Browsing From the Pastor's Desk

From the Pastor's Desk ~ June 16 - 17, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 6/15/18

My Dear Parish Family,

Our experience teaches us that seeds planted do not always produce a harvest. Weather patterns, soil conditions, and human labor are determinate factors. The growth of the kingdom of God, however, is assured because it rests on the power and promise of God: “As I, ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ May 12 - 13, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 5/11/18

My Dear Parish Family, The priestly prayer of Christ, which concludes John’s Last Supper discourse and which we hear this Sunday in the Gospel, hovers over us now as the Spirit hovers over us at Pentecost. The blessings for which Jesus prays form the foundation of the missionary activity ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ May 5 - 6, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 5/04/18

My Dear Parish Family,

From whom do we learn the real meaning of joy and love? From self-giving parents, from the serenity of those who suffer chronic pain, from patient teachers, from hospice caregivers, from those who are faithful to their life commitments, from someone who lives out of ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ April 28 - 29, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 4/26/18

My Dear Parish Family,

A well and appealing landscape takes many hours of work. Left without care, the shrubs become unkempt, the grass looks like hay, the flowers become bland. Cutting back, cutting down, cutting away is what brings out the beauty of a landscape. This kind of work ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ April 21 - 22, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 4/26/18

My Dear Parish Family,

This Sunday is Good Shepherd Sunday. Jesus has proven his trustworthiness as a Good Shepherd. He has already laid down his life for the sheep. He has done this freely in response to the Father’s command and love. What is the command Jesus received from ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ April 14 - 15, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 4/26/18

My Dear Parish Family,

Why think about sins and forgiveness during Easter time? It might seem strange to us. Easter is a joyful time to celebrate new Life! It is thus surprising that repentance and forgiveness figure so prominently in all three readings assigned to this Third Sunday of ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ April 7 - 8, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 4/26/18

My Dear Parish Family,

Belief always goes beyond what we can prove, and often means we must go out on a limb. Belief in the risen Lord means that we die to self so that we can encounter the risen Jesus around us. The challenge of this Gospel is ... Read More »

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 »