The Greater You Are, The More You Must Humble Yourself

08-28-2022Weekly ReflectionFr. Manasseh Iorchir, VC

The fall of man in the Garden of Eden was orchestrated by the sin of pride. Man wanted to be like God, in fact, to be God unto himself and this led humanity to disobedience. It was only through the humility of Christ, who though was in the form of God did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, was all humanity gifted redemption.


August 26

08-26-2022Church Building Update

Construction continues at a good rate, since the delays encountered from the previous rain storms.

The underground utilities continue. The underground plumbing for the new restrooms on the northside of the building is complete. Reconnecting the underground plumbing to the existing restrooms is scheduled to be completed next week. The underground electrical work is scheduled to start next week.


Strive To Enter Through The Narrow Gate

08-21-2022Weekly ReflectionFr. Manasseh Iorchir, VC

The Readings this weekend emphasize the universality of God’s reign, the Divine intent to replace the inadequate worship of God by ethnic Israel with perfect worship by all humanity in the future, and the absolute necessity of suffering of some kind as a means of self-training for acceptance into heaven.


August 19

08-19-2022Church Building Update

The accomplishments last week: the completion of the masonry stem walls, extended existing electrical stubs at the northeast corner beyond the north building expansion area, and began the underground plumbing at the north building expansion for restrooms.

Work scheduled for this week: additional demolition of the masonry below grade at the existing removed west wall, complete the installation of the interior footings, complete the installation of the underground plumbing and electrical within the building. (The work, mentioned above, is in anticipation of pouring the floor slabs the first week of September.) Meeting with steel and metal stud framing subcontractors to coordinate deferred roof truss structural design with embeds.


I Have Come to Set the Earth on Fire

08-14-2022Weekly ReflectionFr. Manasseh Iorchir, VC

Most times, truth is not popular and those who stand for and live by the truth experience unpleasant encounters with those who choose to resist or reject it. In the First Reading, the Prophet Jeremiah is labeled unpatriotic and considered a traitor for advising Israel to surrender to the Babylonians who had surrounded and technically conquered Jerusalem but were yet to destroy it.


August 12

08-12-2022Church Building Update

The rain impacted the installation of the stem walls. We anticipate the stem walls to be completed by Tuesday. The underground plumbing should be installed next week, depending on the weather. The underground electrical is scheduled for the following week, also depending on the weather.

The storm drainage solution going under the driveway between the main building and the Annex buildings did not hit the targeted plan of being completed prior to the start of school. This was due to supply chain delays. The material is now in. As not to impact the school's car pool lanes, this work will be done during the Christmas break, starting Dec 19.


For Where Your Treasure Is, There Also Will Your Heart Be

08-07-2022Weekly ReflectionFr. Manasseh Iorchir, VC

The theme of “waiting” runs across the three readings this weekend. We are accustomed to listening to readings themed with this concept at the beginning of Advent each year when the Church invites us to watch and pray as we wait for the coming of Christ. However, the sudden appearance of the Savior’s directive to wait underscores the essential nature of spiritual vigilance in the life of every Christian.


August 5

08-05-2022Church Building Update

After the rain storm of July 28, there was up to 3 feet of water and mud in many of the footings. The water was pumped out of the footings and the mud was hand shoveled in preparation for the concrete to be poured. The masons were able to begin the installation of the foundation layer of the block before the second rain storm hit. The masons will continue laying block after the footings are pumped out again. The good news: most of the footings had concrete poured into them prior to the second storm hitting.



The Readings this weekend emphasize the universality of God’s reign, the Divine intent to replace the inadequate worship of God by ethnic Israel with perfect worship by all humanity in the future, and the absolute necessity of suffering of some kind as a means of self-training for acceptance into heaven.


Think of What is Above, Not of What is on Earth

07-31-2022Weekly ReflectionFr. Manasseh Iorchir, VC

In his quest to sieve out meaning in life, Qoheleth, the author of the book of Ecclesiastes mentally interrogated pleasure, wealth, knowledge, labor and other noble endeavors, and came to the sad conclusion that all these were temporary, fleeting and ultimately unsatisfying. He therefore decided that all earthly appendages amount to vanity. This conclusion renders the primitive accumulation and senseless hoarding of earthly possessions, presumed earthly guarantees of security, a complete exercise in futility. True happiness and peace can never be obtained from what we have or achieve.


July 29

07-29-2022Church Building Update

The rebar is being installed for the south transept, the north restrooms, the elevator shaft area and the back of the new Sanctuary. The block is scheduled to arrive on Friday. Footings to be completed by Monday, concrete to be poured starting Tuesday, mason is scheduled to start on Wednesday, and the catch basin for the east drain is scheduled to arrive on August 6th.

