had no room for him in our hearts.

What are your plans? Will you come to the stable to see salvation itself born into our dark and fallen world?

Will you come to the stable to see the newborn child who blesses each of our lives in our earthly journeys?

Will you come to the stable to receive your gift – the gift of an opportunity to spend an eternity of joy with God in his heavenly kingdom – if, if you would but surrender yourself completely to him?

If you plan on going, then you will see me. I will be the one in the corner on my knees, thanking, and surrendering myself to the babe of Bethlehem – our savior who loves us more than we can ever know.

May we, like our patron, St. Brendan, trust joyfully in the guidance of our God and in the goodness of our fellow travelers.

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