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The Road of Life

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Fr. Jack shares a modern day parable about how we need to trust God on the Road of Life.

The Good Shepherd

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Fr. Jack shares 3 scripture passages that point towards how Jesus cares for us as the Good Shepherd.

Food for the Soul: Life is a Pilgrimage

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Fr. Jack shares stories from his recent pilgrimage to Italy with Marymount!

First Place Essays from Pro-life Essay Contest

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John Vu

Holy Cross Academy Grade 7

He created the sun, the stars. He picked out the colors of the sunset, the reflection of the stars. The sky and its beauty is breathtaking; not even a picture can describe and show how wonderful the Earth was made. From the ocean tides to the white sands of the beaches we call vacations, all are a gift from God. All of these the truly amazing mother nature, was created by Him, the Father. God spent days creating the Earth, which we live on. Something mankind could never create; yet, He is creating YOU, your child.

The greatest gift you could have ever been given is sitting in your womb waiting for you to see their precious smile, their first laugh, and their first steps. Do not be frightened, do not have your mind come across abortion.

Would you reject a gift your Father, your Lord, your God has given you? Would you simply throw it away just like that?

The universe was meant is for happiness. Your child will be the biggest and most tiresome job you will ever have in your life, but after watching your child grow will grant you the biggest and widest smile you will ever have. Your happy ever after is all right there; watching your child have their first day at school, their first academic award, their first prom, all the way up to the first day they leave the boundaries of your home for college. However, that won’t stop you from being their mother. Imagine the first day your baby, your child, will get baptized and become a member of the Church, the day they receive their first Communion, and finally their sacrament of Marriage.

Time sure does fly, but as long as God is with you time will last an eternity. The beauty of your child in the womb is remarkable. Although they aren’t visible in this Earth with us, their spirit is already here, and finally when your child is born all the time taken away from that nine months will be worth it. All the time you, as a new mother, put in for your little miracle will be present in front of you. Your child’s first tear, first smile, and first laugh will be the highlight of your day, and soon your child’s accomplishments will be the highlights of your life.

You will never, ever, stop thinking of your child as a child; they will always be your baby, your gift from God.



Lucy Schafer

Paul VI High School Grade 10 

Dear Expectant Mother,

I want you to do something for me.

Think of the happiest moments of your life. Now think of the next one. And the next one. And keep thinking of all the happiest moments of your life.

Next, I need you to think about all the people in your life that YOU have changed or whose lives you have affected in any way, for the better.

This person could be that starved homeless man you stopped in the street and gave a $5 bill to. This could be the self-conscious shy girl you told looked absolutely gorgeous at the senior prom. This could be the person you smiled at in the street today. This person could be your mother. You know why?

Because that homeless man — he had dinner today. The girl at the prom, she became a more confident person. That sulky looking man you smiled at today — he might just have been having the worst day in history, and that smile, YOUR smile, was all he needed. And your mother, the woman who gave you life, the incredibly strong and independent woman who stood up for you, who made you smile when the world was crashing in on you — that woman gave you life and asked for nothing in return because YOU were all she needed. Without that woman, you would not have had your happiest moments.

This is the value of life, the sharing of your happiest moments with your closest loved ones. Some people will never experience that true happiness.

Why? Abortion.

Let someone else experience moments like the ones that just popped into your mind. Let someone else experience life. Because life is so very great. Why deprive someone of their natural right to experience it? Let your child make the world a better place. Choose life, save a child.

Food for the Soul: Faith in Action

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Fr. Jack’s monthly Food for the Soul this past week was about how our faith needs to take form through actions, highlighting the importance of the laity to bring the faith into the world.

Winners Selected in 22nd Youth Apostles Pro-life Essay Contest!

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First Place Senior Division YA Prolife Poster Contest

The winners have been selected in the 22nd annual Youth Apostles Institute Pro-life Essay Contest. The theme was “Message to an Expectant Mother.”

This essay contest generated the highest number of entries we have ever had for an essay contest! There were 473 entries.

Participants were to write a message to an expectant mother. Many messages were beautiful, touching, personal, heartfelt, passionate, and supportive. They evinced a clear appreciation for the value of unborn human life, but also the need for care and sensitivity to women in potentially difficult situations.

Senior Division participants came from Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School, Oakcrest, Paul VI High School, Seton School and The Heights. Junior Division participants came from Angelus Academy, Holy Cross Academy, Holy Family School, St. Bernadette School, St. Francis of Assisi School, St. Michael School and St. Timothy School.

Through the contest, we hope to provide a way for young people to express their pro-life beliefs and principles, as well as to provide teachers, youth ministers, and parents with an activity they can use as a complement to instruction and ministry.

The winners are as follows:


First Place: Lucy Schafer, Grade 10, Paul VI High School

Second Place: Chris Schoen, Grade 10, Paul VI High School

Third Place: Caroline Ortiz, Grade 11, Oakcrest School

Honorable Mention

Thomas Dannenfelser, Grade 9, Bishop D.J. O’Connell High School

Kate Forrest, Grade 11, Paul VI High School

Erika Ishisuka, Grace 10, Paul VI High School

Peter Montwill, Grade 11, Paul VI High School

Rita Rogers, Grade 9, Seton School

Kelly Shepperson, Bishop D.J. O’Connell High School

Collette Waldron, Grade 9, Seton School

Grace Westphall, Grade 10, Paul VI High School



First Place: John Vu, Grade 7, Holy Cross Academy

Second Place: Rachel Startzel, Grade 7, Holy Cross Academy

Third Place: Angelie Nguyen, Grade 7, Holy Cross Academy

Amber Redden, Grade 7, Angelus Academy

Honorable Mention

Alvio Barbaretta, Grade 8, St. Timothy School

Thomas Boak, Grade 7, Angelus Academy

Jacob Hurley, Grace 8, Angelus Academy

Andres Penafiel, Grade 8, St. Michael School

Come Have Breakfast

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Fr. Jack shares a couple moments from the Gospel when Jesus desires to feed those who came to Him. Jesus invites us to eat with Him and of Him.

Food for the Soul: St. Joseph

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On March 19th, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary and Foster-Father of Jesus. Fr. Jack shares his thoughts on this great saint.

The Joy of Being Discovered by Christ

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Fr. Jack was reflecting on something Pope Francis mentioned a few weeks ago and shares his thoughts on what it is like to experience the joy of being discovered by Christ.

Fr. Jack’s Thoughts on Spotlight

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Fr. Jack recently saw Best Picture, Spotlight. He gives his thoughts on the movie and the issues it addressed.

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