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From the Pastor's Desk ~ February 17 - 18, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 2/16/18

My Dear Parish Family,

During Lent the whole church joins in a conversion process with those to be baptized or make their profession of faith that leads to full communion in the Catholic Church. Lent is a conversion journey for all of us. It is our desert time ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ February 10 - 11, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 2/12/18

Sometimes the news is so good we can’t keep it to ourselves. This might happen when someone is getting married, or having a baby, or is out of the hospital after a long illness. Our joy cannot be contained and so it was with the man afflicted with a ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ February 3 - 4, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 2/02/18

My Dear Parish Family,

Like those in the Gospel who come to Jesus for healing, we all come to Jesus with expectations. The challenge is to move beyond our expectations to what Jesus really wants to give us – the Good News of salvation.

Jesus’ presence to us ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ January 27 - 28, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 2/02/18

My Dear Parish Family,

People are often duped by powerful speakers whose hidden agenda is to exploit or manipulate. How do we discern when a speaker truly has our best interests at heart? The answer is not always easy to discern, but some indications are when actions are consistent ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ January 20 - 21, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 1/19/18

My Dear Parish Family,

The Jesus we encounter in this Sunday’s gospel comes with an invitation: “Come after me.” Unexpectedly, God worked then through simple fishermen and, now, through us. And this is the real surprise of the gospel: whom God works through to bring salvation. We ourselves are ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ January 13 - 14, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 1/17/18

My Dear Parish Family,

Both the first reading and the Gospel this weekend illustrate the role of a mediator in discerning God’s call: Eli mediates God’s call to Samuel and in the Gospel, John mediates God’s call to Andrew, who then mediates the call to Simon Peter. While the ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ January 6 - 7, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 1/05/18

My Dear Parish Family,

God leads us just as surely as the star led the Magi to Bethlehem. We must choose to trust in God’s loving Presence and sure guidance. There will be inevitable setbacks and challenges as we struggle with following the light; our everyday lives are ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ December 30 - 31, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 12/29/17

My Dear Parish Family, Today’s feast of the Holy Family reminds us that being a family is a journey of changes and challenges – and that it is the love of spouses and parents and children and brothers and sisters that enables us to negotiate and survive those changes, ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ December 23 - 24, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 12/22/17

My Dear Parish Family,

Some “annunciations” are immediately recognizable and easily invoke response. For example, a woman announcing to her husband and parents that she is pregnant elicits a joyful response, an unemployed father announcing to his family that he has finally landed a job elicits relief and ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ December 16 - 17

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 12/15/17

My Dear Parish Family,

It’s easy and comfortable to recognize Christ in the expected places and ways. When we enter the peace of a church, for example, we expect to find God. When we sit and pray in our homes, we expect to find God and have our ... Read More »