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

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 9/22/17

My Dear Parish Family,

When hearing this Sunday’s Gospel, we tend to focus on hours and wages: the laborers understand justice as prorated wages, equitable pay for the number of hours worked. However this parable is really about God’s ways and God’s justice: what God offers is, not ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ September 16-17, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 9/15/17

My Dear Parish Family,

When someone hurts us, our general behavior and demeanor can be visibly affected. We avoid that person, we gossip with others about the hurt, we seethe with resentment and live out of anger. Only forgiveness frees us from being locked within a heart become hard.

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From the Pastor's Desk ~ September 9-10, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 9/08/17

My Dear Parish Family,

Imagine sitting at the dinner table when two family members are not speaking to one another.  Tension fills everyone at the table and can even make eating difficult. How courageous and risky it is for someone to speak up to resolve the tension. How disruptive ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ September 2-3, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 9/01/17

My Dear Parish Family,

 In today’s Gospel Jesus is asking us to lose the most valuable thing we have  - our very life, our very self. Moreover, this is not a single instance of loss, but a lifetime of giving ourselves over to God’s plan for us. Then Jesus ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 8/22/17

My Dear Parish Family,How sure we are of an organization, a process, a group when the leadership is rock solid, instilling confidence and success! How uncomfortable we are when theleadership is shaky, uncertain, and lacking in vision. Jesus instills more than rock solid leadership. His church is built upon ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 8/18/17

 My Dear Parish Family,                 

In today’s Gospel the Canaanite woman not only demonstrates great faith but also persistent hope and unflagging love. Her faith rests in her belief that Jesus has the power to heal; her persistent hope rests in Jesus’ power over evil; her unflagging love ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 8/11/17

 My Dear Parish Family,

 In today’s Gospel Jesus commands Peter to come to him across the raging sea. Peter doubts who Jesus is, this man with the power to walk on water. Peter becomes distracted by the rage of the storm, the fear in his heart, and his doubt ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 8/04/17

My Dear Parish Family,

Coming halfway through the period of Ordinary Time, the Transfiguration grants us a moment of enlightenment when we see Jesus clearly in all his glory and hear God clearly tell us who Jesus is (“my beloved Son”). This revelation strengthens our resolve to continue listening ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 7/28/17

My Dear Parish Family, 

Our relationship with Jesus is to be the most important one in our lives. All other relationships are to arise from our relationship with him. Because of our relationship with Jesus, we will choose to lose our life for him and for one another just ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 7/28/17

My Dear Parish Family,

We humans are very clever about how and what we seek as treasure. Some people endanger their lives to plumb the depths of the seas to recover treasure from sunken ships. Some people spend every weekend going to garage sales and flea markets. Some people ... Read More »