As we were in our construction meeting, a heavy rain storm hit St. Benedict. The footing trenches had 3 feet of water in them. This could impact the above schedule. The footings will need to be inspected prior to the concrete being poured.


Pray for Other People

07-24-2022Weekly ReflectionFr. James Aboyi, VC

Last Sunday, we heard in the fi rst reading how Abraham showed kindness to three mysterious travelers and was rewarded for his goodness. In the fi rst reading today, which is a continuation of that same story from Genesis, the destination and mission of the travelers was revealed to Abraham. They were Angels of the Lord, sent to destroy the towns of Sodom and Gomorrah. We are told the sin of immorality of the people was so bad that God decided to destroy the cities by fire. The sin of sodomy is named after this town of Sodom. The Book of Genesis 19:1-29 gives accounts of the nature of the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah.


July 22

07-22-2022Church Building Update

Currently, the footings are being dug for the new restrooms and the elevator on the northeast side of the building. Rebar is being installed to be followed by city inspection. We are anticipating concrete to be poured by Thursday, July 28. At the same time, work is occurring inside the building. The concrete flooring has been removed to allow for the foundational support for the stairs to the choir loft on the southeast corner and the elevated cry room on the northeast corner. Working with the HVAC subcontractor, the GC team has been able to update our HVAC solution to reduce costs for St Benedict. We still do not have a delivery date for the drainage supplies that are needed. This could impact our scheduled plumbing start-date. We will continue to work with the plumbing subcontractor to get the product in.


Work and Pray

07-17-2022Weekly ReflectionFr. James Aboyi, VC

The theme of hospitality runs through the first reading and the Gospel today. In the first reading, Abraham showed hospitality to strangers not knowing that they were messengers of God. It turned out that the visitors were angels of God who came in human form. They were happy with Abraham and assured him that God would bless him and his wife, Sarah, with a son. In the Gospel, we heard that Jesus visited the family of Mary and Martha. We are told that the two sisters used two different approaches in expressing their hospitality to Jesus. While Martha was very busy trying to prepare food for Jesus, Mary was sittng at the feet of Jesus, listening to him.


July 15

07-15-2022Church Building Update

Great news! The concrete work began ahead of schedule! Last Monday for the layout of the footings, Tuesday for the digging of the footings, and for the next three weeks will be the work on the footings for the extensions. We now have a tentative date for the underground items that we have been waiting for. On Monday, July 25 the construction crew will begin on the drainage work that will impact the road between the main building and the Annex buildings. The goal is to complete this work prior to the start of school on Wednesday, August 10. If there is a chance of impacting this date there is a plan to develop a roadway around (behind) the Annex buildings, so the school traffic flow will not be impacted.

Who Is My Neighbor?

07-10-2022Weekly ReflectionFr. James Aboyi, VC

In the parable of the Good Samaritan that we heard in the Gospel today is one of the most popular stories in the Bible. I read that the United States and many countries in the world have some form of a law called “The Good Samaritan Law.” These laws are focused on the obligation to help someone in urgent need while legally protecting the helper, or “good samaritan.”


July 8

07-08-2022Church Building Update

The necessary surveying of the extensions and the internal rooms has been completed. The underground utility work is delayed while waiting for the materials to come in. The general contractor is working to expedite the installation of the customized manhole needed for the extension of the drainage work. This will require the driveway in front of the Annex buildings to be excavated. The goal is to complete this prior to the start of school. The general contractor met with the HVAC sub to investigate moving an air handler which would simplify the duct work necessary for the choir loft. This change will provide St Benedict some additional savings. A week ago on Saturday the grading company hit the power and communication lines which go to the Annex buildings. Power was temporarily restored within 2 hours. The permanent power line repair was installed Wednesday morning. We were asked to contact our A/V sub to pull the communication cables into the Annex which restored all internet and telephones. The general contractor provided a Verizon HotSpot so the staff could access the internet during repairs. Next the construction work will focus on laying out the choir loft, identifying the location of the required footings and saw cutting the existing concrete.

Behold, I Am Sending You Out Like Lambs Among Wolves

07-03-2022Weekly ReflectionFr. James Aboyi, VC

In the Gospel, we heard how Jesus sent his 72 disciples to go out and preach the Good News to everyone, to cure the sick and cast out evil spirits. In preparing them for the mission, Jesus told them that he is sending them out like sheep among wolves and told them not to worry about their personal needs for protection and support but to rely on the generosity of the people they will visit and the protection from God.


July 1

07-01-2022Church Building Update

The grading and extension pads are completed. We are scheduling the surveyor next week to lay out the external building lines and internal walls. The general contractor is trying to get the concrete sub to come before his August planned date to do the footings of the extensions. We requested to move the storm drain extension segment to July, ahead of the start of school, as this work will impact the area in front of the Annex building and the traffic flow for school pick up.