Browsing From the Pastor's Desk

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 2/15/19

My Dear Parish Family, In today’s readings we are offered a choice: trust in God or trust in humans (the first Reading), the way of the just or the way of the wicked (the psalm), belief in or denial of Christ’s resurrection, and blessing or woe (the Gospel). There ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ February 3, 2019

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 2/01/19

My Dear Parish Family, All of us struggle to hear and respond to God’s word in our lives. This Sunday we are confronted with the reality that we are not always going to like what we hear in God’s word. God’s word always takes us beyond where we are ... Read More »

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ January 27, 2019

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 1/25/19

My Dear Parish Family, When families gather for special threshold occasions – weddings, funerals, anniversaries, significant birthdays, graduations, First Communions – conversation inevitably includes the sharing of family lore. This is how younger members internalize who they are and how they belong to this family. It is no different ... Read More »

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord ~ January 6, 2019

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 1/07/19

My Dear Parish Family,

Incandescent light bulbs are being replaced by more energy efficient and longer lasting CFL, LED, and halogen light bulbs. These are more expensive, but in the long run, bring many cost-effective benefits. God’s “light” is the most energy efficient, long lasting, benefit-giving Light there ... Read More »

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph - December 30, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 12/28/18

My Dear Parish Family,

How often are we confident — even complacent — about knowing where to find Jesus, only to be startled — even frightened — to discover he is not there? Our response is to search frantically for him, but when we find him we are ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ December 23, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 12/21/18

My Dear Parish Family,

In the carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” we sing about “ten lords a leaping.” In this Sunday’s Gospel we hear about another “lord” a leaping – the unborn John who leaps with joy in Elizabeth’s womb in the presence of the unborn Child ... Read More »

Third Sunday of Advent ~ December 16, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 12/14/18

My Dear Parish Family,

Last Sunday’s Gospel directed our attention to the end times and gave us a glimpse of those times, both in terms of the calamities that will befall those who are not ready as well as the promise of safety and security for those who ... Read More »

Second Sunday of Advent ~ December 9, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 12/08/18

My Dear Parish Family,

Last Sunday’s Gospel directed our attention to the end times and gave us a glimpse of those times, both in terms of the calamities that will befall those who are not ready as well as the promise of safety and security for those who ... Read More »

First Sunday of Advent ~ December 2, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 11/29/18

My Dear Parish Family,

At this point in the year it is almost winter with shorter daylight hours, changing weather patterns, and increased busy-ness as we shop, bake, clean, decorate, etc. New seasons always call for adjustments – not just in clocks, clothing and calendars but also in ... Read More »

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

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 11/02/18

My Dear Parish Family,

In creating us, God invites us to participate in the work of creation by embracing God’s spirit of love. In today’s Gospel, Jesus lifts up such love as the center of the kingdom of God. Devotion to God is not genuine unless it includes ... Read More »