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A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 5/18/17

My Dear Parish Family,

                  So much of our life seems anything but connected to Jesus and expressive of our love for him. Our sheer busyness hardly leaves us with a moment to catch our breath, let alone be concerned about loving Jesus!

                  Loving ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 5/11/17

My Dear Parish Family,

Jesus’ claim that he is “the way and the truth and the life” is a sweeping one that dares us to see Jesus as everything we need to come to the fullness of risen life ourselves. The “way” is not always appealing – dying to ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 5/05/17

My Dear Parish Family,

Gates can reveal a lot about what is beyond them. A broken-down, vine-covered gate suggests an abandoned house or one where the occupants don’t care much about keeping up property and appearances. An easy swinging gate suggests many people pass through. A decorative gate with ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 4/28/17

My Dear Parish Family,

The disciples on the road to Emmaus were rehashing mere facts about the One they thought would “redeem Israel.” Blinded by their own disappointment, they missed the deeper insight. They could not even accept what some women had reported: “that he was alive.” Though they ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 4/21/17

My Dear Parish Family,

Some interpersonal encounters are passing; we smile and say hello, for example, and then go on our way without any further thought. Other encounters, however, engage us at the deep level of who we are, change us, and stay with us. Always, authentic encounters with ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 4/14/17

My Dear Parish Family,

 What a tantalizing Gospel to hear on Easter Sunday! Mary of Magdala arises early on the “first day of the week” to go to Jesus’ tomb! What does she see? Merely that the stone is rolled away from the entrance. The gospel doesn’t tell us ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 4/07/17

My Dear Parish Family,We cry this day “Hosanna!” but, unlike the people of the city of Jerusalem long ago, we need not ask “Who is this?” This is the one who models for us the mystery of life: dying to self so that we might be exalted, raised to ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 3/24/17

My Dear Parish Family,

Potters often remark on the pliability of moist clay, how easily it is shaped, how thrilling it is to draw a blob into a form that begins in the eye of the potter’s imagination and becomes a beautiful work of art. Jesus thrills to draw ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 3/17/17

My dear Parish Family,This long gospel story begins with a simple, human scene: a thirsty traveler, a communal well, a woman come to draw water. But something significant happens:the scene shifts from Jesus’ thirst to that of the woman.The Samaritan woman thought she was thirsting for water; Jesus gradually ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 3/03/17

My Dear Parish Family,

The Spirit led Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the devil to exercise self-serving power, to preserve his physical well-being, and to seek worldly wealth. The same Spirit leads us into the desert of ourselves to encounter the demons within us, to encounter ... Read More »