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From the Pastor's Desk ~ March 31 - April 1, 2018 Easter Sunday

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 3/30/18

 

My Dear Parish Family,

Easter Sunday is more than a celebration of the resurrection of Christ. It is also an invitation to each of us to preach the gospel and take our place in the long line of witnesses to Jesus’ risen life. Perhaps this is why ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ March 24 - 25, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 3/23/18

My Dear Parish Family, Holy Week confronts us with the powerful symbol of the cross. No other word or object so definitively and completely symbolizes the love of God for us, His own. No other symbol confronts us with the very worst we fail to see in ourselves, that ... Read More »

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

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 3/23/18

My Dear Parish Family,

How much time does it take for grape mash to be fermented into good wine? How much time does it take for a caterpillar to become a butterfly? How much time does it take for a tiny acorn to become a mighty oak? Real transformation ... Read More »

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

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 3/09/18

My Dear Parish Family,

It’s much easier to say, “I love you” than to do, “I love you.” Words are not enough to express the depth of what real love conveys. Love is an extension of self: giving self to other, wishing all good for the other even when ... Read More »

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

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 3/02/18

My Dear Parish Family,

In today’s Gospel Jesus overturns more than money tables. He overturns the Jewish understanding of the temple from a building “under construction” to his own body. He overturns our understanding of death from the end of life to the beginning of new, risen Life. ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ February 24 - 25, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 3/02/18

My Dear Parish Family, Hearing the words “I love you” for the first time, hearing an infant say “Mama” or “Dada” for the first time, hearing a stirring musical piece for the first time. How these moments change us! How we miss these moments if we do not stop ... Read More »

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 »