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A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 12/28/15

My Dear Parish Family,

The Holy Family provides us the model we need. They were faithful and obedient to the traditions that formed who they were. They were also open to God’s astoundingly new in-breaking and willing to undergo the change that divine in-breaking invited for their lives. They ... Read More »

Message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 12/28/15

My Dear Parish Family,

On this last Sunday before Christmas we are gently led into the depths of the Christmas mystery. Jesus’ incarnation was no Hallmark card. Already on this Sunday we are reminded that his life was one of obedience to his Father (“Behold, I come to do ... Read More »

A message from Our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 12/14/15

My Dear Parish Family,

On this last Sunday before Christmas we are gently led into the depths of the Christmas mystery. Jesus’ incarnation was no Hallmark card. Already on this Sunday we are reminded that his life was one of obedience to his Father (“Behold, I come to do ... Read More »

A message from Our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 12/11/15

My Dear Parish Family,

Traditionally, this is “Gaudete- Rejoice” Sunday, named after the Introit antiphon in the Roman Missal. The second reading also refers to rejoicing and suggests to us that the cause of our joy is Christ and Christ alone. When we say “The Lord is near,” we ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 12/04/15

My Dear Parish Family,

The Liturgy of the Word challenges us to take the real events of our everyday lives – all the suffering and pains, all the anxiety and hopelessness, all the joy and peace- and see them as means to recognize the presence of Christ to us. ... Read More »

A Message from Our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 11/27/15

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 the ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 11/20/15

My Dear Parish Family,

Most of us have little or no experience whatsoever with kings and queens, royalty and pomp, wealth and power.  Yet, royal people and things fascinate us.  The tabloids are filled with the exploits of royals—both their foibles and their more serious exercise of power.  This ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 11/13/15

My Dear Parish Family,

After a hard, cold, difficult winter, how welcome is the greening of late Spring into early Summer! The rhythms of nature affect us, capture us, direct us. Even when we do not pay conscious attention to them, we are drawn into their changes. In nature,  ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 11/06/15

My Dear Parish Family,

When Jesus chose his disciples, they were not yet willing to take the risk of giving all, no matter what the cost. The disciples try to dissuade Jesus from his passion and death and in the end abandon him in his hour of need. In ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 10/30/15

My Dear Parish Family,

The Saints we honor this day are not “up there,” but “in here” – in our minds and hearts.  They model for us how to live the Gospel faithfully in concrete, everyday ways.  They preached the Gospel in word and action; they cared for their ... Read More »