WELCOME FATHER WICHERT!
PRAYER FOR OUR NEW PASTOR
O Jesus, our great High Priest. Here my humble prayers on behalf of your priest, Father Wichert. Give him a deep faith, a bright and firm hope and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of his priestly life. In his loneliness, comfort him and his sorrows, strengthen him in his frustrations, point out to him that it is through suffering that the soul is purified, and show him that he is needed by the church, he is needed by souls, he is needed for the work of redemption. O loving Mother Mary, Mother of Priests. Take to your heart your son who is close to you because of his priestly ordination, and because of the power which he has received to carry on the work of Christ in a world which needs him so much. Be his comfort, be his joy, be his strength, and especially help him to live and to defend the ideals of consecrated celibacy. Amen.
Message From Father Wichert
Most of the time our faith consists of trusting the word of another. Having faith is believing in something you cannot see or totally understand. It is believing and trusting, without real evidence and being able to live with unanswered questions. But faith gives us courage to go on, it is a means for us to persevere in life – especially when the going gets tough.
The catechism of the Catholic Church, offers official teachings of the church says this about faith in God (paraphrased selected highlights):
Faith is always a personal adherence of man to God. At the same time, and inseparably, it is the free ascent to the whole truth that God has revealed to us (section 150)
No one has ever seen God, yet we believe because he was revealed to us through Jesus (section 151
Faith is a gift of God, a supernatural virtue infused buy Him (section 153)
Faith is certain because it is founded in the very word of God who cannot lie (section 157)
Man's response to faith must be free, therefore no one can be forced to embrace face against their will (section 160)
Faith gives us a taste in advance the light of the beatific vision of God, the goal of our journey here on earth (section 163)
Faith is a personal act, the free response of the human person to the initiative of God who reveals Himself. (Section 166)
Belief in God and our Catholic Faith is something freely offered to all, but it must be freely excepted as well. When it is manifested, each person responds at different levels at different times and in different ways. Some embrace and cherish it, some treat it casually and some ignore it. Faith is somewhat of an enigma. It is often said: for those who believe no explanation is necessary, and for those who do not believe no explanation as possible. Let us then be counted among those who cherish the gift of faith revealed to us!