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From the Pastor's Desk ~ November 18 - 19, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 11/17/17

My Dear Parish Family,

In this Sunday’s Gospel parable directing our attention to the end times and final judgment, Jesus challenges us to choose daily to increase the incalculable riches – God’s very Life – God has given us. This requires us to choose trust over fear, good ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ November 11 - 12, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 11/10/17

 

My Dear Parish Family,

We regularly change the oil in our cars to keep the engines running smoothly. We keep our skin oiled lest it become dry and scaly. We use oil in cooking both to add flavor and to prevent sticking. This Sunday’s gospel about having ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ November 4 - 5, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 11/03/17

My Dear Parish Family,

Jesus talks to the crowds and disciples about the failure of the Scribes and Pharisees to live up to their preaching. Jesus’ teaching hits home because his own life witnessed so completely to what he preached: he not only taught us to reach out to ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ October 28 - 29, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 10/27/17

My Dear Parish Family,

Love is a word used profusely in song and poetry, in hellos and good-byes, in letters and eulogies. Some might argue it is used too much. Often our most sincere verbalizing of love is fairly exclusive: shared between engaged couples, with family members and other ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ October 21 - 22, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 10/19/17

My Dear Parish Family,

We often are divided over what belongs to whom. For example, property rights, national borders, child custody, inheritance, even toys. Sometimes divisions are so serious that they bring harm and even destroy lives. At other times these divides can be readily resolved through legal action ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ October 14 - 15, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 10/14/17

My Dear Parish Family,

Jesus says that many are invited to God’s banquet, “but few are chosen.” The twist of this gospel is that God invites all – salvation is extended to everyone. The choosing is not what God does from among all those invited; the choosing is what ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ October 7 - 8, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 10/14/17

My Dear Parish Family,

As with last Sunday’s parable, once again the chief priests and elders came up with the right answer to Jesus’ question (“What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?”), but failed to see that their own answer condemned them! ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ September 30 - October 1, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 10/02/17

My Dear Parish Family,

In today’s Gospel Jesus asks, who is doing the “father’s will”? It is not the son with the right words, promises or intentions; rather, it is the son who undergoes conversion of heart. Conversions may not always be instantaneous (first son), but its authenticity is ... Read More »

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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